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Empower: Expand Your Understanding (Sub-Module 1 of 4 of Empower Module)

This section provides an overview of resources to support with engaging with Truth and Reconciliation, using respectful terminology, and expanding your understanding of stereotypes & racism.

Resources: Expand Your Understanding

Engaging with Truth & Reconciliation

"True reconciliation is a marathon, not a sprint. True reconciliation is not an event. There is not a moment of time when it happens, and after which we can say 'we are done' and move onto something else. It is ongoing, a long-term undertaking of creating new patterns of social, cultural, and economic relations as individuals, peoples, communities, and governments. It is about building a vision of the future that both addresses, and breaks away from, the legacy of colonialism. Achieving this takes endurance, resilience, and consistent effort. It also means recognizing from the beginning that it requires staying the course, even when it feels incredibly hard." - Jody Wilson-Raybould from True Reconciliation: How to Be a Force of Change

Learn more

Reconciliation is a journey that will be unique to each individual. The following is a non-exhaustive list of resources which may be helpful in engaging further with Truth & Reconciliation:

Video: Jody Wilson-Raybould on how we can be a "force for change"

We hear a lot about reconciliation when it comes to First Nations, Métis and Inuit people, but what's actually being done - and by whom?

Respectful Terminology

Stereotypes & Racism

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The following is a non-exhaustive list of resources which may be helpful in learning more about discrimination against Indigenous Peoples:

Still from Thomas King's I'm not the Indian you had in mind

Thomas King's "I'm not the Indian you had in mind" (National Screen Institute) 

Challenges the stereotypical portrayal of First Nations peoples in the media. This spoken word short offers an insight of how First Nations people today are changing old ideas and empowering themselves in the greater community.