The 2018 Woodrow Lloyd Lecture
The act of reconciling means the restoration of friendly relations; at least two sides are needed to do this action. Much of this labor is taken on by Indigenous peoples and it is exhausting. We are asking settlers to do their share.
Things YOU can do TODAY:
- Visit or call a Native Friendship Centre in your area and ask what you can do to support.
- Call a shelter with Indigenous clients and ask how you can help/what they need.
- Visit/log on to your university’s Indigenous Studies program for a calendar of events to attend.
- Read books BY Indigenous writers.
- Watch lectures and talks BY Indigenous scholars, artists, Elders, leaders, youth…
- Watch or listen to Indigenous-led content – MediaIndigena, Indian&Cowboy, CBC’s Unreserved, APTN.
- Buy Indigenous products made by Indigenous people.
- If an Indigenous person is experiencing racism, call out the racism, stand beside the Indigenous person as an ally, be a witness.
- Take this FREE online course provided by the Native Studies program at the University of Alberta.
- Donate to Indigenous-led initiatives.
- Write to your government leaders in support of Indigenous peoples.
- Demand better from your government by voting for those who are allies of Indigenous peoples and hold them accountable for their action or inaction.
- Check yourself: stereotypes of Indigenous people are rampant in settler culture. Change your thinking and call out stereotypes when you hear them.
- READ the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action (TRC), the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), and the Report of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples (RCAP).
- Read Erica Violet Lee’s Reconciling in the Apocalypse
- Read Who’s Land is it Anyway? A Manual for Decolonization
Freddy Stoneypoint, Ojibwe land protector and student-activist from Sagamok Anishnawbek, currently at Carleton University, has been arrested twice on stolen native land for direct actions supporting the rights and existence of Indigenous peoples:
#Reoccupation and #Junexit
We hung out in Kahnesatake, Kanien’kehá:ka territory, where the town of Oka and the government of Canada continues to steal native land; a fitting place for our discussion.
Here is our conversation (it was a windy day!)
Ask questions about Indigenous issues & realities? Yes. Questions are good and welcome. Also, read and explore recommended resources so that we can have a discourse and engage EACH OTHER. In other words: Do your homework.
Here is my article published by @CANADALAND. A very big maarsii!
See these links to find skilled BIPOC writers writing about what matters, like racism and cultural appropriation:
Chelsea Vowel is âpihtawikosisân
Dr. Adrienne Keene, Native Appropriations
Desmond Cole, Activist & Journalist