Keep the Circle Strong – Resources to Aid Your Continued Journey

The items shared on this page provide recommended resources to aid workshop participants in their continued journey of learning more about the Indigenous Peoples of Turtle Island.


A lot of good writing exists about the colonial project & Indigenous agency/resistance from the perspectives of Indigenous people. Here are a few we recommend (click the link for further info and where you can purchase):

Discovering Indigenous Lands: The Doctrine of Discovery in the English Colonies, Robert J. Miller, Jacinta Ruru, Larissa Behrendt, and Tracey Lindberg, (2010)

Indigenous Writes: A Guide to First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Issues in Canada (The Debwe Series) by Chelsea Vowel (2016)

Nationhood Interrupted: Revitalizing nêhiyaw Legal Systems by Sylvia McAdam Saysewahum (2016)

Our Elders Understand Our Rights: Evolving International Law Regarding Indigenous Peoples by Sharon Helen Venne, (1998)

Peace Pipe Dreams: The Truth about Lies and Indians, by Dennis, Darrell, (2014)

Prison of Grass: Canada from a Native Point of View, Howard Adams, (1975)

The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America by Thomas King (2013)

The Reconciliation Manifesto: Recovering the Land, Rebuilding the Economy by Arthur Manuel, Ronald M. Derrickson (2017)

The Unjust Society by Cardinal, Harold. (1969, reprint 2000)

The Winter We Danced: Voices from the Past, the Future, and the Idle No More Movement by The Kino-Nda-Niimi Collective (Editor) (2014)

Treaty Elders of Saskatchewan: Our Dream is that Our Peoples Will One Day be Clearly Recognized as Nations, by Harold Cardinal and Walter Hildebrandt, (2000)

Unsettling Canada: A National Wake-Up Call by Arthur Manuel, (2015)


A lot of the academic sources used in our workshop series came from these sources:

Aboriginal and Treaty Rights in Canada by Michael Asch (Editor) (2011)

A Concise History of Canada’s First Nations by Olive Patricia Dickason (2006)

Clearing the Plains: Disease, Politics of Starvation, and the Loss of Aboriginal Life by James Daschuk (2014)

Imperialist Canada by Todd Gordon (2010)

No Surrender: The Land Remains Indigenous by Sheldon Krasowski (2019)

On Being Here to Stay: Treaties and Aboriginal Rights in Canada by Michael Asch (2014)

Settler: Identity and Colonialism in 21st Century Canada by Emma Battell Lowman, Adam J Barker (2015)

Settler Colonialism and the Transformation of Anthropology: The Politics and Poetics of an Ethnographic Event (Writing Past Imperialism) by Patrick Wolfe (1998)

Skyscrapers Hide the Heavens by J.R. Miller (1989, new edition 2018)

The Reign of Terror Against The Métis of Red River, Louis Riel Institute. PDF available via link.

White Settler Revisionism and Making Métis Everywhere The Evocation of Métissage in Quebec and Nova Scotia, Adam Gaudry and Darryl Leroux (2017) PDF available via link.


A list of comprehensive reports on Indigenous Peoples in Canada:

Aboriginal Healing Foundation Reports/Research

AHF Final Report: Volume 1 (A Healing Journey: Reclaiming Wellness) – 20mb PDF | Volume 2 (Measuring Progress: Program Evaluation) – 28mb PDF | Volume 3 (Promising Healing Practices in Aboriginal Communities) – 16mb PDF |Final Report Summary- 17mb PDF| Final Report in Inuktitut – 17mb PDF

National Inquiry into MMIWG

Reclaiming Power and Place: The Final Report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

Standing Senate Committee on Aboriginal Peoples

How Did We Get Here? A Concise, Unvarnished Account of the History of the Relationship Between Indigenous Peoples and Canada

Report of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples (1996)

Volume 1 – Looking Forward, Looking Back [PDF]
Volume 2 – Restructuring the Relationship [PDF]
Volume 3 – Gathering Strength [PDF]
Volume 4 – Perspectives and Realities [PDF]
Volume 5 – Renewal: A Twenty-Year Commitment [PDF ]

Truth and Reconciliation Commission (2015) reports

Honouring the Truth, Reconciling for the Future
What We Have Learned
The Survivors Speak
Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action


Videos/Films  we recommend:

Doctrine of Discovery: Stolen Lands, Strong Hearts (2019) This film is one of the responses of the Anglican Church’s Primate’s Commission on Discovery, Reconciliation and Justice. The purpose of this film is to respond to the calls to action by helping to provide education and insight into the racist foundations of many of our property and other laws still in existence to this day.

Heritage Minutes: Chanie WenjackThe story of Chanie “Charlie” Wenjack, whose death sparked the first inquest into the treatment of Indigenous children in Canadian residential schools. The 84th Heritage Minute in Historica Canada’s collection.

Home Fire explores family violence and restorative justice from an Aboriginal perspective. Featuring commentary from Elders, community leaders, and members of the western justice system, Home Fire examines the colonization of Canada, historic trauma, the western justice system and grassroots healing programs in Aboriginal communities.

I’m Not the Indian You Had in Mind is a video exploration offering insight as to how First Nations people today are changing old ideas and empowering themselves in the greater community.

Métis Land: Rights and Scrip Conference (Edmonton, 2019)

Rights in Action: Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) for Indigenous Peoples– This community-friendly animation video explains the concepts and mechanisms of Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) through a story of interaction between indigenous peoples and people requesting their consent for new development. Free, Prior and Informed Consent is a core principle of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, to guide collective decision-making. FPIC is a continual process that involves mutual respect and meaningful participation of indigenous peoples in decision-making on matters affecting them. The video also includes a story about customary law in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

The 7th Generation Our Ancestors Prayed For is a short documentary style film that features the voices of First Nations, Métis, Inuit and non-Aboriginal children and youth. The film makes up part of the {Re}conciliation Film Project, which is a collaborative initiative between the Caring Society and Productions Cazabon on a multi-media children and youth response campaign to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Call to Action.

