We’ve compiled a list of resources that may be especially helpful to non-Indigenous folks when it comes to challenging racism against First Nations, Métis, and Inuit people and communities.
Brandi Morin is a Cree/Iroquois/French award-winning journalist and bestselling author from Treaty 6 territory in Alberta. In this episode, she shares from her first-hand experience as a survivor of the MMIWG crisis, and how her experience propelled her into a life of writing. This episode is part of the Signal for Help podcast series, launched this year by the Canadian Women’s Foundation and award-winning women journalists, Media Girlfriends.
Connie Walker won the 2023 Pulitzer Prize for best audio journalism for her second season of her series Stolen, in which she unearths her family’s history with the residential school system. In 2019, we interviewed Connie about Missing & Murdered: Finding Cleo when she won the Landsberg Award – you can read more about it here.
This incredible list from reporter Kelly Boutsalis includes light-hearted podcasts like Métis in Space and New Fire with Lisa Charleyboy, alongside more serious offerings like Rebecca Nagle’s This Land (and a few shows hosted by men are given honourable mention, like Canadaland’s Thunder Bay).
Support Indigenous business owners and learn about their work directly from them. Vashti Etzel is the owner of Golden Eye Designs, a wearable art business. In this blog post, she speaks about her experience as a participant of the EntrepreNorth program and where the inspiration for her work comes from.
Honour the widespread accomplishments of Indigenous Women by learning about who they were and the lengths they went to create lasting change on a national level.
Read any memorable books lately? Our staff members have, and they all have one thing in common: powerhouse Indigenous women authors. Check out this great list, and commit to reading at least two or three this year.
In 2016, the federal government launched a national inquiry into the countless missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls in Canada. The final report from the inquiry “reveals that persistent and deliberate human and Indigenous rights violations and abuses are the root cause behind Canada’s staggering rates of violence against Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA people.” The report reflects the testimonies of more than 2,380 people, and contains 231 Calls To Action – some of which are directed at individuals like you and me. Read the report, and consider your role in making change. Start by taking on at least two of the actions in meaningful ways.
Are you getting a full picture from your daily news sources? Whose stories and perspectives are missing or often misrepresented? Try seeking out sources that focus on Indigenous news every morning, like CBC Indigenous, APTN, or Windspeaker.com
We pulled together a list of five must-see films by Indigenous women filmmakers that are sure to inspire. Check it out and watch one this weekend!
On June 18th, Indspire broadcasted its awards ceremony, recognizing outstanding Indigenous youth and professionals who are inspiring change on a national level in Education, Arts, Health, Law & Justice, and more. Indspire is a national Indigenous charity, invested in inspiring achievement and furthering the education of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis people.
To highlight the four-year mark since the release of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, CBC Manitoba produced this MMIWG project. The project showcases what actions have been taken to work towards the 231 Calls for Justice published in the Final Report of the Inquiry. On their website, visitors can listen to family members speak about their experiences as justice seekers for their missing and murdered loved ones.
Watch the recording of a live conversation we had with award-winning Métis writer, Katherena Vermette. Her first book, North End Love Songs, won the Governor General’s Literary Award for Poetry. Her stunning novel, The Break, was a bestseller in Canada and won multiple awards.
We know the list doesn’t end here, so please share any resources you’ve found helpful in the comments.