INDIGENOUS CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING

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ALIGN INDIGENOUS INITIATIVES

Feathers from a Dreamcatcher. Text reads Indigenous Cultural Understanding Resource Library

ALIGN celebrates the history, cultures, and achievements of First Nations, Inuit and Métis in Canada. We also reflect on the discrimination, abuse, and trauma that have, and continue to be faced by Indigenous persons in Canada. We continue to advocate for reconciliation and the equitable treatment of Canada’s First Nations, Inuit and Métis persons in Canada, particularly our children and youth in care.

UPDATES – FEDERAL ACT RESPECTING FIRST NATIONS, INUIT AND MÉTIS CHILDREN, YOUTH AND FAMILIES (C-92)
ALIGN Training Materials from BILL C-92 From Compliance to Connection Dr. Hadley Friedland and Koren Lightning-Earle Virtual Workshop Wahkohtowin Law and Governance Lodge 2020

Video – Chief Delorme Presentation Cowessess First Nation Miyo Pimatisowin Act & Coordination Agreement ALIGN AGM October 2021 (Includes links to related sector documents)

See All Federal Act Updates & Resources

ALIGN KINSHIP CARE
Kinship Care Redesign in Alberta: ALIGN Agency Response Revised 2021
 

ALIGN KINSHIP LITERATURE UPDATED 2021

See All Kinship Care

CULTURAL SOLUTIONS 101 & 201
ALIGN Hosts Cultural Solutions 101 & 201. These training sessions will support learners in better understanding parallel approaches, ethical space and personal experiences with Indigenous history and perspectives and to better understand “The How” in reconciliation.
TAKE A LOOK AT WHAT PARTICIPANTS ARE SAYING!

Cultural Solutions 101 Evaluations
Cultural Solutions 201 Evaluations

ALIGN CONNECTIONS
Monthly Newsletter of Cultural Awareness resources, events, and activities to support Foster/Kinship Caregivers of Indigenous, Metis & Inuit Children and Youth ensure the kids in their care stay connected to their culture.

NATIONAL INDIGENOUS HISTORY MONTH INITIATIVES
ALIGN Indigenous Online Jigsaw Puzzles For All Ages and Skill Levels – Learn More About Indigenous Culture for National Indigenous Day June 21st

ALIGN CONNECTION SPECIAL EDITION “Everything You Want to Know Before You Attend Your First Powwow”

20 Great Indigenous History Resources For Professionals. Celebrate Indigenous History Month this June by Learning More!

20 Great Ways for Children, Youth and Families to Honour and Celebrate National Indigenous History Month (JUNE)

ALIGN SHARED OFFERINGS
National Indigenous Peoples Day 2021.

ALIGN TRUTH & RECONCILIATION DAY

ALIGN’s 15 Things You Should Know About Truth & Reconciliation

Letter from President Pauline Smale to Minister Schulz RE National Day of Truth and Reconciliation September 2021

ALIGN SHARED OFFERINGS
National Indigenous Peoples Day 2021.

ALIGN INDIGENOUS THOUGHT LEADERSHIP VIDEOS
Presentation Videos – ALIGN The Indigenous Thought Leaders Series  Intended to Enhance Indigenous Innovations and Relationships in Child Intervention Service Delivery. Selected Elders, advisers, and service providers share Indigenous teachings and current practices in work with Indigenous children, families, and individuals. The presentations showcase specific culturally-based approaches to practice and ceremony with indigenous service users. The individual presentations include teachings from highly respected elders and knowledge keepers in Alberta. Various Alberta-based programs providing culturally appropriate and effective services are highlighted. The presentations give the viewer the opportunity to explore how they can utilize the guidelines and principles in policy development and service delivery.

ALIGN INDIGENOUS PROTOCOL VIDEOS
Protocol Videos Selected Elders, advisers, and service providers shared Indigenous teachings and current practices in work with Indigenous children, families, and individuals. These informative protocol videos showcase specific culturally-based approaches to practice and ceremony with indigenous service users. The individual presentations include teachings from highly respected elders and knowledge keepers in Alberta

ALIGN THE JOURNEY HOME TRAINING FACILITATED BY FRANK SHANNON
Training for “The Journey Home”, a 25-minute film designed to train caregivers and reflect on what this means for indigenous children and families (No scheduled sessions at this time)

ALLYING WITH INDIGENOUS PEOPLES CULTURAL SOLUTIONS THE PRACTICE OF OMANITEW
Overview, Reports and link to available training

FOUNDATIONS OF CAREGIVER SUPPORT (FCS)
Report & Training Info

Honouring Memories, Planting Dreams
Celebrated in May and June, Honouring Memories, Planting Dreams invites people of all ages to plant heart gardens in memory of children lost to the residential school system, to honour residential school survivors and their families, and support the legacy of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). The act of planting represents our commitment to reconciliation. Read Spirit Bear’s Guide to the Truth and Reconciliation’s Calls to Action here.

Bear Witness Day May 10
An important date in the history of Jordan’s Principle at the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal. The Tribunal’s first non-compliance order called for Canada to fully implement Jordan’s Principle by May 10, 2016.

I am a witness
The I am a Witness campaign invites people to learn about the case on First Nations child welfare and Jordan’s Principle and to decide for themselves whether or not they think there is discrimination against First Nations children and youth.

Many Hands, One Dream
Many Hands, One Dream is a long-term initiative to generate commitment, foster collaboration, and develop and implement solutions that will improve the health of Aboriginal children and youth in Canada.

Moose Hide Campaign Day – a day for collective action against violence towards women and children.
You’ll be hearing from Elders and knowledge keepers, campaign co-founders, youth, keynote speakers and workshop facilitators – all sharing knowledge on how we move towards a more inclusive, caring and violence-free society. Discover what action we can take right now to respond to growing levels of gender-based and domestic violence. Explore the event map to find out who’s speaking, choose your workshop, hear cultural teachings from Elders, get support with your #FastToEndViolence and find resources for your community or organization events and activities

Orange Shirt Day
The annual Orange Shirt Day on September 30th opens the door to global conversation on all aspects of Residential Schools. It is an opportunity to create meaningful discussion about the effects of Residential Schools and the legacy they have left behind.  A discussion all Canadians can tune into and create bridges with each other for reconciliation.  A day for survivors to be reaffirmed that they matter, and so do those that have been affected.  Every Child Matters, even if they are an adult, from now on. 

Indigenous ancestral lands and Elders epistemologies in a time of pandemic Erica Neeganagwedgin First Published December 8, 2020 AlterNative: An International Journal of Indigenous Peoples 
The COVID-19 pandemic has introduced a worldwide shift in daily life. However, Indigenous people have a long history relating to introduced pandemics. Responding to these different forms of destruction, Indigenous people have generated multiple ways to draw on their own ancestral systems. This report provides a short history of those pandemics, the impact of the current COVID-19 pandemic, and the ways in which Indigenous people have responded by drawing on their ancestral Land and practices, and through the guidance and knowledge of Elders…

Reconciliation Canada Building Resilience with Chief Joseph
Reconciliation Canada presents a video series on staying resilient during the troubling times of the COVID-19 pandemic. Through traditional teachings, our Ambassador Chief Robert Joseph explores how to respond to challenges, recover from difficulties and setbacks, and build emotional and spiritual resilience. 
Episode 1: Reconciling our mind, body, soul and spirit
Episode 2: How to cope with anxiety during the COVID-19 pandemic
Episode 3: Chief Joesph’s Story of Resilience
Episode 4: Proceeding carefully to the new normal

Malone, G. K. (2020). “Go back to the old way”: First Nations return to land during COVID-19 pandemic. The Canadian Press.  
First Nations leaders who have called on their communities to return to the land to find food during the COVID-19 pandemic are also seeing people reconnect with their traditions..

University of Calgary & Dr. Reg Crowshoe, Piikani Elder, and UCalgary’s Elder in Residence talks about the history of pandemics in Indigenous communities, and what we can learn from Indigenous ways of knowing 
Video Real People | Real Stories: Elsie Potts 
Video Elders Wisdom Series: The Story of Pandemic  

ALIGN CONNECTION SPECIAL EDITION “Everything You Want to Know Before You Attend Your First Powwow”
Learn what to expect and what is expected of you. This resource was developed for Caregivers but is a great resource for everyone!

AMMSA – Powwow – a healing experience
(Excerpt) There are several different kinds of powwows, though the two most common are known as the traditional powwow and the competition powwow. In traditional powwows, everyone participates in the dancing or singing. While there is a degree of competition in the dancing events, it is not a formal competition. Walker points to the ceremonies as a big part of traditional powwows – honorings, giveaways, “first dances” or “coming out” dances, and adoption ceremonies.

Alberta Teachers Association – Stepping Stones
First Nations, Métis and Inuit Music and Dance PDF

Bent Arrow has compiled a resource of Knowledge Holder videos on topics such as the Cree language, the power of drumming, Star Blankets, the role of women and much more!

Destination Indigenous – What to keep in mind at a Pow Wow
Pow Wows are important cultural events that require certain etiquette to be observed. Find out more about the significance of your words and actions at a Pow Wow and how to ensure you are showing respect

Open Library – 15 Ceremonies and Socials (Open Library)
The Indigenous Peoples of Turtle Island are far more diverse than is usually represented in the media; it is very important to keep in mind that each community, Nation, and clan has customs that are specific to it. This gallery will help familiarize you with some of the ceremonies and socials that are common to many Indigenous communities. Feasts and giveaways, Naming ceremonies, Sweat lodges, Moon time, Strawberry/spring berry ceremonies, Métis “rendez-vous”, Potlatch ceremonies

Powwows.com Information
Pow Wow Visitors Guide
What is a Pow Wow?
Pow Wow Etiquette

PowWows.com – What Is a Native American Round Dance? History, Music, & Meaning  The determination of when round dances are held depends on the interests of the specific tribe who decides to hold. Sometimes, there is simply scheduled randomly as social events. Other times, they are used to celebrate secular holidays like New Year’s Eve…

S&K – Round dancing a tribal tradition at powwows
The round dance consists of a group of hand drummers standing in the center singing songs while groups of people dance in a circular movement around the drummers. Sometimes the dancers will join hands while dancing, but depending on how many people are dancing they may not join hands. Round dances can be smaller family/friends gatherings to larger events which bring many communities together. Some round dances may consist of tens of people to thousands…

Somtime’s Home – Attending My First Pow Wow in Wendake: Lessons Learned a Visiting Outsider
A Pow Wow is a time for people to gather to honor traditions, connect with old friends, Mother Earth and the heartbeat of the drum. Hopefully you’ll be able to attend your first Pow Wow one day, too, if you haven’t already. And what to expect, lessons learned, and a break down of dance and drum competitions will help you… 

UofA YouTube Video – Round Dance 101: What to Know Before Your First Round Dance  The Round Dance is a ceremony which brings together a diverse group of people of all genders, ages, socio-economic levels, ethnicities, and religions. With the help of Adrian LaChance, the University of Alberta has put together this short guide to help prepare you for your first Round Dance experience.

UCalgary – How to attend a powwow, in a good way
June to September is powwow season on reserves across the country, and in Calgary, large numbers of non-Indigenous people have had a taste of the powwow experience, most notably at the Canada Day events hosted at Prince’s Island Park….

Oldest Native American footage ever 

DRUMMING

Drumming Videos
Oldest Native American Drumming Video 1894
9 year old Aaron sings a rounddance song at alexis first nation

Empowering The Spirit’s SHARING THROUGH STORY
Indigenous cultures share stories in many ways – orally, in song, in drumming…

Four Directions Teachings
This website hosts a beautiful presentation that shares the value of oral storytelling by elders and teachers from five different groups: Blackfoot, Cree, Ojibwe, M’ikmaq, and Mohawk.  Hear stories about ceremonies, dancing, drumming and much more.

Native Drums – devoted to the rich heritage of First Nations culture and music in Canada. With videos, and moving image galleries for Youth, in-depth interviews and articles for students, the image research database for scholars, and downloadable resource kits for teachers, Native Drums has something for everyone! In the Drum Gallery are drums from far and wide in Canada. Each drum tells a story about its originators and their history and traditions.

Sagkeeng Child and Family Services Video – Making Hand Drums  
The traditional teachings and cultural skills of making hand drums are powerful anchors to First Nation culture and health.

Stoney Education Authority Video – A Lesson on Pow Wow Drumming .
A short video that describes 3 different types of pow wow drumming styles.

MAHEGUN TRAILS INC Drumming Workshops  
Drumming workshops are available for group purchase, with a capacity of 10-20 spaces per workshop.

UofA YouTube Video – Round Dance 101: What to Know Before Your First Round Dance  The Round Dance is a ceremony which brings together a diverse group of people of all genders, ages, socio-economic levels, ethnicities, and religions. With the help of Adrian LaChance, the University of Alberta has put together this short guide to help prepare you for your first Round Dance experience.

