Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation
District 13 Durham


Land Acknowledgement


District 13 OSSTF is committed to providing space to honour Indigenous folks who were here on this beautiful land long before settler arrival. 


We acknowledges that many Indigenous Nations have longstanding relationships, both historic and modern with the territories upon which our members work and our union operates.  We recognize the enduring presence of all First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples throughout Turtle Island.


This region forms part of the traditional and treaty territory of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nations, the Mississauga Peoples, and the treaty territory of the Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nations.  We would also like to acknowledge that prior to these treaties, the land was stewarded by various communities including the Haudenosaunee and Wendat confederacies.


Our land acknowledgement does not function as closure, resignation, or acceptance of the structural conditions of settler colonialism that remain in effect today.  We recognize the impact of colonialism and our responsibilities to redress the ways this has helped shape the education system and our organization.  We also recognize the sovereignty of all Indigenous Nations as outlined in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and we are committed to honouring the Truth and Reconciliation recommendations.


To honour the Indigenous Peoples of this territory, we will take up our responsibility to be respectful of their traditions, knowledge and to care for this land and waters for future generations.  We would like to thank all Indigenous Peoples for sharing this land so we may come together in a good way.


Below, you will find links to some resources. Please contact us in the office if you would like to see any items added to this resource bank. The resources have been vetted through consultation with our Indigenous Advisory Committee.


United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action


Motorcycles and Sweetgrass by Drew Hayden Taylor   

Son of a Trickster by Eden Robinson

Trickster Drift by Eden Robinson

Starlight  by Richard Wagamese

Moon of the Crusted Snow by Waubgeshig Rice

Monkey Beach by Eden Robinson

The Reckoner Trilogy (Strangers, Monsters, Ghosts)  (Strangers, Monsters, Ghosts) by David A Robertson

There, There  by Tommy Orange

Jonny Appleseed by Joshua Whitehead

Medicine Walk  by Richard Wagamese

The Break by Katherena Vermette

Legacy  by Waubgeshig Rice

Hunting by Stars by Cherie Dimaline


Elements of Indigenous Style: A Guide of Writing by and About Indigenous Peoples  by Gregory Younging

The Right to be Cold  by Sheila Watt-Cloutier

From the Ashes by Jesse Thistle

Warrior Life by Pamela Palmater

Indigenous Writes by Chelsea Vowel

Why Indigenous Literatures Matter  by Daniel Heath Justice

My Conversations with Canadians  by Lee Maracle

Up Ghost River by Edmund Matatawabin

Seven Fallen Feathers  by Tanya Talaga

Black Water by David A. Robertson

The Reconciliation Manifesto: Recovering the Land, Rebuilding the Economy by Arthur Manuel   

Unsettling Canada: A National Wake Up Call by Arthur Manuel

Short Works (Essays and Short Stories)

Fearless Warriors  by Drew Hayden Taylor

A Mind Spread Out on the Ground   by Alicia Elliott

Shapes of Native Non Fiction   edited byElissa Washuta and Theresa Warburton

Take Us to Your Chief   by Drew Hayden Taylor

Warrior Life by Pam Palmater

Split Tooth  by Tanya Tagaq

Whose Land is it Anyway?: A Manual for Decolonization

Whose Land is it Anyway_ Educator Companion Guide (1).pdf


A Really Good Brown Girl  by Marilyn Dumont

river woman by  Katherena Vermette

Calling Down the Sky  by Rosanna Deerchild

Islands of Decolonial Love  by Leanne Simpson

Talking to the Diaspora by Lee Maracle

Billy-Ray Belcourt recites one of his poems

Arielle Twist poetry pdf

Hope Matters Poetry pdf

Rosanna Deerchild poetry pdf

Jesse Thistle Poetry

Graphic Texts

The Outside Circle by Patti LaBoucane-Benson

This Place: 150 Years Retold  by Kateri Akiwenzle-Damm, Sonny Assu, Brandon Mitchell

500 Years of Resistance Comic Book  by Gord Hill

The Pemmican Wars (Echo Series)  by Katherena Vermette

How I Survived: Four Nights On the Ice  by Serapio Ittusardjuat

Surviving the City   Volume 1 by Tasha Spillett

Surviving the City Teacher Support Materials

Dramatic Works (Plays)

Salt Baby  by Falen Johnson

Cottagers and Indians by  Drew Hayden Taylor (note: the documentary is not approved)

Dead White Writer on the Floor  by Drew Hayden Taylor

Redpatch by  Sean Harris Oliver and Raes Calvert

FINAL -  Plays by Drew Hayden Taylor (Teacher Resource)


The 2018 CBC Massey Lectures: All Our Relations: Finding the Path Forward

Telling Our Twisted Histories | CBC Podcasts

Storykeepers – Let's Talk Indigenous Books

Kiwew | CBC Podcasts

Unreserved with Rosanna Deerchild | Live Radio

All My Relations | HOME

2 Crees in a Pod on Apple Podcasts

‎Think Indigenous on Apple Podcasts

‎Red Man Laughing on Apple Podcasts

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