Welcome to our Homelands, a seven-minute video featuring six Indigenous individuals extending a welcoming message to newcomers to Canada, has been released along with a study guide to serve as a “jumping off point for further learning.”
The Indigenous representatives in the video, who expressed greetings in their respective languages, come from across Canada ranging from the Gwayee in BC to the Six Nations in Ontario. The video provides a glimpse of aboriginal history in Canada including its more complex aspects, and reflects the wide diversity of Indigenous peoples in Canada and their cultures.
Welcome to our Homelands introduces viewers – particularly newcomers – to the vast richness of Indigenous people’s values and views, and the accompanying guide provides helpful information, links and terminology to increase awareness of Indigenous peoples in Canada.
The video was written, directed and edited by Kamala Todd, a Metis-Cree community planner, educator, curator, and filmmaker who’s currently adjunct professor at SFU’s Urban Studies Program, while the study guide was created by Kory Wilson, executive director of BCIT’s Indigenous Initiatives and Partnerships and chair of the National Indigenous Education Committee of Colleges and Institutions Canada.
Welcome to our Homelands was produced by ISSofBC with funding support from Vancity Credit Union.