CSI and Reconciliation
CSI is committed to paving the way to reconciliation not only within the college but within the region as well, and we stand in solidarity with the 1.67 million Indigenous peoples across Canada (made up of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis).
To do this, we have collected resources to help our students understand the complex and long-lasting relationship between settlers and the Indigenous Peoples of Canada. Use this webpage as tool for education and amplification.
Join us for Indigenous History Month in June 2023!
Be-Dah-Bin Gamik Services
If you are a student looking for additional resources or support, Be-Dah-Bin Gamik Services is here for you!
Become a Member of the Indigenous Circle
Are you an Indigenous student attending Conestoga College? Are you interested in making an impact on your Conestoga College community? Do you want to help shape CSI and Be-Dah-Bin Gamik’s current and future student programs and supports?
If you answered yes, apply to join the Indigenous Circle, a working group for Indigenous students at Conestoga College!
A land acknowledgement is a formal statement to recognize the unique and enduring relationship that exists between Indigenous Peoples and their traditional territories. The Conestoga College community acknowledges that we are on the traditional territory of the Anishnawbe (Ah-nish-nah-bay), Haudenosaunee (Ho-deh-no-show-nee) and Neutral peoples.
We encourage you to learn about the traditional lands you are located on as we study virtually across Canada and the world!
- Indigenous Circle Resources
Other Educational Resources
You can use the following information as a guide to Indigenous history in Canada throughout the years!
- Conestoga’s Indigenous Resource Guide from the LRC
- Paths to Reconciliation
- Native Land Map
- 21 Things You May Not Have Known About the Indian Act
- Raven Trust
- What Matters in Indigenous Education
- Indigenous Education Fact Sheet
- On Canada Project
- Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action
- Senator Murray Sinclair: The truth is hard. Reconciliation is harder
- Stealing Children to Steal the Land: Naomi Klein speaks to the legendary Manuel family about the uncovering of a mass grave of 215 Indigenous children
- United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
- Tamara Starblanket, Suffer the Little Children: Genocide, Indigenous Nations and the Canadian State
- Glen Coulthard, Red Skin, White Masks: Rejecting the Colonial Politics of Recognition
- MMIWG Calls For Justice
- Whose Land Is It Anyway? A Manual for Decolonization
- How to be an ally to Indigenous Peoples at University of Waterloo
- Truth & Reconciliation Commission of Canada Reports
- Shauneen Pete, 100 Ways: Indigenizing & Decolonizing Academic Programs
Are you an Indigenous student needing additional supports? Or a community member looking to get more involved? Check out this list of community resources to get involved with.
Indigenous Owned Businesses
Looking for a way to do more than just educate? Consider supporting an Indigenous Owned Business! This list provides you with businesses both in Ontario and the rest of Canada — but don’t worry, most still have express shipping!
- Raven Rising: Chocolate
- Beam Paints: Paints and Art Supplies
- Giizhigat Maple Products: Maple Products, Jewelry, Crafts
- Red Sky Candles: Candles, Crafts
- Evan Ducharme: Clothing
- Cheekbone Beauty: Makeup
- Indigenous Tourism Ontario
- Little Wolf and Willow
- Birch Bark Coffee Company: Coffee
- Hinaani Designs: Clothing, Decor
- Raven Reads: Book Subscription Box
Books, Films, and Documentaries
Deepen your relationship and understanding of Indigenous peoples with this curated selection of content. From fiction to documentaries, you’ll be able to absorb different stories and histories from these communities.
- Richard Wagamese — Indian Horse
- Isabelle Knockwood — Out of the Depths
- Robert Kakakaway — Thou Shalt Not Be An Indian
- Thomas King — The Inconvenient Indian
- Melanie Florence — Stolen Words
- Tanya Talaga — Seven Fallen Feathers
- Michelle Good — Five Little Indians
- Bev Sellars — They Called Me Number One
- Ruby Slipperjack — Dear Canada: These Are My Words
- Theodore Fontaine — Broken Circle: The Dark Legacy of Indian Residential Schools
Films & Documentaries
- Muffins for Granny
- Unseen Tears
- Nahanni — River of forgiveness
- Jordan River Anderson — The Messenger
- Michelle St. John — Colonization Road