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Truth and Reconciliation Week: Day 3 

Decolonizing and indigenizing are terms that are often intertwined with meaningful Truth and Reconciliation. These terms represent a focus on belonging, building a future where the rich and diverse cultures of Indigenous peoples are honoured and celebrated in all spaces. 

Today’s Indigenous voices will focus on sharing what indigenizing and decolonizing looks like and how it creates belonging. Decolonizing and indigenizing impact all parts of life, requiring that teachings and values are embodied in our greater way of being.  

Etuaptmumk: Two-Eyed Seeing | Rebecca Thomas | TEDxNSCCWaterfront 

Continue learning about indigenization and decolonization: 

“S’TENISTOLW is a SENĆOŦEN term referencing the concept of ‘moving forward’. This book highlights both the doing and being of Indigenous education.Authors share their knowledge on the themes of: Land-Based Learning; Supporting Learners; Indigenization; and Strengthening Alliances.” 

“Decolonization can be an invitation for all Canadians to be a part of something good and to leave behind a better version of Canada for generations to come.” 

A presentation from the Centre of Teaching & Learning at Queen’s University introducing decolonization and indigenization and how it applies in an education setting.  

This training supports understanding decolonizing and reconciliation look like in practice.  

“Métis poet and acclaimed novelist Katherena Vermette’s second work of poetry, river woman, examines and celebrates love as postcolonial action.” 

Dr. Shauneen Pete at the University of Regina provides suggestions on how to begin the decolonization journey in academia.  

“Nikki discusses what colonization looks like and how it can be addressed through decolonization.” 

“From one of the most important, inspiring and fearless voices in Indigenous rights, decolonization, Canadian politics, social justice, earth justice and beyond, Warrior Life is an unflinching critique of the colonial project that is Canada and a rallying cry for Indigenous peoples and allies alike to forge a path toward a decolonial future through resistance and resurgence.” 

This article introduces a six-part YouTube production on living in a traditional way on syilx homelands and the relationship established between land, culture, and wellbeing.  

Access four videos of powerful Indigenous voices who share their thoughts on reconciliation, indigenization, and decolonization.  

***Reminder: There are a number of events being held in honour of Truth & Reconciliation Week: 

  1. Reflections & Learning Raffle: September 30th – October 15th. 

Enter to win an orange shirt by sharing your reflections and learnings from National Truth and Reconciliation Day or Truth and Reconciliation Week at CityU. The entry period for the raffle will be open from September 30 to October 15, 2023.  To enter and for more details visit:  

  1. Friday, October 6th at 12pm PST: Film Screening and Reflection (Virtual) 

In partnership with the National Film Board of Canada, CityU will be hosting a screening of “Honour to Senator Murray Sinclair” (29 min) and “Holy Angel” (11 min) on Friday, October 6th at 12pm PST / 1pm MST. Join us for the viewing of two films that express the experience and impacts of residential school on Indigenous peoples. Space will be held after each screening to unpack reflections and discuss. To register for this virtual screening, visit:  

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