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indigenous canada resources

In the spirit of strengthening relationship with Indigenous peoples, reKindle would like to acknowledge that we are on the traditional
territories of the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta. The city of Calgary is also home to Metis Nation of Alberta, Region III. 

a posture of listening and learning

Through a posture of listening and learning, we desire to acknowledge the unique history of First Nations, Metis, and Inuit people and discover the current reality of Indigenous peoples in Canada.

Below is a curated list of Canada-wide resources and ministries to, for and by Indigenous peoples. We have also included various learning opportunities regarding the topics of Truth and Reconciliation, residential schools, and Indigenous peoples in Canada. While there are an abundance of resources available, we have found these resources to be helpful in our continued learning. 

 

Join us as we journey together.

The above resource page was created in consultation with members of Canada's Indigenous community. We acknowledge the diversity of thought and practice as we continue to listen and learn.

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The Truth and Reconciliation Commission's (TRC) mandate was to inform all Canadians about what happened in residential schools. The TRC documented the truth of survivors, their families, communities and anyone personally affected by the residential school experience.

stories and narrative

Listening and learning through the power of narrative and stories. 

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Rev. Dr. Ray Aldred

Reverend Doctor Ray Aldred is the director of the Indigenous Studies Program at the Vancouver School of Theology. He was first ordained with the Christian and Missionary Alliance in Canada and is now ordained with the Anglican Church of Canada. He is status Cree from Swan River Band, Treaty 8.   

Check out this conversation between Ken Shigematsu and Ray Aldred.

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Rev. Howard Jolly

Reverend Howard Jolly serves as the First Nations Executive Director with The Alliance in Canada.  He is Cree from Waskaganish, Quebec. He has pastored the First Nations Community Church in Winnipeg for 15 years. He has his B.A. in Church ministries and an M. Div. from Providence University.   

Take a listen to this discussion between Nick Kadun and Howard Jolly and current realities for Indigenous peoples.

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Holly Fortier

Holly Fortier, a Cree/Dene from Ft. McKay First Nation, Alberta, was born in Treaty 7 Territory. She owns a business that specializes in the development and delivery of Indigenous Awareness Trainings. Her passion for sharing Indigenous history and culture began with her mother's Indian Residential School experience.

Watch this interview from First Alliance Church with Holly Fortier as she shares her heart for Indigenous culture.

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territorial
acknowledgements

What is a territory acknowledgement and why do they matter? How are they used and what is the significance? To some to acknowledge the traditional territory is to recognize its longer history, as well as its significance for the Indigenous peoples who lived and continue to live upon this territory. The resource below may be a helpful guide to learn more on understanding territorial acknowledgements.

indigenous canada course

Indigenous Canada is a nationally recognized, highly accessible, online learning course from the Faculty of Native Studies at the University of Alberta, that explores Indigenous histories and contemporary issues in Canada. This free course is twelve weeks of study (plan for two-three hours per week). 

Instructors: Paul Gareau, Tracy Bear, Alannah Mandamin-Shawanda, Isaac Twinn. 

Topics covered in this course include:

  • Fur trade and other exchange relationships

  • Land claims and environmental impacts

  • Legal systems and rights

  • Political conflicts and alliances

  • Indigenous political activism

  • Contemporary Indigenous life, art and its expressions

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"I thoroughly enjoyed it. It is extremely well done. It presents clear history without sugar coating it, and without anger or emotion. If you, like me, are confused about the plight of Indigenous people in Canada I would encourage you to take this."

 

- Chet Kennedy, Student Ministries Pastor

First Alliance Church, Calgary, Alberta  

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The goal of the blanket exercise is to build understanding about our shared history as Indigenous and

non-Indigenous peoples in Canada. By engaging on an emotional and intellectual level, the blanket exercise assists in educating and creating space for open dialogue.

have you participated in a blanket exercise?

additional resources

We are committed to continue learning and understanding what has been happening within the nation of Canada and to our Indigenous peoples. Please click the link to find resources to accompany in the journey of listening and learning.

The above resource page was created in consultation with members of Canada's Indigenous community. We acknowledge the diversity of thought and practice as we continue to listen and learn.