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Indigenous History, Resources & Pedagogy

Understanding the Residential School System

Indigenous Organizations

The Indian Residential School Survivor Society (IRSSS) is a provincial organization that offers counselling, health and cultural support services to survivors of the residential school system. Visit their website to learn more information about the services offered or to show your support through their donation page.  IRSSS


The Native Women's Association of Canada (NWAC) is a National Indigenous organization representing the political voice of Indigenous women, girls and gender diverse people in Canada, inclusive of First Nations on and off reserve, Metis and Inuit.  An aggregate of Indigenous women's organizations from across the country, NWAC was founded to promote and foster the well being of Indigenous women.  Visit their website to learn more and show support through their donation page.  Native Women's Association of Canada


Settlers Take Action Non-Indigenous folk who live in Canada benefit from the colonialism that happened here. That means we are all responsible for our personal role in reconciliation.


Inspired by Chanie’s story and Gord’s call to build a better Canada, the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund aims to build cultural understanding and create a path toward reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.


The First Nations Child and & Family Caring Society stands with First Nations children, youth and families so they have equitable opportunities to grow up safely at home, be healthy, get a good education and be proud of who they are. The Caring Society works to ensure the safety and well-being of First Nations youth and their families through education initiatives, public policy campaigns and providing quality resources to support communities.  Includes Indigenous Knowledge Portal. 

National Indigenous Peoples Day

National Indigenous Peoples Day is celebrated in Canada every year on June 21st and recognizes and honours the history, heritage, culture and valuable contributions by First Nations, Metis and Innuit peoples. Learn more about this important celebration by exploring the resources below:

Women’s Memorial March

Women's Memorial March (WMM) is observed on February 14, every year throughout Canada and United States and honours missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. The Memorial March began in Vancouver in 1992 after the murder of Indigenous woman Cheryl Ann Joe. 

Explore the resources below to learn more about the origins of WMM, importance and significance:

Orange Shirt Day

September 30th has been designated Orange Shirt Day, a day to recognize and acknowledge the harms and trauma caused by the residential school system, to create greater awareness of those harms, trauma and transgenerational trauma, and to affirm our collective commitment to ensure that everyone around us matters.

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