In June, we commemorate National Indigenous History Month to recognize the history, heritage and diversity of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples in Canada. We have compiled a list of resources, readings and events below for you to learn about, appreciate and acknowledge Indigenous communities in Canada.
We will be updating this list throughout the month with more resources.
Supports and Networks
The Centre for Aboriginal Student Services (CASS)
The Centre for Aboriginal Student Services (CASS) strives to create a sense of belonging and to support the academic, spiritual, physical, and emotional well-being of a diverse Indigenous student population. We provide a safe community space that offers culturally appropriate support services and programs to facilitate students' success throughout their post-secondary studies. You can check out the home page, campus associations, and events and activities.
Indigenous Students’ Association at York University (ISAY)
Indigenous Students’ Association at York University: a community service group that provides cultural programming/advocacy for Indigenous students. Check out their Instagram page (@indigsay) to know more about them and any events happening currently.
Shades of our Stolen Sisters Digital Exhibit
Founded by the Cywink and Carpenter Families in 2016, Shades of Our Sisters is an exhibit which includes the stories of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, Trans and Two Spirit People as told by their families. Check it out here.
International Indigenous Student Knowledge Fair
As the culminating event, participants of the International Indigenous Peer to Peer Virtual Exchange Program will showcase their learnings from the pilot program with the wider community.
LA&PS Explore the World Series: Turtle Island: Movie Night
E-xplore the world with LA&PS from the comfort of your own home. This month is all about Indigenous Peoples and Nations of Turtle Island (North America). Movie Night on June 16, Wednesday, at 6 pm EST. Learn more here.
Virtual Coffee Break: Learn More about the Indigenous Community
In celebration to National Indigenous People’s Day on June 21st, we’ll be talking about Indigenous communities. What do you know, and would you like to know more about? Come join us on June 22, Tuesday, 1-2:30pm EST. You can register for it here.
National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation
The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR) makes available here digital copies of important and relevant reports for Survivors and their families, researchers, media and the public.
YorkU Library offers Leisure Reading and Research-based Text focusing on Indigenous History Month. Explore both collections as they offer a wide variation, from New Books, Bestsellers, to Research Ethics and Methodologies. For your reading pleasure, Scott Library's Content Development & Analysis Department maintains a Leisure Reading Collection as well.
Indigenous Studies addresses the multiple experiences of Indigenous communities in Canada and around the world. This program relies on theories developed by Indigenous scholars, Elder teachings, ceremonies, and a focus on treaty rights and relationships. Other areas include focusing on Metis identities, non-status and/or urban Native peoples and Indigenous-Black relations.