Saturday, 19 March 2016

Unsettling & Unpacking: Resources & Support

One of the first steps each individual must take towards supporting Indigenous communities and authentic reconciliation is to educate ourselves.  I often have discussions around resources, readings and books.  I’ve compiled a short list of some of the key resources that I’ve found over the years that have been really helpful. 

Always on the look out for new sources and books!  Feel free to comment with more suggestions or recommendations.

Websites & Readings:

Truth & Reconciliation Commission of Canada: National Centre for Truth & Reconciliation 

Honouring the Truth, Reconciling for the Future: Summary of the Final Report of the Truth & Reconciliation Commission of Canada 

Calls to Action: the 94 recommendations of the Truth & Reconciliation for Canadians to take towards authentic reconciliation: 

Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples: Full report

Report of the Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, James Anaya – The situation of indigenous peoples in Canada (Advanced UneditedVersion)

8th Fire: Great series by CBC that draws from an Anishinaabe prophecy that declares now is the time for Aboriginal peoples and Settler Canadians to come together to build the 8th Fire of justice and harmony.

Working Effectively with Indigneous Peoples: great blog with lots of helpful articles and resources.  They also provide training and workshops.

Singletrack to Success Project: amazing mountain bike project by the Carcross Tagish First Nation in the Yukon Territory, Canada.  

Union of BC Indian Chiefs: Working towards the recognition, implementation, exercise of our inherent Indigenous Title and Treaty Rights.  Resources & information

Settler Info Project: Tdah-Kawk-nish yahts-tsool (We walk in truth).  An initiative to facilitate a paradigm shift and for Settlers by providing all the information Settlers need to fully understand, respect, value and love First Nations people in Canada.

Native Land: Our home on native land.  A website with an interactive mapping platform to help North Americans learn more about their local history, the Aboriginal territories on which they live, local treaties and languages.  (

Decolonization is Not a Metaphor: Eve Tuck and K. Wayne yang.  Great article on decolonization.  

Unsettling America: Decolonization in Theory& Practice: Unsettling America is an emerging decentralized network of autonomous groups and individuals dedicated to mental and territorial decolonization throughout Turtle Island and the “Americas”.  Excellent website for articles, news and resources.

Land & Reconciliation: Having the Right Conversations.  Leanne Betasamosake Simpson.  Electric City Magazine 

Awakening the Horse: Decolonization, ancestral recovery & indigenization.  Writings & Resources for people of European Heritage

Decolonization: Indigeneity, Education &Society. Great website with tons of articles, book reviews and resources 

Notes on a bioregional decolonization.  Excellent blog with lots of thought provoking articles on decolonization. 


The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America by Thomas King

Tsawalk: A Nuu-chah-nulth worldview by Umeek (Eugene Richard Atleo)

Unsettling the Settler Within: Indian Residential Schools, Truth Telling, and Reconciliation in Canada by Paulette Regan

Dances with Dependency: Out of Poverty Through Self-Reliance by Calvin Helin

Clearing the Plains: Disease, Politics of Starvation, and the Loss of Aboriginal Life by James William Daschuk

The Comeback: How Aboriginals are Reclaiming Power and Influence by John Ralston Saul

Alliances: Re/envisioning Indigenous – non-Indigenous Relationships.  Edited by Lynne Davis

A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn.  History is a Weapon 

Kiss of the Fur Queen: A novel by Tompson Highway

Indian Horse: A novel by Richard Wagamese

The Back of the Turtle: A novel by Thomas King

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