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Organizations that have made a commitment to work with indigenous communities

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Indspire is an Indigenous-led registered charity that invests in the education of Indigenous people for the long term benefit of these individuals, their families and communities, and Canada.

The vision is to enrich Canada through Indigenous education and by inspiring acheivement. In partnership with Indigenous, private and public sector stakeholders, Indspire educates, connects and invests in Indigenous people so they will achieve their highest potential.

In 2016.17, Indspire awarded $11.6 million through 3,764 scholarships and bursaries to Indigenous students across Canada.

 

Founded in 2008, the program was developed in partnership with the AFN and PepsiCo Canada with the goal of ensuring the availability of of healthy food to all First Nations children in the school setting. ONEXONE provides grants to community partners enabling the implementation of programs in remote areas that offer a nutritious meal to children attending school.

 

Designed by Indigenous youth to be a partnership, OYIPP's strengths are in its people and the relationships they hold. This allows the program to serve as a connector, translator, networker and partner between Indigenous youth and those interested in supporting them.  Youth have access to small grants of up to $5,000, they have opportunities to receive or take on mentorship roles, participate in skills training and expand their networks by connecting with other youth, partners and funders. The partnership is deeply routed in reciprocity and shared ownership focusing on mutual learning experiences to build strong, equal and lasting relationships between everyone involved.

Health Canada works with First Nations, Inuit, other federal departments and provincial and territorial partners to support healthy First Nations and Inuit individuals, families and communities. Working with partnes they strive to improve health outcomes, provide access to quality health services and support greater control of the health system by First Nations and Inuit.

Health Canada's First Nations and Inuit Health Branch(FNIHB) works with numerous partners to carry out many activities aimed at helping people stay healthy and promoting wellness.

Also available is the Eating Well with Canada's Food Guide - First Nations, Inuit and Metis  http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/fn-an/food-guide-aliment/fnim-pnim/index-eng.php  which is a tailored food guide and includes both traditional foods and store-bought foods that are generally available, affordable and accessible across Canada and provides unique images.

Born from the vision of Chief Dr. Robert Joseph, Gwawaenuk Elder, Reconciliation Canada is leading the way in engaging Canadian in dialogue and transformative experiences that revitalize the relationships among Indigenous peoples and all Canadians. People become engaged in open and honest conversation to understand our diverse histories and experiences. Through partnerships and community outreach programs, Reconciliation Canada has delivered a series of Reconciliation Dialogue Workshops across Canada, hosted events during Reconciliation Week in 2013 and co-hosted events to coincide with the closing of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. Each person has an important role to play in reconciliation. Reconciliation begins with oneself and then extends into one's families, relationships, workplaces and eventually into communities.

TFC is a non-profit organization that works with northern First Nations communities to recruit, prepare and support outstanding teachers. On First Nations reserves, 3 in 5 students do not complete high school but the right kind of teachers can fill the gap. TFC teachers emphasize a spirit of reciprocal learning with communities during a two-year teaching commitment. Their inspirational teaching is increasing student attendance, student engagement and student achievement. 

The Chiefs of Ontario is a political forum and secretariat for collective decision-making, action, and advocacy for the 133 First Nations communities located in Ontario.

The basic purpose of the Chiefs of Ontario office is to enable the political leadership to discuss and to decide on regional, provincial and national priorities affecting First Nation people in Ontario and to provide a unified voice on these issues.

The main objective of the Chiefs of Ontario office is to facilitate the discussion, planning, implementation and evaluation of all local, regional and national matters affecting the First Nations people of Ontario. The central office is based in Toronto to maintain a presence for First Nations in Ontario that is non-government and non-political in order to communicate with government officials on an urgency basis.

The Union of Ontario Indians (UOI) is a political advocate for 39 member First Nations across Ontario from Golden Lake in the east, Sarnia in the south, Thunder Bay and Lake Nipigon in the north.

The UOI delivers a variety of programs and services, such as Health, Social Services, Education, Intergovernmental Affairs and Treaty Research, and does this with a compliment of approximately 70 staff members.

The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) 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.

The role of the National Chief and the AFN is to advocate on behalf of First Nations as directed by Chiefs-in-Assembly.  This includes facilitation and coordination of national and regional discussions and dialogue, advocacy efforts and campaigns, legal and policy analysis, communicating with governments, including facilitating relationship building between First Nations and the Crown as well as public and private sectors and general public.

