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Category: Indigenous Pathways

Something to ponder In order to celebrate National Indigenous History Month, I thought it could be interesting, and inspiring, to give a little taste of the rich and diverse Indigenous culture that is being created in our region. [Small disclaimers: 1. Because a lot of the websites were unilingual, I decided to avoid redundancy and only create a newsletter in English, containing links in English or French. 2. The following list is far from being exhaustive, and I will be happy to add all of...

Something to ponder The creation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) in Canada was a significant turning point in the country's endeavor to acknowledge and rectify the deep-seated injustices suffered by Indigenous peoples, especially those who experienced the residential school system. The TRC, established in 2008, played a crucial role in the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement (IRSSA), demonstrating a shared determination to address a troubling period in Canadian...

Something to ponder Ensuring that every child has the chance to thrive is crucial when it comes to child welfare. This article explores two important topics: the application of Jordan's Principle to guarantee Indigenous children fair access to services and the continuous work to improve child welfare systems across Canada. A ground-breaking law known as Jordan's Principle aims to ensure that First Nations children receive the public services they require without delay. The concept bears the...

Something to ponder It is crucial to acknowledge the close relationship that exists between the health of our planet's plant life and indigenous cultures as we unite to mark International Day of Plant Health on May 12. Indigenous peoples have coexisted peacefully with the natural world for ages, having long since come to grasp the delicate balance that exists between people, plants, and the environment. Indigenous knowledge systems, which emphasize the value of protecting ecosystems,...

Something to ponder With far-reaching effects on successive generations of Indigenous communities, residential schools represent a tragic chapter in the history of indigenous peoples worldwide. These institutions caused severe harm to people, families, and cultures when they were built with the goal of integrating Indigenous children into Euro-Canadian society. It is essential to comprehend the legacy of residential schools in order to promote reconciliation in modern society and heal the...

Something to ponder National Indigenous Languages Day was celebrated on March 31st. This day honors the linguistic diversity and cultural richness of indigenous communities in Canada, where more than 70 Indigenous Languages are spoken, according to Statistics Canada. Indigenous languages are vital components of cultural and spiritual legacy and identity, and archives of traditional knowledge in addition to being means of communication. However, due to institutional marginalization, historical...