On this page you will find a wealth of resources that highlight crucial Awareness Months throughout the year. With a goal of providing meaningful integration of relevant learning and discussion on a regular basis, within the NBS community and beyond, this page will continue to expand as the year continues.
Directly below you will find resources for the most current Awareness Month, and below that you can find an overview of what is to come, as well as an archive of previously shared resources.
JUNE - Indigenous History Month AND 2SLGBTQI+ PRIDE Month
Indigenous History Month
Although dance has the power to connect us all, it is important that we also acknowledge our history in Canada, which includes government-imposed regulations and restrictions targeting the cultural expression of Indigenous peoples, including dance.
Through the Indian Act
and residential schools
, Indigenous peoples were legally deprived of their music and dance. And, despite brave attempts to keep tradition alive, many cultural expressions were lost forever. It is important to reflect on these egregious acts of cultural genocide, which reach well before and extend beyond the duration of the Indian Act and residential schools.
Below you will find a selection of resources and tools for reflection, education, reminder, and action.
- The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America - Thomas King
Birdie - Tracey Lindberg
From the Ashes - Jesse Thistle
Heart Berries - Terese Marie Mailhot
A History of My Brief Body - Billy-Ray Belcourt
The Marrow Thieves - Cherie Dimaline
Noopiming: The Cure for White Ladies - Leanne Betasamosake Simpson
Jonny Appleseed - Joshua Whitehead
A Stranger at Home - Christy Jordan-Fenton and Margaret Pokiak-Fenton
Residential Schools, With the Words and Images of Survivors, A National History - Larry Loyie, Wayne K. Spear, Constance Brissenden
Secret Falls - Gord Downie
Sugar Falls: A Residential School Story - David Alexander Robertson
A Knock on the Door - National Center for Truth and Reconciliation
Calling Down the Sky - Rosanna Deerchild
They Called Me Number One - Bev Sellars
Unsettling the Settler Within - Paulette Regan
Tilly and the Crazy Eights - by Monique Gray Smith
Selected Films & Videos
Holy Angels - Jay Cardinal Villeneuve
Indian Horse - Stephen Campanelli
Kakalakkuvik (Where the Children Dwell) - Jobie Weetaluktuk
Muffins for Granny - Nadia McLaren
The Witness Blanket - Cody Graham & Carey Newman
We Were Children - Tim Wolochatiuk
Where are the Children: Residential School Survivor Stories - Legacy of Hope Foundation
Selected Online Resources
Resources for Indigenous Dance in Canada:
Music & Dance - Indigenous Peoples Atlas of Canada
Red Sky Performance Red Talks
Do You Know What A Powwow Is? - CBC Kids
Powwow Dances - The Canadian Encyclopedia
Selected Informative Social Accounts:
Project ENUF (Empowering Nations United in Friendship)
On Canada Project - Settlers Take Action
On Canada Project - Get Involved
Indian Residential School Survivors Society
(FREE) Indigenous Canada History Course (University of Alberta)
2SLGBTQI+ is an abbreviation that stands for: Two-Spirit, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer or Questioning, and Intersex. The plus-sign signifies a number of other identities and is included to keep the abbreviation brief when written out.
2SLGBTQI+ Pride Month
is celebrated each year in the month of June to commemorate the Stonewall riots in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of Manhattan, New York. The Stonewall riots were a series of demonstrations by members of the gay (LGBT) community in response to a police raid at the Stonewall Inn in June 1969. Patrons of the Stonewall, and other Village lesbian and gay bars, fought back when police became violent. The riots are considered one of the most important events leading to the gay liberation movement and the fight for LGBT rights.