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Our Kids Network Indigenous Reconciliation

Our Kids Network is working on an Indigenous Reconciliation Plan that will reflect and honour the recommendations of the 2015 Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report at the local level in Halton. It will provide a transformational approach to introducing and embedding Indigenous world views, values and knowledge within Halton agencies and organizations.

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“Reconciliation must inspire Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples to transform Canadian society so that our children and grandchildren can live together in dignity, peace, and prosperity on these lands we now share.”

Reflecting and Honouring the Recommendations on the Local Level

As a Halton-wide network OKN is greatly beneficial in meeting the goals of reflecting the recommendations and honouring the calls to action across agencies and organizations. OKN will help to introduce and create partnerships relevant and meaningful to the Indigenous Reconciliation Plan, and can provide access to research that will inform it. Read the 2015 Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report and the Ten Principles of Reconciliation. Ten Principles  Full Report.

The Plan will be Created by the Community

Through community consultation, the Indigenous Reconciliation Plan will be developed by local Indigenous leaders, knowledge keepers, youth and community members; OKN partners and Halton agencies; community groups and others. It will guide Our Kids Network partners and the community along the reconciliation pathway.

Together we will plan, promote and facilitate opportunities and activities that require reflection on what we know is truth, are transformative for everyone, and that support and promote the inclusion of Indigenous children, youth, and families.

Contact Angela Bellegarde, Indigenous Lead at angela@ourkidsnetwork.ca, 905-299-7431 to learn more and get involved.

Resources for Professionals to Increase Indigenous Literacy

Resources and information to increase knowledge, understanding and reflection on Canada’s history and present from an Indigenous viewpoint to expand “Indigenous literacy” (understanding the culture, context and rights of Indigenous people and the relationship of Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples).

Resources to increase and enhance your knowledge of Truth and Reconciliation in Canada.

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Canada’s permanent home for all records, statements, and works related to the Truth and Reconciliation Commissions work.

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Federal Government of Canada’s Interim report on Council for Reconciliation.

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Privy Council’s commitment to Indigenous representation in the Public Service. Report available on website titled “Many Voices, One Mind…Pathways to Reconciliation”.

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2019 Budget Highlights – Indigenous and Northern Investments.

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Ontario governments statement on commitment to Reconciliation.

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2017 Report on progress of Reconciliation.

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Ministry of Education’s framework document on Indigenous education.

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Student blog regarding Indigenous peoples and health.

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National Indigenous youth lead organization dedicated to Reconciliation.

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Cindy Blackstock leads this national organization that stands for First Nations youth.  Website contains numerous resources.  The First Nations Caring Society has Touchstones for Hope reconciliation workshops.

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Comprehensive site with numerous resources and toolkits regarding Reconciliation.

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Big Cities Mayors’ Response to the Calls to Action. Must request access to document.

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Comprehensive site dedicated to Indigenous education. Hosted by First Nations University of Canada. Includes research portal.

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Robust resources on Reconciliation activities in Saskatchewan. Excellent resources on treaties.

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Senator Murray Sinclair interview regarding how Canadians impart the 94 Calls to Action.

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Youth movement committed to diversity and reconciliation in Canada.

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This 2019 research jointly sponsored with Canadian Roots Exchange and MasterCard Foundation provides insight into youth attitudes towards Reconciliation in Canada.

Learn more about Indigenous history and culture in Canada.

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The Kairos Blanket Exercise is a powerful, participatory workshop designed to engage participants in learning the history of Canada.

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Online and in person workshops. Website promotes four films on reconciliation.

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In person reconciliation training sessions for those working with children and youth.

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Module based in-person cultural competency training sessions.

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British Columbia based organization provides on-line cultural competency training.

Concrete examples of Indigenous Land Acknowledgements. Resources on how to determine territorial lands.

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8 minute video explaining importance of Territorial Acknowledgments including pronunciation guide.

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Satirical video on how not to do a Territorial Announcement.

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Map indicating treaty lands and traditional territories of Canada’s Indigenous peoples. Also provides a guide on conducting a territorial announcement.

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Brief introduction to conducting a land acknowledgement, template, and list of traditional lands.

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Canadian wide guide to conducting a land acknowledgement.

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App available to assist in identifying territorial lands. Available through App store associated with Android and Apple technology.

Resources that highlight Indigenous innovators in Canada.

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Celebrates global Indigenous people making a difference in their community. Links to podcast.

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Unique digital agency devoted to Indigenous innovation. A certified B Company, Animikii is an example of social innovation in action.

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Dr. Melanie Goodchild heads this start up research institute out of the University of Waterloo in Ontario.

Resources on developing and including Indigenous people in Canada’s economy.

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CCAB has a significant history in Canada promoting Indigenous businesses in Canada. Provides ideas on how to enhance supply chain and offers education seminars.

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Comprehensive resource dedicated to Indigenous economic development in Canada.