We Matter

We Matter believes Indigenous youth are healers and changemakers, and with the right support and resources, can be the ones to inspire and uplift other Indigenous youth and their communities! Visit the  website to watch videos from Indigenous role models, check out resources, and engagement in activities.

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Watch: Wolf Joe

Wolf Joe is an animated series that is focused on a First Nations boy and Anishinaabe teachings. To make sure the storylines and direction of the show were in line with Anishinaabe teachings, the producers of the show relied on Turtle Lodge elder and knowledge keeper Dave Courchene Jr.

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Watch: Kohkom

What can three Elders, a producer and a filmmaker do during COVID times?  They decided to meet every week for 12 weeks on the Library Services for Saskatchewan Aboriginal Peoples YouTube Channel. Meet the Kohkoms, Donna Lynn Lerat, Gloria Myo and Donna Merasty, as they learn about each other, share their stories, navigate a COVID-19 world, and take their first steps in to professional theatre.

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Watch: Brown Town Muddy Water

Brown Town Muddy Water honours the relationship between Indigenous people and the meeting place known as The Forks.

This film chronicles musicians who shaped Winnipeg’s main street in the 1960’s like the late Percy Tuesday, Errol Ranville and Billy Joe Green. For the emerging urban Aboriginal community, echoes of home sounded through music, dance, story and gatherings. Peoples lived experiences of emergence, segregation, racism, camaraderie and resistance are as resilient as the downtown streets of Winnipeg. The professional musicians that grew up on this notorious strip paved the road to success for forthcoming generations of Indigenous artists.

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Watch: Birth of a Family

In the documentary Birth of A Family, three sisters and a brother meet for the first time. Removed from their young Dene mother during the Sixties Scoop, they were separated as infants and adopted into families across North America.

Betty Ann, Esther, Rosalie, and Ben were only four of the 20,000 Indigenous Canadian children taken from their families between 1955 and 1985, to be either adopted into white families or live in foster care. As the four siblings piece together their shared history, their connection deepens, and their family begins to take shape.

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Watch HeartSpeak TV to learn the history of Residential Schools

Heartspeak is about sharing stories that inspire and providing inspirational educational media to support well-being and success. In this segment, Senator Murray Sinclair (Chair, Truth & Reconciliation Commission) provides background on the history of residential schools and the work of the Truth & Reconciliation Commission. He highlights the need to teach the history and intergenerational impact of residential schools and our shared responsibility to forge a new relationship of mutual respect and trust.

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Read the Truth & Reconciliation Commission’s Report

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.

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Listen to CBC Report on the Truth & Reconciliation Commission

CBC’s As It Happens on the Truth & Reconciliation Commission

It’s a call for a nation-wide commitment to Reconciliation. After six years of hearings and testimony, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission put forward 94 recommendations to address the “cultural genocide” of Aboriginal peoples through Canada’s residential school system. Listen to interviews on CBC’s As It Happens to hear from the Commissioners

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Attend Conferences that Focus on Reconciliation & Indigenization

2018 Think Indigenous Conference

Live Stream from the Conference

Think Indigenous was a conference in March 2018 that sought to “[inspire] change through Indigenous knowledge, story, and education.” The conference offered educators from all backgrounds the opportunity to work together in the enhancement of Indigenous Knowledges & Change. Watch the speakers online and see what they learned.

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