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Empower: Participate (Sub-Module 1 of 4 of Empower Module)

The following resources provides an overview of days of significance, events, and Indigenous organizations.

Resources: Participate

Days of Significance

The following non-exhaustive list highlights days which commemorate and increase awareness of the history, diverse cultures, and important contributions of Indigenous Peoples.


Engage, connect, and learn from others by participating and attending events. Start by checking out events and learning opportunities being held at your college campus. You may also check out other events through the following resources:




The following are a selection Indigenous organizations you can engage with and support. Please note that this is not an exhaustive list. We value recommendations. If you'd like to suggest a resource, please fill out the Maamwi resource recommendation form.

  • Canadian Roots Exchange - As a national Indigenous youth led organization, they collaborate with communities to provide programs, grants and opportunities that are grounded in Indigenous ways of knowing and being and designed to strengthen and amplify the voices of Indigenous youth.
  • 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.
  • Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund - Aims to build cultural understanding and create a path toward reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.
  • imagineNATIVE - Promotes Indigenous-made media by developing platforms for artists to assert their voices, express their perspectives, and share their cultures.
  • Indian Residential School Survivors Society - Provides essential services to Residential School Survivors, their families, and those dealing with Intergenerational traumas.
  • Native Women’s Association of Canada - A national Indigenous organization representing political voices of Indigenous women, girls, and gender diverse people in Canada.
  • Ontario Federations of Indigenous Friendship Centres - Represents the collective interests of 29 Friendship Centres in cities and towns across the province.
  • RAVEN -  A registered charity with a mission to raise funds for Indigenous People's access to justice.
  • Reconciliation Canada - Actively provides programs and initiatives to inspire positive change in communities throughout Canada.
  • Woodland Cultural Centre - Serves to preserve, promote and strengthen Indigenous language, culture, art and history; bringing the story of the Haudenosaunee people of the Eastern Woodlands to life through innovative exhibitions and programs.
  • Yellowhead Institute - An Indigenous-led research and education centre based in the Faculty of Arts at Toronto Metropolitan University. The Institute privileges Indigenous philosophy and amplifies Indigenous voices that provide alternatives to settler colonialism in Canada today.