This section provides links to curriculum, documents and multimedia resources that support teaching and discussion of topics such as: Truth and Reconciliation, Treaties and the Indian Act, Canadian Residential School System, M.M.I.W.G. and Indigenous Worldview.
This collection of videos and documents was created to help faculty incorporate Canadian Indigenous Relations and Indigenous worldview into the classroom. This place is meant to be a starting point or a stepping stone in personal and professional development. A place where you can begin to prepare yourself to have the knowledge to facilitate difficult conversations about the unethical actions of the Canadian government. Empowering yourself with this knowledge is a positive way to start taking the steps to reconcile Canada’s past and present state with ourselves, the land, the nation and Indigenous people.
There were residential schools in Canada prior to Canadian Confederation. But it was the Indian Act of 1876 that gave the federal government the power to start the systematic process of assimilation of Indigenous people in Canada. The Canadian government did this in cooperation with the Roman Catholic and Protestant Churches. In 1920 the Indian Act was amended making the attendance of Indigenous children mandatory to attend “schools” which devalued their culture and religion.
The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (M.M.I.W.G.) and Their Voices will Guide Us is a great way to facilitate critical thinking, to reflect and analyze the impacts of colonialism on Indigenous communities, and to discuss perceptions vs lived realities of Indigenous women, girls and the 2SLGBTQQIA. Through the information and activities outlined in this document you can introduce meaningful conversations and lessons into your classroom and workplace. Starting with sharing the important role that Indigenous women play in their families and the community at large, their strength and traditional responsibilities. We all have a duty to ensure the rights of women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA are respected, protected, advocated for by pushing for social justice and reconciliation.
In this section I want to acknowledge that there are a variety of Indigenous subgroups across Turtle Island (North America) and that each one has its own customs, language, dialect and traditions. It is the responsibility of each individual to learn, build a relationship and appreciation for each region. We cannot assume that customs, traditions or protocols in each community are exactly the same, but there are parallels. The best way to learn what you want to know is to be humble and respectfully ask. Acknowledging your lack of knowledge is an admirable sign of humility.