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Unreserved visits Victoria: Can a city rooted in colonial history be a progressive site for reconciliation?

We're celebrating the Victoria Day long weekend — and we heard something about a royal wedding? — with a trip to Lekwungen territory in Victoria, B.C. Today on the show we're asking: Can a city rooted in colonial history be a progressive site for reconciliation?

Colonial Reality Tour brings Indigenous land and history into focus

Cheryl Bryce felt that her nation was invisible in the city that is now called Victoria, located on Lekwungen territories. So, she set out to change that. Bryce founded the Colonial Reality Tour which educates people about the Indigenous significance of areas around the city.

Changing names, changing perception: Victoria faces duality of colonial history, pushes for reconciliation

Choosing a Lekwungen name for the newest library in the City of Victoria is part of the reconciliation work supported by Songhees and Esquimalt nations. However, debate continues over controversial street names and monuments.

Celebrating the stars: An Indigenous Walk of Fame proposed for downtown Victoria

Steve Sxwithul'txw wants to see Indigenous talent honoured on the streets of Victoria.

Songhees Nation serves up traditional recipes, and hits the streets of Victoria in a food truck

A new culinary arts program offered through the Songhees Nation is bringing traditional Indigenous recipes back into the kitchen.

'They brought me back to life': Elisapie draws musical inspiration from classic Indigenous acts

When Inuk musician Elisapie sunk into a darkness, she found her way back by listening to Indigenous singers from the 1960s and '70s. She honours those voices on her new album, The Ballad of the Runaway Girl.

Kahnawake's first brewery gives nod to Mohawk ironworkers

It all started with a black bridge, the legends of the Mohawk ironworkers and an idea for a microbrewery. Kahnawake Brewing Company + Black Bridge Taproom is the first of its kind in the territory.

Indigenous virtual reality: An experiment in 'Indigenization of cyberspace'

Aboriginal Territories in Cyberspace, a research network and computer lab, is determined to ensure Indigenous presence in cyberspace. So they bought an island ... a cyber island in the online multiplayer virtual world of Second Life.

Kahnawake street signs encourage the use of traditional language

Road signs in the language, Kanien'kéha, are popping up all over Kahnawake. They’re there because of Karihwiióstha Callie Montour.

Inuit artists find a place to carve at Montreal homeless shelter

Some Inuit artists in Montreal have carved out a space of their very own at a homeless shelter that aims to help them get a fair price for their work.

From soapstone carving to Second Life: Indigenous peoples in Quebec embrace tradition and technology

Unreserved is spending time in Quebec, come along as we meet some of the people who are a making waves in the province's vibrant Indigenous communities.

How are you putting reconciliation into action?

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission's calls to action were released two years ago. They urge governments, institutions, and individuals to change policies and programs in a concerted effort to repair the harm caused by residential schools and move forward with reconciliation. As this national conversation about truth and reconciliation grows — so do the questions. Today, the big and small ways people just like you are bringing the calls to action to life.
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Wondering how to get involved in reconciliation? Start by asking yourself these 5 questions

Located in Winnipeg, the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation is the home to the permanent collection of statements, documents and other materials gathered on residential schools. The Centre also continues the work of making sure that reconciliation happens in Canada.

Curious about how many of the TRC's calls to actions have been completed? Check Ian Mosby's Twitter

Ian Mosby didn't plan on keeping track of the completed calls to action on Twitter. It only occurred to him after he realized no one else was. In 2016, when he began tweeting his research, only five calls to action had been completed.
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'I'm going to be a part of that': Elementary school students commit to take action on reconciliation

Students from Winnipeg's Ecole Laura Secord School are in the midst of a months-long project that will help other children understand how they can make a difference when it comes to the Truth and Reconciliation's Calls to Action.
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One woman's plan to give back: 'The land needs to be returned to Indigenous peoples'

Janice Keil, a secondary school teacher from Peterborough Ontario, owns 100 acres of land in Northumberland County, in the territory of the Mississauga. Keil wants to repatriate some of it to nearby Alderville First Nation.
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Faith-based group commits to reconciling with Indigenous people

Churches played a major role in residential schools, and now many religious organizations are working hard at mending their relationship with Indigenous communities.

Toronto theatre uses land acknowledgement as a conversation starter, act of reconciliation

Land acknowledgement is an act of reconciliation that involves a public speaker stating what territory or traditional lands they are currently occupying. At the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema, ahead of every documentary screening or live event, a formal territorial acknowledgement is either read out or projected onto the screen.

'A daunting task': University of Toronto addressing reconciliation in health care education

It's a daunting task for large institutions like hospitals and medical schools to being to implement the Truth and Reconciliation Commissions' calls to action, but some had already begun laying the groundwork before they were even released. The University of Toronto began addressing the intent behind calls to action 22, 23 and 24 — years before the TRC report.
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Beyond 94: Truth and Reconciliation in Canada

Visit our new interactive website monitoring the progress of one of Canada's most important tools for change — the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's 94 Calls to Action.

Ottawa school teaching Inuit students the history of Nunavut

Nunavut Sivuniksavut is a school in Ottawa, for Inuit students from Nunavut to learn about contemporary issues, land claim history and rights for people from Nunavut.

Teen Vogue got woke, writer Ruth Hopkins explains why it matters

Writer and lawyer Ruth Hopkins says youth are hungry for political writing and Teen Vogue is filling the gap.

Indigenous Manitoba teen manufacturing authentic jingle cones, lids

Émilie McKinney isn't your average teenager. The 17-year-old, bilingual high school student has taken her Indigenous hoop, jingle and fancy dancing career around the world. Now she can now add entrepreneur to her resumé.

An entrepreneur, a fire chief and budding journalists: Meet Indigenous youth doing amazing things

Starting a jingle cone business, learning about Inuit politics and history, and a youth who became his community's fire chief — this week on Unreserved, Indigenous youth doing amazing things.

Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation launches journalism pilot project with CBC

High school students at Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation are being given the opportunity to become community reporters. It's part of a pilot project created by CBC Edmonton in collaboration with community leaders to give the teens the tools they need to create their own stories.