Truth & Reconciliation

For some important background and context, the writer of this post is a 26-year-old, white female from settler ancestry. They grew up in Eastern Ontario and currently reside in the Durham Region.

I am a lifelong learner and a determined ally of Indigenous communities. This year, I’ve participated in online events like Durham Indigenous Voices. I listened to Elder Dorothy-Taylor, Vanessa Gray and many others.

For this blog-post, I’m dedicating the space I was given to lifting the voices of Indigenous communities. Below are ideas that I found helpful when becoming an ally, as well as resources for LTC residents, workers and families across Ontario.

-E.R.

Residents

  • Ø Stay on top of Indigenous issues by watching the news, watching videos and reading the newspaper
  • Ø Explore Indigenous cultures by buying from Indigenous owned stores and shops
  • Ø Be mindful of the language you may use when describing a person with Indigenous ancestry
  • Ø Vote for politicians who are allies to Indigenous communities
  • Ø Read Indigenous literature
  • Ø Donate to Indigenous organizations

Families

  • Ø Does the LTC facility support Indigenous languages and culture?
  • Ø Stay on top of Indigenous issues by watching the news, watching videos and reading the newspaper
  • Ø Explore Indigenous cultures by buying from Indigenous owned stores and shops
  • Ø Be mindful of the language you may use when describing a person with Indigenous ancestry
  • Ø Vote for politicians who are allies to Indigenous communities
  • Ø Read Indigenous literature
  • Ø Donate to Indigenous organizations

Workers

  • Ø Look at your organizations policies and funders and see if they are Indigenous allies
  • Ø Look at how many people in the home identify as Indigenous. Do they need extra supports?
  • Ø Take cultural safety seminars, webinars and trainings
  • Ø Where does your organization stand on Indigenous rights?
  • Ø Donate to Indigenous organizations
  • Ø When in meetings, do you do land acknowledgements?
  • Ø Are there holistic methods used in your LTC home?

RESOURCES:

What Indigenous land do you reside on? (Interactive Map)

https://native-land.ca/

Supporting Indigenous Culture in Long-Term Care

https://clri-ltc.ca/indigenous/

Where to donate

https://www.irsss.ca/donate

https://www.orangeshirtday.org...

http://legacyofhope.ca/english...

https://www.acc-society.bc.ca/...

https://fncaringsociety.com/do...

https://downiewenjack.ca/

PETITIONS

SEARCH THE ALL THE SCHOOLS

https://petitions.ourcommons.c...

https://www.215pledge.ca/

http://chng.it/dyZ8r2mmqQ

http://chng.it/BvpQVBKm9K

http://chng.it/Ksf8MyqxBn

http://chng.it/FHYW8dWjwf

http://chng.it/FVfsnyj6K4

SUPPORT

National Indian Residential School Crisis Line 1-866 925-4419

Indian Residential School Survivors Society – 24 Hour Crisis Line 1-800-721-0066

Indian Residential Schools Resolution Health Support Program

https://www.sac-isc.gc.ca/eng/...

Author: E.R. (FCO Placement Student)