The Sacred Relationship explores how reconciling the relationship between Aboriginal people and the rest of Canada can lead to healthier water.

Treaty Talk – Sharing the River of Life is a 50 minute teaching tool to better understand our collective responsibility to treaty. The purpose of this video is to build understanding, allyship and bridges for better relationship and work together. This film, through the sharing of a traditional Cree understanding on natural law and treaty, will explore and model how indigenous nations and non-indigenous allies in Canada can come together to transform racism and discrimination at a local and systemic level and to build a future of mutual benefit.

Understanding Aboriginal Identity explores the complex issue of self-identification for Aboriginal people. Today, Aboriginal identity remains inextricably linked with past government legislation and the continued stereotyping of Aboriginal people in the media and Canadian history. From a Metis farm in rural Alberta, to the offices of Canada’s leading scholars, Understanding Aboriginal Identity examines the factors that shape who we are.

Wab Kinew on the Stereotypes about Natives in Canada

Wahkohtowin: Cree Natural Law – Discussions by four Cree elders; George Brertton, Fred Campiou, Isaac Chamakese and William Dreaver, give insight into the differences between Canadian law and Cree Natural Law and why Natural Law is needed in contemporary society. Wahkohtowin means “everything is related.” It is one of the basic principles of Cree Natural Law passed through language, song, prayer, and storytelling. The elders explain that by following the teachings of Wahkohtowin individuals, communities and societies are healthier.

Why don’t residential school survivors just get over it? Senator Murray Sinclair’s reply.

Podcasts/Vlogs/Channels we recommend:

The Amiskwaciy History Series is a Grassroots Initiative that aims to provide a better understanding of the Indigenous people of the Edmonton/Alberta area.

MEDIA INDIGENA: THE PODCAST – a weekly current affairs roundtable hosted by MEDIA INDIGENA’s own Rick Harp, a 20-year veteran of broadcasting including APTN (Contact) and CBC Radio (Edmonton AM). Each week, guests from the worlds of activism, arts, academia and beyond join Rick for lively, insightful conversation that goes beyond the headlines to get at what matters most to Indigenous peoples.

Pam  Palmater – Soundcloud podcasts– Living the Warrior Life. This podcast is about living a warrior life – a lifestyle that focuses on decolonizing our minds, bodies and spirits through education, health and community.

Pam Palmater – YouTube channel is focused on educating the resistance and inspiring the next generation of warriors to protect our people and the planet. It is essential that we bring fact-based information, critical analysis and informed strategies to our Nations so that we can resist ongoing colonization and assimilatory government policies. At the same time, we must also decolonize our minds, bodies and spirits so that we can revitalize our cultures, rebuild our Nations and protect our lands and waters.

Bearpaw Legal Education Youtube ChannelSince 1976, BearPaw films have impacted audiences across Alberta and around the world. Created by a team of Indigenous researchers, writers, producers, directors and production crews, BearPaw Media Productions videos explore issues relevant to today’s Indigenous communities. Our thought-provoking resources may help your community to: Educate Aboriginal people about their rights; Foster new ideas; and discussion Increase awareness about social and justice issues All of our videos are designed for use in a classrooms, workshops, and programs, and include public performance rights (PPR).


Websites Resources we recommend:

John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights: Advancing Reconciliation in Education Toolkit 

Cree Literacy Network – Creating connections that promote literacy in Cree language and culture

decolonizEd: A toolkit for Canadian teaching. The goal of the provided toolkit is to contribute to the body of resources that aimed to strengthen the field of pre-service teacher education and inclusion of Indigenous voices, students and content within the Canadian educational context. – a great source for purchasing bias-free teaching and educational resources related to Native American, First Nations, Indigenous and Aboriginal studies. stocks over 3,000 Indigenous titles from Preschool to Adult.

An First Nations-owned family business, is based on the Six Nations of the Grand River (Brantford) in Southwestern Ontario.

Indigenous Peoples Atlas of Canada – The Royal Canadian Geographical Society, in partnership with Canada’s national Indigenous organizations, has created a groundbreaking four-volume atlas that shares the experiences, perspectives, and histories of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. It’s an ambitious and unprecedented project inspired by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action. Exploring themes of language, demographics, economy, environment and culture, with in-depth coverage of treaties and residential schools, these are stories of Canada’s Indigenous Peoples, told in detailed maps and rich narratives.

STOP the Framework – Canada’s Desecration of Indigenous Inherent Rights

The Indigenous Studies Portal (iPortal) is a database of full-text electronic resources such as articles, e-books, theses, government publications, videos, oral histories, and digitized archival documents and photographs. The iPortal content has a primary focus on Indigenous peoples of Canada with a secondary focus on North American materials and beyond.

Walking Together: Education for Reconciliation– a collection of resources created by the Alberta Teachers’ Association Walking Together Project to support certificated teachers on their learning journey to meet the First Nations, Métis and Inuit Foundational Knowledge competency in the Teaching Quality Standard.

Yellowhead Institute – The Institute is a First Nation-led research centre based in the Faculty of Arts at Ryerson University in Toronto, Ontario. Privileging First Nation philosophy and rooted in community networks, Yellowhead is focused on policies related to land and governance. The Institute offers critical and accessible resources for communities in their pursuit of self-determination. It also aims to foster education and dialogue on First Nation governance across fields of study, between the University and the wider community, and among Indigenous peoples and Canadians.