Colonization, White settler colonization and ethnocentrism is responsible for the attempted erasure of Indigenous culture. These actions were sanctioned by the Indian Act, Residential School systems, and other institutional policies, whose dominant discourse was to subjugate the Indigenous Peoples through the erasure of their worldviews and the dispossession of their land. The atrocities experienced by the Indigenous Peoples resulted in intergenerational trauma while those with white privilege benefitted. As such, as settlers on Indigenous land, it is our collective socio-political responsibility to engage in a process of learning about Indigenous history, worldviews, and teachings as an act of decolonisation that is synonymous with equity, diversity and inclusion.
Each Indigenous Nation and community has its own complex, rich histories and unique stories that are often passed down through generations. The traditional Indigenous ways of knowing and living can help support our well-being and how we connect with others. Celebrating and engaging with Indigenous knowledge is also a significant way of actively participating in Truth and Reconciliation every day.