PREPARATION ACTION #3
HEARING FROM INDIGENOUS VOICES
Widen your horizons, listen to songs, and read stories from Indigenous contexts. To listen is acknowledging the speaker’s voice and the intrinsic value of the other’s presence. Due to the overwhelming need to educate Canadians on our shared history, many universities now offer free courses in Indigenous studies.
It takes a lot of humility and courage to admit you need to learn, or re-learn Canadian history. Indigenous people have an entirely different perspective of the history of this land. The best way to learn is to listen to the voice of another. Have a listen to another perspective and it will be easier for us to walk together. Here are just two suggestions:
The Truth about Stories: A Native Narrative
In his 2003 Massey lecture, award-winning author and scholar Thomas King looks at the breadth and depth of Native experience and imagination. Beginning with Native oral stories, King weaves his way through literature and history, religion and politics, popular culture and social protest in an effort to make sense of North America’s relationship with its Aboriginal peoples.
Doctrine of Discovery: Stolen lands, Strong Hearts
A film about a devastating decision made over 500 years ago, which continues to profoundly impact Indigenous and Settler people worldwide. Pope Alexander VI ruled that the lands being discovered by European explorers at the time was “empty” land and its millions of Indigenous inhabitants were “non-human.”