knowledge sharing

  • The words 'nitoyi' and 'concept for all change' on a zoomed in medicine wheel.



november 2022Indigenous disability awareness month

fall 2022 — tea with oid

thurs. dec. 15, 2 – 4 p.m.

the mru community is invited to join the office of Indigenization and decolonization (oid) for tea. this is a good way to get to know each other, share stories, and listen. in addition to tea, please enjoy catered bannock. 


*dates and times are subject to change. for the most up-to-date information, visit

dec. 1, 2022william prince concert

8 p.m.

william prince approaches the big questions with humility and curiosity, and his songwriting is a masterclass in skillful simplicity. since his juno award win in 2017, prince’s momentum has continued to build, with each new album adding depth and dimension to an exceptional body of work that has received international acclaim. from national network television appearances, top-tier media coverage and performances at major international festivals, william prince has become one of the country’s most respected and celebrated songwriters.




nitoyi, is the moment you know you belong, it is the moment when things start, an idea pops into your head when you understand. nitoyi is the beginning. 

nitoyi is the very point of change.

lower case as Indigenous 'eventing' support resistance

this is a beginning effort at describing the use of lower case on the website of the office of indigenization and decolonization.

the goal of equity, diversity and inclusion of all people is synonymous with the interests of Indigenous people. we support and expand the goal of equality and inclusion to all forms of life and all people. we join leaders like e. e. cummings, bell hooks, and peter kulchyski, who reject the symbols of hierarchy wherever they are found and do not use capital letters except to acknowledge the Indigenous struggle for recognition.

the office of indigenization and decolonization supports acts that focus on inclusion and support the right of all people to positive inclusion and change.

read the full story.

the following collection of resources is meant to begin or continue your decolonization journey, it is, by no means, the full extent of knowledge sharing available. you are encouraged to research the many topics below and attend any teachings or talking circles offered. 

if you have knowledge resources you’d like to share, please email


trigger warning

the included content may be harmful or traumatizing. 

the indian residential schools crisis line is available 24-hours a day for anyone experiencing pain or distress as a result of his or her residential school experience, 1.866.925.4419.

an independent, national, toll-free murdered and missing Indigenous women and girls support call line is available to provide support for anyone who requires assistance. This line is available free of charge, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 1.844.413.6649

kids help line text CONNECT to 686868



land acknowledgement


is your mind coloinzed? a poster campaign at mount royal university is challenging students, faculty and staff to think deeply about their beliefs and biases regarding Indigenous people and colonization in canada.

and while the posters have become a familiar sight and talking point on campus, the campaign by the office of Indigenization and decolonization has captured albertans and canadians as a whole to continue down the path to reconciliation.

  • if your organization is in the education sector or non-profit, you can register to participate in one or all three of the poster campaigns.
  • if your organization is in the corporate sector, you can register to participate in one or all three of the poster campaigns. minimum $100 donation. as mru moves to decolonize and Indigenize, the donation you provide will enrich and enable traditional thinkers from surrounding communities to engage, teach and enhance all aspects of mru's opportunities to learn authentic Indigenous ways of knowing.

understanding decolonization with dr. linda manyguns

part 1
part 2

part 3


Indigenous veterans

native veterans
14 facts you may not know about contributions of Indigenous veterans
honouring Indigenous heroes: tommy prince
our warriors: francis pagahmagabow
nov. 8 — national Indigenous veterans day

  • recognition of national Indigenous veterans day began in 1994 and was inaugurated in winnipeg. national Indigenous veterans day recognizes Indigenous contributions to military service in the first and second world wars and the korean war. it occurs annually on november 8. since its inauguration, it has spread nationwide. 

métis nation

the métis people of canada laid many of the economic foundations that established and built canada. the first métis people emerged in eastern canada in the early 1600s with the arrival of european explorers. when french and scottish fur traders married Indigenous women, the cree, Anishinabe (ojibway) and their descendants formed a distinct culture, collective consciousness and nationhood. the métis people in british columbia and many of the first nations people of bc and other areas of canada are designated “non-status” for various reasons.