UCalgary – How to attend a powwow, in a good way
June to September is powwow season on reserves across the country, and in Calgary, large numbers of non-Indigenous people have had a taste of the powwow experience, most notably at the Canada Day events hosted at Prince’s Island Park…

ALIGN ASSOCIATION
ALIGN Videos – The Indigenous Thought Leaders Series  
intended to Enhance Indigenous Innovations and Relationships in Child Intervention Service Delivery.
Selected Elders, advisers, and service providers share Indigenous teachings and current practices in work with Indigenous children, families, and individuals. The presentations showcase specific culturally-based approaches to practice and ceremony with indigenous service users. The individual presentations include teachings from highly respected elders and knowledge keepers in Alberta. Various Alberta-based programs providing culturally appropriate and effective services are highlighted. The presentations give the viewer the opportunity to explore how they can utilize the guidelines and principles in policy development and service delivery.
ALIGN Indigenous Protocol Process Video’s
Selected Elders, advisers, and service providers shared Indigenous teachings and current practices in work with Indigenous children, families, and individuals. These informative protocol videos showcase specific culturally-based approaches to practice and ceremony with indigenous service users. The individual presentations include teachings from highly respected elders and knowledge keepers in Alberta.

Alberta Library – More Than Personal Communication Citation templates for Elders and Knowledge Keepers
These citation formats are meant to promote the culturally respectful use of Indigenous knowledge and people in research and challenge the status quo of who we cite.

Alberta Teachers Association – Stepping Stones
Elder Protocol PDF

Alberta.ca WELCOMING ELDERS Excerpt from Our Words, Our Ways
Elders are men and women regarded as the keepers and teachers of an Aboriginal nation’s oral tradition and knowledge. Age is not considered a determinant of wisdom; young people of sixteen years may have essential knowledge. Different Elders hold different gifts. Their contributions to schools and classrooms can be significant when they are involved in meaningful ways such as bringing traditional ceremonies and teachings into the school or classroom; providing advice to parents, students, teachers and school administrators; providing accurate information about Aboriginal heritage and Aboriginal communities; and acting as a bridge between the school and the community…

ANFCA Elders’ Wisdom Circle
Established in 2000, the Elders’ Wisdom Circle provides an opportunity for Indigenous Elders from each member Friendship Centre to join together to support the ongoing efforts of the Friendship Centre Movement in Alberta. The Elders’ Wisdom Circle plays an important cultural role in our urban landscape; their common voice helps bring clarity to difficult situations and their traditional knowledge and wisdom benefits youth, staff and board discussions alike.  The Elders’ Wisdom Circle provides support on issues as they relate to culture, programming and organizational direction. EWC increases opportunities for Elders to engage and interact with youth, to access training and educational opportunities as they relate to current and emerging issues, and to honour and infuse the ongoing value of traditional culture in daily life.

Bent Arrow has compiled a resource of Knowledge Holder videos on topics such as the Cree language, the power of drumming, Star Blankets, the role of women and much more!

Book – Those Who Know: Profile of Alberta’s Native Elders
Dianne Meili’s faithful re-telling of the interviews she conducted with each Elder during the two years she spent travelling throughout Alberta.

Calgary Public Library Guidance Circle (Request a Meeting)
Now available as an online experience. Individuals and small groups, including students, can meet virtually with an Elder to explore topics relating to culture, history, and reconciliation. Virtual meetings with Elders and Knowledge Keepers are available between Monday and Friday, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. 
Gather & Learn
Visit the Indigenous Languages Resource Centre on Level 4 at Central Library to meet with Elders, share stories under a night sky installation, view traditional items, and learn Treaty 7 languages.

Canada School of PS – Video Elder Talk: Exploring Identity
Elder Gerry Oleman, a member of the St’at’imc Nation in British Columbia talks about how identity is formed both collectively and for each individual, how identity is imposed on us, and how we can also create our own identities. (Event held on January 13, 2021)

Bent Arrow The Practise as Ceremony team provides cultural services to all community members from different knowledge holders on the cultural team. The team consists of men and women, cultural connectors from different areas of Alberta and Saskatchewan of Treaty 6, 7 and 8 and the teachings are from the land and all its creation. Visit to learn more about Elder Teachings and 1-on-1 Elder Support

CASS Video “Guide to Relationships and Learning with the Indigenous Peoples of Alberta” was developed to support our members, as system leaders, to deepen their understanding of foundational knowledge of the Indigenous Peoples. This Guide was developed through an Indigenous lens by including the voices and teachings of Elders and Knowledge Keepers. Their voices are captured on video and edited to introduce and bring understanding to multiple areas of learning that capture and cover the essential teachings identified by the First Nations, Métis and Inuit Peoples of Alberta

CBC/Radio-Canada Video
First Nations University of Canada professor explains the importance of elders in the community.

CBC Podcast – UnReserved
Unreserved is the radio space for Indigenous community, culture, and conversation.
Listen to What it means to be an elder

Centre for Indigenous Initiatives Guidelines for Working with First Nation, Metis and Inuit Elders and Knowledge Keepers
In First Nations, Métis, and Inuit cultures, Elders and traditional teachers play a prominent, vital, and respected role. They are held in high regard as they are the knowledge keepers, carrying traditional teachings and information passed down through oral history, customs and traditions which encompass beliefs, values, worldviews, language, and spiritual ways of life.

Elder Talk (Video) Exploring Identity
Gerry Oleman, a member of the St’at’imc Nation in British Columbia. Elder Oleman will talk about how identity is formed both collectively and for each individual, how identity is imposed on us, and how we can also create our own identities. Participants will gain greater awareness of the ways colonialism has impacted and continues to impact not only Indigenous identities, but non-Indigenous collective identities as well

Empowering the Spirit – Mark of the Métis: Traditional Knowledge and Stories of the Métis Peoples of Northeastern Alberta
The stories of 104 elders who have lived and worked in the area are captured through interviews conducted by the Fort McMurray Métis Local 1935. The Elders tell their stories in their own terms and in their own unique meaningful ways…

FN Caring Society Elderbeary Day Annually March 20th
Elderbeary Day honours and celebrates the contributions of the Elders

Four Directions Teachings
Oral storytelling by elders and teachers from five different groups: Blackfoot, Cree, Ojibwe, M’ikmaq, and Mohawk.  Hear stories about creation, ceremonies, dancing, drumming, the medicine wheel, and much more.

Indigenous Corporate Training First Nation Elder Protocol
Elders are increasingly being asked to participate in protocol at the beginning of meetings and events. Here are some suggestions on how to extend an invitation to an Elder, appropriate honoraria, travel arrangements etc. 

Miskanawah Elder Connectionsis a way for you to seek mental, spiritual, and physical guidance within the comfort of your own home. Through any phone or cellular device and guided oral teachings, Elders will connect with you one-on-one to support you based on your needs. Guidance may be conducted within the areas of verbal mentorship, mental wellness, spiritual guidance, emotional connection, and physical awareness.In-person requests may be considered and both male and female Elders are available. To register or for more information, contact Care Connectors: Linda Collins: NEconnector@miskanawah.ca or 403-700-8440 Lynette Persaud: NWconnector@miskanawah.ca or 403-714-4895

Native Counselling Services of Alberta Engaging with Elders: A Co-created Story pdf
Over the past year we brought together a diverse group of Indigenous Elders, Knowledge Keepers and Cultural Mediators in circle to prepare for this document. There was much conversation for the first few months on the initial question of “What is an Elder?”. This was a humbling experiencing to witness, and the circle of Elders modelled their teachings and behaviour with each other to be humble, respectful and open to learning from one another. There was never a sense of hierarchy among the circle, and no superiority, only love, kindness and respect.

Native Counseling Centre Engaging with Elders: A Co-created Story
This Elder Protocol project is centered on Indigenous ways of knowing and doing.

Native Languages of the Americas Alberta Focus
Those Who Know: Interesting book of interviews with Alberta Native elders.

Our Elders Stories (Metis) Videos
This website draws on the knowledge and wisdom of Elder storytelling to stimulate pride in Michif language and culture. It draws on song keepers who carry culture and language in their songs. Viewers can experience music and storytelling here to create emotional connections and meaningful experiences in support of their language learning

Teaching and Learning Video – Indigenous Way of Life With Kerrie Moore & Dr. Reg Crowshoe
Indigenous Knowledge Keepers Reg Crowshoe and Kerrie Moore discuss the significance of traditional protocols, the relationship between Indigenous people of the land and oral traditions as part of their ways knowing.

Those Who Know: Profiles of Alberta’s Native Elders Paperback by Dianne Meili
The reader will experience first-hand the personality, characteristics, and sometimes remote environment of these healers, visionaries, storytellers, and spiritualists through Dianne Meili’s faithful re-telling of the interviews she conducted with each during the two years she spent travelling throughout Alberta.

UofA Elder Protocol and Guidelines pdf
The concept of an Elder in the Aboriginal community is sometimes a difficult one for non-Aboriginal people to understand. The difference is in the language: in English, it is a title; a noun. In Indigenous languages, it is a verb that describes the role.

University of Calgary Elder’s Teaching Series
Join ii’ taa’poh’to’p, UCalgary’s Indigenous Strategy, to hear traditional knowledge, worldview, and language, and approaches to healing with respect to cultural wellbeing, intergenerational trauma, and Indigenous ways of knowing, doing, connecting, and being.

University of Calgary & Dr. Reg Crowshoe, Piikani Elder, and UCalgary’s Elder in Residence talks about the history of pandemics in Indigenous communities, and what we can learn from Indigenous ways of knowing 
Video Real People | Real Stories: Elsie Potts 
Video Elders Wisdom Series: The Story of Pandemic 

PRESENTATION HOSTED BY ALIGN

Video – Chief Delorme Presentation Cowessess First Nation Miyo Pimatisowin Act & Coordination Agreement ALIGN AGM October 2021 (Includes links to related sector documents)

Training Materials from BILL C-92 From Compliance to Connection Dr. Hadley Friedland and Koren Lightning-Earle Virtual Workshop Wahkohtowin Law and Governance Lodge 2020

SECTOR C-92 RESOURCES

University of Calgary Faculty of Law – Is the Act respecting First Nations, Inuit and Métis children, youth and families Constitutional? April 28, 2022 by Robert Hamilton Although it has faced thoughtful and considered criticism, it is clear the Act seeks to substantially change how child and family services are provided and to transition the governance and regulation of those services to Indigenous peoples…

How Indigenous people are rebuilding child welfare to lift up the whole family CBC Radio March 1, 2022 Cowessess First Nation putting culture, community at centre of new family welfare system… 

NEW JANUARY 2022! Bill C-92 Compliance Guide for Social Workers and Service Providers WAHKOHTOWIN Law & Governance Lodge
The National Standards map on to Indigenous led and evidence-based best practices already in the child protection field. The best interests of the child is still the primary consideration for decision-making but requires a different approach. It includes the importance of ongoing relationships for Indigenous children and should be considered in light of the cultural continuity and substantive equality principles…View Full PDF Here

Cowessess First Nation Miyo Pimatisowin Act

Cowessess First Nation July 5, 2021 Miyo Pimatisowin Act Coordination Agreement Ceremony & Signing

Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau – New support for child and family services in Cowessess First Nation July 2021 The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, the Premier of Saskatchewan, Scott Moe, and the Chief of Cowessess First Nation, Cadmus Delorme, today announced that the first Coordination Agreement under the Act respecting First Nations, Inuit and Métis children, youth and families has been signed with Cowessess First Nation – Treaty 4 Territory – and the Province of Saskatchewan. Read Full

Capacity-building funding for An Act respecting First Nations, Inuit and Métis children, youth and families
Through the July 2020 Economic and Fiscal Snapshot, the Government of Canada has committed over $542 million over five years, starting in fiscal year 2020 to 2021, to support the implementation of an Act respecting First Nations, Inuit and Métis children, youth and families, which came into force on January 1, 2020. The act enables Indigenous groups, communities or peoples that hold rights recognized and affirmed by section 35 of the Constitution Act,1982 (thereafter referred to as “Indigenous groups, communities or peoples”) to exercise jurisdiction over child and family services.Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) recognizes that not all Indigenous groups, communities or peoples have the same readiness or resources to exercise jurisdiction under the act. As part of the Government of Canada’s funding commitment to support the implementation of the act, funding is available to support Indigenous groups, communities and peoples and their Indigenous governing body wishing to:

  • explore readiness to exercise jurisdiction
  • develop Indigenous child and family service legislation, systems, and programs prior to entering into coordination agreement discussions
    APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED ON AN ONGOING BASIS.

C-92 Online Training: Federal Act for First Nations, Inuit and Métis Children, Youth and Families
The focus of this course will be on familiarizing participants with the new federal legislation. The training will also help participants to think through jurisdictional implications, necessary changes to their practices and ways to successfully interpret and implement the new legislation. This training is highly recommended for anyone wanting to understand the new Act, how it affects child and family services provision, Nationally and Provincially, and how it can be applied to improve and increase supports to Indigenous children, families and communities.