The Association of Iroquois and Allied Indians (AIAI) is a non-profit organization which advocates for the political interests of eight member Nations in Ontario - the Batchewana First Nation of Ojibways, near Sault Ste. Marie; the Delaware Nation, near Chatham; the Caldwell First Nation, near Leamington; the Mississauga's of New Credit First Nation, near Hagarsville; Wahta Mohawks near Parry Sound; the Oneida Nation of the Thames, near London; the Hiawatha First Nation near Peterborough and Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte, near Belleville.  AIAI is unique among provincial territorial organizations in Canada, because it is an association of several different member Nations in  forming an alliance on political lines to protect their collective Aboriginal and Treaty rights.

AIAI provides political representation and policy analysis in the following areas of mutual concern:

Health, Social Development, Education, Intergovernmental Affairs, Treaty Research and Tax Immunity.

Nishnawbe Aski Nation represents the legitimate, socioeconomic, and political aspirations of its First Nation members of Northern Ontario grouped by Tribal Council (Windigo First Nations Council, Wabun Tribal Council, Shibogama First Nations Council, Mushkegowuk Council, Matawa First Nations, Keewaytinook Okimakanak, Independent First Nations Alliance and six communities not affiliated with a specific Tribal Council) to all levels of government in order to allow local self-determination while establishing spiritual, cultural, social, and economic independence. 

NAN continues to work to improve the quality of life for the Nishnawbe Aski territory.  Through existing partnerships and agreements with Treaty partners (governments of Canada and Ontario), NAN continues to advocate on behalf of the communities it represents for self-determination with functioning self-government. 

  •  Indian Residential Schools Survivors Society – www.irsss.ca

The Indian Residential School Survivor Society (IRSSS) is a provincial organization with a twenty year history of providing services to Indian Residential School Survivors.  The work was primarily to assist Survivors with the litigation process pertaining to residential school abuses. In the more recent years the work has expanded to include assisting the descendants of Survivors and Community education measures (Aboriginal & Non-Aboriginal).

One of the Society’s goals is to continually expand support to partner organizations to maximize access to culturally sensitive emotional, mental, physical and spiritual care.

Native Child and Family Services of Toronto (NCFST) was founded in 1986 by concerned members of Toronto’s Native community.

 NCFST developed a single point of access to a host of needed services (youth outreach, youth programs, summer camps and children’s mental health services and management)all under the control and guidance of the community itself. They are family and child focused, holistic in their orientation, integrated, and preventative, with a strong Native cultural base as their foundation.  NCFST is also a Children’s Aid Society under the Child and Family Services Act.

The First Nations Child & Family Caring Society of Canada (the Caring Society) was formed as a national non-profit organization (the only national organization serving Aboriginal children and families) to provide research, policy, professional development and networking support to support FNCFSA in caring for First Nations children, youth and families.

Using a reconciliation framework that respectfully engages First Nation and non-Aboriginal peoples, the Caring Society provides high quality resources to support First Nations communities to empower children, youth and families. The award-winning Caring Society is proud to work with our partners in Canada and around the world to promote the rights of Indigenous children, youth and families.

 The truth telling and reconciliation process as part of an overall holistic and comprehensive response to the Indian Residential School legacy is a sincere indication and acknowledgement of the injustices and harms experienced by Aboriginal people and the need for continued healing. This is a profound commitment to establishing new relationships embedded in mutual recognition and respect that will forge a brighter future. The truth of our common experiences will help set our spirits free and pave the way to reconciliation.

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission will build upon the principles of being accessible; victim-centered; confidentiality (if required by the former student); do no harm; health and safety of participants; representative; public/transparent; accountable; open and honourable process; comprehensive; inclusive, educational, holistic, just and fair; respectful; voluntary; flexible; and forward looking in terms of rebuilding and renewing Aboriginal relationships and the relationship between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Canadians. 

Reconciliation is an ongoing individual and collective process, and will require commitment from all those affected including First Nations, Inuit and Métis former Indian Residential School (IRS) students, their families, communities, religious entities, former school employees, government and the people of Canada. Reconciliation may occur between any of the above groups.

Invert Media’s work is based on respect for indigenous knowledge.  We believe indigenous knowledge is essential in addressing urgent matters in the world today.

We work in collaborative ways that respect cultural and community sources.  It is our priority to work very closely with First Nations, Metis and Inuit communities, and to respect the cultural protocols that exist in each community.

We value insights and ideas that are rooted in Indigenous Knowledge and take great pride and care in our ability to work within and from this cultural perspective.

GoodMinds.com are passionate about learning and the value of a good book.  GoodMinds.com sources and makes available the highest quality and most recently published Aboriginal and School library books available in Canada today.  By so doing, good minds are strengthened to those who seek to learn and grow through reading, while also honouring those who invest their lives teaching and searching for superior resources with which to inspire their students.

