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Indigenization & Truth and Reconciliation Self-Reflection

Posted: Jun 21, 2023


To mark National Indigenous Peoples Day, EndPovertyEdmonton is asking non-Indigenous people to reflect. For many people, thinking about their relationship with the Indigenous community and how they’re advancing truth and reconciliation isn't an easy task. With that in mind, our Co-Director of Indigenization, Karen Bruno, developed a set of self-reflection questions to help guide people toward an understanding of their current position. There are no right or wrong answers to the questions, they’re simply designed to help the person answering them think about their relationship with Indigenization.

The EndPovertyEdmonton team recently took the time to answer the questions individually, and despite our diverse backgrounds leading to varying answers, we all found the experience to be enlightening. As an organization, we work hard to Indigenize everything we do, but we sometimes forget to step back and reflect internally. Self-reflection is not an easy process, but going through it helped each of us gain some perspective.

We encourage you to take some time to consider these questions and write out your answers. We hope it will help you on your Indigenization journey.

The self-reflection questions are below or you can download the PDF worksheet. Feel free to share the worksheet with your friends, family, colleagues, and other relations.

Indigenization & Truth and Reconciliation Self-Reflection

  1. Do you have any relationships with Indigenous people? If so, what relationships? If not, why not?

  2. How do you participate in decolonization and are you doing this with Indigenous people?

  3. Who are you in your relationship with the land? Visitor, guest, settler, or how would you identify? Were you invited?

  4. We are all treaty people that benefit from the signing of the treaties. Edmonton (amiskwacîwâskahikan) is still known as a gathering place, what does this mean for you and your life?

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