As promised, I wanted to continue my series of posts in my own effort to participate and take action in my own genuine way in order to reach those who may not have much of an understanding with issues facing Canada’s First Peoples Nations. I encourage you to first read my previous posts whereby I have taken the time to gradually work towards how to get involved with the truth and reconciliation efforts.
Read From The Beginning Here
Next Read Here…..
Now you should be well informed to take on this step this next step.
How can I get involved in reconciliation?
With reconciliation, it’s important to acknowledge harmful policies and practices (e.g. residential schools, loss of lands, inequitable access to essential services, prohibition of cultural traditions and languages, etc.) and define positive ways to move forward together. Which is why this subject requires so much more than just reading the headlines. In fact there are so many published personal accounts written by Canadian Indigenous authors that unveil the devastation of Canada’s involvement with the ethnic cleansing and attempt at assimilating its First peoples. However, not only do many of these authors flood us with the truths of tragedy, but illuminate their courageous efforts to bravely survive the atrocities.
Check these Must Reads that include Children’s Books as well.
Both Indigenous and settlers can participate in reconciliation. Here are some ways you can support reconciliation:
- Research First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples in your area to understand their history and contributions to society
- Watch movies by Indigenous filmmakers or read Indigenous literature
- Learn more about Indigenous arts and artists
- Attend local Indigenous cultural events open to the public
- Research and do a presentation on reconciliation for your class or organization
- Learn the land acknowledgement in your area. If there isn’t one, consider reaching out to your local government to engage Indigenous peoples in the area to create one. Encourage your school or organization to give a daily land acknowledgement as part of their morning routine and at important events.
- Visit a local Indigenous organization and/or Friendship Centre
- Participate in Secret Path Week, Orange Shirt Day, Bear Witness Day, National Indigenous Peoples Day and/or other important national and local Indigenous awareness events
- Ask an Indigenous representative or Elder to visit your school or organization to share their knowledge. When preparing your request, it’s important to learn about and follow proper protocols (e.g. you may need to present an Elder with tobacco or an honorarium during their visit).
- Study an Indigenous language (especially one used in your area)
- If you’re a student, consider asking your teaching to for the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund’s new Legacy Schools program
- Organize a fundraising event for a charity that supports Indigenous peoples
I’d love to hear about any of your own personal efforts you’ve taken on in your personal life- Leave it in the comments section!