GoodMinds.com also supports the success of Aboriginal writers and publishers by making their best and most recent materials known and available.  Our stock includes materials about most Aboriginal Nations as well as general subject categories for every grade level. Hardcover and paperback books, multimedia, DVDs, and educational kits are offered.

The Ontario Federation of Indian Friendship Centres (OFIFC) is a provincial Aboriginal organization representing the collective interests of member Friendship Centres located in towns and cities across the province. Friendship Centres are not-for-profit corporations which are mandated to serve the needs of all Aboriginal people regardless of legal definition, and are the primary service delivery agents for Aboriginal people requiring culturally-sensitive and culturally-appropriate services in urban communities.

 The vision of the Friendship Centre movement is to "improve the quality of life for Aboriginal people living in an urban environment by supporting self-determined activities which encourage equal access to and participation in Canadian society and which respect Aboriginal cultural distinctiveness".

  • Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business(CCAB) – www.ccab.com

To CCAB was formed to foster sustainable business relations between First Nations, Inuit and Métis people and Canadian Business, to be the recognized source on commercial opportunities between First Nations, Inuit and Métis people and Canadian Business, have respect for First Nation, Inuit and Métis culture and values, maintain a high standard of business ethics and develop open, honest and transparent relationships with all stakeholders.

The exponential growth of Aboriginal entrepreneurialism reveals a sophisticated and ambitious businessperson that is looking to partner, collaborate and succeed. Couple this with the groundswell of international support for Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability, and it is easy to see the future is bright for Aboriginal business.

The CCAB is strategically positioned to have an impact on facilitating positive and sustainable relations between the business sector and the Aboriginal business communities. As the only national organization committed to Aboriginal business, the Canadian business reality is an environment that is favourable for CCAB in its pursuit of success.

CCAB Aboriginal Business Reports - https://www.ccab.com/news/aboriginal-business-report/

Check for local information for Native American culture and resources in every state (US) and province(Can) including casinos, powwows, places to visit and tribal information.

Information offered on nature-based and cultural tourism from an Aboriginal perspective on beautiful, majestic Manitoulin Island and the Sagamok region of Northeastern Ontario, Canada. Experiences range from soft adventure to wilderness eco-adventures and educational interpretive tours.  Tours are hosted by Aboriginal people with carefully planned itineraries.  Experience the past and enjoy the present.

A provincial tourism website providing information on Aboriginal Experiences(click on the icon Things to Do).  Take a look a see what there is to do in Ontario from Art & Food Experiences, History, Outdoors and Pow Wows!

Rotary is 1.2 million members strong worldwide who come together to create positive, lasting change in our communities and around the world. Rotary has a passion for service which helps members accomplish to remarkable.

The Rotary distinct point of view and approach has the advantage of:

  • Seeing differently:  A multidisciplinary perspective helps see challenges in unique ways.
  • Thinking differently:  By applying leadership and expertise to social issues—and find unique solutions.
  • Acting responsibly: A passion and perseverance create lasting change.
  • Making a difference at home and around the world: Members can be found in your community and across the globe. 

Hands-on, minds-on learning.  Inspired educational programs developed for teachers, by teachers.  The focus is on creating sustainable change through education: in local schools, in First Nations communities and in the developing world.  This is done through in-school field trips and day camps to First Nations science programming, to real time interaction between students on opposite sides of the world.

Right To Play uses sport and play to educate and empower children and youth to overcome the effects of poverty, conflict, and disease in disadvantaged communities.

The Martin Aboriginal

The Martin Family Initiative (MFI) seeks to improve elementary and secondary education outcomes for Aboriginal Canadians through the implementation of specific programs and the application of appropriate research.

The methodology is to establish new education-based projects or adopt existing pilot projects that have been proven successful and adapt them to the needs of Aboriginal communities and fund these, either on our own or in partnership with communities and public and/or private stakeholders; and expand our projects as they mature and are proven successful, in partnership with communities and/or private stakeholders.

  • Rotary International Tom Jackson Stay in School

 http://clubrunner.blob.core.windows.net/00000000942/en-ca/files/sitepage/rotary-tom-jackson-stay-in-school/rtjsis-plan-2014-2015/rtjsis-plan-2014-2015.pdf

Empowering Aboriginal Youth.  The Rotary Club of Calgary has a successful Stay in School program that was inspired by a 1992 national program.  The Club developed a unique Rotary Tom Jackson Stay in School program focusing on Aboriginal youth. This program currently operates in five of Calgary’s schools.  The Rotary Tom Jackson program is designed to encourage students from families who may be socially excluded and may not have the same opportunities as others who are more fortunate and may otherwise drop out of school, to continue with their education.

