As Indigenous History Month begins, we are collectively mourning the loss of 215 Indigenous children at the Kamloops Indian Residential School on Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc. In the wake of this tragedy, it's the responsibility of Canadians to learn about our history and work toward reconciliation and decolonization.
To begin or continue learning, we'd like to invite you to browse a new online collection: Exploring Indigenous Narratives and Worldviews. This collection uplifts the voices and experiences of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples through research and storytelling.
The collection was curated by Indigenous Initiatives and the Indigenous Student Centre at U of G. It highlights Indigenous writers, content, and research frameworks through a rich range of literature, including research texts, children’s books, novels, and storytelling and memoirs. The collection also features works by U of G authors Brittany Luby, Kim Anderson, Thomas King, and David MacDonald.
We are excited to share this valuable collection with the University of Guelph community as part of our efforts to move towards decolonization and reconciliation with First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples, communities, and lands. “There is an expansive diversity and richness in the Indigenous narratives shared within the collection. We hope that it will introduce and expand readers understanding of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples and their cultures, worldviews, and lived experiences,” said Cara Wehkamp, special advisor to the president on Indigenous initiatives.
Some of the works featured in the collection are:
Dammed: The Politics of Loss and Survival in Anishinaabe Territory by Brittany Luby
Mii maanda ezhi-gkendmaanh / This Is How I Know: Niibing Dgwaagig, Bboong, Mnookmig Dbaadjigaade Maanpii Mzin’igning / A Book About the Seasons by Brittany Luby
Encounter by Brittany Luby
A Recognition of Being: Reconstructing Native Womanhood by Kim Anderson
Injichaag: My Soul in Story: Anishinaabe Poetics in Art and Words by Rene Meshake with Kim Anderson
Indians on Vacation by Thomas King
The Sleeping Giant Awakens: Genocide, Indian Residential Schools, and the Challenge of Conciliation by David MacDonald
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