Resources

A Mennonite Reserve

Art as Healing

Christian Resources

  • In Peace and Friendship

    A New Relationship with Aboriginal Peoples: Guide containing a series of workshops that you can conduct in your own church or community. 58p, $10. Order online by sending an e-mail to orders@kairoscanada.org, by calling Caroline Foster toll free at 1-877-403-8933 extension 221 or by ordering online at the website.

  • Intotemak (My Friends)

    A quarterly newsletter featuring news items of interest to friends of Native Ministry, published by Mennonite Church Canada Witness.  Cost of publication: $15/year, though payments over that amount will be receipted.   Contact Intotemak:  600 Shaftesbury Blvd., Winnipeg, MB R3P 0M4 or through website.

  • Reaching Up to God Our Creator

    6 session resource for Sunday School and Bible Study groups.

  • Indigenous Peoples Solidarity (at cpt.org)

    Mandated with undoing colonialism and supporting Indigenous communities seeking justice and defending their lands against corporate and government exploitation without community consent.

Education

  • First Nations Child and Family Caring Society

    Using a reconciliation framework that respectfully engages First Nation and non-Aboriginal peoples, the Caring Society provides high quality resources to support First Nations communities to empower children, youth and families. The award-winning Caring Society is proud to work with our partners in Canada and around the world to promote the rights of Indigenous children, youth and families.

  • Information fact sheet on funding inequalities between provincial and First Nations schools
  • Canadian Friends Service Committee (at quakerservice.ca)

    Quaker Peace Testimony is based on our belief that there is that of God in everyone. We cannot have peace without justice. QAAC believes Aboriginal Peoples in Canada do not have justice. The Quaker Aboriginal Affairs Committee believes that Friends need to develop and nurture relationships of trust and mutual respect between ourselves, others in Canada, and the Aboriginal Peoples of Canada.

  • Shannen’s Dream (at fncfcs.com)

    Shannen Koostachin of Attawapiskat First Nation had a dream – safe and comfy schools and culturally based education for First Nations children and youth. She worked tirelessly to try to convince the federal government to give First Nations children a proper education before tragically passing away at the age of 15 years old in 2010. Now it is our turn to carry her dream forward.

  • First Nations Education Council

Environmental Issues

  • Indigenous Action Media (indigenousaction.org)

    IAM was founded to provide strategic media support and action to directly address issues impacting Indigenous communities. It is a volunteer collective of experienced Indigenous media makers and activists that work together on a project by project basis for media justice.

General Information

Jubilee Fund

  • Jubilee Fund information and grant application (PDF)

    The Jubilee Fund is a project of Mennonite Central Committee Canada and Mennonite Church Canada that attempts to address in a small way the imbalance of wealth and power between people of Indigenous (First Nations, Metis, Inuit) descent and Canada’s settler population.

    Jubilee Fund issues grants to grass roots or non-profit Indigenous organizations, groups and/or communities in Canada for work on projects related to land.

    Projects considered for funding include, but are not limited to:

    • initiatives involved in reconnecting people to their traditional land base
    • protection and reclamation of sacred sites and traditional or treaty land
    • sustainable land use
    • environmental justice initiatives

Legacy of Residential Schools

  • Secret Path

    Gord Downie began Secret Path as ten poems incited by the story of Chanie Wenjack, a twelve year-old boy who died fifty years ago on October 22, 1966, in flight from the Cecilia Jeffrey Indian Residential School near Kenora, Ontario, walking home to the family he was taken from over 400 miles away.

  • Residential School Magazine

    For further information on the legacy of the Residential Schools.

  • Mamow Be Mo Tay Tah – Let Us Walk Together

    Canadian Ecumenical Anti-Racism Network of the Canadian Council of Churches. This resource is intended to help Canadians engage with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and better understand the legacies of colonization that Aboriginal Peoples live with today. Order at the website.

  • Surviving the Survivors

    A video of inter-generational impacts of Indian Residential Schools (9:31).

  • Video of Prime Minister Harper’s national apology to First Nations (at youtube.com)
  • Where Are the Children?

    This site is a counterpart to Where are the Children? Healing the Legacy of the Residential Schools, a touring exhibition that explores the history and legacy of Canada’s Residential School System through Survivor stories, archival photographs, and documents, curated by Iroquois artist Jeff Thomas.

Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

Reconciliation

Resources for Building Respectful Relationships

  • Indigenous People of Manitoba – A guide for newcomers

    A great resource toolkit on Indigenous People of Manitoba – A guide for newcomers from Vincent Solomon from Indigenous Neighbours – Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Manitoba, in collaboration with Anika Reynar and Zoe Matties.

  • Living in Diversity

    In this exhibit, diversity is considered from the point of differing worldviews.  That is, the way we look at the world, the way we interact with others, and the way we interact with our environment as based on a set of communally held beliefs.  Specifically, two worldviews dominate, and lie at the foundation of, communities in the Upper Skeena:  a Gitxsan First Nation worldview and a Settler culture worldview.

  • “As I Am”

    “As I Am” is a short documentary that challenges the stereotypes of Aboriginal people in the workplace. By Nadia Myre, 2010.

  • Important Qualities of Authentic Relationships (PDF)
  • Authenticity in a Community Setting (PDF)

    Authenticity in a Community Setting: A Tool for Self Reflection and Change

Resources for Parents Children and Teachers

  • Good Minds

    Good Minds is a distributor on the leading resource for purchasing Indigenous youth and children’s literature and educational studies related to Indigenous history and culture. An Indigenous-owned family business, GoodMinds.com is based on the Six Nations of the Grand River (Brantford) in Southwestern Ontario

  • National Film Board of Canada – Aboriginal Perspectives

    Aboriginal Perspectives contains 33 documentaries in their entirety, a short fiction film and five film clips.  They are available in French and English, 18 include described video to allow blind and visually impaired people to enjoy their content, and 27 films include closed captioning.  Themes include the arts, film and representation, colonialism and racism, indigenous knowledge, history and origins, sovereignty and resistance and youth.

  • The Cradleboard Teaching Project

    The Cradleboard Teaching Project turns on the lights in public education about Indigenous North American culture – past, present, and most important for the children – the Future. This website has free resources and supplements that educate through Indigenous North American eyes.

  • Oyate

    Oyate is an Indigenous run organization working to see that the lives and histories of Indigenous Peoples are portrayed honestly, and so that all people will know the stories belong to Indigenous Peoples. The emphasis is on books written and illustrated by Indigenous Peoples. It is a well organized resource for books, videos, resource materials. Many of the books Oyate promotes are available in your local library system.

Water

  • Water Quality in Ontario First Nations: An Interactive Map

    MCC Ontario works with First Nation communities to address access to clean water.  Of the 134 First Nations in Ontario, 45% are at high risk for water insecurity.  This map tells the stories of this struggle for a basic human right.

  • Energy Justice – Interfaith Task Force on Northern Hydro Development

    On an average day, over $3.5 million worth of electricity flows from the dams in northern Manitoba to consumers in the south. Each time we flick a light switch we benefit from this inexpensive and reliable power. But what is happening at the other end of the power line? This website aims to answer that question by providing thoughtful, non-polarized consideration of issues related to Manitoba’s hydro-electric system.

  • The Scars of Mercury

    Watch The Scars of Mercury on YouTube.

    A paper mill in Dryden, Ontario started discharging inorganic mercury into the English-Wabigoon river system in 1962. Methylmercury accumulated in the fish through the food web, becoming the more toxic organic mercury. Fish is the staple and sacred diet of the Anishinaabek people in that region. Mercury can cause serious damage to the central nervous system. This documentary makes connections between the mercury in the source water and the health effects experienced by the Anishinaabek people of Grassy Narrows First Nation and Whitedog Independent Nations.

  • Mother Earth Water Walk

    Two Anishinawbe Grandmothers and a group of Anishinawbe women and men have taken action regarding the water issue by walking the perimeter of the Great Lakes.

Youth

  • 4Rs Youth Movement

    4Rs youth movement website says, “as young people from across diverse nations, we believe in  the power of conversation to transform relationships. Our mission is to change the country by changing the relationship between Indigenous and non­-Indigenous young people.”

    They engage with diverse Indigenous and non-indigenous young peoples in important reconciliation conversations through experimental training, hosting gatherings and doing workshops.

  • Red Rising

    Nonprofit Indigenous magazine from Winnipeg providing space for Indigenous Youth to share their stories.

  • Outta Your Backpack (oybm.org)

    OYB is organized as an all Indigenous collective that acts to efficiently provide Young People with access to independent media skills and resources.  We are actively creating a broad network of mentors, including independent media professionals.  Most of our work is volunteered.