♥ Resources


There are many things Canadians ought to know that weren’t covered in school. The Indigenous peoples who have lived here on Turtle Island for thousands of years have been and still are being oppressed, and most settlers like myself have no idea. Here are important documents to help settlers like myself understand what has been going on. The following list starts with the most recent documents.


Policy Options: “The long history of discrimination against First Nations children |
The unequal provision of health and social services for First Nations children has been documented for more than a century. Is this the moment when the wider public will demand action?”
by Cindy Blackstock

Important PDFs

Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls Final Report

National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation

Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples Report



Russ Diabo: Canada’s War On First Nations (2008) powerpoint



I think NFB is handling distribution so it will probably be online eventually, but in the interim the film has been on the Festival circuit, recently opening at Hot Docs (where it won a top prize).  In the Interim the film is touring Canada. There’s this list of upcoming Screenings on Facebook. If the film isn’t coming to a venue near you, their FB page suggests “if there is a local organization or FN nearby to partner with, they can reach out to our Facebook page or email wideawake@nfb.ca to organize a screening.”


Unsettling Canada: A National Wake-Up Call” By Arthur Manuel and Grand Chief Ronald M. Derrickson, Foreword by Naomi Klein


Dr Charmaine Nelson’s Black Canadian Studies website.   

“Canada’s only Black Art History Professor is the country’s new Research Chair in Transatlantic Black Diasporic Art & Community Engagement.

Dr. Charmaine Nelson will use the funded seven-year position to work with the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design (NSCAD) to develop the Institute for the Study of Canadian Slavery.” — Ron Fanfair