  • 21 things you didn’t know about the Indian act, bob joseph
  • a history of my brief body, billy-ray belcourt
  • a knock on the door, truth and reconciliation commission, phil fontaine, aimée craft
  • a mind spread out on the ground, alicia elliott
  • a quiet evolution: the emergence of Indigenous-local intergovernmental partnerships in canada, christopher alcantara and jen nelles
  • aboriginal rights are not human rights, peter kulchyski
  • blanket toss under midnight sun, paul seesequasis
  • braiding sweetgrass, robin wall kimmerer
  • call me indian, fred sasakamoose
  • colonized classrooms, sheila côte-meek
  • decolonizing education, marie battiste
  • di-bayn-di-zi-win (to own ourselves): embodying ojibway-anishinabe ways, jerry fontaine
  • disintegrate/dissociate, arielle twist
  • elements of Indigenous styles: a guide for writing by and about Indigenous peoples, gregory younging
  • firewater, h. dempsey 
  • five little indians, michelle good
  • from the ashes, jesse thistle
  • healing histories: stories from canada's indian hospitals, laurie meijer drees
  • halfbreed, maria campbell 
  • hidden in plain sight: contributions of aboriginal peoples to canadian identity and culture, ed david newhouse et al.
  • highway of tears, jessica mcdiarmid
  • in my own moccasins, helen knott
  • in search of april raintree, beatrice mosionier


  • indian givers: how the indians of the americas transformed the world, jack weatherford
  • Indigenous methodologies, margaret kovach 
  • Indigenous relations — insights, tips & suggestions to make reconciliation a reality, bob joseph
  • jemmy jock bird, linda manyguns 
  • jonny appleseed, joshua whitehead
  • moving aboriginal health forward: discarding canada’s legal barriers, yvonne boyer 
  • peace and good order: the case for Indigenous justice in canada, harold r. johnson
  • powwow: a celebration through song and dance, Karen pheasant-neganigwane
  • separate beds: a history of indian hospitals in canada, 1920s–1980s, maureen katherine lux
  • seven fallen feathers, tanya talaga
  • song of batoche, maia caron
  • split tooth, tanya tagaq
  • the american discovery of europe, jack d. forbes
  • the blackfoot confederacy 1880 – 1920: a comparative study of canadian and u.s. indian policy, hana samek 
  • the break, katherena vermette
  • the great blackfoot treaties. h. dempsey
  • the inconvenient indian, thomas king
  • the north-west is our mother, jean teillet
  • the right to be cold, sheila watt-cloutier
  • this is not a peace pipe: towards critical Indigenous philosophy, dale turner 
  • tribe under trust: a study of the blackfoot reservation in alberta, lucien and jane hanks  


 decolonizing our mind — a virtual book club

decolonizing education, nourishing the learning spirit
by marie battiste; foreword by rita bouvier

mru's office of Indigenization and decolonization is partnering with the traditional paths society's decolonizing our minds book club. this virtual reading group will explore the philosophy that reconciliation cannot happen without or before decolonization. the group seeks to engage readers’ minds with works from Indigenous authors. they will meet online bi-weekly, providing a respectful space to discuss and reflect upon Indigenous literature about decolonization.




 support mru Indigenous students

when you support Indigenous projects and programs at mru you make change possible, goals to be reached and horizons broadened. giving to funds supporting Indigenization enriches mru's campus community and helps pave the path toward truth and reconciliation. learn more about the projects you can support here.


 honour murdered missing Indigenous women & girls

the canadian library is a grassroots art installation project that will work its way across canada. it serves as a memory of all first nations, métis and inuit women and children murdered or gone missing. the aim is to cover several thousand books in Indigenous fabric as a representation of the lives lost, with the help of Indigenous people and allies across the country to put this installation together.

the main purpose of this initiative is to continue to create awareness of the past, encourage conversations, promote greater education and hopefully effect positive change amongst all. we must work together to ensure that this type of abuse against Indigenous peoples ends.

the visual representation of the books covered in glorious Indigenous fabrics and the names of those lost, printed on the spines of the books, will evoke a sense of empathy, understanding and desire to see change.

all nations, customs and traditions will be respected in honouring these women and children. learn more about this important educational resource.

the office of Indigenization and decolonization (oid) at mount royal university is honoured to partner with the canadian library. if you're interested in wrapping books, please fill out this form and pick up the book package at oid (t123).




mount royal library collects and makes available a range of resources to students and faculty in support of the goals of the university’s Indigenous strategic plan and the truth and reconciliation commission calls to action. search the library's full collection of print and electronic materials, or browse curated collections including:

Indigenous language learning: is a selection of books, films and other materials that support language learners

residential schools collection: can be accessed on the library website and contains materials related to the history of residential schools in canada

Indigenous studies subject guide: contains a wealth of resources, including selected databases, background sources, books and primary sources to support faculty and students conducting research related to Indigenous studies. this guide is updated and managed by kathleen james the library's Indigenous studies liaison librarian

full collection available at



indigenizing and decolonizing the university will require diverse approaches that may differ from one discipline to another. in order to support faculty campus-wide, we have gathered scholarly resources that discuss and explore Indigenization and decolonization from the vantage point of specific academic disciplines. lists of discipline-specific resources are categorized under mount royal's academic faculties: