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Call to Action # 7: Education (6-12)

Exploring Indigenous History: new series challenges Canadians to engage in Truth and Reconciliation at home, work or school

April 10, 2024

NationTalk: A new independently produced series will encourage Canadians to learn about Indigenous history through powerful personal narratives and engage directly with Truth and Reconciliation.

Hosted by award-winning Canadian broadcast journalist Lisa LaFlamme and featuring interviews with prominent First Nations leader Phil Fontaine and internationally recognized human rights expert Kathleen Mahoney, Understanding Indigenous History: A Path Forward, aims to help viewers navigate and understand the complex tapestries of Indigenous history and Truth and Reconciliation in Canada.

Whether used in classrooms, libraries, homes or in workplaces, these videos will spark interest and ignite a passion for lifelong learning and understanding, bridging the past with the present to pave the way for a brighter future.

“All good teaching is about transformation – individual, collective and institutional,” said Phil Fontaine and Kathleen Mahoney. “Each of these levels is needed to foster reconciliation for all wrongs done to Indigenous peoples in Canada. We hope this series assists in some small way towards that end.”

This compelling six-part series explores the oral history of the origins of Indigenous peoples before European settlers arrived on the land that became Canada, treaties and the fur trade, the impact of assimilation, leadership and governance within First Nations communities, Indigenous law and the 94 calls to action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.

“This is a history lesson that won’t feel like a lesson at all,” said Lisa LaFlamme. “It’s a conversation that we all need to engage in and I’m so grateful to Phil and Kathleen for leading the way.”

“As an institution of higher learning, the best way UCW can contribute to furthering Truth and Reconciliation in Canada is through what we know best – education,” said Dr. Bashir Makhoul, President and Vice-Chancellor of University Canada West. “I invite all Canadians to watch and share the videos, and to witness and engage in this important conversation.”

These educational videos seek to empower people across Canada — in classrooms and workplaces and from their homes — to join in on a national journey toward Truth and Reconciliation.

The first two episodes of Understanding Indigenous History: A Path Forward will be available to watch on YouTube at 7 pm ET on Wednesday, April 10.

By sharing their lived experiences and profound understanding of Indigenous history and culture, Phil Fontaine and Kathleen Mahoney provide an immersive exploration of the trajectory of Indigenous peoples in Canada since initial contact. The video series offers an easy-to-follow but profound explanation of important topics including the origins of treaties, residential schools, the Indian Act, the Sixties Scoop, and the scars of colonialization that remain today.

About University Canada West (UCW)

University Canada West (UCW) is an innovative business and technology-oriented institution in Vancouver, Canada, offering undergraduate and graduate degrees for domestic and international students.

UCW offers a range of career-focused programs including, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Arts in Business Communication, Associate of Arts and Master of Business Administration. Courses are offered at our two downtown Vancouver campuses – our West Pender Campus in the heart of Vancouver’s financial district and our state-of-the-art Vancouver House Campus.

For media inquiries or to arrange an interview contact Jessica Kerr, UCW Public Relations Manager, at