Useful Websites & Links
View the categories below to find helpful links.
- National Centre for Collaboration in Indigenous Education
NCCIE has created this searchable resource of over 200 videos of Elders, Knowledge Keepers, and Indigenous scholars sharing their knowledge and wisdom pertaining to First Nations, Métis, and Inuit ways of knowing and being from across Canada.
- Drawing Wisdom
Creates and distributes films, campaigns, workshops and educational resources that celebrate Indigenous resilience.
- Indigenous Youth Wellness Website
"This website is an online resource for young warriors...Whether it's learning about culture and identity or what it means to be a young warrior in today's society - there is something for everyone!"
- Indigenous Youth Wellness Videos
Watch cultural videos created by Indigenous Youth.
- Kids Stop
Activities, games and stories for youth and educators about Indigenous peoples' culture, history and languages.
- First Peoples: A Guide for Newcomers (PDF)
"Aims to fill the need for clear information in simple language about the First Peoples in Vancouver. It introduces newcomers to three important topics: who are Aboriginal people (or First Peoples) in Vancouver and Canada; a brief overview of the relationship between the Government of Canada and First Peoples; and current initiatives and ways for newcomers to learn more about Aboriginal people in the community."
- Surrey First Peoples Guide for Newcomers (PDF)
"By adopting a community-centered approach, this document seeks to uplift and amplify the voices of the land-based Nations that Surrey occupies. This resource will uncover hard truths, construct a foundation for shared understanding, and continue the important work of building solidarity between the Indigenous and newcomer communities in Surrey."
- First Voices
An online space for Indigenous communities to share and promote language, oral culture and linguistic history. Language teams work with Elders to curate and upload audio recordings, dictionaries, songs and stories.
- Cree Literacy Network
Created in 2010 to promote Cree language and cultural literacy, in oral form, and through literacy materials (in Cree and English) that use Standard Roman Orthography.
- Online Cree Dictionary
A web based interactive First Nations language portal with dictionary and curriculum based resources to further the development for Cree language in Canada.
- Musqueam Teaching Kit
Audio story book collection from the Musqueam Language and Culture Department at UBC's Museum of Anthropology.
Territories & Nations
- Native Land
"An interactive map of Indigenous territories, treaties, and languages. It also provides a Teacher’s Guide, Territory Acknowledgement Generator, a blog, and other content."
- First Peoples' Map of BC
"Explore and contribute to the interactive map of the Indigenous Languages, Arts and Heritage in B.C."
- First Nations A-Z Listing
Alphabetical listing of First Nations includes information about the First Nation(s) and current activities.
- Pronunciation Guide
This chart is a guide to the pronunciation of British Columbia First Nations.
Information & Publications
- First Nations in BC Knowledge Network
A space to exchange information between First Nations communities. Contains directories, resources, info, and more.
- First Nations Child & Family Caring Society
Welcome to the Knowledge Portal, a database and related links that provides access to a variety of education resources, information sheets, annotated literature reviews, reports, guides, films, booklets, studies, journal articles and presentations all related to Aboriginal children and families in Canada and similar countries."
- NCCIH Knowledge Resources & Publications
Fosters link between evidence, knowledge, practice, and policy.
- Ministry of Indigenous Relations & Reconciliation
Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation leads the B.C. Government in pursuing reconciliation with the First Nations and Indigenous peoples of British Columbia.
Books and Resources
- Native Northwest
Builds everyday connections to Indigenous cultures.
- Indigenous Reflections
Works with different First Nations across Canada to create new materials that promote Indigenous values.
- The Stó꞉lō Gift Shop
Offers Indigenous gifts and handmade items.
- Strong Nations
An Indigenous owned and operated publishing house and online bookstore.
- Indigenous Story Studio
Illustrations, posters, video and comic books on health and social issues for youth
Health & Wellness
"Deanna Miller of Katzie First Nation is reclaiming and sharing ancestral knowledge of plant medicine. All products are handmade in small batches with intention, love and respect, while Deanna's workshops and plant walks help keep the knowledge alive."