Assembly of First Nations Videos & Resources from the Our Children, Our Future, Virtual Leadership Gathering on First Nations Child and Family Services and Self Determination
Learn about the new Indigenous child and family services legislation. Hear dialogue amongst First Nations, service providers and government officials about the Act, priorities for First Nations implementing the Act, and the changes that come with implementation. Hear input from our Elders and former First Nations Youth in Care on systemic reforms needed. Shared emerging promising practices from First Nations implementing the Act. Understand the new tools for First Nations children, youth and communities to support the best interests of the child. Funding not-for-profits to support Alberta’s recovery

WoW Guide Nlaka’pamus Nation Tribal Council Second Addition Wrapping Our Ways Around Them Indigenous Communities and Child Welfare Guidebook. The intention is to have child welfare agencies and societies understand, respect and honour the experience of indigenous peoples from an intergenerational trauma lens to better support the act. Nlaka’pamus Nation Tribal Council Second Addition WRAPPING OUR WAYS is intended to be a resource that empowers Indigenous Nation and community involvement in caring for Indigenous children. It provides advice to lawyers, judges, children, families, community members and social work teams.

Protocol regarding An Act Respecting First Nations, Inuit and Métis children, youth and families

University of Alberta – Wahkohtowin Law and Governance Lodge
The Wahkohtowin Lodge responds to the expressed needs of Indigenous communities and organizations who want effective strategies to identify, rebuild and develop law and governance structures that resonate within their own legal and governance traditions. Specifically, this resource has a wealth of information and updates on Bill C-92.

SEE MORE INDIGENOUS CHILD WELFARE UPDATES AND RESOURCES

Alberta Culture Days grant
Grants of up to $10,000 are available to help community non-profit organizations offset the cost of planning and hosting events, showcasing local talent and highlighting existing cultural programs in their communities
Last Deadline May – Check Website For Deadlines

Alberta Gov Multiculturalism, Indigenous and Inclusion Grant Program
This program supports initiatives and projects that build intercultural awareness and understanding.
Previous Deadlines in May and September – Check Website to Confirm

Canadian Roots Exchange CREation is a multi-level funding program that supports strengths-based, community-focused and youth-led projects taking place in communities across Canada. Grassroot youth groups/collectives (comprised of Indigenous youth ages 15-29) are eligible to apply for funding to support community programs and projects while receiving innovative mentorship, training and capacity-building opportunities

Deadline June 22, 2022

Canada History Fund
The Canada History Fund encourages Canadians to improve their knowledge about Canada’s history, civics and public policy. The Fund supports the production of learning materials, the organization of learning activities and the creation or maintenance of networks.
Deadline September 15, 2022

Celebrate Canada
Provides funding for activities organized on:
• National Indigenous Peoples Day (June 21)
• Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day (June 24)
• Canadian Multiculturalism Day (June 27)
• Canada Day (July 1)
Events funded are expected to be held on the date of the designated day.
Check Website for Deadlines

CMHC Shelter Enhancement Program (SEP)
This program is open to all First Nations or First Nation housing organizations that operate housing for people fleeing domestic violence. Financial support is available to create a new shelter or second-stage housing. Funding can also be provided for repairs to existing shelters or second-stage housing
Open Application

Commemorate Canada
The Commemorating the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation component of the program provides funding (up to a maximum of $10,000) to eligible recipients for initiatives that commemorate or increase awareness of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and of the history and legacy of residential schools.
Check Website for Deadlines

Events Component of the Community Support, Multiculturalism, and Anti-Racism Initiatives Program provides funding to community-based events that promote intercultural or interfaith understanding, promote discussions on multiculturalism, diversity, racism and religious discrimination, or celebrate a community’s history and culture such as heritage months recognized by Parliament.
Open Application

FN Caring Society The 2021 Jordan’s Principle Scholarship.
Named in honour of Jordan River Anderson, the scholarship will be awarded to First Nations students studying children’s health or children with disabilities. Previously Open for Application in November – Check Website to Confirm

FNCCEC Indigenous Languages Component of the Indigenous Languages and Cultures Program Grants
Supports the efforts of Indigenous communities and organizations to reclaim, revitalize, maintain and strengthen Indigenous languages.  Previous Deadline Around December Visit Website to Confirm

Indigenous Organizations component of Creating, Knowing and Sharing funds First Nations, Inuit and Métis organizations that engage in contemporary, customary or traditional artistic and cultural activities. These activities can include non-Indigenous artists and collaborations with non-Indigenous organizations. Grants support the exploration of innovative strategies for Indigenous creative and cultural expression, and related administrative activities. Various Deadlines – Visit Website to Confirm

Listen, Hear Our Voices initiative
The Listen, Hear Our Voices initiative can fund Indigenous organizations to help digitize and preserve existing culture and language recordings for future generations.
Check Website for Deadlines

Telus Indigenous Communities Fund
The TELUS Indigenous Communities Fund offers grants up to $50,000 for Indigenous-led social, health and community programs. Together, we can make the future friendly by supporting Indigenous leaders and community groups who know their communities best.Requests eligible for funding: Your organization, community group or project supports Indigenous peoples (First Nations, Métis, Inuit) within Canada and You clearly address a pressing social or well-being need and create measurable community outcomes Past Deadlines October & March – Visit Website to Confirm

NATIONAL INDIGENOUS HISTORY MONTH INITIATIVES
ALIGN Indigenous Online Jigsaw Puzzles For All Ages and Skill Levels – Learn More About Indigenous Culture for National Indigenous Day June 21st

ALIGN CONNECTION SPECIAL EDITION “Everything You Want to Know Before You Attend Your First Powwow”

20 Great Indigenous History Resources For Professionals. Celebrate Indigenous History Month this June by Learning More!

20 Great Ways for Children, Youth and Families to Honour and Celebrate National Indigenous History Month (JUNE)

Video – Oldest Native American Footage Ever
A rare opportunity to get a glimpse into the past

ATA –  A TIMELINE OF ALBERTA’S INDIGENOUS HISTORY
Gain a better understanding of the chain of events

5 apps for learning about Indigenous life and history
At-your-fingertips reading, streaming and resources to educate yourself about Indigenous history and life

Bent Arrow has compiled a resource of Knowledge Holder videos on topics such as the Cree language, the power of drumming, Star Blankets, the role of women and much more!

Book – Aboriginal Cultures in Alberta: Five Hundred Generations (The University of Alberta Press)
The book was developed in consultation with and features the experiences and perspectives of Elders and representatives from First Nations and Metis communities throughout the province.

Canadian Museum of History Online Exhibitions
The Canadian Museum of History offers a number of online exhibitions that include many focused on Indigenous histories, culture and perspectives.

CBC LISTEN  Legends of the Kainai: Stories from the Blackfoot People (runs 53:58)
This segment features dramatized versions of traditional Blackfoot legends recorded in March 2007, on the Blood Reserve in southwestern Alberta. It is the hope that these precious recordings will help preserve the endangered language of the Kainai and will showcase the traditional lifestyle, history, values and creation myths as they were shared by the Blackfoot for more than 10,000 years.

Digital Storytelling
This collection of seven short digital stories introduces viewers to a selection of Métis stories as told through a variety of community perspectives, including intergenerational tellings which are unique to these stories.

Edmonton & Area Land Trust Treaty 6 amiskwaciy-wâskahikan (Edmonton) History
Amiskwaciy means Beaver Hills in Nehiyawewin (Cree). The name for Edmonton, amiskwaciy-wâskahikan, means Beaver Hill House….

Empowering the Spirit Video – The Seven Sacred Teachings
The Seven Sacred Teachings, also known as the Teachings of the Seven Grandfathers, is a set of teachings on human conduct towards others. They are what was traditionally and still is to this day needed in order for communities to survive.

FACT Video Facts About Indigenous People in Canada (FACTS)
Canada is home to hundreds of distinct peoples who were the original inhabitants of this land…

FIRST NATIONS CONFEDERACY OF CULTURAL EDUCATION CENTRES FNCCEC
A a non-profit national organization comprising of over fifty Cultural Education Centres which are located in every part of the country and represents the language and cultural diversity among First Nation

Fishing Lake Stories: Educating with digital storytelling
This collection of seven short digital stories introduces viewers to a selection of Métis stories as told through a variety of community perspectives, including intergenerational tellings which are unique to these stories These digital stories were created in the northeastern Alberta (Canada) community of Fishing Lake Metis Settlement. The storytellers have agreed to share their stories as part of the book publication: Educating with digital storytelling, as published by Routledge, and authored by Yvonne Poitras Pratt.

Gabriel Dumont Institute (GDI) Virtual Museaum of Metis History and Culture
Oral history interviews, photographs and various archival documents – in visual, audio and video files

Government of Canada Library and Archives Canada (LAC)
An extensive, but not a complete, collection of historic Canadian Indian treaties, land surrenders, and related agreements. The collection contains documents that span more than 275 years

Government of Canada Treaty Texts
Transcripts for the original treaties

History Museum Traditional Stories
Listen to traditional stories and creation stories told by six Indigenous storytellers from communities across Canada. Each recording is available in the respective Indigenous language and in English

The alliedFutures Project Tool-Kit
Treaty 7 A guided knowledge sharing series led by a community of settlers, Elders and Knowledge Keepers. An educational toolkit to get informed, unlearn and unsettle. As leaders in our community, it is time to unpack what it means to be a settler in Treaty 7 Territory. To move from intent to impact. Values to actions. Settler to Unsettler. Learn how to consciously disrupt your mindset and the spaces you’re in. This series is for leaders and teams across Treaty 7 committed to participating in the journey to Reconciliation.

Living My Culture.ca Videos
Indigenous Voices: Ceremony, Tradition and Spirituality

Native Languages of the Americas
Recommended Books – Alberta Focus
The People: Historical Guide to the First Nations of Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba.
From Treaties to Reserves: Political history of Alberta’s First Nations.
The Story of the Blackfoot People: Blackfoot traditions produced by a Native Alberta Museum.
The Plains Cree: Ethnography of the Cree Indians of Saskatchewan and Alberta.
My People, the Bloods: Book about the Kainai (Blood) Indians of Alberta.

Native-Land.ca
Interactive map allows you to see what the languages, traditional territories, and treaties in an area. Enter your address and learn more about the territorial lands, treaties and languages

Native Drums Oral Traditions 
Excerpt: Memory, lived experience and language converge into stories, myths, legends, songs. Through these we learn about our past, present and future. We must know and understand these things so that we in turn can pass on this fundamental wisdom to the next generation… 

National Indigenous History Month
In June, we celebrate National Indigenous History Month to honour the history, heritage and diversity of Indigenous peoples in Canada

RLI Master Vocabulary List Foundational Knowledge  (Source Page) From 2018 –2021, RLI worked closely with Métis leaders, knowledge keepers, and community members to produce five Foundational Knowledge Themes to support educators as they grow in their understanding of authentic Métis history, stories, and perspectives. The Foundational Knowledge Themes are a set of living documents.

Voices of Amiskwaciy Sharing Stories from Indigenous Edmonton
Voices of Amiskwaciy is a space that supports the community to create, share, discover and celebrate local Indigenous content online. Share your history, your knowledge, your vision, your voice.

University of Alberta Press – Aboriginal Cultures in Alberta: Five Hundred Generations (The University of Alberta Press)This heavily illustrated, full colour book uses the framework of historical narrative to elucidate the past 11,000 years of Aboriginal history in present-day Alberta. The book was developed in consultation with and features the experiences and perspectives of Elders and representatives from First Nations and Metis communities throughout the province. With its recognition that Aboriginal people are a vital part of contemporary society, Aboriginal Cultures in Alberta, Five Hundred Generations makes an important contribution toward fostering an understanding of Aboriginal history and culture in Alberta.

University of Saskatchewan Indigenous Studies Portal
The Indigenous Studies Portal (iPortal) is a database of full-text electronic resources such as articles, e-books, theses, government publications, videos, oral histories, and digitized archival documents and photographs. The iPortal content has a primary focus on Indigenous peoples of Canada

UofVic Indigenous Historical News Sources – Newspapers & News

Western –  The Path: Your Journey Through Indigenous Canada™ by NVision
 “The Path” modules – which are a set of accredited online introductory modules that explore First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples of Canada, the history of Indigenous peoples and relationships with settlers, the British Crown, and Canada.

21 Things You May Not Know About The Indian Act, Self-Guided Course
The best selling book, 21 Things You May Not Know About The Indian Act, is now available as a Self-Guided course. This course is filled with 21 Knowledge Checks that will help test your knowledge and even provide you with new information relevant to the current day.

Indian Act – It was illegal for First Nations people to gather in groups of three or greater. This was an effort by the Canadian government to suppress First Nations gathering and ceremony. Gathering is an important part of the resurgence of Indigenous cultures.

First Peoples Law Reading List
A curated list of resources on the topic of indigenous law and aboriginal rights in Canada, updated on March 30th, 2020

Indigenous Corporate Training – The Nishnawbe Aski Nation 21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act’
Based on a viral article, 21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act is the essential guide to understanding the legal document and its repercussions on generations of Indigenous Peoples, written by a leading cultural sensitivity trainer.

