This month the DVBIA staff attended two workshops, the first entitled “Indigenous 101” and the second entitled “Decolonizing Practices,” held at the Museum of Vancouver.
Indigenous 101 was a member-facing event that highlighted guest speaker Kory Wilson’s personal experiences as an Indigenous woman, as well as debunking false information regarding Indigenous culture, laws, and practices. Decolonizing Practices was an internal workshop facilitated by Michelle Nahanee and Lloyd Attig that forced the DVBIA team to look at colonization and best practices in order to see the world through a decolonized lens. In addition, all DVBIA staff are required to take the Indigenous Canada course provided online by the University of Alberta as part of their professional development.
As National Day for Truth and Reconciliation approaches on September 30th, it is imperative that we take the initiative to educate ourselves on Indigenous culture and the ongoing hardships that Indigenous Peoples face to this day due to colonization.
Here is a list of resources you can use to further educate yourself on Truth and Reconciliation:
- Shop Indigenous
- BCIT Indigenous Modules
- To better understand who’s land you work and live on, click here.
- Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 Calls to Action
- 48 books by Indigenous authors to read to understand residential schools
- Listen to: The Trauma-Informed Lawyer Podcast on Apple Podcasts or Spotify
- Listen to: Missing & Murdered: Finding Cleo a CBC Podcast
- BCIT Indigenous Initiatives