Elders, Knowledge Keepers, community members, and Indigenous organizations across Manitoba have ‘pulled together’ to work alongside Assiniboine Community College, Brandon University (BU), and Campus Manitoba to adapt the Pulling Together Foundations Guide for western Manitoba.
Originally created in British Columbia as part of a larger Indigenization project, the Pulling Together: Manitoba Foundations Guide (Brandon Edition) will provide a starting point for those who want to learn more about Indigenous Peoples in the Prairie region of Canada and those who wish to begin their journey of understanding Canada’s colonial legacy.
“This guide is an excellent resource for educators and for anyone who wants an introduction to the Indigenous Peoples in our area, as well as the history and effects of colonialism and steps that we can take to decolonize. It really has been the result of many people and groups working together. I’m proud that BU is part of this important project and thankful for the guidance we have received from the Indigenous contributors to the group,” said Chris Lagimodiere, Director, Indigenous Peoples’ Centre and Aboriginal Initiatives at BU.
One recurring theme throughout is that this guide is not a definitive resource, as First Nations, Métis, and Inuit perspectives, stories, and approaches are diverse across Turtle Island. This is meant to be a starting place where people can continue their learning off the page and into the communities in Manitoba and beyond.
“We all need to pull the load together. The time has come to recognize differences, acknowledge them and accept that we are stronger together. We are a blend. We have heard it so many ways. Think of the blades of sweetgrass braided together and how strong it becomes. We want to share our stories and get everyone thinking about how we live, how we interact and how we could strengthen our communities if we are all pulling the load. We can do better.” said Leah LaPlante, Manitoba Métis Federation.
The Pulling Together: Manitoba Foundations Guide (Brandon edition) is an open educational resource. It can be found at Pressbooks.OpenedMB.ca/pullingtogethermanitoba. For more information about open education in Manitoba, visit OpenedMB.ca.
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