Reconciliation in the Canadian context refers to restoring relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people and seeking justice from the wrongdoings perpetuated through colonization. Reconciliation includes telling and listening to the truth, and seeking reparations and justice through healing and forgiveness. Stories in this category include personal accounts and projects that contain a goal of moving forward reconciliation within their project objectives. Many of the stories focus on reclaiming knowledge that has been lost or suppressed due to the history of colonization and residential schools, including reconnecting with languages, stories, laws, protocols, traditions and ceremonies as a way of restoring power to nations and individuals.
This interview with program developer and instructor, Dr. Ken Brealey, and program instructor and cultural advisor, Naxqxalhts’i (Sonny) McHalsie, focuses on the significance and uniqueness of the Indigenous Maps, Films, Rights and Land Claims program and provides specific details about its pedagogy, curriculum, and cultural relevance to the Stó:lō Nation territory.
Elizabeth Sault seeks to provide wholistic educational opportunities to community members with the aim of violence reduction. Violence reduction can happen in many ways and Elizabeth speaks of how a healthy community reduces violence. She works much of the time one to one with individuals in crisis but her workshops round out her program to assist individuals to gain life skills and build a healthy Indigenous identity to empower them to seek health and wellness. Reducing violence is about living a good life and she seeks out elders and community members who have teachings to share with her participants. Elizabeth does work to raise awareness about MMIW and human trafficking in her programs as well as hosting larger events for service providers.
Meeka is a well-known teacher of education, healing, and Inuit culture. She started teaching children in 1971, and moved onto adult education at Nunavut Arctic College for 18 years. Meeka believes that elder knowledge from experience is necessary have a foundation for living an Inuit life as our ancestor did. She hopes that healing and education from Inuit go a long way.