The Blanket Exercise covers over 500 years of history in less an hour. These resources will help you to delve deeper into the content.
- A series of primers debunking the most prevalent myths about Indigenous peoples in Canada.
- Indigenous Foundations, by the University of British Columbia.
- The CBC 8th Fire series.
Findings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission
The Report of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples (RCAP)
Released in 1996, this 4000 page report is the foundation of the Blanket Exercise. With over 2000 pages of history and 440 recommendations, it traces the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada from the time of first contact. The report outlines a reconciliatory path forward based on widespread awareness and understanding of our shared history, a mutual recognition of rights and responsibilities, and an acknowledgement that the federal government’s policy direction up until now has been wrong.
- The written version of the treaties.
- A settler’s personal exploration of treaty rights.
- We are all Treaty People. A picture book produced by the Anishinabek Nation.
Doctrine of Discovery
- Video: Chief Oren Lyons on the Doctrine of Discovery.
- Video: Discovered? Or Stolen! Repudiating the Doctrine of Discovery, by the United Church of Christ.
- Fact sheet on the Doctrine of Discovery.
Royal Proclamation of 1763
- Complete text of the Royal Proclamation.
- Video: Introduction by the Mennonite Central Committee on the 250th anniversary of the Royal Proclamation.
- Understanding the Royal Proclamation and Treaty at Niagara. Wampum at Niagara: The Royal Proclamation, Canadian Legal History, and Self-Government, by John Borrows.
- About Residential Schools.
- Video: Where are the Children? Healing the Legacy of Residential Schools.
- A wealth of publications from the Aboriginal Healing Foundation.
- Apologies from the Government of Canada and from the Churches that were directly involved with the residential schools.
United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
The Declaration is a set of minimum standards to ensure Indigenous peoples’ human rights are respected. It is a framework for reconciliation.