Libraries and the TRC - Calls to Action,
Film Screening Event
“Let’s talk about reconciliation”

The Canadian Commission for UNESCO, in partnership with the Indigenous Matters Committee of the Canadian Federation of Library Associations, the National Film Board of Canada, the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation and Library and Archives Canada, are working in collaboration with libraries to "help build bridges and strengthen the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples".

Libraries will have access to NFB films at no cost. A list of suitable films will be provided. Promotion of each event through the National Committee is an option. One of the most important elements of this process is guidance and knowledge from the Indigenous community. This is stated in the "how to" section of the correspondence as follows:

The following three steps should help you start planning your event:
- Reach out to your Indigenous community and to an Elder to establish the collaboration in the first planning stages
- Select a film in collaboration with the community and Elder
- Propose a date

If you are interested in including "reconciliation" as part of your library programming or if you would like to become involved in an event, please contact CJ Nyssen, at, or call, 780-724-2596 extension 2132.

Looking for ideas about how to decolonize libraries and to respectfully include Indigenous knowledge?

The Canadian Federation of Library Associations' (CFLA) Truth and Reconciliation Committee completed and released it's report that outlines the steps it will take to respond to the Calls for Action pertaining to libraries and library services. To see the report of the ten recommendations for decolonizing libraries and increasing respect for and access to Indigenous knowledge, click on the following links: - full report - summary

Indigenous Services & Public Libraries

PLSB (Public Library Services Branch - Municipal Affairs, Alberta)) has a new webpage with information about Indigenous services in Alberta public libraries:

Interactive Map of Alberta 

The map shows the Treaty Territory, Reserve Communities, Metis Settlement Communities and more...

Expand Your Knowledge
Are you interested in learning more about Indigenous worldview from Indigenous Scholars? Check out the following authors:

Marie Batistte
Margaret Kovach
Winona LaDuke
Walter Lightning
Manu Aluli Meyer
Sylvia McAdam
Linda Tuhiwai Smith
Shawn Wilson
Alex Wilson
Michael Yellowbird

The links below concern a variety of topics surrounding Indigenous issues which have become human rights issues in Canada. It is a small sample of content but a starting point for those interested in learning more. 

Ally Relationships
CBC radio talks about what it means for Non-Indigenous people to be an ally.

Canada 150 - Alternate Perspectives

I Know You're Sorry, by Leonard Sumner
Explores the concept of forgiveness in the reconciliation process.
Foul Language Warning (one word)

Kiskisiwin/Remembering, by Jesse Thistle, Directed by Martha Steigman

"As Canada celebrates 150 years of colonialism, we offer kiskisiwin | remembering as an interruption of the pioneer mythology at the foundation of the Canadian historical narrative, and to force a space for Indigenous presence."

Ted Talks:
A look at American history as it pertains to Indigenous people of America, specifically the Lakota Nation of Pine Ridge. It parallels Canadian history.
Aaron Huey, America’s Prisoners of War, September 2010

A look at perspective in narratives and the value of multiple viewpoints or the problem with “othering”. This video is not specific to Indigenous rights but concerns the rights of those whose voices go un-heard.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: The danger of a single story, 2009

Child Welfare:
Dr. Cindy Blackstock founded the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society, a non-profit organization to help address the inequality in the child welfare system adversely affecting Indigenous children in Canada.
This is a video of a talk she gave at the U of S in 2016.

A short interview that highlights the fight for a child's dental braces, about $6000.00 and how the federal government spent over $32,000 in court to refuse payment.

2016 Court decision where the Canadian Government was found in violation of human rights – discrimination of policy and practice for First Nations children living on-reserve, specifically limiting the scope of Jordon’s Principle.

Residential Schools:
A short video on the life of a non-Indigenous government worker who fought for the lives of First Nations children who were dying in residential schools.
Finding Peter Bryce, by Peter Campbell

An article in the spring 2017 edition of the University of Alberta's New Trail magazine called A Hard Walk, by Curtis Gillespie, discusses government policy regarding Indigenous people, residential schools and reconciliation.
u of a alumni TRC

Indigenous Economies:
Winona LaDuke, a Harvard educated and community grounded activist gives a hopeful talk about food and the land.