Truth & Reconciliation: Supporting the Health of Indigenous Families

Resources for Settler Families

Settler Family = non-Indigenous family living on unceded land in Canada & benefiting from the structures colonialism.

Many families, communities & businesses have shifted their focus from the usual July 1st celebrations this year, to intentionally pausing to reflect & learn about the parts of our history that have be actively suppressed & oppressed. I’ve gathered some of the resources I’m exploring & have been sharing over the last few weeks.

Why share this information & these resources in a space focused on maternal-infant health?

Personal, intergenerational & collective trauma impact maternal health, from pregnancy, through birth, postpartum, breastfeeding & beyond.

Indigenous families & communities have experienced the trauma of colonialism for generations & the systems of oppression created through colonialism still exist & cause trauma today.

Truth & Reconciliation supports the health, healing & wellbeing of indigenous families & communities by:

Online Resources for Learning

Indigenous Canada – University of Alberta Native Studies Course (free enrollment)

UBC Learning Circle – Video Library – Centre for Excellence in Indigenous Health

National Centre for Truth & Reconciliation

Teaching Our Children About Residential Schools & Truth & Reconciliation

Education Resources – National Centre for Truth & Reconciliation

Children’s Books About Residential Schools

Movies to Watch

Indian Horse (available for rent or purchase in Canada on Amazon Prime Video, Google Play Store & YouTube Movies)

We Were Children (available for rent or purchase in Canada on Amazon Prime Video & Google Play Store)

Donating Financial Resource

Downie Wenjack Fund

Aims to build cultural understanding and create a path toward reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.

Indian Residential School Survivor Society (IRSSS)

Provides essential services to Residential School Survivors, their families, and to those dealing with intergenerational traumas.

Legacy of Hope

A national, Indigenous-led, charitable organization that has been working to promote healing and Reconciliation in Canada for more than 19 years. The LHF’s goal is to educate and raise awareness about the history and existing intergenerational impacts of the Residential School System (RSS) and subsequent Sixties Scoop (SS) on Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit, and Métis) Survivors, their descendants, and their communities to promote healing and Reconciliation.

Contact Your Member of Parliament

Let them know you are in support of reconciliation with Indigenous people as outlined in the Truth & Reconciliation Commission of Canada Calls to Action. Ask them about what they are actively doing to take action & hold them accountable. (Find your MP & their contact information here.)

Follow, Share & Participate in the #94in94 Campaign

A social media campaign on Facebook, Instagram, Linked In & Twitter, the campaign will cover all 94 Calls to Action from the Truth & Reconciliation Commission of Canada & encourage everyone to take action on at least one call to action, in their own lives.

A collaboration between Reconciliation Thunder & Circles for Reconciliation, the “campaign will conclude on September 30 in honour of Orange Shirt Day and the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, commemorating the tragic legacy of residential schools in Canada.”

This is not an exhaustive list but my hope is that it supports you & your family in taking the next steps in being an active ally of the Indigenous people of this land.