- Indigenous Early Years Programs
- Early Childhood Development Support Services
- National Association of Friendship Centres
"Across the country, Friendship Centres provide culturally appropriate services for Indigenous people living in urban centres in areas such as:
Culture: Language, Ceremony, Cultural Activities, Arts & Crafts
Shelter: Childcare, Anti-Violence, Youth, Homelessness
Health: Mental Health, Disability, Illness, Sport & Hobbies
Support: Food Security, Transportation, Justice, Finances
Develop: Education, Employment, Life Skills, Training"
Arts & Entertainment
- Aboriginal Peoples TV Network
Commercial-free, authentic Indigenous programming.
- N’we Jinan Creative Studios
Provides youth with opportunities to collaborate with professional musicians and music producers for in-school or community based programs ranging from 1-3 weeks of duration.
Sites & Tours
- Tuckkwiowhum Village
"Tuckkwiowhum Village boasts breathtaking views and surroundings, a full service longhouse / events pavilion, on-site restaurant, entertainment, cultural classes / workshops, and of course our traditional
teepee campground to make your stay in our Village a relaxing break away from the everyday."
- Sk’elep Reconciliation – Bonnie Van Hatten, CEO
“Consultation services for Indigenization of your business or organization. Do you want to infuse Indigenous knowledge and perspectives into your business? Learn how to create an inclusive environment through world view and connectedness.”
- Monique Grey Smith
“Monique Gray Smith is a proud mom of teenage twins, an award-winning, best-selling author and sought after consultant.”
“We offer leadership and facilitation training—rooted in Indigenous ways of being—that help strengthen communities to restore the circle and cultivate hope. https://indigeneyez.com/
- Len Pierre Consulting
"We are a multidisciplinary team of consultants and facilitators who advise and train teams/organizations on Indigenous Cultural Safety, Reconciliation, Decolonization, & Anti-Racism."
- Indigenous Corporate Training
We help people work effectively with Indigenous Peoples through our training and free resources.
- San’yas Indigenous Cultural Safety Training Program
"This is a unique, online training program designed to increase knowledge, enhance self-awareness, and strengthen the skills of those who work both directly and indirectly with Indigenous people. The goal is to develop understanding and promote positive partnerships between service providers and Indigenous people."
- Cultivating Safe Spaces
"As part of this introduction training you will learn: The four necessary conditions required for cultivating safe space, the four protocols for cultivating safe spaces, and an overview of Vicarious Trauma and Resiliency training."
- UBC Indigenous Speakers Series
An original and important platform to begin, continue and advance the conversation about telling the truth and reconciling for the future.
- Reconciliation Education
Periodically offers free seats of its self-paced online program (4 Seasons of Reconciliation) with 10 modules on truth and reconciliation.
- Indigenous Canada
A 12-lesson Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) from the University of Alberta that explores the different histories and contemporary perspectives of Indigenous peoples living in Canada. From an Indigenous perspective, this course explores complex experiences Indigenous peoples face today from a historical and critical perspective highlighting national and local Indigenous-settler relations.
- UBC Learning Circle
An ongoing video conference and computer webinar initiative about Indigenous health and well-being.
- Cultural Safety and Humility
"These webinars were held to encourage participation, learning, self-reflection and positive change among BC's healthcare professionals. The series supports the development of tools and skills for advancing cultural safety and humility and understanding and integrating this work into practice and interaction with First Nations clients."
- Culturally Connected
"An approach that brings together cultural humility and health literacy to help care providers and their clients develop a shared understanding of each other's values, beliefs, needs, and priorities. While developed to support care providers working in the health sector, the Culturally Connected approach and its fundamental practices and tools are also valuable to those working in other sectors, including education and settlement."
- Indigenous Cultural Safety
Watch 3 collaborative learning webinars: a. Weaving Indigenous Wisdom Traditions: The Grandmothers Speak; b. The Case for Quality: Lessons, Legacies and Landmines; c. Status Quo: How health system design prevents impactful transformation of Indigenous patient care.
Early Childhood Education
- The Outdoor Learning Store
For those who can’t attend, check out the Recordings Page. The workshops often incorporate Indigenous teachings. Highly Recommended!
- Early Childhood Investigations
An ongoing series of webinars for early childhood educators.
- Early Learning Framework
This course is designed to help you understand and explore the British Columbia Early Learning Framework. It is intended to be a guide to the concepts presented in the framework, and help you reflect on those concepts as they relate to your own professional practice, or your interest in early learning.
- Education Webinars
A professional learning network. The edWebinars provide anytime learning with CE certificates for your PD hours.
General Child Development
Free on-line courses from world class universities and companies.
- Learning Links
Enhanced Learning Series in Child and Youth Mental Health through BC Children's Hospital.
- BC Early Years Hub
Self-paced online courses allow you to progress through the content at your own pace.
- Help is in Your Hands
On-line videos to assist providers and families of very young children with social communication challenges. Modules include narrated video lessons and examples of real parents and children interacting in their own homes, with suggestions for follow-up activities.
- Canada FASD Network
This foundational level training program provides the perspective of individuals who have FASD, is evidence-based, employs a culturally sensitive approach, and is presented in a way that is responsive to the learners needs. This online basic training course will take on average two hours to complete.
- Asante Centre
Videos to help parents and caregivers understand and support children with FASD.
- Building Brains Together
Online courses to build adult (parent, caregiver, educator) capabilities around brain development, executive function skills and early literacy. The purpose is to enhance kindergarten readiness, academic and life success by strengthening executive function, self-regulation and early literacy skills in preschool aged children.
- Brain Story Certification
Watch videos of more than 30 leading experts in neurobiology and mental health. This is important information for everybody to understand how our earliest experiences can affect our long-term mental and physical health.
Health and Wellness
- UBC Pediatric Nutrition
A new 2-hour free online course that reviews evidence-informed nutrition and feeding guidelines for infants and children from birth to six years of age (to provide high-quality care related to feeding and to identify potential nutrition risk).
Professional learning webinars from an organization that supports the implementation of health and wellness initiatives in Ontario schools.
- National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome
Complimentary online training for organizations that are preparing to deliver and reinforce the PURPLE program to families.
- Pyramid Model
Webinars with a focus on promoting the social, emotional, and behavioral outcomes of young children birth to five, reducing the use of inappropriate discipline practices, promoting family engagement, using data for decision-making, integrating early childhood and infant mental health consultation and fostering inclusion.
- Introducing Self-Regulation
The LD@school website features resources and professional development materials in a variety of formats. This video is just one example.
- Transform Challenging Behavior
Provides an annual, free, online conference for early childhood professionals.
- ASQ Training Portal
Access presentations and training materials to teach staff the fundamentals of using Ages and Stages Questionnaires.
- Jordan's Principle
"Jordan’s Principle is a legal rule that ensures that all First Nations children living in Canada can access the products, services and supports they need, when they need them."
- First Nations Health Authority
"The FNHA plans, designs, manages and funds the delivery of First Nations health programs across BC."
General Health: https://www.fnha.ca
Mental Health: https://www.fnha.ca/benefits/mental-health
- Indian Residential School Survivors Society
"The Indian Residential School Survivors Society (IRSSS) is a provincial organization that provides essential services to residential school survivors and families experiencing intergenerational trauma."
- BC Aboriginal Network on Disability Society
If you are an Indigenous person living with a disability, residing within the province of British Columbia, or an on-reserve organization requiring health information / resources and support services, BCANDS may be able to assist.
- Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action
In order to redress the legacy of residential schools and advance the process of Canadian reconciliation, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission makes 94 calls to action.
Calls to Action (PDF)
- Reclaiming Power and Place
The Final Report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls - It delivers 231 individual Calls for Justice directed at governments, institutions, social service providers, industries and all Canadians.
- MMIWG2S+ 2021 National Action Plan
The 2021 National Action Plan is a first step towards ending all forms of gender and race-based violence.
