Many misconceptions about Indigenous peoples in Canada are based on stereotyping and lack of information. Help to eliminate racism and discrimination by becoming informed—substituting myths with real facts and having open conversations with those who perpetuate myths.
Facts & Figures
The Nicola Valley Institute of Technology created this video, which highlights the impacts of gaps in Aboriginal Education and the opportunities to improve the quality of life for all Canadians.
Everyone, at some point in their journey of Reconciliation, needs to read the 94 Calls to Action recommended by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission to “redress the legacy of residential schools and advance the process of Canadian reconciliation.” Or connect here to the Truth & Reconciliation Commission Final Report to read other sections and excerpts.
We have included this action in every category and every path on this website as a reminder of how important it is for us to understand the history and path of Reconciliation in our country.
“Upstream is a movement to create a healthy society through evidence-based, people-centred ideas. Upstream seeks to reframe public discourse around addressing the social determinants of health in order to build a healthier society.” Their blog is an excellent source of stories and facts pertaining to Indigenous health and wellness.
This CBC News article covers one of the commonly held beliefs about First Nations people in this country: they all get free post-secondary education. Get the facts straight and circulate links to articles helping others understand the real situation.
This blog by Indigenous Corporate Training Inc. seeks to understand the root of stereotypes by looking at Canadian history, when Europeans first arrived.
Learn from a series of geographic profiles that include provinces and territories as well as the four Inuit regions of Inuit Nunangat. Statistics Canada presents a summary of characteristics about Indigenous populations living in these areas, including demographic data, information on living arrangements of children, education, employment, income, housing, health and language.
Reconciliation Canada commissioned a national public opinion survey to measure the perspectives of Indigenous Peoples and non-Indigenous Canadians on key aspects of Reconciliation. Download their report & findings here.
The Canadian Government’s Department of Indigenous & Northern Affairs offers First Nation Profiles—a collection of information that describes individual First Nation communities across Canada. The profiles include general information on a First Nation along with more detailed information about its reserve(s), governance, federal funding, geography, registered population statistics and various Census statistics. Their interactive map will help you locate Indigenous communities near you.
The Facing History and Ourselves website offers educational resources and professional development with the intention of addressing racism and discrimination. Stolen Lives: The Indigenous Peoples of Canada and the Indian Residential Schools is both a book and online resource.
First Peoples, Second Class Treatment explores the role of racism in the health and well-being of Indigenous peoples in Canada. This extensive study was published by The Wellesley Institute and the entire study can be downloaded here.