When it comes to Indigenous history, many people say they never learned the truth growing up in Canada.
We often hear the term “whitewashed” when it comes to settler-colonial history in North America. Mainstream sources of information, including media outlets and provincial curricula, have often been not only inaccurate but downright wrong about Indigenous history and the Indigenous experience in Canada.
With the month of June being Indigenous History Month, the Two Row Times sought out reliable sources of historically accurate information for anyone wishing to learn more about Indigenous people and Indigenous history.
If you have the time, the University of Alberta has a free online Indigenous Studies course.
Another option for online learning is through the Downie Wenjack Fund Website at www.downiewenjack.ca. The Downie Wenjack Fund is part of the legacy from the late Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie, who was passionate about reconciliation with Indigenous people. The charity is named after Chanie Wenjack, a young Indigenous boy in Ontario who froze to death trying to escape a residential school.
Another good source of information is the Good Minds store at www.goodminds.com.
The store carries a massive selection of Indigenous publications for all ages. So much information about the Indigenous experience is concentrated in one place at the online book store. You’ll find atlases, history books, cultural books, art books, fiction and non-fiction books alike. It has specific resources and tabs on its main menu for educators, as well as teaching guides, workbooks and teaching resources.
And of course, on Six Nations, there is the Six Nations Public Library with staff who will help you find what you’re looking for.
Another highly-recommended website is www.sheckonneechie.ca. It is all about Indigenous history.
And with pandemic restrictions lifting or lifted, Indigenous-based museums and cultural resource centres are re-opening, with in-person events and opportunities to learn about Indigenous people and Indigenous history.
The Woodland Cultural Centre in Brantford is a popular place for exhibits and they even do virtual tours, as well.