Ongoing processes of colonialism have profoundly shaped and affected relations between the Canadian State and First Nations, and non-Indigenous and Indigenous peoples. Settler consciousness, which permeates through nearly every aspect of mainstream society, has allowed colonial practices and narratives to remain dominant within Canada.
What follows is a collaborative collection of past, present, and ongoing initiatives from across the territory now known as Canada, which contribute to the process of understanding and transforming settler consciousness, and rebuilding relationships between the Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples who share this land.
To navigate the collection, which is presented in the form of a prolific blog, you can select particular topics and sectors using the Categories and Tags sections on the right sidebar.
This educational toolkit contains resources of value to educators and the general public in learning about First Nations. It also has resources for First Nations. It includes the following modules: The Kairos Blanket Exercise, Residential Schools, Cultural Competency, First Nations Holistic Lifelong Learning Model, and First Nation Performance Indicators Checklist.
This media site by Makoons Media Group, edited by Tara Williamson, has member-driven content relevant to decolonizing. “Our goal is to stay true to the moniker “Think” and publish work that engages ideas in a way that is provocative and relevant for Indigenous peoples across Turtle Island and the world. We are interested in pieces that not only address things that affect us in the here and now, but also that will continue to affect us into the future. ”
Talking Treaties is a multi-arts performance-based initiative which has represented a participatory collaboration between First Story Toronto and Jumblies Theatre. Their work has resulted in performances and an installation on June 23-26, 2017 as part of the 2017 Indigenous Arts Festival at Historic Fort York. These performances and installation provide local Indigenous information.
The University of Manitoba hosted this event, where they screened and discussed the work of Indigenous women artists who call attention and respond to the crisis of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, and Two-Spirited People in Canada. There were two screenings on Monday, April 10: 2:30–4pm, University of Manitoba (University College room 240), and 7–9:30pm, Cinematheque. The event was free and open to all. Artist Jaime Black was in attendance for discussion. Continue reading
The Reconciliation Pole, a 55-foot totem pole carved by acclaimed Haida artist 7idansuu “Edenshaw” James Hart, was installed at a place of honour at UBC on April 1, 2017. The ceremony, taking place on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Musqueam people, began at 1 p.m. with the pole raising beginning at 2:30 p.m. on the Main Mall between Agronomy Road and Thunderbird Boulevard. The artist, a master carver and Haida hereditary chief, created a storyline on the pole, which shows the periods before, during, and after the Indian residential school system, a racist and assimilationist system ran in tandem by the Canadian government, religious institutions and the education system, beginning in the 1800s and ending with the last school closure in 1996. Continue reading
The demand for cultural training has increased since the Truth and Reconciliation Commission recommended 94 calls to action in 2015 including cultural competency training for healthcare and judicial professionals. Recently in North Bay (Northern Ontario), cultural trainer George Couchie, a Nipissing First Nation (NFN) member, worked closely with North Bay Mayor Al McDonald and NFN Chief Scott McLeod to create a learning experience about Canada’s real history and Indigenous culture. Continue reading