Suggested Ways to Support Indigenous Communities and Further Your Own Learning
- Read the Truth and Reconciliation Commision's Final report and accompanying 94 Calls to Action and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
- Learn more about Indigenous arts, culture, artists and creatives. Read Indigenous literature, look at art by Indigenous artists, watch movies by Indigenous filmmakers and more.
- Visit local public events presented by Indigenous organizations and/or Friendship Centres
- Support and volunteer with Indigenous non-profits or charitable organizations
- Support Indigenous businesses and creative entrepreneurs by purchasing and recommending their work and products, by attending their events, and by following their social media and newsletters.
- Seek out primary Indigenous sources on Treaties, Wampums and oral histories of the territories you live and work on
- Locate yourself in your family history and reflect on where your knowledge and ideas come from by addressing the experiences and perspectives in your life. How does this inform your relationship to colonial defaults and integrating Indigenous perspectives, knowledge and histories into your life?
- Language matters. Learn how to pronounce the names of the Nations and territories -- this takes practice.
- Support economic recovery and reconciliation - support Indigenous owned businesses and hire Indigenous talent
Resources Recommended by Kendal Netmaker, Sweetgrass First Nation Speaker and Entrepreneur:
Listen to the Survivors
National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation YouTube Channel
Mississaugas of the Credit Treaty Lands and Territory
Truth and Reconciliation Commission
Residential School Timeline
Residential School History
Map of Locations of Residential Schools across Canada
Regional Listing of Locations of Residential Schools across Canada
Essential Reading for Reconciliation - Books by Indigenous Authors
The Reconciliation Manifesto: Recovering the Land, Rebuilding the Economy by Arthur Manuel (Secwepemc Nation) and Grand Chief Ronald Derrickson (Westbank First Nation)
21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act: Helping Canadians Make Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples a Reality by Bob Joseph (Gwawa'enuk Nation)
Additional Community Resources
- Sept. 30 Crisis Hotline: LifeWorks (EFAP) has also opened up a Crisis Support Line on Sept. 30 for anyone in the community in need of emotional support. The 24/7 crisis hotline is available to everyone, client or not who needs assistance on Sept. 30 at 1-844-751-2133.
- Wellness Together Canada (https://wellnesstogether.ca/en-CA): Free mental health support that is available 24/7.
- Hope to Wellness: Immediate crisis support for Indigenous Peoples available at 1-855-242-3310.
- Hope for Wellness Help Line: Free counselling available 24/7 to all Indigenous, Metis, and Inuit peoples across Canada. Online chat or phone line available: https://www.hopeforwellness.ca/
- Residential School Survivors Society: www.irsss.ca, firstname.lastname@example.org, or 1-800-721-0066
- Residential School Survivors and Family: 1-866-925-4419 (24-hour crisis line)
- KUU-US Crisis Line Society: www.kuu-uscrisisline.com; 1-800-588-8717 (Toll-free), 250-723-4050 (Adult Line)
- Métis Crisis Line: 1-833-MÉTISBC (1-833-638-4722)
- Kids Help Phone: Provides a texting option for Indigenous youth and adults to connect with a First Nations, Metis, or Inuit crisis responder. Youth text 68 68 68 and adults text 741 741 with the word "First Nations" or "Metis" or "Inuit" to be connected to a crisis responder from their nation if one is available (Indigenous crisis responders are not guaranteed but will be prioritized).