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"We Won't Forget You" 

N'we Jinan Artists worked with intermediate students at Ske'lep School of Excellence in Kamloops to write and produce a song written by the students.  The students chose to write about the Kamloops Indian Residential School (in which their current school sits in the shadow) and the hope they have for the future. 

Q'sapi Times -Coyote and Eagle 

After seeing majestic Eagle flying, Senklip (Coyote) dreams of nothing but flying high like Eagle.
WARNING: this film is not appropriate for younger audiences.

qwćiʔ (Winter house)

This video created by SAGAcom Productions is about the importance of the qwćiʔ (winter house) featuring  Okanagan Nation member Eric Mitchell, Builder and Elder. 

The suknaʔqín̓x (Okanagan) is Beautiful

way’ limləmt p cʕayp (Welcome) to the Okanagan. From the mountain tops to the valley bottom, the land is beautiful.

Showcasing the importance of the land to the Syilx Okanagan people and what it means to them through their language and stories.

Narration by: Grouse Barnes

Okanagan Song sung by: Delphine Derickson and Pat Raphael

Food is Medicine

Mary Louis, Coordinator of the Traditional Foods Project, discuss the Four Food Chiefs and how food is medicine. 
Directed by Bill Cohen and Natalie Chambers of Coyote & Fox Consulting.
Produced by SAGAcom Productions for Okanagan Indian Band  and School District #22 teachers and students. 

Why Learn Our Syilx Ways?

Listen to Patsy Gregoire, an Okanagan Nation Elder, discuss the importance of teaching Syilx knowledge to all students.
Directed by Bill Cohen and Natalie Chambers of Coyote & Fox Consulting.
Produced by SAGAcom Productions for Okanagan Indian Band  and School District #22 teachers and students. 

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CBCs 8th Fire

With its energetic pace and stunning HD landscapes, 8th Fire propels us past prejudice, stereotypes and misunderstandings, to encounters with an impressive new generation of Indigenous people who are reclaiming both their culture and their confidence. We meet the emerging leaders, artists, activists and thinkers. We explore the best ideas for change. Above all, 8th Fire examines the way forward to a second chance to get the relationship right.

Click here to watch. 

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Picking up the Pieces: The Making of the Witness Blanket  

This film follows the journey of making the Witness Blanket - a national monument that commemorates the experiences of residential school survivors across Canada.
Click here to access the film.

Talking to kids about Residential Schools

In this video, Monique Gray Smith shares tips on talking to kids about Residential Schools as well as how to prepare yourself as the adult to have these conversations. 
To learn more about the books Monique has written, the work she does, and her online course, please visit: https://www.moniquegraysmith.com/

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Okanagan Stories

Take a look at some of these stories available to teachers through the DRC as well as for purchase through Okanagan Nation Alliance

READ - NATIONAL

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Truth and Reconciliation

Decolonization fits into the broader goals of reconciliation as outlined by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. Schools are vital sites for decolonization and student empowerment.

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Indigenous Corporate Training 

Enjoy these free eBooks from Indigenous Corporate Training Inc. Titles include: "A Guide to Terminology: Usage Tips & Definitions" and "Dispelling Common Myths About Indigenous Peoples: 9 Myths and Realities."

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Strong Nations Publishing 

The Team at Strong Nations welcomes you with all that we are! We are an Indigenous owned and operated online Book and Gift store, as well as a Publishing house. We work hard to provide authentic books and gifts in our online store. As a publisher we are proud to say that ALL our resources that Strong Nations creates are made in Canada. 
Click here to visit the website. 

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Traditional Songs

Check out these traditional songs from the Okanagan Nation Alliance. 
https://www.syilx.org/about-us/syilx-nation/songs/  

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Okanagan Stories

FirstVoices is a suite of web-based tools and services designed to support Indigenous people engaged in language archiving, language teaching and culture revitalization.
Learn nsyilxcən by listening to local Elders pronunciation. 
To visit First Voices click here.

LISTEN - NATIONAL

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The Secret Life of Canada

"The Secret Life of Canada" is a history podcast about the country you know and the stories you don't. 
Available on CBC
Related lesson plans

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All My Relations 

All My Relations is a podcast hosted by Matika Wilbur (Swinomish and Tulalip) and Adrienne Keene (Cherokee Nation) to explore our relationships— relationships to land, to our creatural relatives, and to one another. 
Listen here

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Media Indigena: Interactive Indigenous Insight 

Since March 10, 2016, we’ve convened a weekly current affairs roundtable hosted by MEDIA INDIGENA’s own Rick Harp, a 20-year veteran of broadcasting including APTN (Contact) and CBC Radio (Edmonton AM). Each week, guests from the worlds of activism, arts, academia and beyond join Rick for lively, insightful conversation that goes beyond the headlines to get at what matters most to Indigenous peoples. 
Listen here

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GVMA Learn & Connect 

The Museum and Archives of Vernon (MAV) aims to create community connection through exceptional, engaging experiences with Greater Vernon’s authentic and diverse past. Join others in Vernon and across the Okanagan in Reading for Reconciliation! 

Register here

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Aboriginal Education  

The BCTF website has a great section on Aboriginal Education. There are links for Aboriginal programs, workshops, teaching resources and much more. 


Click here to visit the website

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Indigenous Canada MOOC 

Sign up for the FREE, 12-lesson Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) Indigenous Canada, from the Faculty of Native Studies at the University of Alberta. Join more than 180, 000 people and explore Indigenous history and contemporary issues in Canada. From an Indigenous perspective, this course explores key issues facing Indigenous peoples today from a historical and critical perspective highlighting national and local Indigenous-settler relations. Topics for the 12 lessons include the fur trade and other exchange relationships, land claims and environmental impacts, legal systems and rights, political conflicts and alliances, Indigenous political activism, and contemporary Indigenous life, art and its expressions.

Click here to sign up

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Explore a virtual Potlatch Gallery

Take a virtual tour through the U'Mista Cultural Society's virtual gallery.

Click here for the virtual tour.