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National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

SALA EDI Committee Suggested Readings
Thursday, September 30, 2021

SALA’s EDI Committee has some suggestions of how you can meaningfully observe the holiday that recognizes and commemorates the legacy of residential schools.

Starting Point:
Podcasts / Audio:
  • Anishnaababes – a comedic platform for sharing Indigenous women’s worldview on all aspects of their lives (podcast)
  • Media Indigena – Roundtable about Indigenous issues and events (podcast)
  • 2 Crees in a Pod – a podcast that creates space for Indigenous resurgence with intent to disrupt western colonial systems and honour Indigenous helping practices.
  • All My Relations – podcast to explore relationships – to land, to our creatural relatives and to one another.
  • Spirit to Soar: Where We Come From on CBC Listen
  • Finding Cleo (CBC podcast)
  • Warrior Life podcast 
  • Coffee with My Ma
  • Island Crime: Season 1 – Where is Lisa?
  • This Land
  • Unreserved – CBC podcast
  • Secret Life of Canada, esp. episodes on Bay Blanket and The Indian Act
  • CBC Ideas – Research Ethics + data sovereignty (good compliment to any of UBC’s Indigenous ethics training)
Film / TV / Video:
Essays / Articles / Websites:
  • An Inconvenient Indian by Thomas King, ebook from UBC library
  • Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer, ebook from UBC library
  • Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese (also made into a movie), ebook from UBC library
  • One Drum: Stories and Ceremonies for a Planet by Richard Wagamese, ebook from UBC library 
  • Indigenous Writes: A Guide to First Nations, Métis, and Inuit issues in Canada by âpihtawikosisân Chelsea Vowel (a great starting point for those who are new to Canada), ebook from UBC library 
  • Our Voices: Indigeneity in Architecture + Our Voices: II The DE-Colonial Project edited by Rebecca Kiddle, luugigyoo Patrick Stewart, and Kevin O’Brien (on architecture, design, planning, landscape, etc.), co-authored by UBC alum and SALA Adjunct Professor Patrick Stewart
  • 21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act: Helping Canadians Make Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples A Reality by Bob Joseph
  • First Nations 101 by Lynda Gray
Photographs / Maps:

Explore to understand more about the territories and languages of Indigenous people here on Turtle Island and around the world; on the same site you can also explore the history of treaties between settlers and Indigenous groups. The City of Vancouver Archives and the Royal British Columbia Museum’s archives have historical images of Vancouver and British Columbia from the early days of settler colonialism. Consider searching for images of places you know to better understand their history, such as:

  • Vanier Park (originally Senakw village)
  • Stanley park (originally Xwayxway village)
  • Jericho Park (originally Eyalmo)
  • Land close to SALA (originally Tsa-atslum)

Anti-Asian Harassment and Violence Statement by SALA, March 18, 2021

Recent escalations of anti-Asian harassment and violence, including this week’s shooting in Atlanta, are horrific reminders of the racism faced by the Asian and Pacific Islander community every day. SALA condemns these acts in the strongest possible terms. We are committed to providing a safe environment for all members of our community. Our Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee has assembled a list of resources for anyone who has experienced or is concerned about discrimination and harassment. We share those resources below in the following areas: Get Help, Learn More, Be a Better Bystander. As well, please send your suggestions for the EDI Committee to consider as we continue our anti-racism work by emailing us at

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