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Debwewin - The Oakville Truth Project

Debwewin - The Oakville Truth Project

March 4, 2022

‘Debwewin’ refers to one of the Anishinabek seven grandfathers teaching for “truth.” The Debwewin project raises questions about Oakville’s Truth, using many methods to educate through videos, cultural mapping, art, story-telling, place-making amongst others. The project is a partnership between the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation and the Oakville Community Foundation to further our shared understanding of Oakville’s Indigenous...

Rooted: Beausoleil Island

Rooted: Beausoleil Island

December 9, 2021

About the Project Let sound transport you to the shores of Beausoleil Island in the heart of Georgian Bay. Rooted: Beausoleil Island is an auditory experience that explores the history of Beausoleil Island using soundscapes, storytelling, interviews, and historic texts. Experience history by listening to shared knowledge, the environment, and voices of the past. Each chapter will explore a different location...

Powell River Wrestles with Changing Its Colonial Name

Powell River Wrestles with Changing Its Colonial Name

December 2, 2021

As residents of Powell River examine the legacy of their town's namesake, we were honoured to provide a research report about Israel Powell for the Tla’amin Nation. An overview of the Tla’amin Nation’s ongoing work and our report was highlighted in "Powell River Wrestles with Changing Its Colonial Name," an article for The Tyee by Andrea Smith. You can read Andrea's full article, which provides...

Indigenous Identity and Belonging

Indigenous Identity and Belonging

November 16, 2021

Indigenous Identity and Belonging  Indigenous peoples have the right to determine their own identity or membership in accordance with their customs and traditions. UNDRIP, Article 33[i] With identity issues at top of mind, we need a better understanding of Indigenous peoples’ struggles to define themselves against the colonial state, as they work to regain control over lists and laws that...

Historians for Hire?

Historians for Hire?

November 12, 2021

“Who controls the past controls the future: who controls the present controls the past.” George Orwell, 1984 As the founder of Canada's largest historical research firm, I am often greeted with amazement that, one, my company exists, and two, we have more than 60 trained historians working for us. The first question people ask is, “Who are your clients—government?” Yes,...

Congratulations to the Sault Ste. Marie Métis Council

Congratulations to the Sault Ste. Marie Métis Council

October 22, 2021

Funding Announcement The Historic Sault Ste. Marie Métis Council (HSSMMC) has been awarded $200,000 from the Museum Assistance Program - Indigenous Heritage Grant, funded by the Government of Canada. The funds will be used to create a permanent exhibit at the Sault Ste. Marie Métis Cultural Centre, a travelling exhibit, and a documentary to commemorate the twentieth anniversary of the Powley decision on September 19,...

History Insights - Dr. McIvor

History Insights - Dr. McIvor

October 5, 2021

          History Insights is a platform for big ideas that incite change. We welcome speakers that challenge our understanding of the past and how it affects our present. Know History is proud to host lawyer and historian Dr. Bruce McIvor for a discussion about his latest book Standoff: Why Reconciliation Fails Indigenous People and How to...

Newsletter Special Edition- Truth and Reconciliation

Newsletter Special Edition- Truth and Reconciliation

September 23, 2021

We have a shared responsibility to learn the truth about Canada’s residential school system and the decades of pain and suffering it has created. This weeks edition of the KIH newsletter shares a few of the many educational resources available.     To recieve this newsletter weekly, sign up here. 

Orange Shirt Day

Orange Shirt Day

September 14, 2021

“Starting now, we all have the opportunity to show leadership, courage, and conviction in helping heal the wounds of the past as we make a path towards a more just, more fair, and more loving country. This is our beginning; begin that journey of healing.” - Sen. Murray Sinclair This September, as we reflect on the immense loss and grief...

Know History Graduate Scholarship for Indigenous Students

Know History Graduate Scholarship for Indigenous Students

September 9, 2021

Know History established a $50,000 endowment at Carleton University to create a scholarship that will be awarded annually to an Indigenous student entering a Master’s degree program in either the Department of History or the School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies.   We have committed to increasing the endowment each year until it covers the full cost of an Indigenous student’s tuition. We see this scholarship...