Indigenous Orientation Toolkit
Nicki Ferland & Connie Wyatt-Anderson
Canada is a nation founded by colonial settlers, but long before the colonists arrive Indigenous peoples lived in harmony with the land. This workshop explores the initial colonization of Canada, focusing on the spirit and intent of the treaties and discusses how these agreements have impacted the relationship between Indigenous peoples and European settlers
Throughout Canadian history, a series of assimilative policies were instated by the government and these policies have had an extreme impact on Indigenous culture. This workshop will explain what these policies were and explore how they have brought about the contemporary concerns faced by many Indigenous peoples.
Assimilative policies in Canada have sought to subdue traditional Indigenous cultures and aspects of Indigenous culture have been completely lost. Despite these efforts, Indigenous cultures have persevered and there is a resurgence of traditional teachings. This workshop discusses the importance of culture and explores the contemporary resurgence of traditional principles.
Traditional Indigenous teachings place great emphasis on family structure and support, which differed greatly from the patriarchal worldview of colonizing Europeans. This workshop explores traditional teachings and worldviews in relation to family structure and discusses the impacts of colonization on family units and views towards gender roles and raising children.
The Metis Peoples are a separate and distinct first nation founded in Manitoba. Metis culture and worldview has had an extensive impact on Manitoban history and culture as a whole. This workshop will explore the unique culture of the Metis people and discuss both the history and contemporary experiences of the Metis people.
Traditional teachings and culture vary widely between different First Nations Groups, and yet there are aspects that share similarities between Nations. This workshop explores some universal teachings, as well as discussing the importance of making distinctions between separate First Nations communities.
Traditional Indigenous teachings focus greatly on the importance of land and water and these elements play a great role in spirituality, language, and world view. This workshop discusses the importance of natural resources to the culture of Indigenous peoples, including our responsibilities to the land and how colonialism has impacted our relationships with the land.