Alberta Teachers Association – Stepping Stones
Indigenous Linguistic Diversity and Revitalization PDF

Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation
Now Available on the App & Google Play Stores Stoney Language Dictionary

Animikii Apps For Learning An Indigenous Language – Animikii Indigenous Technology
Check out   30 Indigenous Language Apps! Here are just a few examples
Free – Chickasaw Language Basic
Free – Denededline Intro
Free – Gudeh: We are Speaking Dene Zhatie (South Slavey)
Free – Maskwacis Cree
Why learning your language is important Learning an Indigenous language can be a form of personal Reconciliation. It allows you to get closer to your Indigenous family members, to your Community, and to better understand your own identity as an Indigenous person.However – beyond personal gains – learning your traditional language is an act of resistance and resilience for all Indigenous people. Your Indigenous language contains your Community’s unique worldview, with meaning infused in every sentence and every word you add to your vocabulary. By learning your language, you are asserting your identity…

Bent Arrow has compiled a resource of Knowledge Holder videos on topics such as the Cree language, the power of drumming, Star Blankets, the role of women and much more!

CPL Gather & Learn
Visit the Indigenous Languages Resource Centre on Level 4 at Central Library to meet with Elders, share stories under a night sky installation, view traditional items, and learn Treaty 7 languages.

CPL – Video – Indigenous Language Lesson: Siksika Nation (Calgary Public Library) 
Always wanted to learn the Blackfoot language? Learn key phrases with Serenity! 

Cree Literacy Network Cree language and cultural literacy, in oral form, and through literacy materials

CREE WEBISODES Led by Cree language educator Lorraine George, Ivana Yellowback and Darcy Waite learn their Cree language in this fun, easy-to-follow web series that’s all about language reclamation.

Dumont Institute Michif Online Dictionary
The Gabriel Dumont Institute’s mandate is to promote and preserve Métis culture, and therefore has been developing resources that allow people to hear and read the language. Since Michif is an oral language, no standard orthography exists. As a result, the Institute recognizes the spelling conventions of Michif experts, such as Norman Fleury
Heritage Michif Dictionary – 11,500 translations and audio pronunciations
Northern Michif Dictionary 18,000 translations and audio pronunciations
Heritage Michif Lessons 1000 words and phrases to learn over 60 exercises, with audio pronunciations

EPL Indigenous Resources and EventsL Information for and about Indigenous Peoples, including weekly Cree and Stoney language classes, cultural teachings by Nôhkom Jo-Ann Saddleback and opportunities to develop a deeper understanding of reconciliation and how it impacts all Canadians.

LEARNMICHIF Vidoes & Audo Files
Here are some basic greetings and useful expressions in Michif. You will learn how to say hello and goodbye along with a few basic other sayings. Listen a few times and try to say the words yourself.

Language affects the way different cultures view time, direction, colors, numbers, and even logic

Louis Riel Institute Online “Speaking Michif” is a set of language modules and printable resources developed by the Louis Riel Institute to assist in teaching families the Michif language. 

Michif Cultural Connections (St. Albert)
Michif Cultural Connections provides Métis programming and workshops including Michif language

Native Drums Oral Traditions 
Excerpt: Memory, lived experience and language converge into stories, myths, legends, songs. Through these we learn about our past, present and future. We must know and understand these things so that we in turn can pass on this fundamental wisdom to the next generation… 

Native Languages of the Americas
Language learning resources
Alberta Language Greetings: Learn to say “hello” in several Native Alberta languages.
Alberta Native Animals: Learn the Native American names of Alberta animals.
Language learning resources of the riginal inhabitants of the area that is now Alberta.
The Beaver Nation (Dene Zaa)
The Blackfoot Nation (Siksika, Piikani and Kainai)
The Chipewyan Nation (Dene Suline)
The Cree Nation
The Sioux Nation (Dakota)
The Ojibwe Nation (Anishinaabe)
The Sarcee Nation (Tsuu T’ina)
The Slavey Nation (Dene Tha’)
The Stoney Nation (Nakoda/Assiniboine)

Native-Land.ca  
Interactive map allows you to see what the languages, traditional territories, and treaties in an area.

NCCIE Indigenous Languages
One of the core messages heard during NCCIE’s first year is how important languages are to First Nations, Métis and Inuit Peoples and the central role languages play when passing on knowledge and culture through Indigenous education. To reflect this close relationship between Indigenous languages and Indigenous education, and in support of the United Nations Declaration that 2019 is the ‘Year of Indigenous Languages’, NCCIE has initiated a number of language projects
Michif Language Lesson #1 – Ma Famii (My Family)
Michif Language Lesson #2 – Oshtaataak li tii! (Let’s Make Tea)
Michif Language Lesson #3 – Poonataak! (Let’s build a fire!)
Michif Language Lesson #4 – Por chi-kiyokeehk o bor li feu dahor: Minihkweehk li tii eekwa piikishkweehk la famii oschi (Towards Visiting Around the Campfire: Family, Tea and Talk)

Native Language
Sarcee Language (Tsuu T’ina, Sarsi)
Sarcee Language
Sarcee language samples and resources.

RAM – Keeping language alive – there’s an app for that!
The RAM has compiled a list of a number of Indigenous language apps and resources that reach across the generation.

Rupertsland Centre for Teaching and Learning
Michif Words and Phrases
RCTL Activity Book 2021

Travelling Linguist
Some Native American words are in use around the world. Find out which ones! Short Video – 11 Words You Didn’t Know That Come From Indigenous Languages Spoken in Canada (The Travelling Linguist)

ThunderVR – Oculus Game Play through  
ThunderVR a First-of-its-kind VR experience.  (Excerpt – Indigenous Languages of Canada Encyclopedia) immersive Blackfoot language preservation and culture learning tool designed to teach the endangered Blackfoot language to a new generation of learners. The virtual reality game, based on a Blackfoot graphic novel called Thunder, tells the ancient Blackfoot story of a man who loses his wife and must travel a great distance to challenge the spirit of Thunder (Ksistsikoom) to get her back. Thunder was developed by USAY youth and Kainai elder Randy Bottle (Saakokoto). Thunder VR is available as a free download on Oculus Go… Read Full 

Voices on the Rise – This three-part documentary following Cree filmmaker Eli Hirtle as he travels to Indigenous communities across Alberta to explore ongoing language revitalization efforts. 

Yukon Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Government
Hän Language Videos
Hän Language Audiobook: Jëjik Cho Jëjik Cho, J̀i Näh-’ąy?
Click here for the Hän-language audio picture book, Jëjik cho jëjik cho, j̀i näh-’ąy?Dëtą̀yʼ-in në̀nähjèw (Hän Translation of O Come, All Ye Faithful)
Performed by Tr’ondëk Hwëchin Elder Angie Joseph-Rear. Mähsi to Mr. Percy Henry and participants in the Hän Literacy Session at the Yukon Native Learning Centre in December 2002.
Hän Numbers
Learn how to count to 10 in Hän. And subscribe to our channel here!
Klondike River
The second Hän language video is OUT! Let Elder Angie Joseph-Rear teach you the proper name for the river we’re all waiting to see crack.
Hän Animals
Youtube channel, TH Hän Language! All Videos

ACWS Video Treaty Relations: Spirit, Intent, and First Nations Perspectives
A conversation about First Nations perspectives on treaty making, what it means to ‘be in treaty’

Alberta.ca Map of First Nations Reserves and Metis Settlements

Alberta Treaties Road Trip
Seven students prepare to go on a road trip to learn about treaties in Alberta

Alberta Teachers Association Stepping Stones
Alberta Métis Settlements and Agreements PDF
Numbered Treaties Within Alberta: Treaty 6 PDF
Numbered Treaties Within Alberta: Treaty 7 PDF
Numbered Treaties Within Alberta: Treaty 8 PDF

Calgary Foundation TREATY 7 INDIGENOUS ALLY TOOLKIT 2019
Learn about the Protocols, Land Acknowledgement, Being an Ally and more!

Canada.ca Virtual Classroom Federal Implementation of Modern Treaties and Self-Government Agreements (IRA145)
Participants will learn how to conduct an Assessment of Modern Treaty Implications and apply a modern treaty and self-government lens to the development of policies, programs, and services.

CanadasHistory.ca – Treaties and the Treaty Relationship PDF
Contributing writers, from throughout Canada, have shared their insights and knowledge on a wide variety of aspects of Treaty history and the Treaty Relationship

CASS AB Learning from the Land (Includes link to video)
Although there is much diversity between First Nations, Métis, and Inuit, a deep and abiding connection to the land is common. Dr. Leroy Littlebear says that “The land is a sacred trust from the Creator. The land is the giver of life like a mother. The ecological aspect of Indigenous knowledge is all about the land. The land is a source of identity for Aboriginal People.”Elder Bob Joseph explains that “Traditional knowledge, languages, cultural practices and oral traditions built up over the millennia are all connected to the land.“Indigenous languages connect with living in harmony with each other and the land…

CBC Appreciating culture: Treaty payments, problematic colouring books and getting back to the land A short video covering treaties across Canada

CAUT Guide to Acknowledging First Peoples & Traditional Territory 2017 PDF
This pdf provides a variety of land acknowledgements and can be used as examples.

CBC Video – Appreciating culture: Treaty payments, problematic colouring books and getting back to the land
A short video covering treaties across Canada

CBC – Indigenous history on Treaty 6 territory in Alberta Recognizing Indigenous sites of significance through the year In consultation with Indigenous elders and community members, we (CBC) have created several maps of the Treaty 6 territory to celebrate and learn more about Indigenous culture and history. Each point on the map is of historic significance and contains a description of the place, with additional resources for further learning. The maps include Treaty 6 in relation to Alberta and Saskatchewan, Treaty 6 in Alberta, Edmonton, Edmonton core, the Wabamun/Lac Ste. Anne area and Maskwacîs…

CHFC Reconciliation Toolkit: Ideas for Good Process
Tools to help you design your land acknowledgment.

Creative Spirits Meaning of the Land Excerpt What does land mean to Aboriginal people? Non-Indigenous people and land owners might consider land as something they own, a commodity to be bought and sold, an asset to make profit from, but also a means to make a living off it or simply ‘home’ . They ‘develop’ land, as if it was unfinished or raw. For Aboriginal people the relationship is much deeper…

Edmonton & Area Land Trust Treaty 6 amiskwaciy-wâskahikan (Edmonton) History
Amiskwaciy means Beaver Hills in Nehiyawewin (Cree). The name for Edmonton, amiskwaciy-wâskahikan, means Beaver Hill House….

Empowering the Spirit Alberta Treaties 6, 7. 8 PDF
Excellent overview of the Alberta treaty regions and nations within those regions including maps and overviews of facts and myths surrounding Treaties.

First-Nations.info Directory of Reserves
Federally recognized First Nations in Alberta

First Peoples Law Reading List
A curated list of resources on the topic of indigenous law and aboriginal rights in Canada, updated on March 30th, 2020

Government of Canada Library and Archives Canada (LAC)
An extensive, but not a complete, collection of historic Canadian Indian treaties, land surrenders, and related agreements. The collection contains documents that span more than 275 years

Government of Canada Treaty Texts
Transcripts for the original treaties

Government of Canada Course – Federal Implementation of Modern Treaties and Self-Government Agreements (IRA145)
Participants will learn how to conduct an Assessment of Modern Treaty Implications and apply a modern treaty and self-government lens to the development of policies, programs, and services.

Home is Where The Land Is
View a video created by Adiran Huysman,  a master’s student from University of Calgary, who worked in collaboration with Rupertsland Institute to develop this resource.  Adrian shares his reflection on Jasper National Park and how his perspective changed after he explored and researched the history of Métis families and  their experiences of colonization.

Indigenous Peoples Atlas of Canada
This online atlas offers reference maps of Indigenous land and peoples in Canada, as well as a section devoted to Truth and Reconciliation, including detailed pages on many aspects of the topic with contemporary and historical photographs, maps and a glossary of common Indigenous terms.

Learn Alberta  – Walking together – Connection to Land Videos
Respecting Wisdom 
The speakers in these interviews reveal a spiritual relationship to the land. The land is often referred to as Mother Earth.  
Video A Sense of Place 
A Kainai Elder in Residence at Olds High School, Narcisse Blood shares his perspective on globalization with social studies teachers and students. This video, which was recorded and produced by students, documents preparation for a field trip to view pictographs. 
Beginning Together 
For many of us, land shapes our culture, identity and sense
Making Connections to Land, People and Places was hosted by Central Alberta Regional Consortium (CARC). This experiential learning opportunity included visits to two sites, Dry Island Buffalo Jump and Rumsey. Sharing of Aboriginal cultural stories and ceremony was integrated within the visits. See Discussion papers, images and videos

L​ibrary and Archives Canada (LAC) Treaties, Surrenders and Agreements, 1680-1956
LAC houses an extensive, but not complete, collection of historic treaties, land surrenders and related agreements.

