Truth & Reconciliation Resources

Truth & Reconciliation Resources: A Collaborative Project

We have started another project together with Indigenous Services to collate and curate lists that will allow students and staff quick access to information relevant to Truth & Reconciliation.

Education is a central component to understanding and healing, but it can be difficult to navigate the amount of information out there. We will update the lists and resources annually.

Below are links both to free online resources and resources that can be accessed through most college/university libraries (don’t forget, if you’re a community member or business, you can generally visit your local college/university and use their library).

Websites

  • Beyond 94: Truth and Reconciliation in Canada
    • Beyond 94 monitors the progress of the journeys involves in Truth and Reconciliation.
  • Canadian Museum of Rights
    • Located in Winnipeg, Manitoba, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights is the first museum solely dedicated to the evolution, celebration and future of human rights.
  • Circles for Reconciliation
    • “The aim of Circles For Reconciliation is to establish trusting, meaningful relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples as part of the 94 Calls to Action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.”
  • ConnectR
    • ConnectR “evolved out of a desire to share the opportunities we experience through Reconciliation Saskatoon beyond our circle.”
  • Indigenous Peoples Collection
    • The Indigenous Peoples collection includes articles & timelines, educational material and videos.
  • Information and Resources for Indigenous Albertans
    • “The following resources that were developed in partnership with Indigenous organizations provide information about the protection from discrimination offered to Indigenous Albertans.”
  • Memorial Register
    • The National Student Memorial Register was created to forever remember and honour the children who never returned home from residential schools.
  • National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation – University of Manitoba
    • “The NCTR is a place of learning and dialogue where the truths of the residential school experience will be honoured and kept safe for future generations. The NCTR was created as part of the mandate of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC).”
  • Reconciliation
    • The Government of Canada is working to advance reconciliation and renew the relationship with Indigenous peoples, based on recognition of rights, respect, cooperation and partnership.
  • Truth and Reconciliation
    • Canadian Bar Association’s (CBA), advocacy efforts, tools and resources, and educational offerings to redress the difficult legacy of colonialism in this country. 
  • Yellowhead Institute: Community Tools and Resources – Yellowhead Institute
    • Provides resources related to the topics and issues associated with Land Back.

Online Courses

  • Indigenous Canada
    • “Indigenous Canada is a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) from the Faculty of Native Studies that explores Indigenous histories and contemporary issues in Canada.”
  • Reconciliation Through Indigenous Education
    • “This course will help you envision how Indigenous histories, perspectives, worldviews, and approaches to learning can be made part of the work we do in classrooms, organizations, communities, and our everyday experiences in ways that are thoughtful and respectful.”
  • What is Reconciliation?
    • Learn what it means to be an ally and think through concrete ways of contributing to social justice and positive change.”

Digital Libraries

  • Blackfoot Digital Library
    • The Blackfoot Digital Library is meant to honor akaitapii, and their desire to speak through a variety of recording media to the grandchildren they never had a chance to meet, thereby ensuring that their knowledge is carried through to future generations.”
  • Yellowhead Institute: Community Resource Library
    • Downloadable resources to support “First Nations ability to organize and mobilize to protect their rights”

Toolkits & Educational Resources

  • Decolonizing Teaching Indigenizing Learning
    • “Discover a variety of resources to support the integration of Indigenous knowledges, teachings, and worldviews into your classrooms, in the Curated Resources section.”
  • First Nations Pedagogy Online
    • “This site is the culmination of a project initiated by two education experts, Sylvia Currie and June Kaminski to create an online resource that builds on research, consultation, and community-based activities.”
  • Indigenous Ally Toolkit
    • “Being an ally is about disrupting oppressive spaces by educating others on the realities and histories of marginalized people.”
  • Indigenous Foundations
    • “This website was developed to support students in their studies, and to provide instructors, researchers and the broader public with a place to begin exploring topics that relate to Aboriginal peoples, cultures, and histories.”
  • Learning First Peoples Resources
    • “With the increased inclusion of First Peoples’ content in the changing BC curriculum, there is a need to incorporate unappropriated First Peoples’ perspectives across the curriculum […] the resources reflect the First Peoples Principles of Learning as well as the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission”
  • Pulling Together: A Guide for Indigenization of Post-Secondary Institutions; A Professional Learning Series
    • [A] set of professional learning guides that are a result of a collaboration between BCcampus, the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training, and a Steering Committee of Indigenous education leaders.
  • Reconciliation Canada
    • An Indigenous led organization that catalyzes meaningful relationships through values-based dialogue leadership and action.
  • Rupertsland Centre for Teaching and Learning
    • Comprehensive foundational knowledge resources, engaging lesson plans, meaningful professional development opportunities and authentic classroom learning tools that speak accurately and meaningfully to topics in Métis education.
  • Understanding Indigenous Perspectives
    • “This set of learning modules has been created to support and inspire educators and future teachers to gain a deeper understanding of Indigenous perspectives and an appreciation of how Indigenous knowledge and worldviews can assist all learners in their educational journey.”

Videos & Podcasts

  • 12 Great Podcasts Hosted by Indigenous Women
    • “Amid a renaissance of Indigenous people in creative and political fields across Turtle Island, it’s been especially exciting to see so many of them picking up the microphone to broadcast their own stories in podcast form.”
  • Canadian Shame: A History of Residential Schools
    • Ginger Gosnell-Myers, of Nisga’a and Kwakwaka’wakw heritage, is a policy expert, researcher, and activist whose work focuses on removing barriers between Indigenous peoples and all Canadians while fostering cooperation through open communication.”
  • Dear Media: Yes, Canada is Racist
    • How the media can better understand their roles in presenting stories about anti-Black and anti-Indigenous racism by Canadian police. 
  • Truth and Reconciliation (with the Honorable Senator Murray Sinclair)
    • The Honourable Murray Sinclair, former Senator, discusses the legacy of the Canadian government’s policy towards Indigenous people, and the path towards reconciliation.
  • Voices from Here
    • The Voices from Here video series features stories of First Nations, Inuit and Métis participants. These stories shed light on histories of resilience and resurgence.
  • Warrior Life
    • This is an Indigenous podcast about warrior life – a lifestyle that focuses on decolonizing our minds, bodies and spirits while at the same time revitalizing our cultures, traditions, laws and governing practices

Local to Lethbridge

  • City of Lethbridge: Reconciliation Implementation Plan 2017-2027
    • The City of Lethbridge values inclusion, equity and diversity in our community and is committed to becoming a community of reconciliation with our Indigenous population on Blackfoot lands and working in partnership with the Lethbridge Indigenous Sharing Network, the Kainai Nation and the Piikani Nation.
  • Lethbridge Friendship Society
    • The Lethbridge Friendship Society is the longest standing Indigenous organization in Lethbridge. It has been providing programs and services to the Indigenous population of Lethbridge since 1969.
  • Lethbridge Indigenous Sharing Network
    • Website for the Supporting Indigenous Sharing Network (SISN)

Resources at Lethbridge College - Buchanan Library

The majority of the resources outlined above are freely available on the internet. However, staff at the Centre for Teaching, Learning, and Innovation – Buchanan Library staff (Helen Fulara & Adam Walser, specifically, with art and design support from Kiri Stolz and Eric Reger from the CTLI production team) have been busy finding resources available through the Lethbridge College Library. While college students and staff will be able to access these resources freely, others will need to find the resources through their local libraries.

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