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National Indigenous History Month

Thursday, May 30, 2019

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In June, Canadians recognize National Indigenous History Month. This recognition provides the unique opportunity for communities across Canada to join and together take action towards reconciliation. Throughout the month, Markham will host several events and support opportunities to grow knowledge, understanding, and work actively towards reconciliation (details TBD).  

Take time this National Indigenous History Month to learn more about Canada’s First Nations, Metis, and Inuit peoples. Use the publically available online resources below and explore cultural history, colonialism, the residential school system, and the work currently being done toward reconciliation.

 

READING LISTS

Canadian First Nations Experiences

First Nations Nonfiction for Kids

First Nations Stories

Indigenous Authors You Should Be Reading

Aboriginal Heritage

Truth and Reconciliation - Canada's Residential Schools

First Nation Communities Read Recommended Titles

 

INTERACTIVE MEDIA & LEARNING RESOURCES

Kids' Stop

Find activities, games and stories for youth and educators about Indigenous peoples' culture, history and languages.

First Nations in Canada 

Historical eBook, Government of Canada

An educational resource designed for use by young Canadians; high school educators and students; Aboriginal communities; and anyone interested in First Nations history. 

EPUB: First Nations in Canada (3.319 Kb)

First Peoples of Canada: presenting the history and continuing presence of Aboriginal people in Canada

Virtual Exhibit, Canadian Museum of History

This virtual exhibition looks at some facets of the history of Canada's Aboriginal peoples, underlining their fight for cultural survival and indicating the wealth of their modern-day contributions. It is based largely on information and artifacts presented in the First Peoples Hall of the Canadian Museum of Civilization.

Indspire’s Online Resource Centre

Educational Resource Collection, Indspire

Indspire’s Online Resources connects educators of indigenous students with programs, resources, information, tools and a Professional Learning community to improve educational outcomes and increase High School completion rates. Enhance your teaching with more than 1,000 resources. Explore our collection to find Successful Practices, lesson plans, professional development webinars and research reports to support your commitment to engaging, educating and inspiring your students. Access the Professional Learning community to network, share and support one another.

Indigenous Reads

Government of Canada

#IndigenousReads encourages reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples by sharing Indigenous literature. Through #IndigenousReads, the Government of Canada hopes to encourage reconciliation by increasing Canadians' understanding of Indigenous issues, cultures, and history. #IndigenousReads may take different forms. It can include poetry, graphic novels, short stories, children's books or essays on Indigenous issues, cultures and history.

National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation

The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation is the permanent home for all statements, documents, and other materials gathered by the TRC the NCTR will ensure that:

  • former students and their families have access to their own history;
  • educators can share the Indian Residential School history with future generations of students;
  • researchers can more deeply explore the Residential School experience;
  • the public can access historical records and other materials to help foster reconciliation and healing; and
  • the history and legacy of the residential school system are never forgotten

Truth and Reconciliation Commission

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada was established in 2008 by the Government of Canada under the terms of the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement.
Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (2015)

Summary: Honouring the Truth, Reconciling for the Future

The Survivors Speak

Volume 1: The History, Part 1 Origins to 1939

Volume 1: The History Part 2, 1939 to 2000

Volume 2: The Inuit and Northern Experience

Volume 3: The Métis Experience

Volume 4: Missing Children and Unmarked Burials

Volume 5: The Legacy

Volume 6: Reconciliation

What We Have Learned

Calls to Action

Truth and Reconciliation Commission Web Archive

Library and Archives Canada's (LAC) Truth and Reconciliation Commission Web Archive provides access to archival copies of the websites of organizations connected with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC), either as active partners at national events or through initiatives to support commemoration.

 

MOOC’s* & ONLINE CLASSES

Reconciliation Through Indigenous Education

MOOC, University of British Columbia

This 6 week course will help you envision how Indigenous histories, perspectives, worldviews, and approaches to learning can be made part of the work we do in classrooms, organizations, communities, and our everyday experiences in ways that are thoughtful and respectful.

Indigenous Canada

MOOC, University of Alberta

Indigenous Canada 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. Topics for the 12 lessons include the fur trade and other exchange relationships, land claims and environmental impacts, legal systems and rights, political conflicts and alliances, Indigenous political activism, and contemporary Indigenous life, art and its expressions.

Aboriginal Worldviews and Education

MOOC, University of Toronto

Intended for both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal learners, this course will explore indigenous ways of knowing and how they can benefit all students. Topics include historical, social, and political issues in Aboriginal education; terminology; cultural, spiritual and philosophical themes in Aboriginal worldviews; and how Aboriginal worldviews can inform professional programs and practices, including but not limited to the field of education.

*Massive Open Online Course

 

PODCASTS

The Secret Life of Canada

The Secret Life of Canada highlights the people, places and stories that probably didn't make it into your high school textbook. Join hosts Leah and Falen as they explore the unauthorized history of a complicated country.

Unreserved

Unreserved is the radio space for Indigenous community, culture, and conversation. Host Rosanna Deerchild takes you straight into Indigenous Canada, from Halifax to Haida Gwaii, from Shamattawa to Ottawa, introducing listeners to the storytellers, culture makers and community shakers from across the country. The Unreserved team offers real talk from the people behind the headlines, with a soundtrack from the best in Indigenous music.