Mountain Legacy Project Following their footsteps: Indigenous Territory Acknowledgement
Excerpt from Article Section – Stories through another lens
One of the prohibited sociocultural practices that is perhaps most apparent in the Mountain Legacy collection is the skillful use of fire by many different Indigenous groups as a means to manage the landscape.  Indigenous Burning Practices In early spring and late fall frequent low severity burning was used by Indigenous peoples to keep invasive vegetation and species (such as ticks) in check. It also renewed wildlife habitat and protected medicinal and edible plants. Indigenous burning practices were disallowed following the signing of Treaty 7 in 1877…

Native Languages of the Americas Alberta Focus
From Treaties to Reserves: Political history of Alberta’s First Nations.

Native-Land.ca  
Interactive map allows you to see what the languages, traditional territories, and treaties in an area.

The alliedFutures Project Tool-Kit
Treaty 7 A guided knowledge sharing series led by a community of settlers, Elders and Knowledge Keepers. An educational toolkit to get informed, unlearn and unsettle. As leaders in our community, it is time to unpack what it means to be a settler in Treaty 7 Territory. To move from intent to impact. Values to actions. Settler to Unsettler. Learn how to consciously disrupt your mindset and the spaces you’re in. This series is for leaders and teams across Treaty 7 committed to participating in the journey to Reconciliation.

Treaty Words: For As Long As the Rivers Flow (BOOK) Written by Aimée Craft Illustrated by Luke Swinson Annick Press 2021 Lesson and sharing about relationships with the land and water that Indigenous Peoples have and what a treaty really means. 

Treaties and the Treaty Relationship Presented by Canada’s History/KAYAK Magazine (FREE) 
Canada’s History is a magazine, and this special digital edition focuses on treaties and the relationship between Indigenous peoples and the British crown from an Indigenous perspective.

Teaching & Learning Video – Indigenous Way of Life With Kerrie Moore & Dr. Reg Crowshoe  
Indigenous Knowledge Keepers Reg Crowshoe and Kerrie Moore discuss the significance of traditional protocols, the relationship between Indigenous people of the land and oral traditions as part of their ways knowing.

Treaty Words: For As Long As the Rivers Flow (BOOK)Written by Aimée Craft Illustrated by Luke Swinson Annick Press 2021 Lesson and sharing about relationships with the land and water that Indigenous Peoples have and what a treaty really means.  

Understanding our past, reclaiming our culture: Métis resiliency and connection to land in the face of colonialism Monique D Auger Vol. 10 No. 1 University of Calgary (2021)
Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 33 Métis community members living in British Columbia, Canada. This research highlights the impacts of assimilation on Métis identity and knowledge with stories that speak to shame, hidden identity, and loss of culture 

University of Alberta Indigenous Canada Course
Includes modules on treaties and treaty relations

University of Calgary – Why are Territorial Acknowledgements Important? Office of Indigenous Engagement UofC

University of Alberta FREE Indigenous Canada
A MOOC produced by the University of Alberta that includes modules on treaties and treaty relations

University of Toronto 6 Common Myths about Treaties in Canada
An excellent overview of misconceptions and misunderstanding regarding treaties in Canada

Whose Land Treaties & Agreements
Whose Land is a web-based app that uses GIS technology to assist users in identifying Indigenous Nations, territories, and Indigenous communities across Canada. 

Winnipeg Foundation Treaties and the Treaty Relationship pdf
Contributing writers, from throughout Canada, have shared their insights and knowledge on a wide variety of aspects of Treaty history and the Treaty Relationship

York University New video explores the importance of understanding the land acknowledgement
What is the land acknowledgement? Why is it important and what does it mean? These questions are at the heart of a new video of belonging. This interactive activity, which includes a montage of images and voices, provides an opportunity for you to reflect upon how where we live shapes who we are.

ABORIGINAL CULTURAL AWARENESS
Respect and Inclusion in the Workplace Self-Paced Learning Experience.
Diversity encompasses all of the ways that we are different from each other, including factors like race, ethnicity, culture, religion, age, gender, and sexual orientation. Respect and Inclusion in the Workplace is an on line training course that educates participants about diversity and inclusion, identifies the characteristics of a respectful workplace, and examines acceptable and unacceptable workplace attitudes and behaviours.

Indigenous Corporate Training Inc Blog 6 Steps to Create an Inclusive Environment for Indigenous Workers  June 05, 2020
One of the challenges to retaining Indigenous employees is that many work sites are not inclusive environments. Creating a working environment that embraces inclusive principles is the foundation to retaining Indigenous workers…

Indigenous Culture and Wellness Centre Edmonton
Learn about the journey to create an Indigenous cultural and wellness centre in Edmonton. A unique tripartite undertaking that unites First Nations in Treaties 6, 7 and 8 who are working together to “collectively create an educational environment that will keep Indigenous cultures vibrant and strong.” The IKWC Virtual Library offers multiple learning paths and a wide range of options for students in the pursuit of knowledge that strengthen their cultures through education and language retention.

The Indigenous Sport Council of Alberta (ISCA) is the provincial sporting body for Indigenous people of all ages that creates opportunities for physical, mental, spiritual and emotional health and wellness through sport, physical activity and recreation in Alberta. ISCA works hard to break down barriers for Indigenous individuals, families and communities of all ages to participate in sport, physical activity and recreation

National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health Indigenous cultural safety training program – Online course
This three-part training program is intended for people working in health and non-health fields (justice, policing, child and family services, education, business and government). It is designed to strengthen the skills of professionals working directly or indirectly with Indigenous people by increasing Aboriginal-specific knowledge and enhancing self-awareness

Rural Mental Health Project – Self-Location Tool
Indigenous-based methods are about how you can approach your work with a relational lens. To incorporate Indigenous ways of knowing and being into RECOVER, we try to centre intentional relationship-ing. This means it is important to become conscious of how we are carrying ourselves in relation to the communities served and incorporated.  Self-location is a tool that allows us to acknowledge the historical, social, and cultural contexts that shape and story our lives. Acknowledging the lens through which we see the world allows us to unpack our own assumptions and our power to make meaningful change in the lives of others. Using this tool is as simple as introducing yourself in a way that many Indigenous peoples do — by telling the story of where and who you come from beginning with your grandparents or great-grandparents…

The Journal of indigenous Wellbeing: Te Mauri – Pimatisiwin
The Journal of Indigenous Wellbeing is a peer-reviewed, open-access, scholarly online journal that shares multi-disciplinary indigenous knowledge and research experience amongst indigenous health professionals, leaders, researchers and community members. The journal publishes original, informative and scholarly articles on the broadly defined topic of indigenous wellbeing. Serving as a forum for the clarification and exchange of ideas, the journal features articles on projects that make a significant impact on our understanding of indigenous wellbeing

UNIVERSITY OF CALGARY
Elder’s Teaching Series
Join ii’ taa’poh’to’p, UCalgary’s Indigenous Strategy, to hear traditional knowledge, worldview, and language, and approaches to healing with respect to cultural wellbeing, intergenerational trauma, and Indigenous ways of knowing, doing, connecting, and being.

University of Calgary – Why culture is important for Indigenous mental health Rachel Harper 2019The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) has identified suicide and self-inflicted injuries as the leading cause of death for First Nations youth and adults up to 44 years of age. The suicide rate among First Nations communities is five to six times higher than the national average. And, in Inuit communities, the youth suicide rate is 11 times the national average..

For upcoming scheduled training click here and select Indigenous option from drop down.

21 Things You May Not Know About The Indian Act, Self-Guided Course
The best selling book, 21 Things You May Not Know About The Indian Act, is now available as a Self-Guided course. This course is filled with 21 Knowledge Checks that will help test your knowledge and even provide you with new information relevant to the current day.

4 Seasons of Reconciliation
This resource offers multi-media reconciliation courses which are available as a subscription through TAL.  Options include secondary unit, post-secondary-unit, and a professional development online course for staff and faculty use.  Interested libraries may contact the TAL Licensing Librarian for information.)

ALIGN Hosts Cultural Solutions 101 & 201. These training sessions will support learners in better understanding parallel approaches, ethical space and personal experiences with Indigenous history and perspectives and to better understand “The How” in reconciliation. LEARN MORE HERE

Foundations of Caregiver Support (FCS) Report & Training Info

ABORIGINAL CULTURAL AWARENESS
Respect and Inclusion in the Workplace Self-Paced Learning Experience.
Diversity encompasses all of the ways that we are different from each other, including factors like race, ethnicity, culture, religion, age, gender, and sexual orientation. Respect and Inclusion in the Workplace is an on line training course that educates participants about diversity and inclusion, identifies the characteristics of a respectful workplace, and examines acceptable and unacceptable workplace attitudes and behaviours.

APTN COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS
Provides listing of workshops & conference

B.C. Health Services Authority Indigenous Cultural Safety Training This course is designed to increase knowledge, enhance self-awareness, and strengthen the skills of those who work both directly and indirectly with Indigenous people. Self-paced over a 6 week window

BENT ARROW 
Bent Arrow Workshops
Practise As Ceremony (PAC) is the name of our program, a teaching we give and the way our agency works. Based on the Sun Dance Ceremony, and our traditional ways of knowing, doing and living. PAC offers various supports and teachings for businesses, organizations, partners and anyone interested in learning more about Indigenous Culture
Indigenous Cultural Awareness Training
A full day sessions that cover arrange of important topics, such as Residential School information, Smudge and Prayer teaching and Traditional Parenting, all delivered from an Indigenous perspective and experience
Allyship
A close look at how non-Indigenous communities can behonest and truthful in their lives and work as allies to Indigenous communities.
Smudge and Prayer
A ceremony and lesson delivered by our staff to inform on the
importance of traditional medicine use and spiritual communication with Creator, the world around us and other people in our community.
Blanket Exercise
An impactful and hands-on learning to inform others about the history and impact of settlement and colonization, including the creation of Residential Schools in what-is-
now called Canada, and how it continues to have impact on the modern-day lives of Indigenous communities

Best Start Resource Centre “Sense of Belonging”: Supporting Healthy Development in Aboriginal Families This self-led learning bundle provides culturally specific information and approaches that can be applied to support Aboriginal families and children.

CANADIAN BAR ASSOCIATION (THE)
The Path: Your Journey Through Indigenous Canada
This 6 hour virtual course contains 5 modules on topics that include the cultural and historical differences between First Nations, Inuit, and Métis, the evolution of the relationship between Canada and Indigenous people from pre-contact to yesterday’s headlines, stories of social and economic success, reconciliation and resilience and understanding intercultural
communication in the workplace

CASCADE PROJECTS LTD.
Indigenous Cultural Awareness Training
Indigenous Engagement Advisors works with clients to design and deliver cultural awareness training to ensure their employees from the top down are prepared when they are working in community. Cascade Projects Ltd operates on the traditional territories of the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta, which includes the Blackfoot Confederacy, the Tsuut’ina First Nation, and the Stoney Nakoda. This region is also home to the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region III.

DOMINION LEARNING INSTITUTE BEST START RESOURCE CENTRE
Self-Led Learning Bundle “Sense of Belonging”: Supporting Healthy Development in Aboriginal Families
This self-led learning bundle provides culturally specific information and approaches that can be applied in everyday practice when supporting Aboriginal families. It was written with many service providers in mind and will increase awareness about First Nation, Inuit and Métis people and their traditional approaches to raising children.

ÉRÉBIA
Érébia Training sessions and workshops that allow individuals and organizations to acquire knowledge about indigenous realities, and to develop skills and tools to adopt appropriate practices when working with communities

FAMILY CENTRE
All My Relations
All My Relations is an 11-12 week program. It covers the five modules from the existing Supporting Father Involvement program (The Individual, The Parent – Child Relationship, The Couple Relationship, Four Generations and The Community), while also adding in many new, culturally-relevant videos and activities. Traditional teachings, and addressing historical trauma that highlights how colonization has affected families and parenting styles are both important discussion points of the program.

FIRST NATIONS, METIS INUIT PROFESSIONAL LEARNING WEBSITE
Provides educators with supports and tools to design and facilitate professional learning. It offers curricular resources that build capacity, engage learners and build paths toward reconciliation through education. 

FIRST NATIONS CONFEDERACY OF CULTURAL EDUCATION CENTRES
FNCCEC is a non-profit national organization comprising of over fifty Cultural Education Centres which are located in every part of the country and represents the language and cultural diversity among First Nation For community, they develop and deliver community related programs and services covering a broad spectrum of activities such as summer camps, traditional sweat lodges and ceremonies, outdoor skills, cultural tourism, community language classes, traditional healing, protection of Elders teachings and traditional knowledge, adult language lessons, ceremonial and cultural celebrations, link contemporary technologies to traditional skills, and deliver cultural awareness

FIRST NATIONS UNIVERSITY OF CANADA
First Nations University of Canada is a unique Canadian institution that specializes in Indigenous knowledge, providing post-secondary education for Indigenous and non-Indigenous students alike within a culturally supportive environment. They offer graduate programs in linguistics, education and social work as well as undergraduate programs FNUniv also offers Community Based and Web Based Programs in First Nations communities throughout Canada and a online course 4 Seasons of Reconciliation – a bilingual online resources which promote a renewed relationship between Indigenous Peoples and Canadians, through transformative and engaging learning towards anti-racism education. This initiative assists the workplace and education organizations to provide diversity and inclusion awareness through self-paced online courses featuring award-winning films, slideshows, videos, quizzes and a completion certificate provided by First Nations University of Canada.

