A photo taken by Community Archives shows a window display at Belleville Public Library with ‘Every Child Matters’ written on orange paper surrounded by blue, yellow and red handprints. The display is in recognition and solidarity with First Nations People after the discovery of indigenous children’s mass graves found at Kamloops Residential School.
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How Non-Indigenous Allies Can Support Residential School Survivors

The search to discover the truth about Indigenous children who never made it home from Indian Residential Schools in Canada continues. As more unmarked graves of their young relatives are discovered, First Nation communities are at the forefront of pushing for accountability and justice.

A sepia photograph taken in about 1910 of an unknown Native American child (aged about 2-3 years) wearing shelled and beaded traditional dress over a faded out background of an old red brick building.
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Effective Allyship: What You Need To Know If You’re Learning About Indian Residential Schools For The First Time

If you’re learning about Indian Residential Schools in the U.S. and Canada for the first time; it’s critical you're cognizant of the fact that these systems of colonial violence deliberately inflicted intergenerational trauma on Indigenous communities. Navigating our own lack of knowledge about this type of government-backed, church-led atrocity should not be placed on the shoulders of those who bear its scars.

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Why You Should Stop Co-opting Indigenous Culture

Culture is not an aesthetic, it isn't a theme or a vibe, it's not a costume or a trend. Culture is about heritage, pride, survival, resiliency, life-affirming connections -- and it's hugely significant. It's rich, vibrant, and nurtures vital lifeways. Culture is simultaneously the preservation and celebration of the past, the present and the future. It's not, and never should be, something that's picked apart, stripped of all its meaning, homogenized and sanitized to be used by those it does not represent.

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Cultural Destruction Has No Honour

Sports team affiliation, much like political alliance, runs deep and strong within the American psyche. There can be such impassioned fidelity towards it that followers may be left blind to its imperfections.

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Thanksgiving: Reframing Truth & Acknowledgement

We all seem to know the story of Thanksgiving that depicts the Pilgrims graciously inviting members of the Wampanoag Nation -- whose land they were on -- to harmoniously sit with them and share food to celebrate the first successful harvest after a tough winter.