Girls Rock Camp Victoria acknowledges that the land on which we gather and learn together are the ancestral grounds of the lək̓ʷəŋən (Lekwungen) (Esquimalt and Songhees Nations) and WSÁNAĆ Territories. We respectfully honour the responsibility we share in reconciliation and stewardship of this land alongside its ancestral First Peoples.

Below is an informal resource list on Indigenous culture and history. This list is in no way definitive nor exhaustive. Our hope is that these supplement your ongoing learning journey. Please note these links will take you away from our website.


Calls to Action: Truth & Reconciliation Commission

“The TRC is a component of the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement.

“Its mandate is to inform all Canadians about what happened in Indian Residential Schools (IRS). The Commission will document the truth of survivors, families, communities and anyone personally affected by the IRS experience.” – Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada

http://trc.ca/assets/pdf/Calls_to_Action_English2.pdf

150 Acts of Reconciliation

Historians Crystal Fraser and Sara Komarnisky developed this list as a way for people to have conversations, be mindful of Indigenous issues and incorporate the work of reconciliation into our daily lives.

https://activehistory.ca/2017/08/150-acts-of-reconciliation-for-the-last-150-days-of-canadas-150/


Indigenous Canada is a free online course that explores Indigenous histories and contemporary issues in Canada.

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

Learn about the territories, languages and treaties of the land you live on with this interactive map by Native Land Digital.

https://native-land.ca/


A great intro to some fantastic films made by Indigenous women.

Check out these historical firsts by Indigenous women in Canada. Sally Simpson has been compiling this list since 2011 which contains over 170 names so far.


Style guides for creating media (written, verbal, visual and audio) about Indigenous Peoples.

  1. Elements of Indigenous Style: A Guide for Writing By and About Indigenous Peoples
  2. Indigenous Peoples: Language Guidelines (PDF) | University of British Columbia


Melanie Lefebvre, a Red River Métis/Irish writer and visual artist, shares first-hand reflections on the individual responsibility we each have in actively engaging and educating ourselves.

#IndigenousHistoryMonth
#IndigenousPeoplesDay

Each year, Twitter partners with a different Indigenous artist to create an emoji in celebration of Indigenous History Month. Access the emoji when a related hashtag is used.