FIRST PEOPLE GROUP
Indigenous Awareness Training (Online) 
4 hour online course consisting of a two-hour session in the morning with a break at noon followed by a second two-hour afternoon session. Like their in-person option, the online course features senior First Nations, Métis and Inuit presenters as well as a Traditional Teacher. 

FORT EDMONTON PARK
Fort Edmonton Park Indigenous Perspective Workshops (Edmonton)
Indigenous Perspective Workshops running this fall are designed to enhance the diverse Indigenous voices and perspectives while showcasing the best of what amiskwaciwâskahikan, Beaver Hills House commonly known as Edmonton, has to offer. Centered around authentic cultural perspectives, both Traditional and contemporary, these workshops immerse participants in Indigenous world views through hands-on learning experiences, storytelling and traditional teachings. (Check for workshop dates

GOVERNMENT OF CANADA
Indigenous Learning Series Understanding cultures: let’s talk
Under the themes of Recognition, Respect, Relationships and Reconciliation, the Indigenous Learning Series provides access to resources, courses, workshops and events on the history, heritage, cultures, rights and perspectives of Indigenous Peoples in Canada, as well as on their varied and long-standing relationships with the Crown. The School offers a growing suite of resources that will help you increase your cultural skills and awareness of issues related to First Nations, Métis and Inuit Peoples in Canada, as well as the role and responsibilities of the Government of Canada towards these peoples.

Government of Canada Reconciliation: A Starting Point
This learning application serves as a reference tool to learn about First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples, including key historical events and examples of reconciliation initiatives.
Courses Online foundational courses (self-paced)

  • Reflecting on Cultural Bias: Indigenous Perspectives (IRA101)
    With a focus on understanding Indigenous Peoples, this online self-paced course demystifies the idea of unconscious cultural bias and explores issues of prejudice and discrimination.
  • The Uncomfortable Truth (IRA102)
    This course presents the difficult facts about the historical relationship between the Government of Canada and Indigenous peoples.
  • First Nations in Canada (IRA103)
    This course looks at some of the governance structures, traditions and current realities of First Nations and their relationships with the Government of Canada.
  • Métis in Canada (IRA104)
    This course provides a brief introduction to Métis people and the complexity of emerging Métis identity across Canada today.
  • Inuit in Canada (IRA105)
    This course provides a brief introduction to Inuit in Canada and helps you to better understand the relationship between Inuit and the Government of Canada.
  • Taking Steps Towards Indigenous Reconciliation (IRA107)
    This online self-paced course supports the government’s commitment to the value and outcomes of reconciliation by exploring in depth the four themes featured throughout the Indigenous Learning Series: recognition, respect, relationships, and reconciliation.
    Classroom courses

INDIGENOUS AWARENESS CANADA
201 Indigenous Awareness Certification
This comprehensive and information-rich course offers important foundational knowledge, background, and context.Modules include: Intro, Myths and Misconceptions, FAQ, Indigenous People, Residential Schools, Chronology, Current Realities and Making a Better World.4-8 hours to complete, 6-month access for modules
Indigenous Awareness Online Training
These online skills-based training courses will provide you, or your organization, with the information needed to build effective and positive relationships with Indigenous people in Canada.
101 – Indigenous Awareness Introduction
201 – Indigenous Awareness Certification
301 – Indigenous Peoples and Cultures
311 – Indigenous Communication & Consultation
321 – Indigenous Employment Outreach, Recruit, and Retain

INDIGENOUS CULTURAL SAFETY COLLABORATIVE
Free National Indigenous Cultural Safety Webinars Videos Learning Series (approx. 1 hr each) provide an opportunity to share knowledge, experiences, and perspectives in support of collective efforts to strengthen Indigenous cultural safety across sectors.

INDIGENOUS PERSPECTIVES SOCIETY
Cultural Perspectives Training This course helps individuals deepen their understanding and develop actionable ideas to respond to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission

INDIGENOUS RELATIONS ACADEMY
eTraining First Steps as an Indigenous Ally – Self-Guided Training from the Indigenous Relations Academy. Are you passionate about Indigenous relations? Do you want to take off the backpack and become an active ally? Have you ever asked yourself, “where do I start?!”
See All Training Opportunities

KAIROS
KAIROS Blanket Exercise
KAIROS has developed a virtual KAIROS Blanket Exercise workshop that is now available for booking. This online session honours the experiential and participatory elements of the in-person KBE, while making adjustments for a safe experience in an online environment. Hosted by experienced KBE facilitators, the online session can accommodate groups between 20 and 45 people, and lasts about two hours.

MAHEGUN TRAILS INC
Drumming Workshops
Drumming workshops are available for group purchase, with a capacity of 10-20 spaces per workshop.
ARPA Culture Camp
Over the course of five days, nearly 30 distinguished Elders representing various nations, including Treaty 7 and beyond, gathered in the spirit of capacity building and cultural transference. Taking place in beautiful Kananaskis Country, this event was held in collaboration with the Alberta Recreation and Parks Association (ARPA), Trellis, Miskanawah, and Mahegun Tails Inc. Guided by the Elders, this gathering was called with the intention to share and organize knowledge, honour inter-nation traditions, and to teach the younger generation of Elders
Cultural Solutions
Allying with Indigenous Peoples Cultural Solutions Training

NORQUEST COLLEGE
Indigenous Awareness Training
Custom training in understanding the Indigenous cultures of Canada

NVision
The Path: Your Journey Through Indigenous Canada™ is a series of five online modules or a full-day in-person or 6-hour virtual classroom course to help increase your Indigenous cultural understanding

RECONCILIATION EDUCATION
Online Courses and Films provide a comprehensive, customized anti-racist education in line with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 Calls to Action and aim to promote a renewed relationship between Indigenous Peoples and Canadian Settlers through transformative multi-media learning. 

SAN’YAS
Anti-Racism Indigenous Cultural Safety Training Program
Online training and consultation services for all Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in Canada with a focus on uprooting anti-Indigenous racism and promoting cultural safety for Indigenous people.

UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA
Indigenous Canada Course
The University of Alberta offers a free 12-week online course, which is taught from an Indigenous perspective that explores Indigenous history and culture in Canada

UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA
Faculty of Native Studies Indigenous Canada
Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) that explores Indigenous histories and contemporary issues in Canada. From an Indigenous perspective, this course explores key issues facing Indigenous peoples today from a historical and critical perspective highlighting national and local Indigenous-settler relations. Indigenous Canada is for students from faculties outside the Faculty of Native Studies with an interest in acquiring a basic familiarity with Indigenous/non-Indigenous relationships.

University of Alberta FREE Indigenous Canada
A MOOC produced by the University of Alberta that includes modules on treaties and treaty relations

UNIVERSITY OF CALGARY
Elder’s Teaching Series
Join ii’ taa’poh’to’p, UCalgary’s Indigenous Strategy, to hear traditional knowledge, worldview, and language, and approaches to healing with respect to cultural wellbeing, intergenerational trauma, and Indigenous ways of knowing, doing, connecting, and being.

UNIVERSITY OF LETHBRIDGE
Indigenous governance and business management (IGBM) provides Indigenous and non-Indigenous graduates with skills to take on leadership and managerial roles in band administration, the not-for-profit sector, Indigenous liaison work, federal and international relations, oil and gas, agriculture or your own entrepreneurial enterprises.

Western –  The Path: Your Journey Through Indigenous Canada™ by NVision
 “The Path” modules – which are a set of accredited online introductory modules that explore First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples of Canada, the history of Indigenous peoples and relationships with settlers, the British Crown, and Canada.

150 Acts of Reconciliation by Crystal Fraser and Sara Komarnisky,A compilation of 150 everyday acts, as well as others that are more proactive, that average Canadians can undertake to reflect on Indigenous-settler relationships in new ways.

Alberta College of Social Work Honouring Sacred Relationships: Wise Practices in Indigenous Social Work 2019 
This document was initiated and supported through Ceremony to invite the spiritual and lived wisdom of Indigenous and non-Indigenous social workers into a collective process. A literature review was conducted along with personal interviews, talking circles, and students in social work education. Two questions were asked which elicited a great deal of enthusiastic discussion and articulated common themes. The two questions were: 1) what is Indigenous social work practice? and 2) how is that different from conventional or mainstream practice?

Alberta Government Indigenous Learning Initiative
Recognizes the need to build greater understanding and awareness of Indigenous histories, cultures, experiences, and perspectives at all levels within the Alberta Public Service. This will improve the Government’s ability to recognize the unique strengths and challenges of Indigenous peoples and communities, and foster more respectful, informed relationships. A more informed public service will be better able to work with Indigenous peoples to develop programs and services that meet their needs.

Alberta Library – More Than Personal Communication Citation templates for Elders and Knowledge Keepers
These citation formats are meant to promote the culturally respectful use of Indigenous knowledge and people in research and challenge the status quo of who we cite.

Alberta Teachers Association – Stepping Stones
Professional Learning Pebbles
This publication includes short, interactive activates designed to enhance your understanding of reconciliation, resources specifically produced to build your competence and confidence; and ideas about the many paths you can pursue on your future professional Indigenous education learning journey.
– Download Facilitator Guide PDF
– Download Participant Guide PDF
– Download PowerPoint  

Alberta Teachers Association – Stepping Stones
Residential Schools
Residential Schools—First Nations Experience PDF
Residential Schools—Métis Experience PDF
Residential Schools—Inuit Experience PDF

Ayaangwaamizin: International Journal of Indigenous Philosophy,
It is the first journal devoted to the examination of Indigenous philosophy. Its existence is a recognition of the growing number of Indigenous scholars. who are engaged in critically examining philosophical ideas and concepts in their own cultural traditions, in doing comparative studies of Indigenous and non-Indigenous philosophies, and in examining the influence of Indigenous philosophical thought on the dominant culture.

CBC Arts Animated Film The Secret Path
This powerful animated film tells the story of Chanie Wenjack, a 12-year-old Ojibwa boy who died of exposure in 1966 while running away from Cecilia Jeffrey Indian Residential School near Kenora, Ontario.

CBC Beyond 94
This is an interactive monitoring of the progress of each Calls to Action that is regularly updated)

CBC WATCH — What does reconciliation mean?

CANADALAND
A provocative, Indigenous-driven, monthly current-affairs podcast Hosted by Ryan McMahon. Through documentaries, discussions, roundtables, feature interviews, and investigations, CANADALANDBACK will showcase an array of diverse voices and experiences, from remote communities to large urban centres and everywhere in between. From critical analysis to original reporting and humour, we will dive into politics, the environment, human rights, and health, and showcase the hard work in our communities.

Caring Across Boundaries is an online exhibition engaging First Nations and all peoples of Canada in reconciliation to promote the wellbeing of First Nations children and youth. The purpose of the exhibition is to bring to life the challenges and dreams of First Nations communities with the goal of promoting understanding and contributing to the process of reconciliation between Aboriginal Peoples and people in Canada. In this exhibition, three First Nations communities share their daily experiences while inviting every person in Canada to make a positive difference for First Nations children and their families. To learn more about hosting the virtual exhibition in your organization or community, please reach out to info@fncaringsociety.com

CASS Video “Guide to Relationships and Learning with the Indigenous Peoples of Alberta” was developed to support our members, as system leaders, to deepen their understanding of foundational knowledge of the Indigenous Peoples. This Guide was developed through an Indigenous lens by including the voices and teachings of Elders and Knowledge Keepers. Their voices are captured on video and edited to introduce and bring understanding to multiple areas of learning that capture and cover the essential teachings identified by the First Nations, Métis and Inuit Peoples of Alberta.

CBC First Contact
TV Series takes six Canadians, all with stereotypical opinions about Indigenous People, on a unique 28-day exploration of Indigenous Canada. It is a journey that will turn their lives upside down, challenging their perceptions and confronting their prejudices about a world they never imagined.

CBC Residential School Map
The residential school system separated 150,000 Indigenous children from their families — and the last one closed in 1997.Was one of those schools in the community where you grew up? Use CBC’s interactive map to find out.

CHF Canada Building Better Relationships: A Reconciliation Toolkit.
Providing insights on what housing co-ops can do to engage in meaningful ways.
With this toolkit, CHF Canada is answering a mandate from its member housing co-ops across Canada to help support housing co-ops to engage in reconciliation.This toolkit is designed to do just that by explaining what reconciliation is and why it is important outlining how the TRC guides us towards reconciliation (Principles of Reconciliation and Calls to Action)

Circles for Reconciliation  a Manitoba grassroots project that pulls together small groups of Indigenous and non-Indigenous people. Together, they talk very openly and personally about issues like residential schools, the Sixties Scoop and aspects of reconciliation. 

Conference Board of Canada Indigenous & Northern Communities
Addresses critical knowledge gaps around northern and remote development, reconciliation, and future skills that challenge decision- and policy-making.

