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Honouring Indigenous peoples, stories and history

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Photo: stunning beadwork by Toronto-based Indigenous artist Katie Longboat created for the April 2021 issue featuring Buffy Sainte-Marie. Originally from Six Nations of the Grand River, Katie’s beadwork style incorporates inspirations from the natural world, her travels, her family, and uses contemporary materials to create one of a kind jewellery pieces and art works. Katie is also inspired to create beadwork that is reflective of her family and identity and draws inspiration from both Cree and Haudenosaunee styles of beadwork. See the Chatelaine cover beadwork below and more of Katie’s work on Instagram.

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Where you can donate and how you can help

Where to donate to support survivors of residential schools

Six organizations you can turn your attention to.

Wearing orange shirts on September 30 is a great start—but you can do more

Here's how to create the kind of change Indigenous families are looking for.

Indigenous History

The lonely death of Chanie Wenjack

Chanie was 12, and Indigenous. He died as the white world's rules had forced him to live—cut off from his people.

Inside UBC’s Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre

Fusing Western design with Indigenous tradition is at the heart of architect Alfred Waugh’s craft.

15 books that teach kids about residential schools

It’s estimated that 150,000 kids were sent to residential schools, and that legacy of neglect, lack of education and abuse is still being felt today.

How I Survived Canada's Residential School System

"The discovery of Indigenous children’s remains was particularly hard for me—because I knew I could have been one of them. How I made it through Canada’s residential school system"

Honouring children lost

'These were 215 beautiful, innocent, trusting little spirits'

Senator Mary Jane McCallum, who went to residential school at the age of five, offers a statement following the discovery of a mass grave at the site of a former school.

Elevating Indigenous Voices

Indigenous Creators You Should Be Following on TikTok

From showing off Indigenous regalia to educating people on shared histories, these Indigenous content creators deserve an instant follow.

How Joshua Whitehead is bringing Indigenous languages into CanLit

In ‘Making Love With the Land,’ Whitehead moves between genres and languages in a series of essays that open up a whole new window on the meaning of Canadian literature.

The New Hollywood North: Danis Goulet

The Night Raiders director on her big break, her favourite films and what movie she’d make with $1 billion.

An Anishinaabe Writer On The Conversations She’s Had About The Queen Since Her Death

The royal family has every right to mourn the Queen’s loss. At the same time, Indigenous peoples on these lands also have a lot to mourn.

The New Hollywood North: D’Pharaoh Woon-A-Tai

He’s the sensitive, scrappy heartthrob at the centre of the FX comedy Reservation Dogs, one of the best shows of the year.


Making bannock with Chef Wapokunie Riel-Lachapelle of Nikosi

The story of bannock is mired in mystery. Whether it came from British settlers is debatable, but one thing is certain: bannock is the perfect backcountry snack.


The Future List: Lynda Brown fosters cultural pride in Inuit community

Lynda Brown’s life in advocacy began at a laundromat in Peterborough 25 years ago. A man called her an Indian. When she corrected him, told him that in fact she is Inuk, he said, “Oh, Eskimo, then,” prompting her to correct him again: Inuit, not Eskimo.


“There’s No Excuse”: Christian Allaire on Bringing Indigenous Fashion to the Mainstream

The Vogue writer and YA author is building his career by sharing his culture.


Celebrating Indigenous Culture


This Winnipeg art gallery is a monument to Inuit culture

Qaumajuq is not just an art gallery or a stylish feat of architecture. It's much more.


How 4 Indigenous Community Members Plan On Spending The National Day For Truth And Reconciliation

"We as Indigenous People don't need to do anything. Our healing is our own. It is unique to us and doesn't need to be performed. All we need to do is love each other and be there for ourselves, our loved ones, and our communities."


En Français


Elisapie, une artiste pour la paix

Elle se dit très francophone et très anglophone, très autochtone et très blanche. Elle se décrit comme une humaniste, surtout pas comme une activiste, encore moins comme une porte-parole. Et elle a tous les talents… même celui de guide quand vient le temps de visiter une exposition.


Autochtones : des clés pour parvenir à la réconciliation

Comment tisser des liens durables entre les Autochtones et le reste de la société québécoise ? Les premiers pourront-ils oublier des siècles de sévices ? Les seconds sauront-ils mettre de côté leurs préjugés et leur indifférence ? Neuf femmes des Premiers Peuples, déjà engagées dans la réparation du tissu social, présentent leurs solutions. Certaines sont collectives, d’autres individuelles. La patience sera de mise. Mais le résultat en vaudra la peine, elles en sont convaincues.


Reading Recommendations


National Indigenous History Month: Reading Recommendations

Check out our book list for National Indigenous History Month from June. We asked our editors of Quill & Quire for their favourite reads. See the recommended adult, YA and children’s books that celebrate Indigenous voices.

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