Indigenous History Month
The team at OP is still struggling to absorb the news that the remains of 215 children have been discovered in an unmarked burial site at the former Indian Residential School in Kamloops, B.C. Our hearts go out to the Indigenous families and communities that have been reminded of the cruel events that took place in Indian Residential schools across Canada, and that continue to take place through racism in policing, child welfare, and other institutions.
We will continue to support the Indigenous community and work towards the resurgence of Indigenous cultures on this land. We encourage you to do the same. Below is a list of resources that we hope will encourage you as we seek to heal.
- Learn more about residential schools and the devastating impact on communities and generations of Indigenous Peoples or take a free course on Indigenous histories and contemporary issues through University of Alberta.
- Read the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action and commit to ways your organization will be accountable.
- Read Ontario Presents’ Statement of Guiding Principles for Presenting Indigenous Work.
- CLMA has partnered with NVision Insight Group to offer The Path: Your Journey Through Indigenous Canada; an Indigenous cultural awareness certificate program at a discounted rate to the live music industry.
- The Indian Residential Schools Crisis Line (1-866-925-4419) is available 24-hours a day for anyone experiencing pain or distress as a result of Residential school experience.
Here are some resources and readings, thanks to our friends at the ONN:
- Anishinabek Nation - News and resources
- Toronto Aboriginal Support Services Council - Accessing Decent Work Report
- Indigenous Primary Health Council
- Statement from Native Child and Family Services Toronto
- Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Circles - Giving Thanks: Indigenous Prosperity
- Ontario Native Women’s Association