Conference Board of Canada Indigenous & Northern Communities
The Conference Board of Canada helps leaders build a prosperous, healthy future for Indigenous and Northern communities, governments, and businesses. As a leader in research and stakeholder engagement, our work addresses critical knowledge gaps around northern and remote development, reconciliation, and future skills that challenge decision- and policy-making.

Digital Storytelling
This collection of seven short digital stories introduces viewers to a selection of Métis stories as told through a variety of community perspectives, including intergenerational tellings which are unique to these stories.

EdCan Network – Learning Together by Learning to Listen to Each Other by: Elder Albert Marshall
Without question, we need discussions about Truth and Reconciliation in all classrooms in every community and every educational institution across Canada. From my traditional Mi’kmaw way of understanding the world, I firmly believe these discussions must begin with exchanges of stories because such is the foundational basis of all relationship. I also passionately believe these exchanges must be ongoing and that they must take place within an acknowledged journey of co-learning wherein we – Indigenous peoples and the newcomers in our Indigenous lands – seek to learn together, to learn from each other, and to learn to draw upon the strengths, indeed the best, in our different ways of knowing, doing, and being….

FACTS – Video Facts About Indigenous People in Canada
Canada is home to hundreds of distinct peoples who were the original inhabitants of this land.

First Nations, Métis and Inuit Professional Learning
Provides educators with supports and tools to design and facilitate professional learning. It offers curricular resources that build capacity, engage learners and build paths toward reconciliation through education.

First Peoples Law Reading List
A curated list of resources on the topic of indigenous law and aboriginal rights in Canada,

Fifth Estate Documentary Violation of Trust
A searing examination of Canada’s 100 years of native residential schools, where Indigenous children had their culture and language beaten out of them, leaving a legacy of alcoholism, abuse and emotional scars.

F.N. Caring Society – What You Can Do No matter who you are or where you’re from, you can take peaceful and respectful actions to help make a better Canada for First Nations and all children and their families. There are a lot of ways you can make a difference! Learn More

F.N. Caring Society The First Peoples Child & Family Review
An open-access, interdisciplinary, and peer-reviewed journal honouring the voices and perspectives of First peoples and non-Indigenous allies and supporters. Our mission is to promote research, critical analysis, stories, standpoints, and educational resources which advance innovation within child, family, and community based-matters for First Nations, Métis, and Inuit, as well as Indigenous peoples abroad

FN Caring Society & CFCW Canada –  PDF Infographic Reconciliation in the Workplace

FN CARING SOCIETY Reconciliation Ambearristers
The Caring Society’s Reconciliation Ambearristers program invites groups to host a Reconciliation Ambearrister (ambassadors + barristers) who will guide you through years of free ways to implement the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action and make a positive difference for First Nations children, youth and families. Learn More

Free Streaming of Film – Stories Are in Our Bones (NFB)

First Nations, Inuit and Métis Essential Skills Inventory Project (FIMESIP)
The First Nations, Inuit and Métis Essential Skills (ES) Inventory Project’s (FIMESIP) goals are to better understand the state of practice with respect to ES initiatives tailored to First Nations, Inuit and Métis youth and adults living in diverse communities throughout Canada. It then shares these insights and a lessons learned with the larger community of practice. The markers of promising practice, inventory, case studies and an evaluation toolkit are available on this site.

FNPSS Recorded Video Reverse Town Hall A Conversation on Indigenous and Traditional Knowledge November 2021
Beyond the legislative obligation to incorporate Indigenous knowledge into decision-making processes within federal departments, there is a strong appetite to learn more about the many diverse Indigenous worldviews and practices and how to respectfully and meaningfully find a path to integrate western science and Indigenous knowledge. An important first step is listening directly to communities on how we work together and where to start. In advance of the webinar, they invite you watch the 20-minute Ted Talk by Dr. Horsethief and a 36 minute documentary called Seven Days with the Chief

Government of Canada App – Reconciliation: A Starting Point
The Reconciliation: A Starting Point mobile app is a reference tool for learning about First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples, including key historical events and examples of reconciliation initiatives. Users will learn why reconciliation matters and what public servants need to know and do to advance reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples in Canada.

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action
Delivering on Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action
Moving Forward Together: Speech from the Throne to Open the First Session of the 43rd Parliament of Canada (Walking the Road of Reconciliation)
Principles Respecting the Government of Canada’s Relationship with Indigenous People
Many Voices One Mind: A Pathway to Reconciliation
United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Government of Canada – Indigenous Learning Series Understanding cultures: let’s talk
Under the themes of Recognition, Respect, Relationships and Reconciliation, the Indigenous Learning Series provides access to resources, courses, workshops and events on the history, heritage, cultures, rights and perspectives of Indigenous Peoples in Canada, as well as on their varied and long-standing relationships with the Crown. The School offers a growing suite of resources that will help you increase your cultural skills and awareness of issues related to First Nations, Métis and Inuit Peoples in Canada, as well as the role and responsibilities of the Government of Canada towards these peoples.

Government of Canada Library and Archives Canada (LAC)
An extensive, but not a complete, collection of historic Canadian Indian treaties, land surrenders, and related agreements. The collection contains documents that span more than 275 years

Government of Canada Treaty Texts
Transcripts for the original treaties

Government of Canada Delivering on Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action
View the Government of Canada’s progress in responding to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission 94 Calls to Action.

Government of Canada Podcast Sitting by the Fire
This podcast series offers topics that will expand your knowledge of First Nations, the Inuit and Métis.

Government of Canada Podcast – Leadership
Sitting by the Fire
This podcast series offers topics that will expand your knowledge of First Nations, the Inuit and Métis. Hear from Indigenous people from all over Canada engaging in simple, sharing and truthful conversations, like those of friends gathered around the fire sharing stories in keeping with the oral tradition of Indigenous teachings.
Indigenous Values and Teachings – A Lesson for All in Leadership 39:45 Sept 22, 2020
Consulting Indigenous Communities A Chat with Valérie Gideon 45:45 Oct 29,2019

Government of Canada Podcast – Intergenerational Trauma
Sitting by the Fire
This podcast series offers topics that will expand your knowledge of First Nations, the Inuit and Métis. Hear from Indigenous people from all over Canada engaging in simple, sharing and truthful conversations, like those of friends gathered around the fire sharing stories in keeping with the oral tradition of Indigenous teachings.
Episode 3: Intergenerational Trauma (Part 1) 29:07 May 20, 2020
Episode 3: Intergenerational Trauma (Part 2) 31:05 May 20, 2020

Government of Canada Podcast – Military Service
Sitting by the Fire
This podcast series offers topics that will expand your knowledge of First Nations, the Inuit and Métis. Hear from Indigenous people from all over Canada engaging in simple, sharing and truthful conversations, like those of friends gathered around the fire sharing stories in keeping with the oral tradition of Indigenous teachings.
Commemorating Indigenous Peoples’ Military Service (Part 1) 19:00 Nov 7, 2019
Commemorating Indigenous Peoples’ Military Service (Part 2) 21:00 Nov 7, 2019
Commemorating Indigenous Peoples’ Military Service (Part 3) 19:45 Nov 7, 2019

Government of Canada Truth and Reconciliation (with the Honourable Murray Sinclair)
The Honourable Murray Sinclair discusses the legacy of the Canadian government’s policy towards Indigenous people, and the path towards reconciliation.

Government of Canada – What does Indigenous mean?
From ‘Indian’ to ‘Indigenous’: the historical pursuit of one umbrella term that applies to all.

Government of Canada Video Indigenous Leading Series Trailer
Indigenous leaders discuss how the public service should be approaching its mandate for reconciliation.

Government Of Canada Indigenous Foundational Courses
Online (Self-Paced)
Reflecting on Cultural Bias: Indigenous Perspectives (K099)
With a focus on understanding Indigenous Peoples, this online self-paced course demystifies the idea of unconscious cultural bias and explores issues of prejudice and discrimination.
The Uncomfortable Truth (K100)
This course presents the difficult facts about the historical relationship between the Government of Canada and Indigenous peoples.
First Nations in Canada (K101)
This course looks at some of the governance structures, traditions and current realities of First Nations and their relationships with the Government of Canada.
Métis in Canada (K102)
This course provides a brief introduction to Métis people and the complexity of emerging Métis identity across Canada today.
Inuit in Canada (K103)
This course provides a brief introduction to Inuit in Canada and helps you to better understand the relationship between Inuit and the Government of Canada.
Taking Steps Towards Indigenous Reconciliation (K400)
This online self-paced course supports the government’s commitment to the value and outcomes of reconciliation by exploring in depth the four themes featured throughout the Indigenous Learning Series: recognition, respect, relationships, and reconciliation.
Classroom Courses
KAIROS Blanket Exercise (IRA140)
The KAIROS Blanket Exercise will help public servants learn about and understand the shared history of Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada, including loss of Indigenous lands and cultural assimilation policies.
Reconciliation Begins with Me (IRA141)
In this course, participants will learn about the little-known history, the impact of residential schools, the rights of Indigenous Peoples and the obligations of public servants while considering respectful protocols.
Cultural Competency – Indigenous Perspectives (IRA142)
This course is designed to help employees identify their respective biases and values and develop cultural competencies to build positive and respectful relationships with Indigenous peoples within a public service context.
Introduction to Canada’s Colonial History (IRA143)
Participants will learn how the relationships between First Peoples and other people in Canada have developed over the past 500 years and will be better prepared to begin the work of addressing the impact of this history on all Canadians.
Making a Difference in Supporting the Careers of Indigenous Employees (IRA144)
This course provides human resources specialists and managers with concrete ways to help facilitate the hiring, retention and advancement of Indigenous employees within the public service.
Federal Implementation of Modern Treaties and Self-Government Agreements (IRA145)
Participants will learn how to conduct an Assessment of Modern Treaty Implications and apply a modern treaty and self-government lens to the development of policies, programs, and services.

Government of Canada Mobile App – Reconciliation: A Starting Point
A reference tool for learning about First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples, including key historical events and examples of reconciliation initiatives. Users will learn why reconciliation matters and what public servants need to know and do to advance reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples in Canada.

Holy Angels FREE STREAMING (National Film Board of Canada) 13 mins.
In 1963, Lena Wandering Spirit became one of the more than 150,000 Indigenous children who were removed from their families and sent to residential school. Jay Cardinal Villeneuve’s short documentary Holy Angels powerfully recaptures Canada’s colonialist history through impressionistic images and the fragmented language of a child. Villeneuve met Lena through his work as a videographer with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Filmed with a fierce determination to not only uncover history but move past it, Holy Angels speaks of the resilience of a people who have found ways of healing—and of coming home again

Indigenous Bar Association The Understanding and Implementing the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples handbook Author Gunn, B 2011 pdf
The handbook is a resource which gives background information on the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and its role within international law. It goes over the different rights listed in the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and lists various examples of how these different sections of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples have been implemented

Indigenous Corporate Training Inc
If you want to ensure your conversations and communications are free from colloquialisms, reading these blog posts from Indigenous Corporate Training Inc.

Indigenous Peoples Atlas of Canada
This online atlas offers reference maps of Indigenous land and peoples in Canada, as well as a section devoted to Truth and Reconciliation, including detailed pages on many aspects of the topic with contemporary and historical photographs, maps and a glossary of common Indigenous terms.

Indian Horse #Next150 Challenge is a series of challenges which encourages participants to engage with and examine their own roles in the Reconciliation movement. All of us in Canada — Indigenous and non-Indigenous — have a role to play in Reconciliation. Reconcili-ACTION happens one step at the time and each of the #Next150 challenges will give you a clear idea of what your next step can be.

Indigenous Perspectives Society Cultural Perspectives Training
This course helps individuals deepen their understanding and develop actionable ideas to respond to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action. Includes in-class learning, sharing, and collaboration with self-guided resources.

Indspire – PDF Climbing the Mountain: Reconciliation in Workplaces
Commit to meaningful consultation, building respectful relationships, and obtaining the free, prior, and informed consent of Indigenous peoples before …

Institute for Intergrated Science and Health Etuaptmumk – Two-Eyed Seeing
Two-Eyed Seeing refers to learning to see from one eye with the strengths of Indigenous knowledges and ways of knowing, and from the other eye with the strengths of Western knowledges and ways of knowing … and learning to use both these eyes together, for the benefit of all. Elder

Justice Canada Exploring INDIGENOUS JUSTICE SYSTEM in CANADA.
In May 2019, the Department of Justice Canada (JUS) hosted a conference on Indigenous justice systems to create a space for dialogue and relationship-building. This conference brought together over 150 experts from communities, governments, and academia from across Canada and from around the world, each with expertise in, and a passion for, Indigenous justice systems….

Mahegun Tails Inc.
Mahegun Tails Inc. strives to see the revitalization of Indigenous beliefs and values that support the wellness of our shared community. Our vision is to bring traditional knowledge to our Indigenous and non-Indigenous relatives.