  •  First Nation, Metis & Inuit Education Association of Ontario – www.fnmieao.com 

The First Nation, Metis & Inuit Education Association of Ontario is a subject association for educators teaching First Nation, Metis and Inuit studies as well as native languages in Ontario.

The Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation look to our Anishinabe roots to guide our vision for the future as a strong, caring, connected community who respects the earth's gifts and protects the environment for future generations. Our identity includes our history, language, culture, beliefs and traditions which we strive to incorporate into the programs and services offered to our community.

There are several funds within the organization providing financial support to groups but we would like to make mention of The Youth Opportunities Fund (YOF).  The YOF provides grants through capacity building and support to grassroots, youth-led initiatives and community-base organizations serving youth who are facing multiple barriers to economic and social wellbeing in the Greater Toronto Area.  In particular, youth aged 12-25 with specific areas of need are the focus.  One criteria of note is Aboriginal youth along with other at-risk youth.  Check the website for the specific criteria and program guidelines.

Write to Read Project is a joint partnership between Government House (Foundation), Rotary and corporate partnerships with a shared interest in increasing the level of literacy among aboriginal people in British Columbia, and in building cooperative relationships between urban groups and rural First Nations communities.

  • Canadians For A New Partnership - www.cfnp.ca

The organization was created by former prime ministers, Paul Martin and Joe Clark, several leaders of aboriginal groups and Justice Murray Sinclair who led the Truth and Reconciliation Commision.   Also involved is former AFN national chief, Ovide Mercredi.  The goal is to achieve better living conditions, education and economic opportunities for aboriginal groups and pledge to work together.  The organization has a desire for a better, stronger Canada, building a new partnership between First Peoples and all Canadians so that together we can build the strong economy and values-based society that will benefit this and future generations.

2014/2015 Annual Report -http://www.cfnp.ca/annual-report/

ONECA is an organization comprised of First Nation Education Counsellors that was incorporated in 1985. The Ontario Native Education Counselling Association (ONECA) is founded upon principles that recognize that, although a variety of counselling and educational tools and programs exist in Ontario, the development of Native communities requires tools and programs designed specifically to improving Native Counselling and Education services.

The organization values and utilizes its' collective knowledge, wisdom & respect to strengthen the spirit of self for the well-being of others. To be as the creator meant us to be: "Soar like Eagles."

The purpose is to promote Native People to aspire to meet their potential, through the on-going development and improvement of Native Counselling and Education services;to provide a forum for discussion of problems relating to Native student counselling and Native education, in general;to advance and promote Native student counselling services as a profession by encouraging high standards;to promote professional development for individuals engaged in Native student counselling;to liaise with international, national, regional and local counselling and educational institutions and/or associations;to act as a resource distribution centre for program material pertinent to counselling Native students and to Native education, in general; and to promote the immediate and long range goals and concerns of those involved in Native counselling services and Native educational programs.

The organization was created to act as the central hub for culture in Dufferin County and the surrounding area.  They seek to promote, revitalize and restore FNMI culture and support youth and families through the provision of culturally relevant programs, information, workshops and presentations.  They work to connect youth with elders and to aid in the residential school experience healing process.  Check out their upcoming events.

The Dufferin County Cultural Resource Circle is conducting an FNMI Needs Assessment for Dufferin, Wellington and Waterloo Counties and have posted a survey on their website.

The survey is entitled Mino Bima Diziwin which is Ojibway and means to live a good life. The needs assessment is made possible through a grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

As part of the Woodland Cultuaral Centre, the Museum has been presenting contemporary First Nations artists practicing in all creative fields to local, national and global audiences for over forty years. The context in which works are presented at the Centre is unique, as we are a First Nations run arts organization with close ties to our Ongwehongwe communities.  The Centre strives to be a presenter and advocate for all First Nations art.  Our guiding directive is to be a support organization for the diverse creations by contemporary First Nations artists. A collection was established and has grown considerably since its installation. The Centre has been seen and is still considered as one of the foremost leaders and experts in First Nations art. The staff continually strive to seek out emerging First Nations artists, as well as continuing to support mid-career and established artists through the presentation and promotion of their work.

A great starting point within the The Six Nations of the Grand River Territory.  The location is a great resource of museums, attractions and events taking place in the area. The Territory is a league of nations comprised of the Onondaga, Cayuga, Seneca, Mohawk, Oneida, and Tuscarora. The Tuscarora who are originally from North Carolina joined the confederacy in 1722. The traditional account of how the Iroquois Confederacy was formed began with “the Peacemaker” who brought teachings of the peace, power and righteousness which is known as “The Great Law of Peace”.  “The Great Law of Peace” is the founding constitution of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy and is the underlying basis for our society.  Fifty Chiefs, Clanmothers and Faithkeepers were appointed as the “Caretakers of the Law” each with their respective jobs and duties to follow. It is in this way that the “The Great Law of Peace” is perpetuated and remains intact and alive today.

