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Learning About Canada & Indigenous Relations

With the ongoing conflict between the Wet’suwet’en First Nation hereditary chiefs and the RCMP, it is more important now than ever before to understand Canada’s colonial history and ongoing wrongdoing. Here are some helpful resources:

To begin with here are some podcasts to help you learn more:

New Fire highlights the things that are on the minds of young Indigenous youth across the country.

The Unreserved podcast is a place to highlight the topics and current events relevant to Indigenous people across the country (and also those who want to learn more about Indigenous culture and issues).

Here are some books to help you learn more about Indigenous histories and affairs:

21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act - Bob Joseph

This book talks about the Indian Act and how it has impacted Indigenous people across the country and how it continues to do so to this day

Seven Fallen Feathers: Racism, Death, and Hard Truths in a Northern City - Tanya Talaga

Seven Fallen Feathers discusses how several Indigenous high school students (from northern communities) have lost their lives while studying in Thunder Bay. This book covers the stories of each student while also looking at the structural forces at play.

Firewater: How Alcohol is Killing My People (and Yours) - Harold Johnson

Harold Johnson looks at the history of the relationship between alcohol and Indigenous people.This book explores how this relationship facilitated colonialism and the development of Canada. 

The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America - Thomas King

Written with humor, this book explores the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people since first contact

Reconciliation Book Club - Pam Palmater

If you like to learn alongside people the Reconciliation Book Club is for you! Pam is a Mi'kmaq lawyer, professor, activist and politician from Mi'kma'ki, New Brunswick. She has selected five books for your reading pleasure and has released YouTube videos to accompany each book.

Once we learn more it’s important to take action and support Indigneous initiatives. To start with Unist'ot'en has some ways to support the Wet’suwet’en Nation