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Aboriginal Content

Below you will find websites, video presentations, etc., that focus on Aboriginal content.  Visit often as the seedling is just starting to grow. 

Foundation

Websites/Blogs

  • âpihtawikosisân - an excellent blog.  If you are interested in representation and cultural appropriation (as well as basics of aboriginal history in Canada), be sure to check out her pages "Aboriginal Issues Primers" and "Hall of Shame". If art is your interest, the "Aboriginal Artists" page focusses on artists largely north of the border.
  • Decolonization: Indigeneity, Education & Society - an interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed, online Open Access journal committed to decolonization work within education, as part of a larger project of decolonization in society. Be sure to check out the site's blog as well.  It provides for very interesting reading.
  • Indigenous Foundations at UBC - a great website in general that contains this useful overview of the residential school system in Canada, including this video from a conference.
  • Indigenous Waves - a blog that focuses on many aspects of aborginal culture, arts, storytelling politics.
  • Legacy of Hope Foundation - a website and foundation devoted to raising awareness of residential schools, this organization is an extension of the mandate of the Aboriginal Healing Foundation. Video and other resources can be found on this site and on Facebook.
  • Metis Museum (virtual museum) - a site that contains up-to-date information on Metis history, art, culture, and politics.
  • Turtle Island Native Network - includes a number of links to resources relating to residential schools.  
  • Where Are The Children? - a virtual exhibit and interactive website about residential schools. Contains video, many archival images, as well as stories from survivors. Well worth looking at. Project of the Aboriginal Healing Foundation.  

Multimedia

  • 8th Fire - a four-part CBC series that provides a "provocative, high-energy journey through Aboriginal country showing you why we need to fix Canada's 500 year-old relationship with Indigenous peoples; a relationship mired in colonialism, conflict and denial. With its energetic pace and stunning HD landscapes, 8TH FIRE propels you past prejudice, stereotypes and misunderstandings, to encounters with an impressive new generation of Aboriginal Canadians who are reclaiming both their culture and their confidence. . . .The title for the series draws from an Anishinaabe prophecy that declares now is the time for Aboriginal peoples and the settler community to come together and build the '8th Fire' of justice and harmony." Main site has great resources, including background on aboriginal peoples in Canada and information on aboriginal filmmakers.
  • Reel Injun - Cree filmmaker Neil Diamond takes an entertaining and insightful look at the Hollywood Indian, exploring the portrayal of Native North Americans through a century of cinema. Traveling through the heartland of America, and into the Canadian North, Diamond looks at how the myth of "the Injun" has influenced the world's understanding - and misunderstanding - of Natives. Good background information for this film can also be found on the PBS site.  The following are discussion resources for the film. 

http://www3.nfb.ca/sg/100671.pdf
http://dragonflycanada.ca/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/Reel_Injun.pdf
http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/reel-injun/
http://www-tc.pbs.org/independentlens/reel-injun/resources/reel-injun-discussion.pdf

  • Stolen Children - CBC audio and video presentations.  Included are TRC testimonies, interviews, and ceremonies.

Context

Websites/Blogs

Representation
  • Native Appropriations - a "forum for discussing the use of Indigenous cultures, traditions, languages, and images in popular culture, advertising, and everyday life." 
  • Who Owns Native Culture? - this website, created as a supplement to the book Who Owns Native Culture? Serves as a clearinghouse for information about indigenous peoples’ struggle for control of knowledge as well as religious and artistic expression..
Residential Schools
General
  • Aboriginal canada - Google news search.  Find the latest news items and websites through this Google search.
  • Assembly of First Nations - is a "national advocacy organization representing First Nation citizens in Canada, which includes more than 900,000 people living in 634 First Nation communities and in cities and towns across the country.describes the Indian Residential Schools Agreement, action taken and future action to be taken."
  • CBC News - Aboriginal - source of the latest news relating to aboriginal people and issues.
  • OISE teacher resources - a good site that provides curriculum resources for teachers engaged in inclusive education and indigenous issues. Be sure to check all their menu links.
  • Rabble.ca Indigenous - one of the main alternative new sources in Canada.  Blogs, articles, podcasts and more.
Indian Act

Below are a few resources to help with research and understanding of The Indian Act and responses to its emendation.