The Chiefs pass their title down to their successors and are chosen by the Clanmothers who are the head of each Clan (family). The Clans include three each from the land, water and  the sky – the Turtle, Eel, Beaver, Heron, Hawk, Snipe, Bear, Wolf and the Deer.

Haudenosaunee  - “People of the Longhouse” are a matrilineal society, which means ones Clan and Nation are passed down to a child from his or her mother. People from the same Clan are not allowed to marry each other, as a Clan constitutes a familial relationship.  

About the Grand River Territory

The Six Nations of the Grand River Territory is located in one of the last remaining Carolinian Forests in Ontario which are characterized primarily by a predominance of deciduous or broad-leaf trees. It is estimated that 90 per cent of Canada's Carolinian forest has already been destroyed.

KAIROS unites Canadian churches and religious organizations in a faithful ecumenical response to the call to “do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God” (Micah 6:8).  Informed by biblical teaching, KAIROS deliberates on issues of common concern, striving to be a prophetic voice in the public sphere.  Inspired by a vision of God’s compassionate justice, KAIROS advocates for social change, amplifying and strengthening the public witness of its members.  Responding to Christ by engaging in social transformation, KAIROS empowers the people of God and is empowered by them to live out our faith in action for justice and peace, joining with those of goodwill in Canada and around the world.

Take a speical look at the Blanket Exercise.

An early childhood literacy program that provides, free of charge, books to children from birth up to five years.  Children who are registered in the program will receive a book a month delivered to their home.  Currently there are 940,000 children in the program.  The program is available in select communities across Canada.

 DAREarts is a Canadian charitable organization that uses educational experiences in the arts to empower children and youth facing life challenges, with confidence, courage and leadership skills to unlock their potential and ignite change in their lives and communities.

Founded in 1996 by teacher and pianist Marilyn Field, DAREarts programs have inspired over 190,000 children and youth, aged 9 – 19, in rural and urban communities across Canada. DAREarts annually exposes over 10,000 children and youth to diverse cultural opportunities that they would not otherwise experience

With guidance from art professionals, students have an opportunity to participate in a variety of specialized out-of-school workshops such as music, drama, literature, dance, fashion, architecture and visual arts. These experiences help students overcome life challenges and motivate them to reach their full potential. They build their self-confidence, courage and leadership skills to take responsible action and make positive life choices. The students, in turn, then share their experiences with their school classmates and influence their peers in building safe and vibrant school communities

Check out their blogs:  https://darearts.wordpress.com/2016/11/09/martenfalls

Check out their recent musical recording. In mid-November 2016, DAREarts returned to Webequie FN to work with the students at Simon Jacob Memorial School. Working with our artist-educator & musician Glenn Marais and alumni from DAREarts previous workshops, the students created this song - Mashkwe Seewin Maa Moe. 

https://soundcloud.com/darearts-1/2016-darearts-webequie-youths-song-mashkwe-seewin-maa-moe 

Check out their recent musical recording.  In November 2016, DAREarts returned to Marten Falls/Ogoki Post FN for one week to workshop with the grade six children. Working with artist-educator & musician Glenn Marais, this is the song they wrote - Makawa Obwo Momun.

https://soundcloud.com/darearts-1/2016-darearts-marten-falls-youths-song-makwa-obwoo-momun

Since 1933, the Ontario Camps Association (OCA) has played an important leadership role in promoting and encouraging children and youth camping in Ontario. The OCA is a voluntary, non-profit organization that draws its membership from camps, individuals and like-minded organizations and agencies, all devoted to maintaining high standards for organized camping, and to sharing information and ideas that maintain these standards.

The OCA takes pride in our history while positively looking forward to our future. Their website contains much resource information for parents and campers.

The site is curated by an Archivist and will change periodically. In 2017, this section will be highlited on the NFB website in celebration of Canada's 150th Birthday.  Keep checking back for updates.

Films on this site can be streamed free of charge, or downloaded for your personal use for a small fee. Educational works on a subscription basis is offered to schools and institutions.

The collection includes documentaries, animations, experimental films, fiction and interactive works. Films that take  stand on issues of global importance that matter to Canadians are showcased.

Located in Kingston, ON, this organization is the only aboriginal housing organization between Ottawa and Peterborough. Their mission is to provide affordable housing(rent geared to income), culturally appropriate, not-for-profit housing and related services for Aboriginal Peoples.

