• Revitalizing the Plains Cree Language at 2024 “Keep Our Language Alive” Conference

    The XYE Cree Speakers' Society was founded in 2021 by Milton Tootoosis, a nêhiyaw of the Poundmaker Cree Nation in Treaty Six Territory, with the goal to revitalize the Plains Cree language and promote the teachings of Cree Elders and traditional speakers. This learning process often challenges conventional Western education and requires a commitment to reconciling both worlds.

  • Welamukotuk Resilience Program

    The community of Welamukotuk (Oromocto First Nation) in Oromocto, New Brunswick, is dealing with an increase in mental health issues and addiction. Lingering effects of post-pandemic isolation, coupled with poverty and limited support options, have intensified these challenges for community members.

  • Tāpākōmitowin – Adopting as Kin Summer Gathering

    The impacts of colonization and the residential school system continue to reverberate through Indigenous communities, resulting in the loss of culture, language, and traditional parenting knowledge. Intergenerational trauma has contributed to cycles of substance abuse, violence, and suicide, leaving many Indigenous parents overwhelmed and communities fractured.

  • Advancing Reconciliation Workshop Series Leaves Lasting Impact on Participants

    Advancing Reconciliation is the third in a series of three workshops hosted by Returning To Spirit, an Indigenous-led non-profit organization located in Treaty 1 territory in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

  • Sandy Bay First Nation Healing Lodge Reconnects Youth with Tradition and Identity

    Sandy Bay First Nation, located near Amaranth, Manitoba, is taking steps to help youth in the community cope with intergenerational trauma and loss of cultural identity. Recognizing the devastating struggles with substance abuse among its young people, the Council of Elders has been looking at ways to revitalize traditional spiritual beliefs and values in alignment with Christian teachings.

  • The Regina Survivors Circle Offers Support and Reconciliation

    Indigenous Residential School Survivors across Canada continue to grapple with the impacts of trauma, in addition to facing barriers to healthcare, education, and employment opportunities. In Regina, Saskatchewan, the Regina Survivors Circle (RSC) provides a safe and supportive space for Survivors to share their stories, find connections, and reclaim their cultural heritage.

  • People Bridge Advocacy

    Many newcomers who arrive in Canada seeking refuge, opportunity and a better life are unaware of the history and ongoing journey of reconciliation with Indigenous peoples in this country. The People Bridge Advocacy (PBA) in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan has been addressing this gap by providing on-going Truth and Reconciliation education and activities for immigrants and refugees.

  • Educating Through Art: Balcarres Community School’s Tribute to Truth and Reconciliation

    In 2023, Balcarres Community School in Saskatchewan embarked on an initiative to engage students, many of whom are members of neighbouring First Nation communities, in truth and reconciliation. Under the guidance of their teachers, students produced artwork that depicts the 94 Calls to Action outlined by the National Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) of Canada.

  • Tipi Building Project for Urban Indigenous Youth

    In today’s digital age, youth face increasing challenges, with engagement beyond cell phones and other devices often lacking. Urban Indigenous youth in particular are vulnerable, often missing familial support and a sense of belonging. It is important to create spaces and experiences that offer them a sense of community, cultural connection, and purpose amidst these challenges.

  • Drumming Classes Resonate at Sacred Heart Church of the First Peoples

    Indigenous Peoples have endured the loss of many traditional teachings and practices, particularly due to the legacy of the residential school system. Among these losses are the art of drum making and drumming, which hold deep cultural significance and reflect the unique identity of Indigenous communities.