How can we participate in reconciliation?
We can learn our history of treaty-making in Canada, the Indian Act and residential schools.
We can listen to the stories being told by survivors.
We can become better allies and deepen our relationships with Indigenous People starting with small changes made in our daily lives.
These Mountains Are Our Places – Chief John Snow
The True Spirit and Original Intent of Treaty 7 – Treaty 7 Elders
Around the Sacred Fire – James Treat
The Inconvenient Indian – Thomas King
We Talk, You Listen – Vine Deloria Jr.
Braiding Sweetgrass – Robin Wall Kimmerer
#IdleNoMore: And the Remaking of Canada – Ken Coates
Powwow Dancing With Family – Perry Smith (children’s book)
Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action – booklet
Many more – check out http://www.strongnations.com
WATCH AND LISTEN
Watch the movie We Were Children
Watch Nunavut NDP MP Mumilaaq Qaqqaq’s powerful goodbye message highlighting racism in Canada (June 15, 2021)
Watch this video (shared by the Town of Cochrane) made by members of the Indigenous advisory team demonstrating traditional dances, regalia, and their cultural significance.
Join in creating the Cochrane Public Library Heart Garden, part of Project of the Heart
Take a walk on the Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park Tiger Lily Loop with Traditional Stoney Nakoda Knowledge Keepers, Historians, and Advisors
Explore Kainai plants and culture
Join in on gatherings like Bridging Relationships that was held Canada Day.
Every Child Matters T-Shirts
by Eagle Woman Concepts – Morley
The Town of Cochrane Equity and Inclusion Committee partnered with a local indigenous youth – Kristen Monture, from Mini Thni (Morley) – to create a unique design with a distinct local meaning for our area.
Register for University of Alberta Indigenous Canada (free,online course, flexible schedule)
Read the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report (and the many modern, historical and Aboriginal Healing Foundation reports)
Our future, and the well-being of all our children
rests with the kind of relationships we build today.
– Chief Dr. Robert Joseph