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Truth and Reconciliation

This guide aims to direct child welfare staff to resources that will enhance their understandings of colonial policies that impact Indigenous families and communities and illustrate pathways to allyship.

Podcasts/Oral Histories/Stories

Research speaks on the importance and value that storytelling holds in respect to knowledge for many Indigenous communities and people around the world. This same study found that social workers and social service systems tend to focus on the acute presenting issues, but those issues are only one part of the grief experienced and outlined within these stories.

These stories offer insight into how Indigenous people navigated through grief to find healing and ultimately, the stories witnessed by the researchers underlined the fact that "connections to family, culture and ceremony are important components of healing". The researchers concluded that "it is necessary for social workers to know the history of place from an Indigenous perspective and promote Indigenous rights". 

The following podcasts, oral histories, and stories are narrated and focused on the experiences and perspectives of Indigenous creators and authors. 

Oral Histories



CBC Gem offers many programs and documentaries that explore the history of FNIM people and provide introductions to the activists fighting for a more equitable future. 

Similarly, the National Film Board of Canada contains an array of FNIM stories that can be streamed for free. The  National Film Board's YouTube channel which also offers some shorter, free content. 

Courses, Webinars, and other Learning Opportunities

This section offers some suggestions on further training/opportunities for learning.

Courses/Training Programs


Further Learning