July 2, 2021

We encourage folks to reflect and reconsider if they chose to participate in celebrating “Canada Day.” We hope you took the day to read educational resources that helped you understand this country’s dark history, to listen to the voices of residential school survivors who spoke on the radio, news outlets, and rallies, to follow Indigenous People(s) online who spoke up about these issues, help celebrate and amplify Indigenous joy and excellence, and having your own conversations about #CancelCanadaDay within your network of friends and family.

Read full statement on why the SFSS supports #CancelCanadaDay here.

Actions to Take Now:

  1. Educate yourself on past histories and current events and news relating to Indigenous People(s), especially written, told, and shared by Indigenous People(s) themselves 
  2. Continue to wear orange instead of red and white on “Canada Day” 
  3. Attend a rally held by Idle No More 
  4. Know whose lands you are settled on by visiting: https://native-land.ca/ and share this in your places of school and work 
  5. Take Indigenous Studies courses at SFU 
  6. Amplify and support the voices of Indigenous People(s) you attend class with and work with always
  7. Follow Indigenous voices and creators on social media:
  1. Follow and support locally Indigenous-owned businesses:

Local Indigenous Owned Bookstores:

  • Massy Books 
  • Iron Dog Books 

Wellness:

  • Skwalwen Botanicals
  • Sisters Sage
  • Cheekbone Beauty

Food: 

  • Salmon n’ Bannock
  • Mr Bannock 
  • Spirit Bear Coffee Company 
  1. Listen and/or read from Indigenous People(s) 

Podcasts:

  • Well For Culture / Insta: @wellforculture
  • Coffee With My Ma 
  • The Red Nation Podcast
  • Unreserved
  • Metis In Space
  • Red Man Laughing 
  • All My Relations

Indigenous Literature:

  • Johnny Appleseed by Joshua Whitehead Oji-Cree, Peguis
  • Why Indigenous Literatures Matter by Daniel Heath Justice, Cherokee Nation
  • Monkey Beach by Eden Robinson, Haisla & Heiltsuk First Nations 
  • Son of a Trickster Trilogy by Eden Robinson, Haisla & Heiltsuk First Nations 
  • Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer, Potawatomi Nation 
  • A Digital Bundle by Jennifer Wemigwans, Anishinaabekwe
  • The Red New Deal by The Red Nation
  • Indigenomics by Carol Anne Hilton, Nuu chah nulth, Hesquiaht
  • Sanaaq, Mitiarjuk Nappaaluk, Inuit 
  • The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline, Metis
  • The Fourth World an Indian Reality by George Manuel, Shuswap

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