Magic Arrow Productions Documentary Sleeping Children Awake
Sleeping Children Awake is one of the earliest independent, feature length documentaries to broadcast on the Residential School System. It won several awards including “Best Canadian Documentary 1993

Mount Royal University  Indigenous Ways of Knowing  by Brye Robertson

Native Counseling Centre Engaging with Elders: A Co-created Story
Stories, wisdom and words fostering the ethical space where we can make our community stronger together. – Monique Fry, Xwchiyo:m Band, Sto:lō Nations…

National Film Board Indigenous Voices and Reconciliation
A collection of shorts and films that highlight Indigenous voices and matters

Reconciliation Canada – The National Narrative on Reconciliation Report
The National Narrative on Reconciliation Report surveyed Indigenous Peoples and non-Indigenous Canadians on attitudes towards reconciliation and revealed a strong alignment about the contributions that Indigenous Peoples make to Canadian society. The survey, the first of its kind, also points to significant barriers to overcome to truly achieve reconciliation.

NFB – Free Streaming of Film – Stories Are in Our Bones
In this layered short film, filmmaker Janine Windolph takes her young sons fishing with their kokum (grandmother), a residential school survivor who retains a deep knowledge and memory of the land. The act of reconnecting with their homeland is a cultural and familial healing journey for the boys, who are growing up in the city. It’s also a powerful form of resistance for the women.

Remembering the Children – Timeline Residential Schools – A Chronology
Key facts or events from 1857 – 2007

Reconciliation Canada KITCHEN TABLE DIALOGUE GUIDE PDF For Individuals, communities and organizations
A Kitchen Table Dialogue creates space for constructive conversations on reconciliation. This do-it-yourself framework allows Indigenous peoples and all Canadians the opportunity to gather their friends, family, neighbours and/or colleagues to join the dialogue on reconciliation and contribute to the movement, helping

Reconciliation Education
These online courses and films provide a comprehensive, customized anti-racist education in line with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 Calls to Action and aim to promote a renewed relationship between Indigenous Peoples and Canadian Settlers through transformative multi-media learning.

Red Deer Urban Aboriginal Voices Society
Working to ensure that Red Deer has an Indigenous Cultural knowledge base that is known and accessible to all. They embrace and are guided by cultural wisdom & traditional teachings to improve the lives of all people through preservation of culture and language and promotion of cultural sharing and building reconciliation.

RLI Master Vocabulary List Foundational Knowledge  (Source Page)
Five Foundational Knowledge Themes to support educators as they grow in their understanding of authentic Métis history, stories, and perspectives. The Foundational Knowledge Themes are a set of living documents.

Experiences and Practices
Prepared by the Secretariat of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues pdf

Shannon Thunderbird – Facts and Fantasy About Turtle Island’s Indigenous People
FACT: One cannot “discover” what was never lost in the first place! Learn more Fact from Fantasy

Spirit Bear & Friends – “A LOVE WE KNOW” // Official Music Video

ReconciliACTION: Learn more about the human rights case for First Nations kids and Spirit Bear’s plan to end inequalities in public services for First Nations children, youth, and families at: https://fncaringsociety.com/spirit-be…

Stanford Innovation Review The Critical Role of Traditional Knowledge in Social Innovation
To build a brighter future for Canada, we need to learn from Indigenous communities and develop a new language of mutual understanding.

Teaching & Learning Video – Indigenous Way of Life With Kerrie Moore & Dr. Reg Crowshoe  
Indigenous Knowledge Keepers Reg Crowshoe and Kerrie Moore discuss the significance of traditional protocols, the relationship between Indigenous people of the land and oral traditions as part of their ways knowing.

TVO DOCS Video What non-Indigenous Canadians need to know
Eddy Robinson is an educator on Indigenous issues. In this web series called “First Things First,” Robinson explains why asking “How Can I Help?” is not the right question.

University of Alberta – Wahkohtowin Law and Governance Lodge
The Wahkohtowin Lodge responds to the expressed needs of Indigenous communities and organizations who want effective strategies to identify, rebuild and develop law and governance structures that resonate within their own legal and governance traditions. Specifically, this resource has a wealth of information and updates on Bill C-92.

UCalgary Recorded Indigenous Lectures Ten Ways Organization’s Get in Their Own Way
Watch this lecture by Dr. Marcia Anderson, MD, of the University of Manitoba about barriers to Indigenous achievement (reconciliation, diversity, inclusion and anti-racism) in institutions and organizations. Hosted by the Office of Indigenous Engagement Presented on Sept. 22, 2020

University of Winnipeg Indigenous Insights
Indigenous Insights is a flexible learning program that supports organizations seeking to understand and respond to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action.

UofMaine – Map Honours Indigenous Place Names in Canada
The map depicts indigenous place names across Canada, shared by permission of First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities and people.“One of the aims of the map,” Hornsby says, “is to represent Canada in a new way by highlighting the importance of indigenous names for understanding places and landscape features…”

Western –  The Path: Your Journey Through Indigenous Canada™ by NVision
 “The Path” modules – which are a set of accredited online introductory modules that explore First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples of Canada, the history of Indigenous peoples and relationships with settlers, the British Crown, and Canada.

March 21 Two-Spirit and Indigenous LGBTQQIA+ Awareness to Celebration Day. Advocated by the Two-Spirit community and created in partnership with the Two-Spirit Program at the CBRC, this annual event will recognize and celebrate the diverse sexualities and gender expressions that exist within our Indigenous communities.

CBC Podcast – UnReserved
Unreserved is the radio space for Indigenous community, culture, and conversation.
Listen to How two-spirit people are ‘coming in’ to their communities Anishinaabe elder Myra Laramee was gifted the words “two-spirit” in a dream in 1990. She took these words to an annual gathering of Indigenous LGBTQ people, who adopted the term.

Darrel J. McLeod – Author
Darrel J. McLeod is the author of Peyakow and Mamaskatch, which received the Govenor General’s Literary Award for Nonfiction. He is Cree from treaty eight territory in Northern Alberta. Before deciding to pursue writing in his retirement, McLeod was a chief negotiator of land claims for the federal government and executive director of education and international affairs with the Assembly of First Nations.
PeyakowReclaiming Cree Dignity A Lambda “Most Anticipated LGBTQ Book of August 2021”Following his award-winning debut memoir, Mamaskatch, which masterfully portrayed a Cree coming-of-age in rural Canada
http://www.indigenousbar.ca/pdf/undrip_handbook.pd

PODCAST and VIDEOS
-Listen: Darrel J. McLeod’s memoir Mamaskatch is an ode to motherly love and Indigenous identity | CBC Radio
-Watch: On Social Inequality: Darrel J. Mcleod | Blue Met Talks

Indigenous Arts & Stories winner Gabriel Castilloux Calderon from Edmonton won first place for her story Ishkode (Fire) This piece is about a young man, named Cody who learns to accept himself as a two spirit, or ayakwe, and to carry his grandmother’s woman’s pipe. It is about coming to terms with the community cultural roles that two spirit people carry….

Indigenous Cultural Safety Collaboration Recorded Webinar – Two Spirit and Indigiqueer cultural safety: Considerations for relational practice and policy
Sit in circle with Dr. James Makokis and Dr. Karina Walters to reflect on our understandings of and contributions towards cultural safety for Two Spirit and Indigiqueer peoples.  Drawing on examples from research, community organizing, ceremonial resurgence and frontline practice, our guests will share knowledge aimed at informing individual and collective efforts to ensure culturally safe access to healthcare, social services and other social institutions, as well as to community and ceremonial spaces and supports for Two Spirit and Indigiqueer peoples. 

Native Youth Sexual Health Network (NYSHN) 
NYSHN is an organization by and for Indigenous youth that works across issues of sexual and reproductive health, rights and justice. It is an LGBTQ-affirming space that offers resources such as a free ‘Two Spirit Resources Directory,’ ‘Two Spirit & Indigenous LGBTQQIA Mentors, Elders & Grandparents Support Circle.’ 

Re:Searching for LGBQT2s Health Two Spirit Community
The term
“two-spirit” is a translation of the Anishinaabemowin term niizh manidoowag, two spirits.Two-spirit people may also use terms from their Indigenous language to describe same-sex attraction or gender variance, such as winkt (Lakota) or nàdleehé (Dinéh). Some Indigenous languages do not have terms to describe sexual identities such as gay, lesbian, or bisexual. Many Indigenous languages are verb-focussed, and describe what people do rather than how they identify. (https://lgbtqhealth.ca/community/two-spirit.php) 

REVIEW: Smudge, Don’t Judge, Assisting Two Spirit/Trans Survivors of Violence by Zainab Amadahy December 03, 2019 Smudge, Don’t Judge: Assisting Two Spirit/Trans Survivors of Violence is a ten-minute film resource for community workers made to honour the memory of Alloura Wells, a Trans woman who went missing in July 2017. The narrator reminds us that Wells was murdered and her body discovered not by police, who kn..

Two-Spirit Dry Lab (2SDL)
Turtle Island’s first research group/lab that focuses exclusively on Two-Spirit people

“Two Spirits, One Voice” – a video by Egale. 
This video attempts to educate the general public on the history and barriers that impact Two Spirit people in Canada. Two Spirit is an English umbrella term to reflect and restore Indigenous traditions forcefully suppressed by colonization, honouring the fluid and diverse nature of gender and attraction and its connection to community andS spirituality. It is used by some Indigenous People rather than, or in addition to, identifying as LGBTQI. 

Queer Events  is a 2SLGBTQ+ organization committed to working towards a strong, inclusive & accessible Queer community. They operate in Deshkan Ziibiing, which is the traditional territory of the Anishinaabek, Haudenosaunee, Lenape and Attawandaron Nations. This group has created important programs and services including House of Anansi which acts to create and promote events and spaces by Queer Indigenous, Black and Queer People of Colour. Queer Events History of 2 Spirit – Spirited people are fundamental components of both Indigenous communities and the Queer community today and are often visionaries, healers and medicine people. Prior to European colonization, the treatment of Two-Spirited people in Indigenous communities was as diverse as the communities themselves and many often-held ceremonial roles and were regarded with high-esteem. After colonization, homophobic European beliefs and a vilifying of homosexuals perpetrated by religious institutions and missionaries created a culture change to one that forced hetero-normativity in order for communities to survive.

Indigenous Bar Association The Understanding and Implementing the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples handbook Author Gunn, B 2011 pdf
The handbook is a resource which gives background information on the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and its role within international law. It goes over the different rights listed in the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and lists various examples of how these different sections of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples have been implemented

Secretariat of the United Nations Partnering with Indigenous Peoples: Experiences and Practices
Prepared by the Secretariat of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues pdf

GOVERNMENT OF CANADA BILL C-15 An Act respecting the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

ALIGN INDIGENOUS PROTOCOL VIDEOS

Approaching an Elder

Becoming an Ally

Ceremony

Smudging

Drums and Songs

ALSO VIEW PRESENTATION VIDEOS FROM THE ALIGN THOUGHT LEADERSHIP SERIES 

New Book – Walking Together The Future of Indigenous Child Welfare on the Prairies (Prairie Child Welfare Consortium)

Making Treaty 7 presents: O’KOSI (oh-go-see)
Calgary Sept 22–Oct 1, 2022

Trish Walsh Exploring & Healing Indigenous Intergenerational Trauma September 25, 2022

Peace River KIAROS Blanket Exercise with Localized Script
Wed, Sep 28, 6:00 PM FREE Peace River, AB .

Alberta Culture Days
September 1 to 30

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
and Orange Shirt Day
September 30th!

UCalgary’s Office of Indigenous Engagement and Calgary Public Library on Orange Shirt Day for a day of learning in recognition of National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.September 30,2022 Afternoon Panel Discussion  12 – 1:30 p.m. Onsite or Online Evening Film Screening (free viewing of Night Raiders) 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. Onsite or Online

2nd Annual Orange Shirt Day Run/Walk Every Child Matters Sept 30, 9:00 p.m. Kinsmen Park, Edmonton, AB

National Day for Truth & Reconciliation: Walk with Elders Sept 30, 10:00–11:30 a.m. Family Connection Centre 5600 50 St, Stony Plain

Orange Shirt Day Run/Walk  Sept 30, 9:00 p.m.10380 Queen Elizabeth Park Rd, Edmonton

Pokaiks – The Children: Orange Shirt Day Walk Free September 30 Fort Calgary, 750 9 Ave SE, Calgary

CIAFV Moving from Intergenerational Violence to Healthy Indigenous Pathways IV October 4, 2022

ALIGN HOSTS VIRTUAL CULTURAL SOLUTIONS 101 OCTOBER 18 – 20, 2022

ALIGN PRESENTS Walking the Children Home Together Summit Nov 4, 2022 Edmonton

CONGRATULATIONS to Elder Reg Crowshoe, Elder Rosemary Crowshoe, Roderick James McKay and Lorraine M. Wright were appointed as Members of the Order of Canada! Learn More – Calgary Herald June 29, 2022

NEW! F.N. Caring Society Virtual Reconciling History Tour that offers an opportunity to learn about

Bent Arrow has compiled a resource of Knowledge Holder videos on topics such as the Cree language, the power of drumming, Star Blankets, the role of women and much more!

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