The University of King’s College sits on unceded Mi’kmaw territory. King’s is deeply committed to the work of Reconciliation and to creating an environment where Indigenous students, staff and faculty can thrive.
A variety of resources is available specifically to Indigenous students, members of staff and faculty at King’s. These include the Indigenous Student Centre and an Indigenous Student Advisor. In addition, support staff, including the Equity Officer and the Sexual Health & Safety Officer, are available to work with all members of the community, including staff and faculty. The Student Support Advisor and Peer Supporters are available to all students.
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Members of the King’s community, particularly settler Canadians, are exploring ways to bring the work of decolonization and reconciliation to their everyday practice. The resources below include information on how to bring this work and practice into your scholarly pursuits, financial choices, daily life and relationship to the land.
4 Seasons of Reconciliation is an online course available for staff, faculty, and administration that provides comprehensive and decolonialized education in a multi-media format in line with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's 94 Calls to Action.
The National Center for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR) was created as part of the mandate of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC). The TRC was charged to listen to Survivors, their families, communities and others affected by the residential school system and educate Canadians about their experiences. The resulting collection of statements, documents and other materials are available for all, to examine the residential school system more deeply with the goal of fostering reconciliation and healing.
Treaty Education is a vehicle to begin the long-term journey, over generations, toward reconciliation. The Mi’kmaq and provincial government are working together to develop specific programs and services that highlight the contributions of the Mi'kmaq and explain how the Treaties were significant building blocks for Nova Scotia and Canada.
The Office of L’nu Affairs aims to develop a new relationship between the Nova Scotia government and the Mi'kmaq, one based on partnership, respect and mutual understanding.
Legislation to recognize Mi’kmaw as Nova Scotia’s first language was proclaimed July 17, 2022, by the Province and affirmed by the Mi’kmaq during a ceremony in Potlotek First Nation in Richmond County.
The National Inquiry’s Final Report reveals that persistent and deliberate human and Indigenous rights violations and abuses are the root cause behind Canada’s staggering rates of violence against Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA people. The two volume report calls for transformative legal and social changes to resolve the crisis that has devastated Indigenous communities across the country.
A four-part learning journey with Mi'kmaw Elders and knowledge sharers.
A part of the mandate at the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR) is to raise awareness of the history and creation of the residential school system, its ongoing legacy, and how it has shaped the country we live in today. The teaching resources and educational programming we offer make it easier for the public to learn the truth about this tragic history.
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) concluded that residential schools were “a systematic, government-sponsored attempt to destroy Aboriginal cultures and languages and to assimilate Aboriginal peoples so that they no longer existed as distinct peoples.” The TRC characterized this intent as “cultural genocide.”
Settlers who are salaried can consider what it means to profit from paid holidays like the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and Canada Day. How can this financial gain directly tied to colonialism be put back into the hands of Indigenous people and communities?
How to budget for Mutual Aid is an Instagram slideshow resource by Pocket Change Pools that talks about how to sustainably redistribute money to others. Settlers have a responsibility to not only support but fund efforts related to decolonization and reconciliation.
The Legacy of Hope Foundation‘s goal is to educate and raise awareness about the impacts of residential schools in the form of educational tools and consultation with survivors.
Assists First Nation Peoples in British Columbia to recognize and be holistically empowered from the primary and generational effect of the Residential Schools by supporting research, education, awareness, partnerships, and advocating for justice and healing. The Society assists Survivors with counselling, court support, information, referrals, workshops, and more.
The Caring Society stands with First Nations children, youth and families so they have equitable opportunities to grow up safely at home, be healthy, get a good education and be proud of who they are.
Orange Shirt Day opens the door to global conversation on all aspects of Residential Schools. It is an opportunity to create meaningful discussion about the effects of Residential Schools and the legacy they have left behind.
The centre is dedicated to sharing, protecting and exploring the stories and lives of our earliest ancestors and those who have come after them in Mi’kma’ki.
L'nui'suti, a free Mi’kmaw language app, was created in 2015 to promote the language, and give non-speakers the opportunity to learn. It contains vocabulary lists for common or important words in Mi’kmaw and allows users to hear them pronounced by native speakers.
This is Mi’kma’ki is an Instagram slideshow overview of food and culture from the Change is Brewing Collective.
This mobile app is a reference tool for learning about First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples, including key historical events and examples of reconciliation initiatives.
Mi’kmaw place names is an interactive map launched to document approximately 13,000 years of Mi’kmaw presence within Mi’kma’ki. Click on different places to hear pronunciation and learn about the meanings behind names.
Based on the book of the same name by Ingrid Waldron, this documentary explores the topic of environmental racism, poignantly shining a light on the Canadian government’s current and historical decisions to prioritize the profits of large corporations over the health of Indigenous and Black communities. This film is directed by and features Emmy award-nominated actor-director Elliott Page and can be viewed on Netflix.
A global human rights instrument adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on September 13, 2007 as "the minimum standards for the survival, dignity and well-being of the indigenous peoples of the world."
Reccomended publications for adults and teachers.
This page explains and advocates Indigenous equality, rights, and privileges. It also discusses Indigenous struggles and opportunities for education.
The course was designed to allow for many opportunities to share knowledge and intercultural dialogue, which will emerge as we discuss the rich history, culture, and wisdom of indigenous peoples in Mi’kma’ki and across Canada.
The Book of Days for the Mi’kmaw Year is an amalgam of events from the near and distant past which might otherwise be forgotten. Though not intended as a history of a people, it is hoped it may serve as a reminder of the important and not-so-important moments that have gone before.