First Peoples Web Links

Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada – the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada has a mandate to learn the truth about what happened in the residential schools and to inform all Canadians about what happened in the schools. The Commission hopes to guide and inspire First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples and Canadians in a process of truth and healing leading toward reconciliation and renewed relationships based on mutual understanding and respect.

Where are the children? Healing the legacy of the residential schools – an interactive web exhibit exploring the history and legacy of the residential school system.

Speaking My Truth – Aboriginal Healing Foundation Research Publications. You can also download a full copy of the Book Club Edition of “Speaking My Truth”: Reflections on Reconciliation & Residential School

Response, Responsibility, and Renewal: Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Journey – Downloadable PDF

Moose Hide Campaign – The Moose Hide Campaign began as a BC-born Indigenous-led grassroots movement to engage men and boys in ending violence towards women and children. It has since grown into a nationwide movement of Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians from local communities, First Nations, governments, schools, colleges/universities, police forces and many other organizations – all committed to taking action to end this violence.

The REDress Project – The REDress Project focuses around the issue of missing or murdered Aboriginal women across Canada. It is an installation art project based on an aesthetic response to this critical national issue. The project has been installed in public spaces throughout Canada and the United States as a visual reminder of the staggering number of women who are no longer with us. 

Orange Shirt Society – In 2015, the Orange Shirt Society was formed to create awareness of the individual, family and community inter-generational impacts of Indian Residential Schools with the purpose of supporting Indian Residential School Reconciliation and promoting the truth that EVERY CHILD MATTERS.

Canadian Geographic Indigenous Peoples Atlas of Canada – A fabulous resource! ‘In this atlas, you will find outstanding reference maps of Indigenous Canada, as well as a section devoted to Truth and Reconciliation, including detailed pages on many aspects of the topic with contemporary and historical photography, maps and more. There’s also a glossary of common Indigenous terms. This atlas was created by The Royal Canadian Geographical Society in conjunction with the Assembly of First Nations, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, the Métis Nation, the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation and Indspire.’

First Voices – a collaborative platform where Indigenous communities manage, curate and share their languages.

Local to Kingston

SPEAKING STONES EPISODE 13: First Peoples in Kingston – a look at the history of the First Peoples in Kingston with Terri-Lynn Brennan, the Program Coordinator in the Community Engagement and Education Division of Cultural Services at the City of Kingston.

 

Courses

Four Seasons of Indigenous Learning – As offered by the Outdoor Learning School & Store. Beginning in the Fall, offered in partnership with over 50 non-profit organizations, this course serves to support participants in deepening their understanding of Indigenous knowledge and perspectives while strengthening connections with the local Land and supporting more respectful, reciprocal relationships.

I have just completed the first year of this, which has been a helpful consolidation of my existing knowledge. I have particularly appreciated the virtual speaker presentations. Whilst the facts are important, there is so much more to be gained by listening to or interacting with Indigenous people, hearing and experiencing the way in which they relate to and interact with knowledge, wisdom and the world.

Home on Native Land – a self-guided course about Indigenous justice in Canada. Through a series of 10 videos, cartoons & lessons, you’ll take a walk down the back alley of history — and the frontlines of legal action.

What leading First Nations thinkers, artists, and — yes — comedians reveal in their reflections is fundamental knowledge for anyone who is committed to living in a fair country.

Indigenous Perspectives

Robin Wall Kimmerer – If you ever have the chance to hear her speak, take it! She has wonderful perspectives on how we might interweave Indigenous wisdom and knowledge,  and Western rationalist and scientific approaches. 

Christopher Horsethief is an organizational theorist that leads language revitalization efforts by incorporating proven second language acquisition strategies into the perpetuation of ancient languages.

His app development, governance consulting work, and leadership endeavors combine key constituents of his education. Together the economics of social capital, theories of learning and complex systems offer new strategies for old problems.

Animikii – 2022 Social Impact Report – a fabulous example of an indigenous way of looking at ways of working and systems within a technological workplace, contextualized within the  Anishinaabe Seven Grandfather Teachings.

 

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