Learn, Understand, Act: Resources for Reconciliation

The Indian Act, established in 1876, is a Canadian federal law that governs matters pertaining to Indigenous peoples. This act has had profound and often detrimental effects on Indigenous communities, as it imposed strict regulations on various aspects of their lives, including land use, education, and cultural practices. Over the years, amendments to the Act have been made, but its legacy remains controversial. Understanding the Indian Act is crucial for recognizing the historical context of current Indigenous issues and the ongoing efforts toward reconciliation. Learn more about The Indian Act.

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) of Canada released 94 Calls to Action, which are recommendations aimed at redressing the legacy of residential schools and advancing the process of Canadian reconciliation. These calls cover various sectors, including education, health, justice, and culture. Explore the TRC Calls to Action.

The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) is a comprehensive international instrument that outlines the rights of Indigenous peoples around the world. It emphasizes their rights to culture, identity, language, employment, health, education, and other key areas. Learn more about UNDRIP.

Embracing UNDRIP

The Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act (DRIPA) was enacted by the province of British Columbia to align provincial laws with UNDRIP. It represents a significant step towards recognizing and respecting Indigenous rights within the province. Read about DRIPA.

The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) released its final report, which includes 231 Calls for Justice. These Calls for Justice are aimed at addressing the systemic causes of violence against Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA people, and ensuring their safety and well-being. Explore the MMIWG Calls to Justice.

Reconciliation is an ongoing journey, one that will take a collective effort to find a new way forward. We invite you to contribute to this important conversation and involve your social and professional circles, be it your family, friends, colleagues, neighbors, or classmates.

The Community Action Toolkits are intended to provide you with some guidelines and ideas on how to start the reconciliation conversation. Of course, every community and situation is different, and we invite you, as the expert in your own community, to use these tools in a way that is appropriate, impactful, and safe in your respective environments and situations.

By engaging with these resources, you can deepen your understanding of Indigenous peoples’ history and rights, and actively participate in the reconciliation process.