Thank you to everyone who joined us on September 30th for the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation event hosted by Naheyawin. Our sincere gratitude to Hunter Cardinal and Naheyawin for deepening our knowledge in the origin and purpose of National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, and sharing the many ways Canadians are taking action towards renewing our relations.
At Skills Society we are committed to learning about reconciliation, being better Treaty relatives, learning, listening and supporting. We are grateful to be working with Naheyawin to create messages and symbols in our Action Lab to remind we are all Treaty relatives and to act that way when in the Lab and beyond.
Follow Up Materials
Naheyawin has prepared the below list of materials and resources to supplement the discussion that was had and continue our personal journeys towards rights relations:
- Indigenous and Treaty Territories – This interactive site explores Indigenous peoples’ traditional territories, Treaty territories, and linguistic territories.
- Online Cree Dictionary – This site is an excellent resource for looking up and learning Cree words.
- Indigenous Canada Course – By the University of Alberta. A 12-lesson Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) that explores Indigenous histories and contemporary issues in Canada.
- Indigenous Awareness Course — Our online course explores Indigenous peoples’ diverse cultures, histories, and contemporary roles in Canada.
- 100 Days of Cree – By Neal McLeod. This book teaches one word of Cree a day.
- Research is Ceremony: Indigenous Research Methods – By Shawn Wilson. This book describes a research paradigm shared by Indigenous scholars in Canada and Australia and demonstrates how to put it into practice.
- Spirit and Intent of Alberta’s Indian Treaties – Edited by Richard T. Price. This book explores the Indigenous understanding of Treaty and is a favourite of ours.
- A Metaphoric Mind: Selected Writings of Joseph Couture – Edited by Ruth Couture and Virginia McGowan. This book explores Indigenous worldviews through a non-Indigenous perspective.
- Atchakosuk: Ininewuk Stories of the Stars – By Wilfred Buck. This PDF talks about Indigenous Astronomy.
- A Culture of Exploitation – By Lindsay Nixon. This report considers the historical relationships between Indigenous artists and the Institutions of Canadian art. The report offers 15 Standards of Achievement that can guide institutions and governments to reverse exploitation and renew the relationship.
- The Sacred Relationship – This documentary, created by Native Counselling Services of Alberta, explores Indigenous worldviews, Reconciliation, and the common ground between Indigenous and western science.
- Indigenous Law – Dr. John Burrows, Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Law, University of Victoria, provides an insightful overview and exploration of Indigenous law.
- Treaties, Reconciliation and Indigenous History in Canada – A CBC moderated panel discussion in 2017 brought together Indigenous leaders, educators, and advocates to discuss Indigenous-related issues like Treaties, Reconciliation, and Indigenous history.
Social Media Accounts
- Âpihtawikosisân – This is the account of Chelsea Vowel, a Métis writer and lawyer whose work focuses on language, gender identity, and resurgence. She is the brain behind IndigenousXca.
- Dr. Kim TallBear – Is a Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate professor at the University of Alberta whose work focuses on racial politics in science. She has some incredible talks up on YouTube that we recommend watching!
- Billy Ray Belcourt – Is a poet, Rhodes scholar, and author from Driftpile Cree Nation whose work comments on a range of topics from decolonial love to grief.
- Walking Eagle – This account offers satire centred around current Indigenous affairs.