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Whose Land is This, Anyway?

Welcome to Home on Native Land, a self-guided course about Indigenous justice in Canada. Through a series of 10 videos, cartoons & lessons, you'll take a walk down the back alley of history — and the frontlines of legal action — with Anishinaabe comedian Ryan McMahon.

What leading First Nations thinkers, artists, and — yes — comedians reveal in their reflections is fundamental knowledge for anyone who is committed to living in a fair country.

While we may all have heard about residential schools, treaties, and reconciliation,  how much do any of us know about the Indigenous laws that have been around for far longer than the Canadian constitution?

Though they've been ignored and often trampled over the past 150 years, Indigenous Peoples have ways of relating to the land and to one another that allowed people to live on these lands and waters for thousands of years without disrupting the ecological balance. Those laws — upheld by Treaties and validated in case after case in the country's courts — offer a path forward not only for cultural understanding, but for our very survival in a time of climate crisis.

Jump into this free 10-part course on Indigenous justice in Canada and discover the myths, absurdities, and possibilities that are baked into the laws of this land.

Then: join forces to become part of putting reconciliation into action.

Register for "Home on Native Land" to get started learning!

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Who's Map is it, Anyway?

One of Heiltsuk/Haisla artist Mervin Windsor's most popular paintings is “Indigenous Canada”, an ingenious map of the country that depicts each province/territory in the shape of northwest coast style animals.    Later, he created prints from the original and called them “Unity”.

But not everyone shared that sense of honour. For years, Windsor watched in dismay as a settler artist sold a plagiarized version of his work.    (Read more...)

What people are saying...

"I now have some simple ways of explaining complicated concepts like the Indian Act and the Doctrine of Discovery. Hearing from Indigenous lawyers really opened my eyes up to the possibilities."

"I loved all the videos. Great speakers. I learned a ton."

"Amazing. Produced great reflection, well after I completed the lessons. Very deep, provocative. Humour was amazing throughout. The comics and videos were by far my favourite part."

"My class had tried to get through some dense resources that were earnest but pretty inaccessible. This was perfect: great mix of light, digestible material with hard hitting truths that we all need to know if we're going to build a better society." 

"I have already had at least one conversation where I brought up something that made me think in one of the videos, and there were some great questions that I will continue to reflect on. I look forward to being able to share it with my peers and colleagues. Ryan is an awesome host, I like the conversational style and his humour - he makes the tough and complex subject matter very accessible."

 

"Holding interviews with different people makes the series very interesting to watch… sessions are succinct and clear. Really well done!"

"All the knowledge wove together beautifully.  The cartoons really helped to simplify the learning into bite sized pieces and again, the humour helped take away the fear of legal words and ideas."
"I can see how this course would be accessible to people and also a good tool for teachers and study groups.  It also explains Land Back in a good way so that people can understand it and start imagining it.
 
After a number of years of supporting RAVEN, I now have an even better idea of why this is so important."
"Having Ryan McMahon do the interviews was brilliant because the humour made a big difference.  Most people find legal stuff daunting and it was great to have Ryan express that.  He got to be the "dummy" for all of us and ask our "stupid" questions."