Creating environments for Indigenous youth to live & succeed | Tunchai Redvers | TEDxKitchenerED
Indigenous youth experience the highest rates of negative instances such as suicide, yet are the fastest-growing demographic in Canada. This has been at the heart of the of the work of Tunchai Redvers, co-founder of We Matter, a national non-profit organization committed to Indigenous youth empowerment, hope and life promotion. Tunchai makes the case that changing this reality and creating environments for Indigenous youth to both live and succeed means centering Indigenous youth voices, honouring Indigenous strengths, and challenging toxic norms and beliefs. Tunchai Redvers is an Indigenous queer/two-spirit woman, social justice warrior, poet, and wanderer. With Dene and Métis roots, she comes from Treaty 8 territory, born and raised in the Northwest Territories. By the age of 22 she has been named one of MTV and WE Day’s Top 10 Drivers of Change in Canada, is a recipient of territorial, university, and nationwide scholarships, has been published in a number of works for her poetry and academic articles, is the recipient of the Lawson Foundation’s Emerging Leaders Award, and is the Co-Founder of We Matter, a national non-profit organization committed to Indigenous youth empowerment, hope, and life promotion. Her advocacy work and writing focuses on intergenerational trauma, LGBTQ and two-spirit rights, youth and women’s empowerment, and the decolonization and indigenization of identity, mental health and healing. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx
Aligning with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action for the classroom and the workplace, Reconciliation Education offers 4 Seasons of Reconciliation, a series of anti-racist online courses for e-learning focusing on Canada’s Indigenous history and culture.
Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action
The TRC calls to action address the ongoing impact of residential schools on survivors and their families. They also provide a path for government and Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities in British Columbia to create a joint vision of reconciliation.
Building Trust Before Truth: How Non-Indigenous Canadians Become Allies — Animikii Indigenous Technology
I am a white settler. My heritage is Ukrainian and a mixture of other European ancestries. I grew up on Treaty 1 Territory in Manitoba and I am grateful to live and work as an uninvited visitor on the traditional territory of the Lekwungen (Songhees and Esquimalt) Peoples of the Coast Salish Nation. I acknowledge the seen and unseen privilege that being a white settler has provided for me throughout my life, privileges in the health care system, in education, employment, and all other areas of a colonized society. I humbly acknowledge that I am not an expert on being an Indigenous ally. I can only share my personal experience and what I have learned. This perspective and my current knowledge, will change and grow over time.
National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation – Reports
2021 National Action Plan
2021 Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA+ People National Action Plan: Ending Violence Against Indigenous Women, Girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA+ People
Settlers Take Action
Join us as we work on learning about our personal role in reconciliation with the Indigenous Peoples of the land now called Canada.
What is the significance of acknowledging the Indigenous land we stand on?
It’s a tradition that has dated back centuries for Indigenous people, but for many non-Indigenous Canadians, officially recognizing the territory or lands we stand on is a fairly new concept.
University of Alberta – Indigenous Canada Course
Indigenous Canada is a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) from the Faculty of Native Studies that explores Indigenous histories and contemporary issues in Canada.
From an Indigenous perspective, this course explores key issues facing Indigenous peoples today from a historical and critical perspective highlighting national and local Indigenous-settler relations.
Indigenous Canada is for students from faculties outside the Faculty of Native Studies with an interest in acquiring a basic familiarity with Indigenous/non-Indigenous relationships.
150 Days of Reconcili-Action
We all have a role to play in Reconciliation. Join the #Next150 Challenge now to learn more about how you can fit into the Reconciliation movement. Each week, we’ll issue a challenge from an advocate, artist, musician, journalist, politician or other community leader that will ask you to get outside of your comfort zone in some way to learn more.
Decolonizing Practices – Nahanee Creative Inc.
Getting Started: (for you and/or your team) Start with our workbooks, on-demand courses and teaching graphics on IG to strengthen your foundation as you integrate Decolonizing Practices into your daily life… Decolonize First, a liberating guide & workbook for peeling back the layers of neocolonialism.
Read books about Residential Schools
The Unforgotten Toolkit
The Unforgotten, a five-part film exploring the health and well-being of Indigenous peoples living in Canada, premiered on June 22, 2021.
The film website features the five part anthology and educational materials to raise awareness, incite reflection and spark conversations about how to make meaningful change happen in health care.
The Unforgotten was created by BUILD. Films and Networked Health, with funding and support from the Canadian Medical Association.
Where to donate:
- Indian Residential School Survivors Society
- National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation
- First Nations Child and Family Caring Society
- Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami
What to do:
- Create momentum online using the #SettlersTakeAction hashtag
- Wear black or orange on July 1st in solidarity with the Every Child Matters campaign and Indigenous rights
- Buy an orange shirt from Orange Shirt Day, Every Child Matters, NCTR Shop, Native Northwest, Decolonial Clothing Co. or Our Feather Clothing