Reconciliation and Relationship Building: Discussion Group Resource

 The following resources have been selected to support your “Reconciliation and Relationship Building” discussion groups.

This selection is not intended to be exhaustive, but rather another stepping stone in the path for building a province-wide discussion regarding public library governance leadership, vision, and actions for reconciliation and relationship building.

Please send your recommended resources to for the summer 2021 update of the BCLTA Reconciliation Discussion Starter.

Words: What they mean and how they are used

Indigenous Peoples Terminology Guidelines for Usage

  • Indigenous Corporate Training Inc.
  • July 20, 2016

Reconciliation: Towards a New Relationship

  • Truth and Reconciliation Commission
  • Includes video “What is Reconciliation?”

23 Tips on What Not to Say or Do

  • Indigenous Corporate Training Inc., 2021

What Reconciliation is and What it is Not

  • Indigenous Corporate Training Inc.
  • August 16, 2018

A Brief Definition of Decolonization and Indigenization

  • Indigenous Corporate Training Inc.
  • March 29, 2017

Key Terms: Reconciliation, Indigenization, Decolonization, and Resurgence

  • Pauline Wakeham
  • Department of English and Writing Studies Western University (n.d.)

Everyday Acts of Resurgence: Indigenous Approaches to Everydayness in Fatherhood

  • Jeff Corntassel and Mick Scow
  • New Diversities 19, No. 2, 2017, University of Victoria

‘You don’t call him Ogopogo, you call him by his name, nx̌ax̌aitkʷ’

  • Kelsie Kilawna, IndigiNews, April 21, 2021

“B.C. city gives Ogopogo copyright to First Nation after cultural appropriation concerns”

  • Winston Szeto, CBC News, March 29, 2021

Indigenous Media and Information: Seeking to understand an Indigenous lens on the world

  • Take time to explore local, provincial, and national Indigenous media and information.
  • Become familiar with local First Nation community websites and language of where you live. Many learners start with the names of local First Nations, place names such as for rivers and mountains, and common words and phrases such as thank you.
  • Explore the works of Indigenous media outlets, social media, authors, speakers, advocates and activists. If you are unsure about where to start ask at your library.

Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN)

  • The first national Indigenous broadcaster in the world, with the mission “to share our Peoples’ journey, celebrate our cultures, inspire our children, and honour the wisdom of our Elders.”

CBC News, Indigenous

  • CBC News from an Indigenous perspective or related to Indigenous issues.

Indigenous Publishers, Distributors & News Media (UBC)

  • UBC annotated library guide with links to a breadth of media and information sources.

News from Around Turtle Island

  • National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR)


  • If you are not already reading Indigenous news, this is a good starting place for being pointed to other news, current events, and arts and culture resources.
  • From the website:

“The Aboriginal Multi-Media Society is an independent Aboriginal communications organization committed to facilitating the exchange of information re ecting Aboriginal culture to a growing and diverse audience.”

Read, view, and listen to Indigenous writers, musician, spoken-word artists and more. Libraries have resources!

Fee Free Courses (life long learning!)


 BC Public Libraries:  Governance direction and oversight



We know there is more to share about governance and reconciliation from your libraries. Please send additions to this resource list by emailing

Note: Indigenous content and reconciliation informed programs and collections are found at many of your libraries. Their omission from this list does not undermine their importance and value to demonstrating the library’s intent and actions. This list is limited to those things that would have explicit and formal board approval.

Key Resources: Guidance, direction, and action

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