Missing and Murdered: Finding Cleo

CBC News Investigative reporter Connie Walker tracks down people who police never interviewed, and others who've been too afraid to speak out until now. Listeners are given unprecedented access and insight into a murder that many feel could still be solved.

Métis In Space

Métis In Space hilariously deconstructs the science fiction genre through a decolonial lense. Join hosts Molly Swain & Chelsea Vowel as they drink a bottle of (red) wine, and from a tipsy, decolonial perspective, review a sci-fi movie or television episode featuring Indigenous Peoples, tropes & themes.

Media Indigena

“Driven by the mission to originate and celebrate a wealth of distinct, Indigenous-led experiences both on-line and off, our larger vision is to catalyze these conversations and connections into community; to bring together the people who share our vision, from trendsetters and tastemakers to thought leaders. Our podcast is but one way to do that, and we’re just getting started.”

New Fire

From remote reserves to bustling big cities, join Urban Native Girl Lisa Charleyboy as she brings you to the surprising heart of the conversations important to Indigenous youth today.

The Henceforward

This podcast examines settler colonialism and antiblackness as entwined historical and contemporary social structures. The podcast appraises lived consequences for Indigenous peoples, Black peoples, European settlers, and other arrivals.  It considers theories of decolonization and abolition within settler colonial contexts.

Coffee With My Ma

Created by actress Kaniehtiio Horn, this podcast that places the audience at the kitchen table with her radical activist mother, Kahn-Tineta Horn who shares stories of her very long adventurous life. From saving a Cree baby from being taken during the Sixties Scoop, to getting arrested for punching a journalist from the Toronto Telegram, her stories are told with the sense of humour that carried her through.

 

SUPPORT IN YOUR CITY

One of the ways the City of Markham supports Indigenous History Month is through the award-winning Diversity Action Plan - Everyone Welcome

Eabametoong First Nation & City of Markham Cultural Collaboration

In 2017, the City of Markham signed a historic accord - an agreement of cultural collaboration with Eabametoong First Nation, also known as Fort Hope. This Ojibway community is located nearly 360 kilometres north of Thunder Bay, Ontario, which is about 1,000 kilometres north of Markham. Through the first-of-its-kind agreement between an urban municipality and a remote, northern First Nation community, Markham and Eabametoong First Nation have agreed to promote social, cultural and economic collaboration, promote harmony and goodwill for the betterment of residents, and to increase public awareness.

Find out more about this groundbreaking partnership HERE.



In June, Canadians recognize National Indigenous History Month. This recognition provides the unique opportunity for communities across Canada to join and together take action towards reconciliation. Throughout the month, Markham will host several events and support opportunities to grow knowledge, understanding, and work actively towards reconciliation (details TBD).  

Take time this National Indigenous History Month to learn more about Canada’s First Nations, Metis, and Inuit peoples. Use the publically available online resources below and explore cultural history, colonialism, the residential school system, and the work currently being done toward reconciliation.

 

READING LISTS

Canadian First Nations Experiences

First Nations Nonfiction for Kids

First Nations Stories

Indigenous Authors You Should Be Reading

Aboriginal Heritage

Truth and Reconciliation - Canada's Residential Schools

First Nation Communities Read Recommended Titles

 

INTERACTIVE MEDIA & LEARNING RESOURCES

Kids' Stop

Find activities, games and stories for youth and educators about Indigenous peoples' culture, history and languages.

First Nations in Canada 

Historical eBook, Government of Canada

An educational resource designed for use by young Canadians; high school educators and students; Aboriginal communities; and anyone interested in First Nations history. 

EPUB: First Nations in Canada (3.319 Kb)

First Peoples of Canada: presenting the history and continuing presence of Aboriginal people in Canada

Virtual Exhibit, Canadian Museum of History

This virtual exhibition looks at some facets of the history of Canada's Aboriginal peoples, underlining their fight for cultural survival and indicating the wealth of their modern-day contributions. It is based largely on information and artifacts presented in the First Peoples Hall of the Canadian Museum of Civilization.

Indspire’s Online Resource Centre

Educational Resource Collection, Indspire

Indspire’s Online Resources connects educators of indigenous students with programs, resources, information, tools and a Professional Learning community to improve educational outcomes and increase High School completion rates. Enhance your teaching with more than 1,000 resources. Explore our collection to find Successful Practices, lesson plans, professional development webinars and research reports to support your commitment to engaging, educating and inspiring your students. Access the Professional Learning community to network, share and support one another.

Indigenous Reads

Government of Canada

#IndigenousReads encourages reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples by sharing Indigenous literature. Through #IndigenousReads, the Government of Canada hopes to encourage reconciliation by increasing Canadians' understanding of Indigenous issues, cultures, and history. #IndigenousReads may take different forms. It can include poetry, graphic novels, short stories, children's books or essays on Indigenous issues, cultures and history.

