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Reconciliation and Indigenous Libraries in Schools

 


Education for reconciliation

  1. We call upon the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada to maintain an annual commitment to Aboriginal education issues, including:
  2. Developing and implementing Kindergarten to Grade Twelve curriculum and learning resources on Aboriginal peoples in Canadian history, and the history and legacy of residential schools. [1]

In late 2016 a newspaper article about a Nanaimo school that was building an Indigenous-authored collection of books for the school library caught our eye. The school had a small nucleus of books but wanted to build up their collection with titles that would appeal to all reading levels and that accurately depicted Indigenous history, Canadian history, Indigenous culture. The school, John Barsby Secondary, went a step further and commissioned Snuneymuxw carver Noel Brown to build a bookcase to house the books.

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Topics: Reconciliation, Indigenous Awareness

Why should you learn to pronounce Indigenous names

 

It’s becoming more commonplace for formal meetings to begin with an acknowledgement of the traditional or treaty territory on which the meeting is being held. It’s good to see this really positive development on the increase because by doing so signals that you recognize that community’s deep, historical and constitutionally protected connection to the territory.

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Topics: Reconciliation, Indigenous relations

Indigenous cultural competency in virtual platform

 

Thanks to the Truth and Reconciliation Commissions calls to action; and specifically section #92 which states: 

       92. Business and Reconciliation

We call upon the corporate sector in Canada to….

iii. Provide education for management and staff on the history of Aboriginal peoples, including the history and legacy of residential schools, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Treaties and Aboriginal rights, Indigenous law, and Aboriginal–Crown relations. This will require skills based training in intercultural competency, conflict resolution, human rights, and anti-racism.

I’ve noticed a big influx of people looking for training to support their efforts at reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples. This push of course comes with challenges and the ones we’ve heard about include "not having money for travel to take training" and "which trainer to choose" as everyone is a trainer these days.

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Topics: Reconciliation, Indigenous Awareness

Forestry and reconciliation: focus on BC

 Since the Truth and Reconciliation Commission released its summary report containing 94 Calls- to-Action we have written a series of articles on what various organizations can do towards reconciliation. We have articles on what local governments, municipalities, dioceses and schools are implementing or could implement to reset their relationship with Indigenous people. In this article we visit the forestry and reconciliation. We provide an overview and then focus on British Columbia as BC is historically the biggest producer of forest products and its forestry/Indigenous relations have progressed since the infamous “War in the Woods” era.

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Topics: Aboriginal Relations, Reconciliation

Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission released its summary report and findings on June 2, 2015 after six years of hearings and testimony from more than 6,000 residential school survivors and their loved ones. The report includes 94 Calls-to-Action to be followed if Canada is to address the "cultural genocide" of Indigenous Peoples as enacted with the residential school policy and achieve true reconciliation. As is often stated, reconciliation is not an Indigenous problem, it's a Canadian problem and every Canadian needs to be aware of this very dark (but not distant history as the last school closed in 1996) period of history, understand that it has caused a intergenerational and ongoing impact and find ways and means to support reconciliation.

 

In the words of my father, Chief Robert Joseph "We start today. We start with every little step. If we start right now, and this moment is a moment of reconciliation for some of us, it's a huge, huge achievement."

 

We have here the *entire list of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls-to-Actions for reference for our readers.

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Topics: Reconciliation

Reconciliation and the BC Anglican Diocese

The Anglican Church has been working towards reconciliation for a long time and in BC, that work is being guided by Bishop Logan McMenamie, who is in turn, guided by Kwakwaka’wakw Elder Alex Nelson. Bishop McMenamie took the time to speak with us about the steps the church is taking towards reconciliation.

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Indigenous Reconciliation and Municipalities Some Calls to Action

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) released its final report in December 2015 - a massive 3700 page tome resulting from the six year investigation by the TRC into the residential school system for Indigenous youth and the legacy of the system. Prior to the report, in June 2015, the TRC released 94 reconciliation recommendations, or calls-to-action (CTA), to address that legacy.

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Topics: Reconciliation

The Right Rev. Dr. Logan McMenamie

Logan is Bishop of Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands, and the community of
Kingcome, all of which make up the Diocese of British Columbia.

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Topics: Reconciliation

12 Days of Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples

To celebrate the release of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Recommendations and Report in 2015 and in the spirit of Christmas, we have put together 12 suggestions for what individuals can do to support reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples during this holiday season.

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Topics: Indigenous Peoples, Reconciliation

Indigenous relations A Collection of Interviews

The goal of our blog is to provide a resource for people looking for background information, practical insight and suggestions on how to build and strengthen Indigenous relations. As part of that goal, we are seek out individuals who have valuable knowledge that we think will benefit visitors to our blog.

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Topics: Reconciliation, Indigenous relations