Lessons on Hope
Reframing Indigenous Stories in Joy: Jesse Wente. J. Wente is an Anishinaabe writer and broadcaster, and chairperson of the Canada Council for the Arts. He emphasized the importance of joy in a lecture he gave online in November 2020. His talk, titled “A Story of Joy: Reducing the Harm So We Can Heal,” was part of Vancouver Island University’s annual Indigneous Speakers Series, in partnership with CBC IDEAS.
BlackBird was written by the Beatles and this awesome performance (2019) is an excellent version sung in Mi’kmaq – a joy to hear and a significant contribution to preservation of Indigenous languages. Check it out!
Insights on Reconciliation
Dr. Cindy Blackstock
Chief Robert Joseph
Honourable Murray Sinclair
“Reconciliation will take honesty. And trust. And above all, action.” In this podcast, the Honourable Murray Sinclair talks to the Conference Board of Canada about what it will take to move forward. (June 2021)
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)
Buffy Saint Marie
Insights on Treaties (Treaty Four 1874)
Institute for Research on Public Policy: Video, 1.25 minutes (March 2018)
Insights on the Indian Act (1876)
Awareness Training for Reconciliation
Insights on Canadian Law and Indigenous Rights
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 Entrepreneurship In Canada (June 2018):
What impact does the Indian Act have on Indigenous businesses? — Under Construction
Insights on the Environment
Oboeist Sarah Fraker plays “Lessons from Braiding Sweetgrass” composed by Asha Srinivasan to express Robyn Wall Kimmerer’s book Braiding Sweetgrass. This moving piece makes me feel that I am out in nature and it nourishes me (10.20 minutes)
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)
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)