October is Mi'kmaq History Month
In 1993, Premier John Savage and Mi’kmaw Grand Chief Ben Sylliboy declared October as the official month to recognize and celebrate Mi’kmaw culture and heritage. In 2021, the theme of Mi'kmaq History Month is exploring treaties and treaty relationships. We are all treaty people.
In 2021, National Day for Truth and Reconciliation was Thursday, September 30.
We can observe and practice Truth and Reconciliation everyday.
Four ways that you can be an ally to Indigenous people and communities on Orange Shirt day and every day:
Indigenous-owned Businesses & Organizations
Some places you can find Indigenous-made orange shirts and wearable art:
Indigenous populations in Canada face systemic failures inherent to our social structure that have caused generational trauma, disadvantaged living conditions, and innumerable other difficulties. The ongoing mistreatment of our Indigenous populations across the land now called Canada, and the attempts to hide, erase and cover it up leave us all as Canadians with a responsibility to mourn with these groups, and to listen, learn, and evaluate our own involvement and actions. We hope these resources can serve as an aide for collective improvement moving forward and encourage continued learning & action.
How we are helping here at HOME?
- On National Day for Truth and Reconciliation in 2021, we closed our physical store for the day; our staff participated in reconciliation events in Millbrook First Nation. That day, all proceeds from online sales were donated to Water First, a non-government organization that is working hard to solve water challenges in Indigenous communities. With the help of our customers, we were able to donate $1,100 to Water First! Thank you for making this possible!
- We are actively committed to becoming better allies for our Indigenous neighbours by educating ourselves and listening to our local Indigenous communities.
- We partner with Indigenous artists on designs that reflect their specific relationship to this land we all call HOME, which allows us to share artwork and perspectives directly from Indigenous voices.
- We are committed to actively using our platform to increase awareness on important issues and help to inform our customers and followers how they can personally get involved.
We can be proud of the place we call HOME and still be critical of its systems. Together, we can create a future for Canada that is supportive and inclusive of all its inhabitants.
Books, eBooks and Audiobooks
Search for the following titles and more on your province’s Public Libraries Catalogue.
Alternatively you can search the Worldwide Library Catalogue WorldCat.org or click the “buy” link after each title to purchase a copy for your HOME Library.
Brotherhood to Nationhood: George Manuel and the Making of the Modern Indian Movement by Peter McFarlane and Doreen Manuel  | Buy
21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act: Helping Canadians Make Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples a Reality by Bob Joseph 
All Our Relations: Finding the Path Forward by Tanya Talaga  | Buy
Seven Fallen Feathers by Tanya Talaga  | Buy
From Treaty Peoples to Treaty Nation: A Road Map for All Canadians by Ken Coates and Greg Poelzer  | Buy
Indigenous Nationhood: Empowering Grassroots Citizens by Pamela Palmater  | Buy
Disinherited Generations: Our Struggle to Reclaim Treaty Rights for First Nations Women and Their Descendants by Nellie Carlson  | Buy
The Inconvenient Indian: a Curious Account of Native People in North America by Thomas King  | Buy
The Colonization of Mi'kmaw Memory and History, 1794-1928: the King V. Gabriel Sylliboy by William C. Wicken  | Buy
Mi'kmaq Landscapes, From Animism to Sacred Ecology by Anne-Christine Hornborg  | Buy
Mi'kmaq & Maliseet Cultural Ancestral Material: National Collections from the Canadian Museum of Civilization by Stephen J. Augustine  | Buy
Mi'kmaq Treaties on Trial: History, Land, and Donald Marshall Junior by William C. Wicken  | Buy
The Marshall Decision and Native Rights : The Marshall Decision and Mi'kmaq Rights in the Maritimes by Ken Coates  | Buy
Films, Videos and Documentaries
Kamloops: Stories of Survival by ATPN  | Watch
Systemic Racism in Canada: the Donald Marshall Jr. Story by Real Crime  | Watch
nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up by Tasha Hubbard  | Watch
We Were Children by Tim Wolochatiuk  | Rent
Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance by Alanis Obomsawin  | Watch
Sleeping Children Awake by Rhonda Kara Hanah  | Watch
12 Documentaries on Indigenous Life in Canada | Watch
Web Resources & Articles
L'nui'suti - Mi'kmaw language app
Native Land - Indigenous Ancestral lands interactive map
Mi'kmaq Online - Stories, songs, Mi'kmaq dictionary and more
Passamaquoddy-Maliseet Language Portal - Dictionary
Madawaska Maliseet First Nation - History & Culture
Why acknowledge territory? by Allison Jones and Native-Land
What are land acknowledgements and why do they matter? by Selena Mills [March 18, 2019]
Organizations/accounts to support/follow