- United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
It establishes a universal framework of minimum standards for the survival, dignity and well-being of the indigenous peoples of the world and it elaborates on existing human rights standards and fundamental freedoms as they apply to the specific situation of indigenous peoples.
- Canada's UNDRIP Act
This Act provides a roadmap for the Government of Canada and Indigenous peoples to work together to implement the Declaration based on lasting reconciliation, healing, and cooperative relations.
- In Plain Sight
Addressing Indigenous-specific Racism and Discrimination in B.C. Health Care
Summary Report (PDF)
- Red Dress Day - May 5th
First Observed in 2010
A National day of awareness for Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women, Girls, and Two-Spirited people in Canada. By wearing red or hanging a red dress, you can show solidarity with Indigenous peoples and signal a commitment to addressing this crisis.
- Moose Hide Campaign - May 11th
First Observed in 2011
A cornerstone of the campaign is the moose hide pin. "Wearing the pin signifies your commitment to honour, respect, and protect the women and children in your life and speak out against gender-based and domestic violence."
- National Indigenous Peoples Day - June 21st
First Celebrated in 1996
Previously known as 'National Aboriginal Day', it was renamed in 2017. It is a day to "recognize and celebrate the history, heritage, resilience and diversity of First Nations, Inuit and Métis across Canada."
- National Indigenous History Month - June
First Celebrated in 2009
Previously known as 'National Aboriginal History Month', it was renamed in 2017. It is "an opportunity to learn about the unique cultures, traditions and experiences of First Nations, Inuit and Métis. It's a time to honour the stories, achievements and resilience of Indigenous Peoples, who have lived on this land since time immemorial and whose presence continues to impact the evolving Canada."
- Orange Shirt Day - September 30th
First Observed in 2013
"Orange Shirt Day is an Indigenous-led grassroots commemorative day intended to raise awareness of the individual, family and community inter-generational impacts of residential schools, and to promote the concept of “Every Child Matters”. The orange shirt is a symbol of the stripping away of culture, freedom and self-esteem experienced by Indigenous children over generations."
- National Day of Truth and Reconciliation - September 30th
First Observed in 2021
A provincial & federal statutory holiday that "honours the children who never returned home and Survivors of residential schools, as well as their families and communities. Public commemoration of the tragic and painful history and ongoing impacts of residential schools is a vital component of the reconciliation process."
- Indigenous Ally Toolkit (PDF)
"It provides tools for those who really want to engage in a process of becoming (better) allies, accomplices, or co-resisters and includes steps for acting proactively in alliance, a glossary of terms to use and avoid, and other important resources."
- Decolonial Toolbox: Educational Pathway (PDF) "The pathway gathers carefully-selected resources produced by Indigenous peoples and organizations that are accessible and promote Indigenous expertise. The topics covered are foundational knowledge on terminology, territories, and colonial history."
- Len Pierre Consulting Webinars
Helpful teachings on a variety of topics such as Allyship and Anti-racism.
The First Nations Principles of OCAP
It is the role of all those who work with or seek to work with First Nations to understand and respect OCAP® and First Nations’ rights to control their own information.
- This Land (A Resource for Early Childhood Educators)
"The E.C.E Cultural Competency Project was co-developed by the Musqueam Nation, BC Aboriginal Child Care Society, City of Vancouver, Collingwood Neighbourhood House, and other community partners. The end result was a series of five cultural competency video modules for early childhood educators and a supporting booklet."
- Aboriginal Head Start Association of BC
AHSABC has developed many resources to support the curriculum needs of Aboriginal Head Start programs, as well as other Early Learning programs, in BC and across Canada.
- ASCD Provincial Website
Provides info for parents and resources for consultants
- BC Aboriginal Child Care Society
Children’s stories and games, Curriculum development and teaching materials, ECE education and training materials, Research and policy development, Online resources
- Books to Read with Kids About Residential Schools
Description of top 10 books recommended to teach children about residential schools.