The “how to” of reconciliation

The “how to” of reconciliation

When the Truth and Reconciliation Commission started to communicate and share the truths of the Indian Residential Schools in Canada, many were faced with new information, and the challenge to integrate that information into their worldview of what is Canada. We tend...
Avoid the offensive costumes this Hallowe’en

Avoid the offensive costumes this Hallowe’en

As the leaves change colour and most people are stuffed with turkey, I am hopeful for coming winter months, the promise that a new year brings and the opportunity for renewal. But before we get there, we must cross the most contentious time of year – a time not of...
Collaboration not appropriation

Collaboration not appropriation

When it comes to the world of fashion, there are countless examples of cultural appropriation ranging from those that profit off of tired stereotypes and the suffering of Indigenous people to others that straight up steal the work of Indigenous artists. Don’t believe...
Back to School

Back to School

September is here and in cities across Canada many parents are picking up last minute supplies and clothing for the kids to go back to school. While their thoughts turn to homework assistance and lunch prep, I wonder how many of these parents worry if their kids will...

Want to work in Nunavut?

The IRG is honoured to work with the Government of Nunavut to support cultural competence.  We certify Indigenous Cultural Competence Facilitators in Nunavut.  And we advocate for Inuit inclusion and Inuit voice whenever we can. Many Canadians work in Nunavut.  If...
What is reconciliation?

What is reconciliation?

Based on a speech given by Rose LeMay, at the public launch of the IRG. As many political and policy wonks did, I watched Barack Obama’s televised speech in Montreal last month.  I thought about the timing of his speech just weeks ahead of Canada150, and I...