Dismantling racism & oppression: Decolonization & Reconciliation

A guide for action

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For additional resources related to reconciliation, decolonization, and Indigenous Knowledge, visit the Indigenous Knowing Guide and the Indigenizing Citations at Camosun Guide.

For resources related to residential schools and the Sixties Scoop, visit the Orange Shirt Day, IST Indigenous Studies: Sixties Scoop and Residential Schools guides.

Caution: Many of the resources in this guide contain discussions or representations of violence and trauma which may be painful for readers – please exercise care.

If you need help: The KUU-US Crisis Line Society provides 24-hour phone support for Indigenous people in BC. The KUU-US Crisis Line can be reached toll-free at 1-800-588-8717. Individuals can also call the Youth Line at 250-723-2040 or the Adult Line at 250-723-4050.

The Indian Residential School Crisis Line 1-866-925-4419 is available 24-hours a day for anyone experiencing pain or distress as a result of their or a loved one's residential school experience.

Camosun students can access help from the Counselling Centre. For resources related to emergency and after hours support, on-campus support, and other information, visit the Counselling Centre Resources webpage.

Decolonization is Not a Metaphor


lək̓ʷəŋən and W̱SÁNEĆ Territories

Camosun College is located on the Traditional Territories of the lək̓ʷəŋən and W̱SÁNEĆ Peoples. Learn more about where you live and work.

Recommended Readings from W̱SÁNEĆ Leadership Council

Makuk: A New History of Aboriginal-white Relations

John Lutz, 2008
Call number: E 78 C2 L88 2008

Saltwater People: A Resource Book for the Saanich Native Studies Program

Dave Elliott Sr., 1990
Call number: E 99 S2 E44 1990

Reclaiming Power and Place: The Final Report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women & Girls

National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, 2019
E-book and in print: E 78 C2 A387692 2019

Unsettling Canada: A National Wake-up Call

Arthur Manuel and Grand Chief Ron Derrickson, 2015
Call number: E 78 C2 M3369 2015

Canada's Residential Schools: The Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada

Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, 2015
E-books: Volumes 1 through 6

Colonialism in Canada

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