  •  CBC Radio - Unreserved

http://bit.ly/2cgFuX0

Mandatory learning: Indigenous course requirement launched at Canadian university

Teaching younger generations about Indigenous history is one of the key calls to action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. This year two Canadian universities are taking that call seriously.

We Matter is a national campaign designed to share the message to Indigenous youth struggling with suicidal thoughts and other hardships that no matter how hopeless or lonely things feel, there is always a way forward.  The concept came about in the summer of 2016 by Deninu K'ue First Nations brother and sister Kelvin and Tunchai Redvers. Growing up in the NWT, they saw potential to connect Aboriginal youth and provide help and guidance in an interactive, multi-media format.

Suicide rates for Indigenous youth are several times higher that of other Canadians, as well as instances of addiction, abuse, violence, and many other issues. We believe this doesn't need to be the case.

The mandate is to communicate to Indigenous youth that their lives matter, and to provide resources to encourage and support those in crisis while fostering unity and resiliency. We provide a forum for people across the country to share video messages of hope and positivity with youth who are going through a hard time. By sharing our stories, our words of encouragement, and our authentic messages of hope and resilience, we help to make a community stronger. We remind youth that I matter. You matter. We matter.

 

The name translates from Ojibway into the phrase "We all work together to help one another". Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre is a strength and value-based family resource centre delivering community-based programs and services within the philosophy embodied in our name. The centre believes in accountability, transparency and effective use of resources. Through initiatives aimed directly at supporting families, Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre delivers community based programs and services within the philosophy that is embodied in the name. This means working together with families, partners, funders and governments to create community based solutions that build local capacity for self-care.

 

 

 

Individuals Who Blog About Indigenous Community Events

This blog contains the comments of Jean Koning on mostly Indigenous people and issues.

Diane chose South Riverdale, Toronto, ON as her home in 1983 because of its history of community action on social justice issues.  The community, the local environment and Toronto neighbourhoods are some of the inspirations for her paintings.  Many of the paintings have texture built from sand(from local beaches or from the ochre quarries in Provence) as well as fiber, paper(old newspapers, dictionaries, or books from the 1940's and 1950's) or other materials.  After working for 20 years as a community health planner(developing neighbourhood profiles and equitable funding strategies), she is grateful to be painting full time.  She has hosted many exhibitions.  See link below to her most recent art show e- book:

http://issuu.com/mariyali/docs/we_are_all_treaty_people.

Jennifer's mission is simple: to get as many people to read the TRC Report. As a non-Indigenous person, she believes that the first step in being an ally is to listen deeply, which means listening with an attitude of being open to the possibility of being changed by what is heard. Colonialism isnot going to simply recede into our background. It's in ALL of us. Non-Indigenous people need to take part in the process by confronting colonial legacies and privilege, by questioning the deeply embedded misconception that our ways of knowing and seeing and being are superior and by acknowledging and honouring how interconnected our relationships with Indigenous People have become. It's a moral obligation.  Take the pledge to read to read the TRC Report. There is no deadline. It's not a race. It's a committment.

 

Reports that are specifically focused on indigenous community issues

  • Couchiching Conference “Coming Together as One” – Navigating the Relationship Between Indigenous Peoples and Canada –www.couchichinginstitute.ca

A Civil Place to Disagree

Since its inaugural conference in 1932, the Couchiching Institute on Public Affairs has played a pre-eminent role in Canada’s civic discourse as a national forum on public affairs. A civil place to disagree, the Institute excels at attracting Canadians from all walks of life to participate in a vigorous and passionate exchange of ideas on national and international matters of significance. We are committed to creating a commons for meaningful engagement that is the product of the collective contributions of all who experience the Institute’s programs. The core of our mission is to increase awareness, understanding, and knowledge of domestic and international issues amongst people in Canada through open and inclusive discussion, without advocacy or partisanship. We do so during our annual Summer Conference and throughout the year at our programs in communities across Canada.

The Office of the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth agreed to bring First Nations young people from Ontario’s 92 remote and fly-in communities together with policymakers and decsionmakers to discuss realities and issues of concern for youth living in the north.  Feathers of Hope’s focus for First Nations youth is inspiring in a sense of hope and a belief that we can be part of during the positive change.  An action plan summarizes the perspective of more than 175 youth – a conversation on paper.

Released in November 2011, the TARP Report is the largest and most comprehensive study of Aboriginal people in Toronto ever conducted. With a sample of over 1,400 individuals, 14 topics studied and seven methodologies utilized, the TARP Report provides an important picture of the current situation, the aspirations and challenges facing Aboriginal people in the Greater Toronto Area.

