June 29, 2021

We have compiled some resources from the library collections and beyond that we hope can help us unlearn and learn about Indigenous peoples, cultures and history.

We acknowledge and respect the Algonquin Anishinaabeg people within whose unceded, unsurrendered territory MacOdrum Library is located. We would like to thankfully acknowledge the Algonquin people and recognize that this statement is but one commitment we can make, these words alone are not enough. It is a reminder of the significance of this location, and it is our pledge for reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples. Acknowledging the erasure of Indigenous culture and the ongoing impact of this is something we are committed to learning about and working towards correcting.

Residential School Stories in the Canadian Journal of Children's Rights

As the unmarked graves of Indigenous children continue to be located at the sites of residential schools across Canada, hearing and understanding the stories and experiences of survivors is one starting point in view of the collective action necessary to support and stand by Indigenous people. Accordingly, we draw your attention to the residential school stories and experiences of Russ Moses and Clive Linklater previously published in the Journal.

Russ Moses' residential school memoir and photographs in the 2016 Issue offer a first person account of life at the Mohawk Institute Indian Residential School in Brantford, Ontario between 1942 and 1947. The memoir and photographs offer insight into a residential school experience that profoundly shaped and altered Russ Moses’ life and pathway. In the 2017 Issue, Clive Linklater offers readers an account of his elementary and secondary education experience at the Couchiching residential school in Ontario and then the Lebret residential school in Saskatchewan. We are honoured to have these first-hand accounts in the Journal.

Want to know more about the land and peoples whose land you live and play on? Check out https://native-land.ca. Here you will find global maps of Indigenous territories, treaties and languages that strive to better represent Indigenous people.

Carleton, and the Library, is taking strides to undo its colonial past and strive for a better future for indigenous peoples. Take a look at Kinàmàgawin (Learning Together), a report which calls for structural changes including consolidating all Indigenous student services through a new Centre for Indigenous Initiatives.

Our Library collection has a number of books that can help you learn about the history or Indigenous peoples in Canada. We wanted to point your attention to The Sleeping Giant Awakens: Genocide, Indian Residential Schools, and the Challenge of Conciliation by David B. MacDonald

Residential “schools” are an ongoing and very recent part of Canadian History. Many of these buildings are located very close to the homes we grew up in. Use CBC’s Interactive Map to take investigate the locations where you work, live and play.

For those who like to learn by watching, we also have films you can watch. Check out Albert Marshall: learning to see with both eyes which is an interview with one of the most respected wisdom keepers of the Mi’kmaq.