In honour of culture of Indigenous Peoples peoples across Canada, the following resources are designed to help us discover, learn, connect and celebrate the unique heritage of Indigenous Peoples.
Four Faces of the Moon
An Indigenous photographer travels through time to witness moments in her family’s history: the legacy of the railway, the slaughter of the buffalo, the impact of colonial land policies.
How to watch - YouTube: www.youtube.com/watch?v=rWe--sysNkk
The story follows the life of Canadian First Nations boy, Saul Indian Horse, as he survives residential school and life amongst the racism of the 1970s.
How to watch - Gem CBC: gem.cbc.ca/indian-horse
More about the film and the book: www.indianhorse.ca
Jaat Sdiihltl’lxa: Woman Who Returns
Heather didn't know she was Haida until she was 16. After visiting Haida Gwaii many times over the next twenty years, Heather realized she wanted to join her clan and receive her Haida name.
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When the body of a 14-year-old girl was pulled from Winnipeg’s Red River in 2014, it sparked a public outcry and renewed calls for a national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women. This film follows the volunteers who search the Red River and its banks for clues that might answer some of the questions surrounding the disappearances and murders.
How to watch - YouTube: www.youtube.com/watch?v=7s-jmsPf93I
The Secret Path
An animated film adaptation of Gord Downie's album and Jeff Lemire's graphic novel; a retelling of Chanie's story – from his escape from the Cecilia Jeffrey Indian Residential School, to his subsequent and heartbreaking death from hunger and exposure to the harsh weather
How to watch:
We Were Children
In this feature film, the profound impact of the Canadian government’s residential school system is conveyed through the eyes of two children who were forced to face hardships beyond their years.
How to watch:
- Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada
- 10 Influential Indigenous Authors – The Canadian Encyclopedia
- A Road To Understanding Indigenous Culture
- First Peoples Research Guide
- Indigenous Communities and Organizations
- Library Resources
- Residential Schools
- The McKee Treaty of 1790
- Turtle Island
- Wazhashk Poetry by D.A. Lockhart
Hodinohsho:ni Governance Workshop - June 21, 2023, 6:00 PM (Virtual) The Woodland Cultural Centre is hosting a virtual Hodinohsho:ni Governance workshop. Topics covered include the Hodinohsho:ni system of governance, use of wampum, the Royal Proclamation, the Haldimand Proclamation, the Indian Act and how these conflicted with the traditional Hodinohsho:ni Governance structure.
Let’s Learn About National Indigenous Peoples Day - June 20, 12:00 - 1:00 PM (Virtual). How was this day created? Who was it created for? Why was it created? Join Jaimie Kechego in exploring the importance of June 21st and what this day means for Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.
National Indigenous Peoples Day celebration - June 21, 12:00 - 4:00 PM, Mic Mac Park, Prince Road, Windsor, ON. See poster for additional details.
Indigenous Experience Ontario - Experience the history, traditions, cuisine, and cultures of the region’s Indigenous Peoples. Come with an open mind— and leave inspired and renewed. Indigenous Experience Ontario is owned and managed by Indigenous Tourism Ontario, an Indigenous-led, non-profit organization that is committed to improving the socio-economic conditions of Indigenous peoples while providing a platform for cultural expression through tourism.
Indigenous Historical Sites in Windsor Essex (Tourism Windsor-Essex) - Recognizing the Indigenous culture in our area is important as it is the basis of many traditions, customs, language and our connections to the land and life-sustaining resources. Explore the many interesting facts, attractions and points of interest here in Windsor Essex that relate to Indigenous History.
Indigenous People's Days Festival (Art Windsor-Essex) - Get ready for four days of celebration and cultural immersion that will have you feeling inspired, empowered, and ready to continue learning about and supporting Indigenous communities in our region!
Culture Shock Jewelry - Indigenous owned and family operated handcrafted business – Windsor, ON
Indigenous Cinema - A rich online collection of Indigenous-made films from the National Film Board of Canada
Métis In Space - What happens when two Métis women, who happen to be sci-fi nerds, drink wine and deconstruct the science fiction genre from a decolonial lense? In this podcast, Molly Swain & Chelsea Vowel break down tropes, themes & the hidden meanings behind the whitest genre of film & television we've ever known.
RECLAIMED - Weekly podcast series on CBC Music that explores the many worlds of contemporary Indigenous music. From traditional songs and acoustic sounds to Native hip-hop, R&B, and the dancefloor-filling beats of electric powwow, RECLAIMED is a one hour soundtrack to the Indigenous Next Wave: a new generation of Indigenous artists reclaiming their culture through music and song.
Telling our Twisted Histories - A podcast that reclaims Indigenous history by exploring 11 words whose meanings have been twisted by centuries of colonization. It features conversations with over 70 Indigenous people from 11 communities whose lands now make up Quebec, New Brunswick and Labrador.
The Secret Life of Canada - Listen to the untold and undertold history of Canada. This spirited and sometimes irreverent show highlights the people, places and stories that probably didn't make it into your high school textbook.
The Turtle Lodge YouTube Channel - The Turtle Lodge International Centre for Indigenous Education and Wellness is a place for reconnecting to the Earth & sharing Indigenous ancestral knowledge, founded on the 7 Sacred Laws.