Indwell’s Commitment to Indigenous Peoples
Indwell is committed to being a part of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action, and to act on the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People. We humbly enter into this space to listen, learn and seek justice with Indigenous peoples. We will do this by working in friendship and partnership with organizations who represent Indigenous people.
Together, we will seek to provide homes and cultural supports for Indigenous people who live in Indwell communities. While Indwell seeks to identify and remove barriers to housing for all people, we are acutely aware that urban Indigenous people in Canada are eight times more likely to experience homelessness than non-Indigenous people. As a Christian charity that develops and operates high-quality supportive affordable housing, Indwell has a special opportunity and responsibility to respond to the urgent need for housing for urban Indigenous people.
Indwell recognizes that Indigenous homelessness is complex and can be traced back to historical trauma, oppression, racism and discrimination. We acknowledge that Indigenous homelessness is not simply a lack of habitation but encompasses worldviews that include individuals, families and communities isolated from their relationships to land, water, place, family, kin, each other, animals, cultural, languages and identities (Aboriginal Standing Committee on Housing and Homelessness, 2012). We will continue to work with organizations that represent Indigenous peoples to provide housing and supports that recognize their history, culture, and sense of home.
United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: https://www.un.org/development/desa/indigenouspeoples/wp-content/uploads/sites/19/2018/11/UNDRIP_E_web.pdf Homeless Hub, Indigenous Homelessness: https://www.homelesshub.ca/IndigenousHomelessness
A starting point: 10 ideas
1. Wear an orange shirt on September 30 to honour survivors of residential schools and those who never returned home.
Listen to the story behind Orange Shirt Day from Phyllis (Jack) Webstad
The Woodland Cultural Centre has some excellent Orange Shirt Day 2021 resources.
2. Reconciliation: A Starting Point / Indigenous People App
Download the app on your phone for access to information and resources on Indigenous Peoples in Canada.
3. Residential School Map
Find out if there was a residential school in your area or where the closest one is located by using the CBC Beyond94 Residential School Map.
4. Residential School Survivor Stories
This is a video collection of survivor stories. You might consider watching these individually or as a team to continue understanding and healing. Follow-up with a discussion of what you heard.
5. Let the Truth Be Told
This is a curriculum resource designed to help with humanizing and decolonizing education.
7. Review – United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
The official resolution was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on September 13, 2007
8. Becoming an Ally Resources
9. Visit a local Indigenous organization, Friendship Centre, community group or museum.
If invited or open to the public, attend local Indigenous cultural events taking place in your community.
10. Learn the land acknowledgment in your region or develop one of your own in consultation with local Indigenous communities.
Be sure to carefully consider your relationship to the land that you live on and the traditional territories of the Indigenous Peoples who were there for thousands of years before colonization.