Resources

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Resources include books, activity guides, teaching and curriculum toolkits, websites and more.

Indigenous Peoples and reconciliation

Indigenous Perspectives Education Guide provides an overview of Indigenous history in Canada, and touches on issues affecting Indigenous Peoples today including residential schools, the Sixties Scoop, land claims, child welfare, Indigenous ways of knowing, and intergenerational trauma. The guide is aimed at children in intermediate to middle school years, and available as an online resource with links to activities, timeline, videos and websites for further exploration.

In the Words of Our Ancestors: Métis Health and Healing provides an overview of Métis history, worldview, and culture through the words and stories of Métis Elders and Knowledge Keepers.

United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP)

150 Acts of Reconciliation is both an educational resource and activity guide, offering ideas for all Canadians, and all grade levels, to engage on the topics of reconciliation and Indigenous peoples.

Residential schools and their legacy

Books

Early years

  • Blackstock, C., Strong, A., King, J., & Howden, S. (2018). Spirit Bear: Fishing for Knowledge, Catching Dreams. Ottawa, Ontario: First Nations Child & Family Caring Society of Canada.
  • Campbell, N. I., & LaFave, K. (2005). Shi-shi-etko. Toronto, Ontario: Groundwood Books.
  • Campbell, N. I., & Flett, J. (2018). A Day with Yayah. Northampton, MA: Crocodile Books
  • Jordan-Fenton, C., Pokiak-Fenton, M., & Grimard, G. (2013). When I was Eight. Toronto, Ontario: Annick Press.
  • Florence, M., & Grimard, G. (2017). Stolen Words. Toronto, Ontario: Second Story Press.
  • Loyie, L., Holmlund, H. D., & Brissenden, C. (2005). As Long as the Rivers Flow. Toronto, Ontario: Groundwood Books.
  • Loyie, L., & Brissenden, C. (2005). The Gathering Tree. Penticton, BC: Theytus Books.
  • Robertson, D., & Henderson, S. B. (2011). Sugar Falls: A Residential School Story. Winnipeg, Manitoba: HighWater Press.
  • Robertson, D., & Flett, J. (2018). When We Were Alone. Winnipeg, Manitoba: HighWater Press.
  • Vermette, K., Henderson, S. B., & Yaciuk, D. (2017). Pemmican Wars: A Girl Called Echo. Winnipeg, Manitoba: Highwater Press.
  • Webstad, P. (2018) The Orange Shirt Story. Medicine Wheel Education.

Middle years

  • Smith, M. G. (2017). Speaking Our Truth: A Journey of Reconciliation. Victoria, BC: Orca Book Publishers.
  • Jordan-Fenton, C., & Pokiak-Fenton, M. (2011). A Stranger at Home. Toronto, Ontario: Annick Press.
  • Jordan-Fenton, C., & Pokiak-Fenton, M. (2010). Fatty Legs. Toronto, Ontario: Annick Press.
  • Loyie, L. (2009). Goodbye Buffalo Bay. Penticton, BC: Theytus Books.

High school and beyond

  • Fontaine, P. (2016). A Knock on the Door: The Essential History of Residential Schools from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press.
  • Joseph, B. (2019). Indigenous Relations: Insights, Tips & Suggestions to Make Reconciliation a Reality. Port Coquitlam, BC: Indigenous Relations Press.
  • Joseph, B. (2018). 21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act. Port Coquitlam, BC: Indigenous Relations Press.
  • Regan, P. (2011). Unsettling the Settler Within: Indian Residential Schools, Truth Telling, and Reconciliation in Canada. Vancouver: UBC Press.
  • Rogers, S., DeGagné, M., Lowry, G., & Fryer, S. (2014). Reconciliation & the Way Forward. Ottawa, Ontario: Aboriginal Healing Foundation.
  • Rogers, S., DeGagné, M., Dewar, J., & Lowry, G. (2012). Speaking My Truth: Reflections on Reconciliation & Residential School. Ottawa, Ontario: Aboriginal Healing Foundation.
  • Smith, L. T. (2012). Decolonizing Methodologies: Research and Indigenous Peoples, Linda Tuhiwai Smith, 1st edition. Ventura, CA: Otago University Press.
  • Woolford, A. J. (2015). This Benevolent Experiment: Indigenous Boarding Schools, Genocide, and Redress in Canada and the United States. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press.

Guides

Fatty Legs is a children’s book written about the residential school experience of the author’s mother in law, Margaret Pokiak–Fenton. This online resource offers tools to help teachers use the book in their classroom.

Gladys We Never Knew: The life of a child in a BC Indian Residential School is an ebook produced by the BCTF Aboriginal Education Program, including guides, activities and real documents for teachers to use in the classroom.

Honouring the Truth, Reconciling the Future is the executive summary report from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

Project of Heart: Illuminating the hidden history of Indian Residential Schools in BC, (August 2015) is an informational guide for all Canadians to understand the timeline, impact and lasting legacy of residential schools.

Residential Schools in Canada is an educational guide created by Historica Canada, with links to videos, websites and activity worksheets for students.

Websites

Project of Heart is an inquiry-based, hands-on, collaborative, inter-generational, artistic journey of seeking truth about the history of Aboriginal people in Canada, specifically focusing on the impacts of the Indian Residential Schools system and social justice action.

Indigenous Foundations: Residential School System is a guide developed by the First Nations Studies Program at UBC, offering information and resources for those looking to learn more about Indigenous history in Canada

National Centre of Truth and Reconciliation provides teaching resources and lesson templates about residential schools for all grades.

 

Violence against women

Moose Hide Campaign is a grassroots movement raising awareness of the violence faced by Indigenous women and girls.

 

Missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls

Faceless Dolls is a commemorative art project initiated by the Native Women’s Association of Canada, representing missing and murdered Indigenous women in Canada (activity).

Their Voices Will Guide Us is a student and youth engagement book including resources for educators aimed at education around missing and murdered Indigenous women in Canada.

 

2SLGBTQQIA

Two-Spirit & Indigenous Queer Studies Research Guide is a guide for faculty, students, staff and community at UBC developed by Xwi7xwa Library.

 

Orange Shirt Day

The Orange Shirt Day website provides resources for teachers and comprehensive lesson plans which discuss the purpose of Orange Shirt Day and the history of residential schools

The Orange Shirt Story picture book by Phyllis Webstad is available for purchase from Medicine Wheel Education in Shuswap, English and French. A compatible lesson plan is also offered.

The picture book Phyllis’s Orange Shirt by Phyllis Webstad is adapted for younger audiences.

CBC News’s video “What Orange Shirt Day Means” is a reminder of the story and history of Orange Shirt Day.

 

If you are interested in exploring the historical context of settler colonialism in Canada and foundational themes relating to the history of the Indian Residential School System, visit the Resources section on our Collections site for websites, exhibitions, and toolkits.