Multimedia

  • Aboriginal People's Television Network (APTN) - provides schedule, alphabetical lists of shows and movies available. 
  • Against the Grain: The Legacy of the Indian Residential School System by By Métis director Curtis Manderville. Powerful to watch, and has raised some controversial discussion about responsibility.
  • AMMSA - The Aboriginal Multi-Media Society is an independent Aboriginal communications organization committed to facilitating the exchange of information reflecting Aboriginal culture to a growing and diverse audience. AMMSA is dedicated to providing objective, mature and balanced coverage of news, information and entertainment relevant to Aboriginal issues and peoples while maintaining profound respect for the values, principles and traditions of Aboriginal people. Site links to Windspeaker magazine (among others) and to radio station CFWE-FM.
  • Chief Wilton Littlechild - Truth and Reconciliation: What does the future hold? Presentation on residential schools.  One of the commissioners of the TRC, and a residential school survivor, Chief Littlechild presents on the history of residential schools. His talk starts at about 8 minutes.
  • Experimental Eskimo (40 minutes) - "In 1962 and 1963, three 12-year-old Inuit boys left their families in the Canadian Arctic and travelled south to live with white foster families and attend public schools in Ottawa. Federal government officials called the boys “an experiment”. The three boys – who scored very highly on IQ tests – were relocated, it was said, with the tacit approval of their parents and with the best of intentions. The idea was to see how the brightest young Inuit would fare in the competitive white man’s world and to prepare them for leadership positions as intermediaries for the government in their communities. The boys and their families were not aware that they were participants in an attempt to see how easily Inuit children could be assimilated. All three went on to become activists and a thorn on the side of the government that had brought them South." Click here for educational resource.
  • Indian Residential Schools Student Documentary - a video by Arnell Tailfeathers.
  • Inuit Broadcasting Corporation -  "provides a window to the Arctic by producing award winning television programming by Inuit, for Inuit. IBC is indeed, Nunavut’s public producer.IBC does not produce the regular fare of TV sitcoms and talk shows. Instead, IBC producers make programming about one of the richest and enduring cultures in our nation, the Inuit of Canada, in the language Inuit speak…Inuktitut. We produce shows about our kids, our musicians, our politicians, our humour, our issues, etc. No one else can make these shows for us!"
  • ISUMA - "internet video portal for indigenous filmmakers, with unique indigenous-language content available 24/7. Our goal is to help films and filmmakers reach a wider audience; help audiences see themselves in their own languages; help communities connect around common concerns; and help worldwide viewers see indigenous reality from its own point of view".
  • Justice Sinclair on Reconciliation - In five parts, on Youtube.  You can also see that there is another several-part series by Justice Sinclair (who is the head of the TRC), also very good. Both are worth the time you'll take to watch them, but watch at least one series.

Part 1
Part 2 
Part 3 
Part 4 
Part 5

  • Legacy of Hope Video -seven minute video from Legacy of Hope Foundation.
  • MEDIA INDIGENA - "interactive, multimedia magazine dedicated to Indigenous news, views and creative expression.... From the battlefield of politics and policy to the beauty of arts and culture, we surf and sift the Web so you don’t have to, bringing you only the most relevant and resonant Indigenous stories and perspectives. But we are more than mere aggregators: along with adding value and vigour to mainstream discussions about Indigenous issues, we spark conversations of our own. In other words, we are both curators and creators.”
  • Revision Quest - a radio show that covers everything from humour to reconciliation.
  • The First Perspective - Canada's source for news about indigenous peoples.
  • The Real News Network - a television news and documentary network that provides independent and uncompromising journalism.
  • TRC testimony Video channels: Mostly testimony, not kept updated.  On Vimeo (more up to date) http://vimeo.com/user6187854/albums/sort:videos/format:thumbnail
  • Truth and Reconciliation Commission - videos from recent hearings..

Action and Education

Websites/Blogs

  • 1000 Conversations - Alberta-based, but national resource that encourages community groups to start conversations about healing and reconciliation.
  • First Nations Education Resources - a collection of online curriculum resources based on Aboriginal perspectives.
  • Idle No More - official site of the Idle No More movement.
  • kolonial q : ALLIES PUTTING AN END TO COLONIALISM  - a great blog, particularly with information on the history of aboriginal and non-aboriginal action and activism. A great history of the Idle No more movement, with lots of educational resources. Check out the teach-in resources in particular. This website has links to many of the online seminars from 2013, with a list of their speakers. Click here to access the resource portion of the blog. Be sure to check the "documentaries" and "bill breakdown" section as well.
  • Link to videos for educators on aboriginal history
  • Reconciliation Canada - a "charitable project, established as a collaboration between the Indian Residential School Survivor’s Society and Tides Canada Initiatives Society.   This project engages Canadians in meaningful dialogue to build stronger relationships between Aboriginals and non-Aboriginals and to build resilience in our diverse community."
  • Russ Diabo - Twitter page for @RussDiabo, policy analyst and editor and publisher of the First Nations Strategic Bulletin. 
  • Truth and Reconciliation Commission (Canada) - The TRC has a mandate to learn the truth about what happened in the residential schools and to inform all Canadians about what happened in the schools. The Commission will document the truth of what happened by relying on records held by those who operated and funded the schools, testimony from officials of the institutions that operated the schools, and experiences reported by survivors, their families, communities and anyone personally affected by the residential school experience and its subsequent impacts. Check in particular their resources page: http://www.trc.ca/websites/trcinstitution/index.php?p=9
    Video channels: Mostly testimony, not kept updated. http://www.youtube.com/user/TheTRCCanada.
    On Vimeo (more up to date) http://vimeo.com/user6187854/albums/sort:videos/format:thumbnail
    As they are occurring, TRC events are streamed on livestream. Go to the TRC homepage to see testimony live.
  • Wab Kinew - official website of this is "one-of-a-kind talent, named by Postmedia News as one of '9 Aboriginal movers and shakers you should know'. He is the Director of Indigenous Inclusion at the University of Winnipeg. In 2012, he hosted the acclaimed CBC Television series “8th Fire”. His hip-hop has won an Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Award. His journalism has won an Adrienne Clarkson RTNDA Award, a Gabriel Award and been nominated for a Gemini Award. He has a BA in Economics and is a member of the Midewin."