Indigenous People & Culture

Orange Shirt Day is Thursday, September 30

On Orange Shirt Day Indigenous and non-Indigenous people alike take the time to reflect on and remember the children that were abused and killed at residential schools. We also take the time to reflect on the ongoing generational trauma that is experienced by survivors and support them as much as we can. My HOME Apparel will not be creating an orange shirt as we are not the voices who need to be heard regarding this cause - we will be supporting other local businesses by purchasing shirts made by Indigenous peoples. Wearing an Orange shirt bought from an Indigenous artist or Indigenous-owned business is one way we can stand in solidarity with and be an ally to our Indigenous neighbours.
 
Three ways that you can be an ally to Indigenous people and communities on Orange Shirt day and every day:
 
1. Support Indigenous artists and Indigenous-owned/led businesses and organizations.
2. Amplify Indigenous voices and stand up for our Indigenous neighbours.
3. Learn about the 94 calls to action put forth by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada and ask your local politicians to act on, follow, and support these needs. 

Indigenous-owned Businesses & Organizations

Some places you can find Indigenous-made orange shirts and wearable art:

Millbrook Cultural & Heritage Centre - Millbrook First Nation (Nova Scotia)
L'NU'K Clothing Co. - Millbrook First Nation (Nova Scotia)
Muin Clothing Co.K'jipuktuk (Halifax)
Lucrative Apparel Esgenoôpetitj First Nation (New Brunswick)
Mi'kmaq Printing & Design - Epegwitg (Prince Edward Island)
Our Feather Clothing Company - Tkaronto (Toronto)
Dreamcatcher Promotions - Swan Lake First Nation (Manitoba)
Moonstone Creation Mohkínstsis (Calgary)
Boy Chief Trading Post - Siksika Nation (Alberta)
Victoria Orange Shirt DayS'ólh Téméxw (British Columbia)
Orange Shirt Society S'ólh Téméxw (British Columbia)
  
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On this page you'll find selected educational resources involving issues that impact Indigenous nations on Turtle Island, past and present. 
 

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?   

- 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 [2020]Buy

21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act: Helping Canadians Make Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples a Reality by Bob Joseph [2018] Buy

All Our Relations: Finding the Path Forward by Tanya Talaga [2018] | Buy

Seven Fallen Feathers by Tanya Talaga [2017] | Buy

From Treaty Peoples to Treaty Nation: A Road Map for All Canadians by Ken Coates and Greg Poelzer [2016] | Buy

Indigenous Nationhood: Empowering Grassroots Citizens by Pamela Palmater [2015] | Buy

Disinherited Generations: Our Struggle to Reclaim Treaty Rights for First Nations Women and Their Descendants by Nellie Carlson [2013] | Buy

The Inconvenient Indian: a Curious Account of Native People in North America by Thomas King [2013] | Buy

The Colonization of Mi'kmaw Memory and History, 1794-1928: the King V. Gabriel Sylliboy by William C. Wicken [2012] | Buy

Mi'kmaq Landscapes, From Animism to Sacred Ecology by Anne-Christine Hornborg [2008] | Buy

Mi'kmaq & Maliseet Cultural Ancestral Material: National Collections from the Canadian Museum of Civilization by Stephen J. Augustine [2005] | Buy

Mi'kmaq Treaties on Trial: History, Land, and Donald Marshall Junior by William C. Wicken [2002] | Buy

The Marshall Decision and Native Rights : The Marshall Decision and Mi'kmaq Rights in the Maritimes by Ken Coates [2000] | Buy

Films, Videos and Documentaries

Kamloops: Stories of Survival by ATPN [2021] | Watch

Systemic Racism in Canada: the Donald Marshall Jr. Story by Real Crime [2020] | Watch

nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up by Tasha Hubbard [2019] | Watch

We Were Children by Tim Wolochatiuk [2012] | Rent

Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance by Alanis Obomsawin [1993] | Watch

Sleeping Children Awake by Rhonda Kara Hanah [1991] Watch

12 Documentaries on Indigenous Life in Canada | Watch

Web Resources & Articles

Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN)

Native Land - Indigenous lands interactive map

Mi'kmaq Online - Stories, songs, Mi'kmaq dictionary and more

Passamaquoddy-Maliseet Language Portal - Dictionary

United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP)

Indigenous Peoples Atlas of Canada

First Nation owned geothermal energy project moves closer to completion in B.C. by Lee Wilson [September 13, 2021]

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

@destinationindigenous

@indigwomenoutdoors

@indigenoustourismontario

@indigenouswomenhike

@indigenouspeoplesmovement

@indigenous.tourism.alberta

@indigenoustourismbc

@settlers4justice

@niwrc

@mikmaweydebert 

@millbrookheritage

@millbrookfirstnation

@theindigenousfoundation 

@indigenoustourismnb

@pass_the_feather_indigenous

@indigenous150plus

@sheisindigenous

 

 

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