Educational Resources

Below is a list of recommended readings, documentaries and websites for reconciliation work.


Treaties & Government Policies

A concise guide to our treaties (Government of Canada)

The Real Math Behind Attawapiskat's $90 million (National Post - December 4, 2011) This article provides a detailed account of how federal money flows/ doesn't flow to Attawapiskat.  It gives insight not just about Attawapiskat but federal funding pertaining to other First Nations as well. 


Recommended Reading List for Reconciliation Work

McIntosh, Peggy (1990) "White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack”

Amadhay, Zainab (2010) “Healing Ancestral Relationships is important to activism”

Wadden, Marie (2008) Where the Pavement Ends, Canada's Aboriginal Recovery Movement and the Urgent Need for Reconciliation

Alfred, Taiaiake (1999)  Peace, Power, Righteousness: an Indigenous manifesto   (Taiaiake calls for the indigenous peoples of North America to move beyond their 500-year history of pain, loss, and colonization, and move forward to the reality of self-determination)

King, Thomas (2003)  Truth About Stories:  A Native Narrative

King, Thomas (2012) The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America

Maracle, Lee (2003) I am Woman (Lee Maracle portrays the struggles that  native women, have endured over the past centuries)

Ralston Saul, John (2008) A Fair Country


Films, Documentaries and Videos

Shielded Minds (a Canadian Roots Exchange production)

Journey to Oz (a Canadian Roots Exchange production)

Chimamanda Adichie: The danger of a single story

Poor Us: An Animated History of Poverty (trailer)

Wab Kinew - Soap Box (short 2 minute video to deconstruct common stereotypes about Indigenous peoples)

Corriger le tableau (Production de Wakiponi Mobile 4min51s - Les jeunes de Manawan décrivent et écrivent les préjugés dont ils sont souvent la victime. Puis, le tableau s’efface pour qu’ils réécrivent leur propre vie).

L’amendement (Abinodjic Madjinakini - Quatre générations. Trois pensionnats. Deux cultures. Une extinction.)

Heroes - music video by Wab Kinew featuring K'naan's Take a Minute (showcases Indigenous heroes)

Exhile (director, Zacharias Kunuk) - documentary of the forced High Arctic relocation of 1953 where Inuit families were forcibly relocated 1500 km north of their traditional homeland of Nunavik, in northern Québec  to Ellesmere Island.

8th Fire - 4 part CBC documentary series.   Can be viewed online (English and French)

Muffins for Granny (director, Nadia McLaren) - History of the residential school system and the impact on First Nation.  Click here to view trailer

Reel Injun (director Neil Diamond) - Reel Injun is an entertaining and insightful look at the Hollywood Indian, exploring the portrayal of North American Natives through a century of cinema.    Click here to view trailer


Click here to view media coverage on the Idle No More movement

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