SELF-GUIDED TEACH-IN

RESOURCE LIST

Just getting started on your journey to learn the Truth about so-called Canada? Consider engaging with the following materials we have found helpful in our journeys:

Listen directly to Indigenous voices:

PODCASTS

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Engage Indigenous organizations:

ONLINE RESOURCES

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Expand your understanding:

ARTS AND CULTURE

While learning, don't forget to look at people's full humanity and appreciate the incredible creativity, wisdom, and talent that is out there among First Nations, Inuit, and Metis. 

Unlearning and relearning histories:

BOOKS AND WRITINGS

Books are a way to see into others lives and there are so many wonderful book by Indigenous authors - there's something for everyone from graphic novels to memoir and everything in between.

LEARNING JOURNEY

PODCASTS

Unreserved: "Unreserved is the radio space for Indigenous community, culture, and conversation. Host Falen Johnson takes you straight into Indigenous Canada, from Halifax to Haida Gwaii, from Shamattawa to Ottawa, introducing listeners to the storytellers, culture makers and community shakers from across the country. The Unreserved team offers real talk from the people behind the headlines, with a soundtrack from the best in Indigenous music

All My Relations: "Welcome to All My Relations, a podcast where we explore what it means to be a Native person in 2019.  To be an Indigenous person is to be engaged in relationships—relationships to land and place, to a people, to non-human relatives, and to one another. All My Relations is a place to explore those relationships, and to think through Indigeneity in all its complexities." 

The Secret Life of Canada - If you are just coming to see that what we learned in history class at school isn't the whole truth, this podcast takes fairly serious material and serves it in easily accessible episodes. Many focus on how Indigenous people have been treated. A complete list of seasons and episodes is online.  

Finding Cleo: Perhaps one of the hardest things I have ever listened to, this story centres on the Sixties Scoop and the impact on one family. I remember having to pull over listening to one episode because it was so devastating. https://www.cbc.ca/radio/findingcleo

Don't Call Me Resilient: The Conversation Canada While not specific to Indigenous issues, it does offer a perspective that non-racialized folks can benefit from in their learning.

 Medicine for the Resistance: with Patty Krawec and Kerry Goring. “We discovered a shared interest in talking about how being Black and Indigenous impacted our daily lives, the lives of our children and families. The lives of the people in our communities. The truth is that we are all impacted by race, even those who are white. Assumptions about who we are based on our appearance or our genealogy limits us”.

One Dish One Mic: "Sean and Karl are the hosts of One Dish, One Mic. The award-winning radio program is a two-hour, socially progressive show that sheds light on the issues affecting Indigenous people through an urban Indigenous lens. The show’s goal is to tell stories that traditionally wouldn’t have been told and provide a platform that highlights Indigenous excellence. You can hear their voices and unique takes every Saturday morning from 10:00 am EST – 12:00 pm EST on AM 610 CKTB – The Voice of Niagara, Windsor’s AM 800 CKLW – the Information Station, and Newstalk 1290 CJBK – Modern talk radio for London."

LEARNING JOURNEY

ONLINE RESOURCES

FIRST NATIONS CHILD & FAMILY CARING SOCIETY The Caring Society works to ensure the safety and well-being of First Nations youth and their families through education initiatives, public policy campaigns and providing quality resources to support communities. Using a reconciliation framework that addresses contemporary hardships for Indigenous families in ways that uplift all Canadians, the Caring Society champions culturally based equity for First Nations children and their families so that they can grow up safely at home, be healthy, achieve their dreams, celebrate their languages and culture and be proud of who they are. The Caring Society proudly works with our partners in Canada and around the world to promote the rights of Indigenous children. 

RAVEN TRUST  Guided by some of the most brilliant legal advisors in the country, we work to enshrine environmental justice for all. The law is clearly on the side of Indigenous peoples: their victories protect us all.

IDLE NO MORE Idle No More started in November 2012, among Treaty People in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta protesting the Canadian government’s dismantling of environmental protection laws, endangering First Nations who live on the land. Born out of face-to-face organizing and popular education, but fluent in social media and new technologies, Idle No More has connected the most remote reserves to each other, to urbanized Indigenous people, and to the non-Indigenous population.

Led by women, and with a call for refounded nation-to-nation relations based on mutual respect, Idle No More rapidly grew into an inclusive, continent-wide network of urban and rural Indigenous working hand in hand with non-Indigenous allies to build a movement for Indigenous rights and the protection of land, water, and sky.

INDIGENOUS CLIMATE ACTION Indigenous Climate Action (ICA) is an Indigenous-led organization guided by a diverse group of Indigenous knowledge keepers, water protectors and land defenders from communities and regions across the country. We believe that Indigenous Peoples’ rights and knowledge systems are critical to developing solutions to the climate crisis and achieving climate justice.

ON CANADA PROJECT: SETTLERS TAKE ACTION "Non-Indigenous folk who live in Canada benefit from the colonialism that happened here. That means we are all responsible for our personal role in reconciliation... The Indigenous people of this land continue to face systemic violence and oppression to this day. This is not just a historical issue; it is also a current issue. For all of us in Canada, this moment should be one of national mourning."

GOOD MINDS BOOKSTORE Under new ownership, GoodMinds.com continues the traditions of community philanthropy and exceptional customer service established over the last 20 years. GoodMinds.com will remain on the Six Nations of the Grand River in Brantford, and a First Nations family-owned business. We maintain our passion for First Nations, Metis and Inuit authorship and education.

LEARNING JOURNEY

ARTS AND CULTURE

It is important to understand that despite the trauma Indigenous people have experienced and continue to experience, that is not who they are. While learning, don't forget to look at people's full humanity and appreciate the incredible creativity, wisdom, and talent that is out there among First Nations, Inuit, and Metis. There are films, documentaries, novels, stories, poems, plays, dance, art, music of all kinds - whatever you are interested in.

10 GREAT INDIGENOUS MUSICIANS TO LISTEN TO IN 2021: curated by RavenTrust

REEL CANADA'S INDIGENOUS FILMS LIST: "This selection of Indigenous-made films by filmmakers from diverse Nations across Canada reflects diverse Indigenous experiences and provide an opportunity for dialogue, cross-cultural exchange and greater understanding. This catalogue includes only films made by Indigenous artists". 

INDIGENOUS FILM FROM THE NFB:  As selected by the staff at the Emily Carr University of Art and Design.

INDIGENOUS THEATRE: "The story of Indigenous People in Canada is the longest, most dramatic saga in our history, and it continues today. Audiences need to hear that story. It is part of who we are".

INDIGENOUS PERFORMING ARTS ALLIANCE:  A member-driven organization of professional Indigenous Artists and Arts Orgnizations. An incredible portal into the world of Indigenous Performing Arts.

LEARNING JOURNEY

BOOKS

"Ambe is an Anishnaabe word that means “let’s go” or something very much like it. And I’d like to travel through 2021 with you, via books".  Support Patty's work!

"A movement called #CancelCanadaDay, led by Indigenous group Idle No More, urges communities across the country to cancel planned Canada Day celebrations on July 1 and make it a day of mourning, education, and activism. In that spirit, here’s a #CancelCanadaDay reading list to learn more about Canada’s history, colonization, and the lived experiences of people of colour in this country."

  • some of our volunteers' recommended books include:

Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese

21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act by Bob Joseph. There is also the  21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act essay that inspired the book.

A Mind Spread Out On The Ground - Alicia Elliott

In My Own Moccasins - Helen Knott

The Break - Katherena Vermette

Unsettling Canada - Art Manuel and Grand Chief R. Derrickson

Warrior Life - Pam Palmater







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