Tools and resources to help expand knowledge of Indigenous Peoples, to better understand the realities of their lives, and the role of the public service in advancing Reconciliation.

Reconciliation between Indigenous Peoples and the Government of Canada is one of the defining opportunities facing Canada today. Reconciliation requires shifts in how the public service approaches its work.

As two learning resources, both Reconciliation: The Fundamentals - An Information Guide for the Public Service ("Guide") and Reconciliation: The Fundamentals - A Primer ("Primer") reflect thinking and lessons learned shared by Indigenous and non-Indigenous federal public servants with subject matter expertise and experience. Both resources aim to help equip public servants with a basic understanding of reconciliation, and to inform how they approach their work.

This learning material complements the Indigenous Learning Series, and is tailored for policy advisors and program managers. The Guide and Primer aim to inform public servants of important questions and concepts to consider in becoming a more constructive partner in reconciliation.

The material in the Guide and Primer does not constitute official policy positions of the Government of Canada.

This handy reference tool presents a timeline of over 150 influential First Nations, Inuit and Métis women, recognizing the vital roles and contributions of Indigenous women to Canadian society.

It is clear that most chronicles of the land known as Canada are presented solely from a male colonialist perspective. The voice of Indigenous women, who have borne the brunt of the assault on their cultures, has been largely silenced. This job aid attempts to redress this situation by showcasing Indigenous women’s history and their roles in Indigenous society. Users can search by key words to navigate the tool more efficiently and filter results based on subject area.

This reference tool provides a list of readings that support current understandings of the experiences of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis in Canada, including scholarly research, guides to working with Indigenous Peoples, biographies, memoirs and fictional accounts of lived experiences.

This Indigenous content list has been compiled to expand and build on current understandings of the experiences of Indigenous Peoples in Canada. Ultimately, we all have a responsibility to educate ourselves by reading, listening and working to enact meaningful systemic change.

Tips, links and resources to provide the public service with information on the why and how of acknowledging Indigenous territories.

This job aid draws attention to the critical loss of Indigenous languages in Canada and around the world and offers resources to help increase awareness of the urgent need to preserve, revitalize, and promote these languages.

The UN General Assembly has designated 2022‒2032 the International Decade of Indigenous Languages. This job aid explores the importance of language and how to support this global initiative within the Canadian context.

This reference tool provides the cultural and historical context of a number of common expressions and explains why they may reinforce negative stereotypes, racial profiling, prejudice, stigma and discrimination against Indigenous Peoples.

In our daily interactions, we may unthinkingly use expressions whose origins have been lost, including some that stem from Canada’s colonial past. We have assembled a number of common expressions to avoid, with the ultimate goal of advancing reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples.

"The Impact of Colonialism on Indigenous Peoples in Canada: A Historical Timeline" is a learning tool that explores the history of the relationship between Indigenous peoples and the Crown in Canada. Learning about and understanding our shared history is an important step towards reconciliation.

Tags: Resource; Job Aid; Indigenous Learning; History; Historical; Indigenous Peoples; Interactive Timeline; All.

This foundational job aid is a learning tool to understand the importance of respecting cultural protocols while visiting or collaborating with Indigenous communities. 

Tags: Job Aid; Resource; Indigenous Learning; Cultural Protocols; Culture; Communities; All.