“Indigenous Story Telling: Truth Telling to Reconciliation’ project was a participatory action project, literature review project designed to raise awareness of the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, & LGBTQ2S+ epidemic (MMIWG+) and issues currently affecting Indigenous people in Canada and the United States, including the First Nations, Inuit, Metis (FNIM) and Native American communities. It has been described as a Canadian national crisis and a Canadian genocide.
This project is in response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s calls to action that highlight the need to bring forward Indigenous storytelling, truth-telling and community approaches healing and reconciliation. We were able to provide a safe space to facilitate sharing circles for individuals’ family and community members to speak about their experiences about their missing or murdered loved ones.
The development of the Reconciliation booklet and mini vignettes included: gathering and collecting community narratives of history for a brighter future and highlight the teachings stories of resiliency, determination and to promote healing yourself and others through a message of hope.