Research Resources

Groundwork for change website

A research site to assist non-Indigenous people in learning the basics with a focused Indigenous perspective (colonial history, terminology, Indian Act, Royal Proclamation, 1763, The Constitution, Charter of Rights and Freedoms, etc.) and issues (residential schools, sixties scoop, Aboriginal title, land and water rights, cultural appropriation, etc.)

The site’s goal is to provide information about the following topics and concepts:  

  •                treaties, residential schools, land & water rights
  •                colonialism, racism, privilege, allies and more
  •                how non-Indigenous peoples can build relationships with Indigenous peoples
  •                how to build the capacity of non-Indigenous peoples to act in solidarity with Indigenous peoples.

Website: http://www.groundworkforchange.org

Ontario’s Commitment to Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples

A new commitment of up to $5 million over three years to support reconciling relationships within a total of $250 million. So far no concrete plans like improving water conditions, housing, education etc.

Website: https://files.ontario.ca/trc_report_english-accessible-singles.pdf

Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples

The Commission was established in 1991 after the Oka Crisis. The report, published in 1996 after extensive research and community consultation, looked at the relationships between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples. The main conclusion of the Report was the requirement to restructure the relationships. It’s an impressive document in scope but most of the recommendations were never fully implemented.

Summary of the Final Report of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples

http://iog.ca/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/1997_April_rcapsum.pdf

CBC 8th Fire

Great video podcasts hosted by Wab Kinew that includes guest perspectives such as reporter Connie Walker’s Aboriginal 101 primer from the streets of Ottawa, playwright/author Drew Hayden Taylor’s “The Relationship in 3 Minutes”, Winnipeg filmmaker, and Janelle Wookey’s definition of a Métis.

Website: http://www.cbc.ca/8thfire/aboriginal101.html

Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada

The TRC is a part of the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement. Its mandate is to inform Canadians about what happened in Indian Residential Schools. The Commission documented the truth of survivors, families, communities and anyone personally affected by the experience.

Summary of the final report: http://www.trc.ca/websites/trcinstitution/File/2015/Findings/Exec_Summary_2015_05_31_web_o.pdf

Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action

Ninety-four calls to action http://www.trc.ca/websites/trcinstitution/File/2015/Findings/Calls_to_Action_English2.pdf

A series of videos by volunteers reading the final report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCffE1UIqX23NvDpVXipSVVA

Indian Act

The Indian Act and terminology boiled down to plain language.

http://noraloreto.ca/the-indian-act-in-plain-english/

Indian Act

The Indian Act and terminology boiled down to plain language.

http://noraloreto.ca/the-indian-act-in-plain-english/

The Assembly of First Nations and other leaders and Academics have described the Indian Act as a form of apartheid law. Assembly of First Nations, “The Story,” http://www.afn.ca/article.asp?id=59

Russell Diabo on the Indian Act and terminology

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ECi_7G0QAgw

http://indigenousfoundations.arts.ubc.ca/home/government-policy/the-indian-act.html

21 Things You may not have known about the Indian Act – blog by Bob Joseph

http://www.ictinc.ca/blog/21-things-you-may-not-have-known-about-the-indian-act-

Research paper for the National Centre for First Nations Governance – 2008. Seven Generations, Seven Teachings: Ending the Indian Act,  by Prof. John Borrows, Chippewas of the Nawash, Anishinabek Nation, Law Foundation Chair in Aboriginal Justice and Governance, Faculty of Law, University of Victoria.

http://fngovernance.org/ncfng_research/john_borrows.pdf

Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action

Ninety-four calls to action http://www.trc.ca/websites/trcinstitution/File/2015/Findings/Calls_to_Action_English2.pdf

A series of videos by volunteers reading the final report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCffE1UIqX23NvDpVXipSVVA

Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples

The Commission was established in 1991 after the Oka Crisis. The report, published in 1996 after extensive research and community consultation, looked at the relationships between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples. The main conclusion of the Report was the requirement to restructure the relationships. It’s an impressive document in scope but most of the recommendations were never fully implemented.

Summary of the Final Report of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples

http://iog.ca/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/1997_April_rcapsum.pdf

Reporting in Indigenous Communities

The University of British Columbia website has an extensive list of resources for journalism students borrowed from the Dibaajimo Indigenous reporters portal

http://riic.ca/resources/

Indigenous Media/Blogs