Posted: May 28, 2021
Indigenous History Month
Celebrate the rich culture and heritage of Indigenous peoples, while learning more about the atrocities that Indigenous communities have faced and continue to face today.


RECOMMENDED READS

Find your next read from an Indigenous author with our staff curated list of books for adults, teens and kids.
To browse and place holds on these titles, click here

Check out a recommended reading list (with titles for all ages) created in honour of Indigenous History Month on our Check It Out! blog. 

PROGRAMS WITH YOUR LIBRARY


National Indigenous History Month: Waterloo Edition

Begins Monday, June 21 at wpl.ca/play-anytime

Celebrate the heritage, culture, and contributions of local First Nations communities through this Play Anytime Program. Perfect for families, kids & adults.


WATCH LIST


Indigenous Youth with Curio.ca
This collection takes a closer look at the hopes, experiences and challenges of Indigenous youth in Canada today. Among the topics examined are cultural identity, community engagement, education, the environment and relations with law enforcement.

Beyond 94: Truth and Reconciliation in Canada with Curio.ca
Winner of the Human Rights Reporting award from the Canadian Association of Journalists / Journalists for Human Rights, cbc.ca/beyond94 is an immersive website on the 94 Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation CommissionThe Commission was formed as a means of reckoning with the devastating legacy of  the residential school system. From 2008 to 2014, the commission heard stories from thousands of residential school survivors. In 2015, it released a report that included its Calls to Action – instructions to guide governments, communities and faith groups down the road to reconciliation. CBC’s Beyond 94 monitors the progress of that journey.


LOCAL GROUPS


University of Waterloo Indigenous Student Centre
WISC facilitates the sharing of Indigenous knowledge and provides culturally relevant information and support services for all members of the University of Waterloo community, including Indigenous and non-Indigenous students, staff, and faculty.

Wilfrid Laurier University Indigenous Student Services
Laurier offers two Indigenous Student Centres (ISC). Whether you are looking for a space to study, hang out with friends, or continue on your journey of identity through cultural programming – the ISC has got you covered.

Grand River Métis Council
The GRMC represents Métis citizens in the Grand River area as a chartered council of Region 9 and are a council of volunteers who support Métis citizens, host council meetings, and plan community events for our area. 

Anishnabeg Outreach
Anishnabeg Outreach provides Indigenous people with access to culturally appropriate services and strive to support individuals with direction and assistance to overcome barriers. They encourage individual exploration of avenues that will lead to self-sufficiency and success.

Six Nations Grand River
The Six Nations of Grand River consits of Mohawk, Oneida, Cayuga, Seneca, Onondaga and Tuscarora.


ORGANIZATIONS


Indian Residential School Survivors Society
The Indian Residential School Survivor Society (IRSSS) is an organization based in British Columbia with a twenty-year history of providing services to Indian Residential School Survivors.

On Canada Project: Settlers Take Action
Non-Indigenous folk who live in Canada benefit from the colonialism that happened here. That means we are all responsible for our personal role in reconciliation. Learn more about how you can help create change. 

The National Association of Friendship Centres
Friendship Centres are Canada’s most significant urban Indigenous service delivery infrastructure and are the primary providers of culturally enhanced programs and services to urban Indigenous residents. For over half a century Friendship Centres have been facilitating the transition of Indigenous people from rural, remote, and reserve life to an urban environment.


LEARN MORE


National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women
The National Inquiry must look into and report on the systemic causes of all forms of violence against Indigenous women and girls, including sexual violence. They examine the underlying social, economic, cultural, institutional, and historical causes that contribute to the ongoing violence and particular vulnerabilities of Indigenous women and girls in Canada. Their mandate also directs them to look into and report on existing institutional policies and practices to address violence, including those that are effective in reducing violence and increasing safety.

Coursera: Indigenous Canada
Indigenous Canada is a 12-lesson Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) from the Faculty of Native Studies that 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.

Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action
Read the full document and learn more about the calls to action developed by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.