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International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

August 9, 2023

August 9 is the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, a day to raise awareness for the importance of protecting the rights of Indigenous people across the world. The theme for this year is to highlight and celebrate the work done by Indigenous youth in the pursuit of reconciliation and self-determination. Within Canada, Indigenous culture is often acknowledged and celebrated on particular days, which is important, but we at the CTRC hope to see a day in which Mi’kmaw Elder Albert Marshall’s guiding principle of two-eyed seeing is practised and celebrated daily as a commitment to ongoing reconciliation. Indigenous youth face disproportionate negative outcomes in education across Canada due to the oppression and trauma faced by Indigenous communities across generations. The CTRC has gathered resources on Indigenous history, culture, and rights to support you and those around you in your learning journey. 

The National Centre For Truth and Reconciliation offers curated educational resources and teaching plans for grades K-12. 

Native Land Digital is a Canadian non-profit that offers educational resources and tools about Indigenous groups across the globe.

The National Film Board of Canada has Indigenous documentaries and films available to stream for free.

Historica Canada offers Indigenous history teaching kits for free, applicable to multiple grade levels.

A Stranger At Home by Christy Jordan-Fenton & Margaret-Olemaun Pokiak-Fenton

What The Eagle Sees by Eldon Yellowhorn and Kathy Lowinger

This website is for educational purposes. If the situation is urgent, please call 911, or your local emergency services providers.