Commemorating National Indigenous Peoples Day 2021
June 21, 2021
This year marks the 25th anniversary for all Canadians to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples, also known as Indigenous peoples.
To commemorate this day, DIALOG’s Indigenous Storytelling Team is encouraging us to become better allies by listening and learning with The Indigenous Canada Initiative.
Indigenous Canada is a free three-month online course offered by the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Native Studies through the online e-learning platform, Coursera. The course explores key issues facing Indigenous peoples today from a historical and critical perspective highlighting national and local Indigenous-Settler relations.
By actively participating in The Indigenous Canada Initiative, together we will build the foundation necessary to move forward in the spirit of reconciliation. By gaining a deeper knowledge about Indigenous peoples and their complex relationship with Canada, future discussions within DIALOG can take place about how we can work and design as allies, together with Indigenous peoples.
You can register for this course through Coursa.
The Indigenous Canada course gave me new perspectives on Indigenous culture, history, and issues. It left me convicted that I have a role to play in the ongoing story of reconciliation in our country. The course is an excellent resource for those seeking knowledge and understanding of the much greater context in which we all call Canada home.Steven Oosterhof
This grassroots group came together with the common goal of helping DIALOG and DIALOGers become better allies, to create space for Indigenous stories to be heard, and to improve conversation about Indigenous perspectives and knowledge and how it applies to our work.
By gaining a foundation of knowledge for Indigenous-settler history we can build upon and learn more about Indigenous perspectives so we can continue to meaningfully improve the wellbeing of communities and the environment we all share, as allies together with Indigenous peoples.