The TARP Report was commissioned by the Toronto Aboriginal Support Services Council (TASSC) and overseen by the TARP Research Steering Committee. Funding for the TARP was provided by the Ontario Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs, the Urban Aboriginal Strategy of the Office of the Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians and the City of Toronto Homelessness Partnership Initiative.

  • Clearing the Indigenous Plains Today – Matthew Brett, Canadian Dimension Feb. /14

www.canadiandimension.com/articles/5964

 Author James Daschuk addresses Canada’s history of disease, deliberate starvation, ethnic cleansing, tar sands expansion, neglect of treaties and a legacy of colonialism that continues today.

 The resilience of Indigenous communities in the face of ongoing corporate and state coercion is incredible, and the problems of our age will not be resolved until Canada honours its relationship with First Nations. The prospects for change do not look good, and we have a responsibility to alter this perilous trajectory.

The history of violence against Indigenous people is woven into the colonization of our Indigenous territories. Our bones and blood make up the fabric of “Canada”. 

Remembering the Children was a March 2008 multi-city tour by Aboriginal and the spiritual leaders of the Anglican, Presbyterian and United Churches along with representatives of the Roman Catholic Church to promote the Truth and Reconciliation Commission on residential schools. The tour has finished, but please browse this website to experience some of the tour and to learn about the partners. Tour participants are delighted that the Truth and Reconciliation Commission has been officially launched, as of June 1, 2008.

Read a selection of volumes:  Setting the Agenda for Change, Moving Forward and Making a Difference, Learning Technology and Traditions, A History of Treaties and Policies, Exploring the Urban Landscape, Health and Well-Being, Voting, Governance and Research Methodology, Aboriginal Education and Aboriginal Well-Being.

 The Truth that Wampum Tells offers readers a first-ever insider analysis of the contemporary land claims and self-government process in Canada.  Incorporating an analysis of traditional symbolic literacy known as wampum diplomacy, Lynn Gehl argues that despite Canada’s constitutional beginnings, first codified in the 1763 Royal Proclamation and ratified during the 1764 Treaty at Niagara, Canada continues to deny the Algonquin Anishinaabeg their right to land and resources, their right to live as a sovereign nation and consequently their ability to live mino-pimadiziwin (the good life).

Frontier College is the original literacy organization.  Volunteers help deliver literacy programs to children, youth and adults across communities across the country. Through Aboriginal Summer Literacy Camps, their presence grew to 84 communities, 5,800 children - a 44% increase from the previous year.  Activities were planned and the children were offered books to return home with.  Please read their full 2013 Annual Report as below.

 http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?ca=ef6f9085-03b0-4f4a-9a19-613addbe34b5&c=024447d0-92fc-11e3-af76-d4ae52a6892e&ch=03977bc0-92fc-11e3-af7f-d4ae52a6892e

2014 Report on Summer Reading Camps

http://www.frontiercollege.ca/pdf/LG_Report_2014.pdf

Presentation:  First Nations Education and the Reconciliation Imperative. Jan 15, 2015

A general overview - Dozens of reports & commissions have focused on FNs education. There have been many great ideas, from FNs school boards to better trained teachers. FNs work on all of these things but systemic change has not occurred. Why? Very few if the initiatives for change have focused on the reality that FNs operate within a broader framework created and managed by the federal government.  The question of how to fix "First Nations education" has enabled politicians and uninformed media commentators to perpetuate the "Indian Problem" narrative which has driven colonial education policy for a century and a half.  It is time change the narrative and put a magnifying glass on the federal government and the system they have created (the federal education system for FNs peoples).  The slides show that the federal government, through underfunding and program design and oversight, define the limits of acceptability, leaving no room for FNs standards which reflect our languages, cultures, philosophies, histories, aspirations, etc. This system has remained unchanged for decades despite the aforementioned processes/reports etc aimed at improvements.  Adequate funding alone will not resolve challenges in FNs education if AANDC still defines how it is used - FNs need to call on AANDC to provide the funding and have the department vacate the field of program design/delivery/oversight and leave this to FNs. With this transition, the issue of recognizing FNs laws/jurisdiction can then proceed.

  •  Justice Murray Sinclair Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report - May 31, 2015

Truth and Reconciliation Report

Since 2009, it is estimated that over 600 children and youth from Mushkegowuk communities, thought about or tried to take their own lives; more tragically some have ended their precious life on earth. This pandemic warranted an in-depth review and analysis of the Omushkegowuk people by the Omushkegowuk people. The purpose of The People's Inquiry is to find possible solutions and obtain recommendations from the people concerning suicide, especially youth suicide, in our communities.

