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Indigenous E-Learning: Tools and resources

This job aid lists tools and resources to support those looking to expand their knowledge of Indigenous Peoples, to better understand the realities of their lives, and the role of the public service in advancing Reconciliation.

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"There remains no more important relationship to me and to Canada than the one with Indigenous Peoples. We made significant progress in our last mandate on supporting self-determination, improving service delivery and advancing reconciliation. I am directing every single Minister to determine what they can do in their specific portfolio to accelerate and build on the progress we have made with First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples."
Excerpted from the Mandate Letter of the Prime Minister, December 13, 2019

Working remotely has become a new reality for most public servants. To help them continue their distance learning, the Canada School of Public Service has prepared this fact sheet to support those looking to expand their knowledge of Indigenous Peoples, to better understand the realities of their lives, and the role of the public service in advancing Reconciliation.

The Truth and Reconciliation Committee's (TRC) Call to Action #57 refers to the responsibility of all federal departments to educate their employees on the history of Indigenous Peoples in Canada, including their cultural and treaty rights. Begin your journey to awareness by learning about the history of Indigenous Peoples and the responsible steps Canada is taking to renew this partnership. Join your colleagues in this opportunity to engage in the healing process.

Indigenous Learning Series

In response to the TRC's Call to Action #57, the Canada School of Public Service has developed the Indigenous Learning Series. Under the four themes of Recognition, Respect, Relationships, and Reconciliation, public servants have access to information, resources, tools, videos, and other learning material.

Online courses

Learning tools

Podcasts and videos

Other online training


These sources of information are intended to help learners better understand the context of Reconciliation in Canada. Despite what you may think, Reconciliation is not new. Indigenous communities have long been involved in the process of reconciliation with the various levels of government and Canadians in general.

Key documents

Readings on historical and contemporary issues


  • The Inconvenient Indian, by Thomas King
  • Speaking My Truth: Reflections on Reconciliation and Residential School, by Sheila Rogers, Mike DeGagne, Jonathan Dewar and Glen Lowry, Aboriginal Healing Foundation, 2012
  • My Heart Shook Like a Drum: What I Learned at the Indian Mission Schools, NWTT, by Alice Blondin-Perrin, 2009
  • Broken Circle: The Dark Legacy of Indian Residential Schools: A Memoir, by Theodore Fontaine
  • Research is Ceremony: Indigenous Research Methods, by Shawn Wilson
  • Decolonizing Methodologies: Research and Indigenous Peoples, by Linda Tuhiwai Smith
  • The Comeback: How Aboriginals are Reclaiming Power and Influence, by John Ralston Saul
  • Skyscrapers Hide the Heavens: A History of Indian-White Relations in Canada, by J.R. Miller
  • All Our Relations: Finding the Path Forward (CBC Massey Lectures), by Tanya Talaga
  • Indigenous Relations: Insights, Tips and Suggestions to Make Reconciliation a Reality, by Bob Joseph and Cynthia F. Joseph
  • Seven Fallen Feathers: Racism, Deaths and Hard Truths in a Northern City, by Tanya Talaga
  • The Reconciliation Manifesto: Recovering the Land, Rebuilding the Economy, by Arthur Manuel, Grand Chief Ronald Derrickson and Ronald M. Derrickson
  • Indigenous Writes: A Guide to First Nations, Métis and Inuit Issues in Canada, by Chelsea Vowel
  • The Truth About Stories: A Native Narrative (CBC Massey Lectures), by Thomas King


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Indigenous Learning, Canada School of Public Service


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