Truth and Reconciliation

On this page, please find a variety of resources for faculty, staff and students relating to reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada. 

Indigenous Voices

Indigenous Voices is a professional development program for faculty and staff that stimulates dialogue, encourages learning and supports collaborative action in building reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. Collaborating with colleges, schools, divisions and individuals, tailored programs are developed to meet the unique needs of our partners and support the exploration of Indigenous histories, worldviews, ways of knowing and contemporary issues. The Indigenous Voices programs are designed to meet the learning needs of a wide range of participants with various levels of knowledge and experience with Indigenous peoples, cultures and histories.

National Resources

Canadian Roots Exchange

Canadian Roots Exchange (CRE) is a national, youth-led, not-for-profit organization that builds bridges between Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth by strengthening relationships and creating space for dialogue. Since 2015 the U of S has had a partnership with CRE in which students, staff and faculty have access to workshops, exchanges and leadership opportunities that focus on the importance of reconciliation. 

View their programs page for more information on how to get involved in future events and initiatives. 

Other Resources

Métis History

The beginning of Métis history is hard to determine. However, Métis ethnogenesis, or self-identity, emerged in the mid-1750s in the Great Lakes region, as Canadien -Algonquian mixed-bloods recognized their distinctness and sought each other for marriage/trading alliances. Later, this self-awareness crystallized in the Red River when the Métis challenged the Hudson’s Bay Company’s (HBC) attempts to curb their lifestyle as fur trade provisioners and free traders. It was there, on June 19, 1816, that the Métis or Bois-Brûlés led by Cuthbert Grant defeated a party of HBC men and Selkirk Settlers at Seven Oaks. This self-identity further blossomed after the 1821 North West Company-HBC merger, when hundreds of Métis or gens de libre circumvented the HBC’s fur trade monopoly in the 1830s–40s, fought the Dakota for access to the rich bison-hunting grounds of the Dakotas in the 1840s–50s, and resisted the Canadian state from 1869 to 1885.  Read More

Aboriginal Research Resources
Aboriginal Research Resources brings together interdisciplinary sources and information relating to Indigenous studies and Indigenous histories.

Indigenous Studies Portal
The Indigenous Studies Portal (iPortal) connects faculty, students, researchers and members of the community with electronic resources: books, articles, theses, documents, photographs, archival resources, maps, etc. iPortal provides one place to look to find resources for Indigenous studies.

National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation Archives
Access the five million electronic statements, documents and other materials collected by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission throughout the course of its work.  

Virtual Museum of Métis History and Culture
This website is the most comprehensive attempt to chronicle traditional Métis history and culture on the web and contains a wealth of primary documents—oral history interviews, photographs and various archival documents—in visual, audio and video files.

University of Saskatchewan Archives
The University of Saskatchewan Archives, in collaboration with other publically-accessible archives in the province, have a special section of material relating to First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples.

Shekon Neechie.ca
A venue for Indigenous historians to gather as a e-community and share their ideas or works in progress. Includes photographs, videos, podcasts or through other means, and whose work is based in oral history and traditions, archival research, archaelology and material interpretation.

Indigenous Saskatchewan Encyclopedia
In 2005 the Canadian Plains Research Centre, University of Regina Press created the single, largest, educational publishing project in Saskatchewan's history, the Encyclopedia of Saskatchewan, to celebrate Saskatchewan’s centennial anniversary. The encyclopedia was publicly available online until mid-2018. Within this encyclopedia were a significant number of resources that documented Saskatchewan’s numerous Indigenous Peoples’ histories, significant figures and events. With permission from the University of Regina Press, the GMCTL and Indigenous Voices offer these resources on our website as they were originally published.