16 Resources to Help Settlers Understand and Advance Indigenous Reconciliation

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Lindsay Purchase, Charity Village
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This article was originally published on CareerWise – “Your source for career development news and views.”

It is the responsibility of every Canadian and every organization to work toward reconciliation. To move toward a better, more equitable future, it is imperative for Canadians to understand past and present injustices committed against Indigenous peoples and what needs to change.

This article was originally published in 2018 and was updated in July 2021. Its republication comes on the heels of the discovery of hundreds of unmarked graves of students at the sites of former residential schools across Canada, including 751 unmarked graves at Marieval Indian Residential School in Saskatchewan. This tragic news has reignited conversations around the immense harm and trauma perpetuated by colonization, and how far Canada has to go in reconciliation. Self-education is one place individuals – including those working in the nonprofit sector – can start. As this article from Indigenous Corporate Training reminds us, reconciliation is not a trend, a box to be ticked or a single gesture; it is a complex and continuous process.

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