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Last Updated: November 25, 2021

On June 1, 2021, we shared the first of 215 resources on our social media channels as part of an effort to support learning, unlearning, and relearning about the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Peoples throughout Canada’s history. This ‘campaign’ is our response to the confirmation of 215 children’s remains in unmarked graves at the site of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School by the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation in late May, 2021.

Libraries’ role in reconciliation starts with honouring the truth of our collective history related to Indigenous Peoples in our province and our country. The legacy of residential schools and the generations of trauma are no longer ignored or forgotten. Before we can move forward on a path towards reconciliation, we must provide space for Indigenous voices and the stories of the past.

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Website and Multimedia

Indigenous Canada, a free 12-lesson Massive Open Online Course (MOOC)

UBC Residential School History and Dialogue Centre

Residential Schools in Canada: A Timeline, a video by Historica Canada

The interactive mapping website

Beyond 94, an up-to-date status report on each call to action within the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s reports

The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR) website

Stories to Go Indigenous Story Kits

An online exhibit entitled ‘Healing and Commemoration Collection’

A documentary on the Kamloops Indian Residential School

The downloadable ebook 23 Tips on What Not to Say or Do from Indigenous Corporate Training Inc

The First Peoples’ Map of BC

A video featuring Sarah Underdown (Redwood) speaking about Indigenous medicines

A short video from CBC titled ‘Namwayut: We Are All One’

The United Nations web page created in recognition of the International Day of Indigenous Peoples

APTN National News FaceToFace episode featuring an interview with author David A. Robertson

A TEDx Talks video featuring Indigenous speaker, consultant, educator, and author Eddy Robinson

My Auntie Survived Residential School from CBC Docs

Becoming Nakuset from CBC Docs

The Witness Blanket Travelling Exhibition

A group of Spotify playlists curated by Nadya Kwandibens, an Indigenous Polaris Music Prize juror and photographer

Indie88Toronto‘s list of Indigenous artists to check out

The National Geographic video Indigenous Art in Canada

Videos and other information from CBC Kids on Orange Shirt Day.

Our Native Land podcast interview with author Teoni Spathelfer

A video from CBC Music called Tanya Tagaq – Retribution

A short video from CBC Kids News titled How to be an ally to Indigenous Peoples in Canada

VPL Indigenous Storyteller in Residence, Kung Jaadee, curated a list of 13 podcasts by Indigenous creators

The Giller Master Panel: Indigenous Authors Explore Identity Through Language (

YouTube video from CBC Kids News, a great companion piece for older children and answers the question ‘What does the term Indigenous mean?’

CBC/Radio-Canada ‘The Next Chapter’ with Shelagh Rogers podcast episode featuring Joshua Whitehead and Darcie Little Badger

A TEDxVancouver talk featuring Ginger Gosnell-Myers, an activist whose work focuses on fostering cooperation through open communication

Our Native Land Podcast featuring local author Teoni Spathelfer speaking about the importance of providing age-appropriate books as part of creating space to tackle difficult topics

A short video featuring the children of Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc Little Fawn Nursery singing a welcome song

The budding artists that took part GVPL’s week-long virtual program with graphic novelist Cole Pauls

CBC’s q with Tim Power podcast episode featuring award-winning author Michelle Good

INDIGIFEST, a free online celebration of Indigenous music, arts, and culture

An interview and cooking demonstration from Breakfast Television featuring chef and author Shane Chartrand

The IYAKT Indigenous Music Festival

CBC Music’s list of six Indigenous artists you need to know in 2021

Day 6 podcast episode featuring an interview with Canadian actor Sarah Podemski talking about starring in the new television series ‘Reservation Dogs’

The website Indigenous Storybooks

Interview with David A. Robertson on his book ‘On the Trapline’

An episode of The Next Chapter podcast featuring an interview with Phyllis Webstad, the founder of Orange Shirt Day

A short video called Chanie Wenjack by Historica Canada

A selection of animated films made by Inuit, First Nations, and Métis filmmakers at the NFB

A short video from CBC Kids News titled Indigenous change-makers answer questions from kids


An untitled poem by Pawnee artist and poet Abigail Echo-Hawk

Disintegrate/Dissociate by Arielle Twist

As Long As the Sun Shines by Janet Rogers

Iskotew Iskwew: Poetry of a Northern Rez Girl by Francine Merasty

77 Fragments of a Familiar Ruin by Thomas King

Spawn by Marie-Andree Gill

Midnight Dream by Louise Bernice Halfe

The Red Files by Lisa Bird-Wilson

Hope Matters by Lee Maracle

NDN Coping Mechanisms by Billy-Ray Belcourt

This Wound is a World by Billy-Ray Belcourt

Bones by Tyler Pennock

Back to Truth and Reconciliation Page

Peek-a-boo! Here’s a quote to brighten your day:

“When in doubt, go to the library.” – Hermione Granger