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National Indigenous History Month

Boozhoo, Tanshi, Kwe, Bonjour; 

June is National Indigenous History Month, a time to celebrate Indigenous history, heritage, diversity, and culture of the many diverse Indigenous communities. It is an ideal time to reflect on the many contributions Indigenous people have made in Canada and around the world.  To honour and celebrate, we invite you to take a closer look at the links suggested by the NOSM Office of Indigenous Affairs as well as additional resources listed below: books, podcasts, websites, and more.  

The Office of Indigenous Affairs is here to support you in your journey. Please feel free to reach out at any time to Unit Coordinator, Sarah Jacko at indigenous@nosm.ca. We look forward to hearing from you! 

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Books

  1. The Inconvenient Indian, A Curious Account of Native People in North America, Thomas King
  2. Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teaching of Plant, Robin Wall Kimmerer
  3. Decolonizing Trauma Work: Indigenous Stories and Strategies, Renee Linklater
  4. A National Crime: The Canadian Government and the Residential School System, 1879-1986, John S. Milloy
  5. From the Ashes: My Story of Being Metis, Homeless, and Finding My Way, Jesse Thistle
  6. The Creators Game: Lacrosse, Identity, and Indigenous Nationhood, Allan Downey
  7. Decolonizing Education: Nourishing the Learning Spirit, Marie Battiste
  8. Drawing Out Law: A Spirits Guide, John Borrows
  9. A Promise is a Promise, Michale Kusugak & Robert Munsch
  10. Indigenous Storywork: Educating the Heart, Mind, Body and Spirit, Jo-Ann Archibald
  11. Indian Horse, Richard Wagamese
  12. As Long as the Rivers Flow, James Bartleman
  13. The Drum Calls Softly, David Bouchard
  14. Seven Fallen Feathers, Tanya Talaga
  15. Medicine to Help Us: Traditional Plant Use, Christi Belcourt
  16. Reclaiming Tom Longboat: Indigenous Self-Determinization in Canadian Sport, Janice Forsyth
  17. I am woman, Lee Maracle
  18. Edible and Medicinal Arctic Plants: An Inuit Elders Perspective, Aalasi Joamie, Rebecca Hainnu and Anna Ziegler
  19. Whose Land is it Anyway: A Manual for Decolonization, Pamela Palmater
  20. My Silent Drum, Ovide Mercredi
  21. Treaty 9, Making the Agreement to Share the Land in Far Northern Ontario 1905, John S. Long
  22. Unsettling Canada: A National Wake-Up Call, Arthur Manuel
  23. Braiding Legal Orders, Implementing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, John Borrows, Larry Chartrand, Oonagh E. Fitzgerald and Risa Schwartz
  24. Indigenous Writes: A Guide to First Nations, Metis & Inuit Issues in Canada
  25. Highway of Tears: A True Story of Racism, Indifference, and the Pursuit of Justice for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls
  26. Colonized Classrooms: Racism, Trauma and Resistance in Post-Secondary Education, Sheila Cote-Meek
  27. Research is Ceremony: Indigenous Research Methods, Shawn Wilson
  28. Jonny Appleseed, Joshua Whitehead
  29. The Right to be Cold: One Woman’s Story of Protecting Her Culture, the Arctic and the Whole Planet, Sheila Watt-Clouthier
  30. Half-Breed, Maria Campbell

Podcasts

Expand your understanding of Indigenous history issues beyond the month of June by listening to some amazing and insightful Indigenous podcasts.

  1. Missing & Murdered: Finding Cleo
  2. Think Indigenous
  3. All My Relations
  4. Anti-racist Educators Book club
  5. The Secret Life of Canada
  6. Book Women Podcast
  7. Storykeepers Podcast

Watch a documentary or movie

  1. The Eighth Fire
  2. We Were Children
  3. Indian Horse
  4. People of a Feather
  5. Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance
  6. The Grizzlies
  7. Reel Injun

Indigenous Language: Anishinaabemowin

Attend a webinar

Indigenous Canada is a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) from the Faculty of Native Studies that explores Indigenous histories and contemporary issues in Canada.

https://www.ualberta.ca/admissions-programs/online-courses/indigenous-canada/index.html

Social accountability is one of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine’s core values.  This means that NOSM is dedicated to addressing the priority health concerns of the people and communities of Northern Ontario, including over 100 Indigenous communities of Northern Ontario.