In June, we commemorate National Indigenous History Month 2021 to recognize the history, heritage and diversity of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples in Canada.

You can read more abut National Indigenous History Month 2021 here.

On September 17, 2020 Jesse Thistle presented “Finding the Trail: A Métis Life Overcoming Adversity.” This lecture was an autobiographical keynote which explores themes from his debut memoir, From the Ashes. He reflected on his story, one that recounts trauma, addiction, and homelessness. Through his remarks, audiences heard a deeper story of hope and resilience. Jesse Thistle is a Métis/Cree author and assistant professor in the Department of Humanities at York University in Toronto. He is the author of the best-selling memoir, From the Ashes. Thistle is an advocate for the homeless.

Senator Murray Sinclair, Chief Commissioner of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, spoke on “The Future of Truth and Reconciliation” to open the Veritas Series on September 26, 2019. Although the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) released the report in 2015, much remains to be done to ensure all Canadians understand and implement its recommendations. Senator Sinclair used his experience as the Chief Commissioner of the TRC, where he participated in hundreds of hearings across Canada, as he discussed the current state of affairs following the TRC’s report and what we can anticipate moving forward.

Indigenous Resources at King's

We recognize that reconciliation means nothing without action. At King’s we have a lot of work to do to create more and wider pathways to education for Indigenous students, faculty, alumni and community members. As an educational institution, our purpose is to have impact in society through teaching and research. We are currently working on reconciliation for our community including:

  • Member of Southern First Nations Collaborative with a shared commitment and responsibility to prioritize the needs and interests of aspiring, former and current post-secondary education students who are members of SFNS First Nations.
  • King’s University College Students’ Council supports awareness of issues facing Indigenous communities and peoples, including annually sponsoring Indigenous Awareness Week, The Red Dress Project in support of missing and murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, and Orange Shirt Day related to impact of residential schools in Canada.
  • All student leaders and Student Affairs employees engage annually in educational and awareness activities related to their roles in advancing the developing of programs that engage and support Indigenous learners at King’s and Western.
  • King's is matching donations up to $25,000 for the establishment of a new endowed student award for Indigenous learners.
  • The development of the Reflection Circle on the King's Green, providing an outdoor location for sacred gatherings, such as smudging ceremonies, for the indigenous community.
  • Principal’s annual Lecture in Contemporary Indigenous Issues.
  • Member of Indigenous Post-Secondary Education (IPEC) at Western, where we seek to listen and consult in an effort to advance Indigenous ways of learning and knowing on our campus. 
  • Partner with the Office of Indigenous Initiatives and Indigenous Services at Western to provide a range of services for and with Indigenous learners including admissions, academic advising, personal and financial support. 


Library staff picks - 2021

The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline.
In a future world ravaged by global warming, people have lost the ability to dream, and the only people still able to dream are North America's indigenous population - and it is their marrow that holds the cure for the rest of the world.

7 Generations: a Plains Cree Saga by David Robertson.
This epic, four-part graphic novel follows one Indigenous family over three centuries and seven generations.

Son of a Trickster by Eden Robinson.
Jared struggles to keep his family afloat and puzzles over why his maternal grandmother has never liked him, why she says he's the son of a trickster, that he isn't human.

Niizhwaaswi Aanike'iniwendiwin: Aaabishiki Mashkode Bizhikiins Ikwe by David Bouchard.
This book combines the White Buffalo Calf Woman teachings with the Seven Grandfather Teachings.

A Two-Spirit Journey: the Autobiography of a Lesbian Ojibwa-Cree Elder by Ma-Nee Chacaby.
Chacaby's story is one of enduring and ultimately overcoming the social, economic, and health legacies of colonialism.

Motorcycles and Sweetgrass by Drew Hayden Taylor.
Otter Lake is a sleepy Anishnawbe community where little happens, until a handsome stranger pulls up astride a 1953 Indian Chief motorcycle – and turns Otter Lake completely upside down.