Indigenous Insights

Insights on Reconciliation

Chief Robert Joseph describes his experience of residential schools, the segregation of children from their siblings as well as their parents, and how we can use reconciliation to support our journey toward a better future for all. (4 minutes, 20 seconds)

BlackBird was written by the Beatles and this awesome performance is an excellent version sung in Mi’kmaq – a joy to hear and a significant contribution to preservation of Indigenous languages. Check it out!

Honourable Murray Sinclair
People Who Can, Should: Video, 7 minutes (March 2018)
The truth is hard, reconciliation is harder.  Murray Sinclair speaks to the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (October 2017 keynote address in BC – 50 min)
Reconciliation is hard, it requires courage and mutual respect. Murray Sinclair talks with CBC Correspondent Peter Mansbridge (June 2015)

It Begins with Leadership: Video, 12 minutes (June 2015)

Dr. Pam Palmater

If it Feels Good, it’s Not Reconciliation: Video, 1.5 hours (February 2018 Woodrow Lloyd Lecture)

Insights on Treaties (Treaty Four 1874)

Institute for Research on Public Policy: Video, 1.25 minutes (March 2018)

Insights on the Indian Act (1876)

Indian Act time line and key clauses by the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC):

Awareness Training for Reconciliation

Insights on Canadian Law and Indigenous Rights

Metis and the Constitution of Canada

Insights on the corrections system and Restorative Justice

Indigenous incarceration rates (June 2018)

Restorative Justice (June 2018)

Shelly Chartier’s Story and Gladue Court (October 2017)

Toward Justice and Reconciliation in Canada – The Role of Restorative Justice (November 2016 – Video, 21 minutes); Honourable Murray Sinclair speaks to National Restorative Justice Symposium in Halifax.

Insights on the Economy

National Aboriginal Capital Corporations Association – NACCA & DISC: Working Towards a New Fiscal Relationship (January 2018)

Indigenous Corporate Training Inc reports challenges faced by Indigenous people in business (May 2017)

Indigenous Entrepreneurship In Canada (June 2018):

What impact does the Indian Act have on Indigenous businesses? — Under Construction

Insights on the Environment

Indigenous wisdom is already guiding action to protect the environment in Australia, Ecuador, Mexico, Bangladesh. Let’s find ways to support Indigenous leaders in Canada, whether Inuit, First Nations, or Mètis. With their leadership and wisdom, we can work together productively to protect our land. (Updated 2020-7)

Eriel Tchekwie Deranger discusses indigenous communities, health, the economy, and climate change (in context of Alberta tar sands) Video, 4 minutes — American Public Health Association (November 2017)

Indigenous Climate Action Network

Philip Brass on Climate Change and Youth; Peepeekisis First Nation, Treaty 4, Saskatchewan — Video, 1.5 minutes of thoughtful commentary  (February 2017)


Food and environmental justice

February 2020: Dr. Priscilla Settee, Professor of Indigenous Studies at the University of Saskatchewan, and Adjunct Professor for the Natural Resources Institute at the University of Manitoba.

Dr Settee is a global educator and activist from Cumberland House Swampy Cree First Nations with a keen interest in Indigenous food sovereignty. Dr Settee is also a David Suzuki Fellow who researches the impact of climate change on the environment and on the livelihoods of northern trappers.

Listen to her lecture titled—“The Impact of Climate Change and Environmental Degradation on Indigenous Knowledge Systems: What You Should Know.   (49 minutes)

She begins by emphasizing that Indigenous knowledge is alive and well but in some communities is at risk of being lost in future. Research can explain climate change and document an Indigenous world view.

MEDIA INDIGENA host/producer Rick Harp interviewed Dr Settee about her presentation in the context of the 2019/20 Weweni Indigenous Scholars Speaker Series (courtesy of the University of Winnipeg’s Office of Indigenous Engagement).

Saskatchewan is burning or removing trappers’ cabins, is clear cutting trapping lands, and is building dams that disturb water supplies to Indigenous Peoples. Instead of abiding by national and provincial laws that require consultation, the Government is jailing youth protesters.

Listen to this local expert with international experience and broad understanding. You will be chilled by the facts about our Saskatchewan water supply, quality, and justice. (comments by Jane Knox)