Photograph of indigenous woman and child with caption "For the child taken, For the parent left behind."
Image by Neeta Lind

Since the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada released its final report in December 2015, there has been a great deal of discussion about reconciliation and what it means.

What does reconciliation mean to you? How familiar are you with the histories of Indigenous Peoples in Canada? Are you as knowledgeable as you’d like to be? Below is a list of resources that will help you to fill in some of your knowledge gaps.


What is Reconciliation?

For a definition of reconciliation, watch the following video with Senator Murray Sinclair, the Commissioner of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.


Reconciliation Reading List

To get a better understanding of Indigenous Peoples histories, told in their words, explore the titles in the following curated reading lists:

10 Books About Residential Schools to Read With Your Kids, by CBC books

Orange Shirt Day Reading List, by the Canadian Children’s Book Centre

A Reconciliation Reading List: 15 Must-Read Books, by CBC books

Education got us into this mess and education will get us out.
- Senator Murray Sinclair, Chief Commissioner of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission


Films to Watch

Consult the Indigenous Cinema page at the National Film Board website for films created by Indigenous Peoples. Other titles to consider:

Indian Horse

Rhymes for Young Ghouls

Clouds of Autumn


Start the Conversation

Want to begin a conversation about reconciliation with friends and coworkers? Here’s one approach:

The Kitchen Table Guide for Reconciliation Dialogue, by Reconciliation Canada

Reconciliation begins with you. Create and grow a way of life for yourself and others, starting today.
- Chief Dr. Robert Joseph

Have you discovered a book, film, or resource that helped you to better understand reconciliation? Tell us about it on Twitter @QueensProS.