These reports are the findings from the public hearings and youth gathering that was held in the eight communities of Moosonee, Moose Factory, Missanabie Cree, Taykwa Tagamou, Fort Albany, Attawapiskat, Kashechewan and Chapleau Cree.

Over 300 people participated.77 stories were collected from the people.Our people's stories have identified 16 key issues.

 

  • Canadian Human Rights Tribunal Report released January 26, 2016

 http://decisions.chrt-tcdp.gc.ca/chrt-tcdp/decisions/en/127700/1/document.do

 

Online Media projects that are focused on indigenous perspectives and content

 

Ryan DeCaire is an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto's Centre for Indigenous Studies. He's teaching classes in Mohawk. Here and Now guest Gill Deacon sat down with Ryan to find out why.

FourDirectionsTeachings.com is a visually stunning audio narrated resource for learning about indigenous knowledge and philosophy from five diverse First Nations in Canada.  Produced by National Indigenous Literacy Association & Invert Media.

The goal for the project was to create an engaging site where people could experience Indigenous knowledge and philosophy and where educators could incorporate the site into their curriculum.FourDirectionsTeachings.com honors oral traditions by creating an environment where visitors are encouraged to listen with intent as each elder/ traditional teacher shares a teaching from their perspective on the richness and value of cultural traditions from their nation.

  • Produced by Invert Media in association with the Macaw Hawk Youth Council, a short video about the vital relationship that exists between elders and youth:  www.youtube.com/watch?v=g8N60gkels

Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (the people of the lake) is a remote Native community bound by reserve laws in the forgotten North of Ontario. This Nation dates back to 7,000 years where bones of their ancestors were discovered on the shores of Big Trout Lake.

Today this proud Nation is deeply impoverished in 3rd World conditions bound by Treaty laws signed, by their non-English speaking ancestors.

Set in the backdrop of the aftermath of the suicide of three parents, the documentary explores the impact of 3rd world conditions on the children left behind and a community’s courage in looking after them.

 Audio trailer of Wawahte - a book that recounts the story of three Indian Residential School survivors as told to Robert P. Wells. It is an important, but little known part of Canadian

Aboriginal Peoples, Canada & the Way Forward

8th Fire draws from an Anishinaabe prophecy that declares now is the time for Aboriginal peoples and the settle community to come together and building the "8th Fire" of justice and harmony

 Uploaded on Jan 10, 2012

Wab was on George Stroumboulopoulos to talk about First Nations stereotypes and why people need to stop using them.

 Canada's premier Aboriginal newswire, employment, event and tender service.  A network for the Aboriginal community including interviews, top stories, partner news, political, career and podcasts.

National Chief Perry Bellegarde is interviewed by Andre Morrisau(a HIP Director) on behalf of Nation Talk about his role and closing the gap between Canada and its First Peoples.

 This web-link is a short Tribute to Doctor Chief Robert Joseph.  Robert has unknowingly inspired many to become independently and collectively engaged in the the stated goals and principles similar to HIP/Rotary.  

Produced by Aboriginal Affairs, this map geographically outlines First Nation communities in Ontario.

  •   Lecture of Mr. Justice Sinclair, TRC Commission, University of Manitoba, Oct. 15, 2014 - What Do We Do About the Legacy of Indian Residential Schools  (Duration - 2 hours)

                      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qTiB13H0tic

 Click to the 2:49 mark of the video to see details about the Wampum Wall.

  •   Andre Morriseau Article - Rotarians Build Bridges Through Honouring Indigenous People - November 2014

Please click the link to read the full story - http://anishinabeknews.ca/2014/11/21/rotarians-build-bridges-through-honouring-indigenous-people-innovation

  •  You Tube Video    https;//www.youtube.com/watch?y=GuIWp_TV5bs 

An urgent message from the "Ancient Ones" to the Native American People About Planet Earth

  • CBC Radio-The Current - December 29, 2015

Indigenous and Northern Affairs Minister, Carolyn Bennett pledges better education for First Nations and water safety on reserves.

http://www.cbc.ca/radio/thecurrent/the-current-for-december-29-2015-1.3382797/carolyn-bennett-pledges-better-education-for-first-nations-water-safety-on-reserves-1.3382825

Canada's official commission called the school program for it's native people cultural genocide

A website developed by students of Acadia University.  TRCtalk.ca hopes to be a centre for discussing the 94 Calls to Action created by The Truth and Reconciliation commission of Canada and foster a dialogue that is accessible to all Canadians about our shared and individual responsibilities in moving this process forward.

On February 5, 2016, PsPP met with the Honouring Indigenous People (HIP).The Chair of the board, Chris Snyder, and the board member, Tim Thompson, of HIP answered our questions pertaining to their recently established initiative.