National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation

The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation is the permanent home for all statements, documents, and other materials gathered by the TRC the NCTR will ensure that:

  • former students and their families have access to their own history;
  • educators can share the Indian Residential School history with future generations of students;
  • researchers can more deeply explore the Residential School experience;
  • the public can access historical records and other materials to help foster reconciliation and healing; and
  • the history and legacy of the residential school system are never forgotten

Truth and Reconciliation Commission

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada was established in 2008 by the Government of Canada under the terms of the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement.
Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (2015)

Summary: Honouring the Truth, Reconciling for the Future

The Survivors Speak

Volume 1: The History, Part 1 Origins to 1939

Volume 1: The History Part 2, 1939 to 2000

Volume 2: The Inuit and Northern Experience

Volume 3: The Métis Experience

Volume 4: Missing Children and Unmarked Burials

Volume 5: The Legacy

Volume 6: Reconciliation

What We Have Learned

Calls to Action

Truth and Reconciliation Commission Web Archive

Library and Archives Canada's (LAC) Truth and Reconciliation Commission Web Archive provides access to archival copies of the websites of organizations connected with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC), either as active partners at national events or through initiatives to support commemoration.

 

MOOC’s* & ONLINE CLASSES

Reconciliation Through Indigenous Education

MOOC, University of British Columbia

This 6 week course will help you envision how Indigenous histories, perspectives, worldviews, and approaches to learning can be made part of the work we do in classrooms, organizations, communities, and our everyday experiences in ways that are thoughtful and respectful.

Indigenous Canada

MOOC, University of Alberta

Indigenous Canada 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. Topics for the 12 lessons include the fur trade and other exchange relationships, land claims and environmental impacts, legal systems and rights, political conflicts and alliances, Indigenous political activism, and contemporary Indigenous life, art and its expressions.

Aboriginal Worldviews and Education

MOOC, University of Toronto

Intended for both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal learners, this course will explore indigenous ways of knowing and how they can benefit all students. Topics include historical, social, and political issues in Aboriginal education; terminology; cultural, spiritual and philosophical themes in Aboriginal worldviews; and how Aboriginal worldviews can inform professional programs and practices, including but not limited to the field of education.

*Massive Open Online Course

 

PODCASTS

The Secret Life of Canada

The Secret Life of Canada highlights the people, places and stories that probably didn't make it into your high school textbook. Join hosts Leah and Falen as they explore the unauthorized history of a complicated country.

Unreserved

Unreserved is the radio space for Indigenous community, culture, and conversation. Host Rosanna Deerchild takes you straight into Indigenous Canada, from Halifax to Haida Gwaii, from Shamattawa to Ottawa, introducing listeners to the storytellers, culture makers and community shakers from across the country. The Unreserved team offers real talk from the people behind the headlines, with a soundtrack from the best in Indigenous music.

Missing and Murdered: Finding Cleo

CBC News Investigative reporter Connie Walker tracks down people who police never interviewed, and others who've been too afraid to speak out until now. Listeners are given unprecedented access and insight into a murder that many feel could still be solved.

Métis In Space

Métis In Space hilariously deconstructs the science fiction genre through a decolonial lense. Join hosts Molly Swain & Chelsea Vowel as they drink a bottle of (red) wine, and from a tipsy, decolonial perspective, review a sci-fi movie or television episode featuring Indigenous Peoples, tropes & themes.

Media Indigena

“Driven by the mission to originate and celebrate a wealth of distinct, Indigenous-led experiences both on-line and off, our larger vision is to catalyze these conversations and connections into community; to bring together the people who share our vision, from trendsetters and tastemakers to thought leaders. Our podcast is but one way to do that, and we’re just getting started.”

New Fire

From remote reserves to bustling big cities, join Urban Native Girl Lisa Charleyboy as she brings you to the surprising heart of the conversations important to Indigenous youth today.

The Henceforward

This podcast examines settler colonialism and antiblackness as entwined historical and contemporary social structures. The podcast appraises lived consequences for Indigenous peoples, Black peoples, European settlers, and other arrivals.  It considers theories of decolonization and abolition within settler colonial contexts.

Coffee With My Ma

Created by actress Kaniehtiio Horn, this podcast that places the audience at the kitchen table with her radical activist mother, Kahn-Tineta Horn who shares stories of her very long adventurous life. From saving a Cree baby from being taken during the Sixties Scoop, to getting arrested for punching a journalist from the Toronto Telegram, her stories are told with the sense of humour that carried her through.

 

SUPPORT IN YOUR CITY

One of the ways the City of Markham supports Indigenous History Month is through the award-winning Diversity Action Plan - Everyone Welcome

Eabametoong First Nation & City of Markham Cultural Collaboration

In 2017, the City of Markham signed a historic accord - an agreement of cultural collaboration with Eabametoong First Nation, also known as Fort Hope. This Ojibway community is located nearly 360 kilometres north of Thunder Bay, Ontario, which is about 1,000 kilometres north of Markham. Through the first-of-its-kind agreement between an urban municipality and a remote, northern First Nation community, Markham and Eabametoong First Nation have agreed to promote social, cultural and economic collaboration, promote harmony and goodwill for the betterment of residents, and to increase public awareness.

Find out more about this groundbreaking partnership HERE.