Right Relations

What A Non-Indigenous Person Can Do Toward Right Relations

(from Indigenous Initiatives at the University of Saskatchewan)

Learn about the residential school system and its ongoing impact:

  • Review the Truth and Reconciliation Act
  • Have discussions with your family and friends
  • Follow Indigenous authors
  • Listen to survivors and their families
  • Avoid requesting Indigenous peoples to provide emotional labour
  • Donate to organizations that support survivors and their families:
  • The Indian Residential Schools Survivors Society
  • The Orange Shirt Society
  • Indigenous led child welfare organizations
  • Language revitalization, cultural and land based programs
  • Indigenous led community organizations, such as First Nations Child and Family Caring Society
  • United Church of Canada Healing Fund

Contact your MP and other elected representatives to insist they take action:

  • Ask that perpetrators be held accountable for their actions
  • Demand a comprehensive search for unmarked graves for ALL residential schools
  • Demand that all residential schools be protected and funded as heritage memorial sites in accordance to the wishes of First Nations communities
  • Demand action to end ongoing colonial violence against Indigenous children
  • Demand action on the overrepresentation of Indigenous children in the child welfare system

Prioritize safety of survivors and their families when sharing these stories:

  • Understand many Indigenous peoples are traumatized right now
  • Avoid asking survivors to share their stories, unless otherwise indicated. Survivors will let you know who is available to speak
  • Provide content warnings

Demand action from the Catholic Church:

  • Demand an apology from the Pope and the Catholic Church
  • Demand lands owned by the church be returned back to Indigenous communities and people
  • Have discussions within your church communities

Be the Change!

Here are three locally-made videos you can view about Right Relations in the Antler River Watershed Region and the First Nations of Kettle and Stony Point, Aamjiwnaang, and Walpole Island. By Sarnia video-maker Dwayne Cloes.

We Are Still Here

Interviews with three women survivors of Residential School, including the late Geraldine Roberts

Aftershock – The Second Generation Speaks

Interviews with the children of survivors, about the continuing harmful legacy of Residential Schools.

Red Dog – Self Portrait

Video portrait of Aanishinaabe painter and musician Red Dog (Jeffrey George) of Kettle and Stony Point First Nation.

Oneida – A Way Forward

The Oneida United Church congregation at the Oneida Settlement tell their story. A United Church of Canada Minute for Mission.

…Or Read a Book

These are some recommended books on First Nations culture and stories, generally with a focus on what we call Ontario:

Richard Wagamese
A Quality of Light ISBN 0-385-25606-X
Keeper ‘N Me ISBN 385-25452-0
Indian Horse ISBN 979-1-55365-5
One Native Life ISBN-13 978-1553653127
One Story One Song ISBN 978-1-77162-000-2
James Bartleman
As Long As The Rivers Flow ISBN 987-0-307-39874-1
John Milloy
A National Crime ISBN 0-88755-646-9
What We Have Learned ISBN 978-0-660-02073-0
The Survivors Speak ISBN 978-0-660-01985-7
Thomson Highway
Kiss of the Fur Queen ISBN 0-385-25652-3
David D Plain
The Plains of Aamjiwnaang ISBN-10: 1425122736
Ways of our Grandfathers ISBN-10: 1425122760
1300 Moons ISBN-10: 1426995970
Jesse Thistle
From the Ashes ISBN-13 978-1982101213
Cherie Dimaline
The Marrow Thieves ISBN-13 978-1770864863
Bob Joseph
21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act ISBN-10: 0995266522
Indigenous Relations ISBN 9781989025642
Tanya Talaga
Seven Fallen Feathers ISBN 9781487002268
Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action
Final Report of The TRC Vol. 1. Summary ISBN-10-1-4594-1067X ISBN-13: 978-1-4594-1067-1
United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

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