Acknowledgement of Territory
College of the Rockies serves the communities of the East Kootenays. All of the College’s campuses are located in the traditional territory of the Ktunaxa people which is also home to the Kinbasket people. Five First Nations bands are located in the regional boundary of the College: Four of which are Ktunaxa and one is Shuswap. Additionally, the College partners with the Kootenay Regional Office of the Métis Nation, BC.
We are thankful for all our Indigenous partners and are constantly seeking new ways to support the development of our community.
Truth and Reconciliation Resources
September 30 has been declared by the Government of Canada as the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. This important Day has been established to recognize and commemorate the dark legacy of residential schools and honours call to action number 80 from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s calls to action, which reads:
“We call upon the federal government, in collaboration with Aboriginal peoples, to establish, as a statutory holiday, a National Day for Truth and Reconciliation to honour Survivors, their families, and communities, and ensure that public commemoration of the history and legacy of residential schools remains a vital component of the reconciliation process.”
College of the Rockies supports and respects the Indigenous communities upon whose lands we learn, work, and reside, as well as our Indigenous learners, alumni, team members, and partners. We will be closed on September 30 to allow for the College community to reflect and to commemorate all those who endured the residential school system.
T&R Resources Recommended by the Ktunaxa Nation Council
T&R College of the Rockies Library Resources
Selected resources are on display inside the College of the Rockies Library – many other resources are available in our Library databases.
Truth and Reconciliation
The Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (Volume 1-6)
- Volume 1A Canada’s Residential Schools: The History, Part 1 Origins to 1939
- Volume 1B Canada’s Residential Schools: The History, Part 2 1939 to 2000
- Volume 2 Canada’s Residential Schools: The Inuit and Northern Experience
- Volume 3 Canada’s Residential Schools: The Metis Experience
- Volume 4 Canada’s Residential Schools: Missing Children and Unmarked Burials
- Volume 5 Canada’s Residential Schools: The Legacy
- Volume 6 Canada’s Residential Schools: Reconciliation
- Indigenous Relations : Insights, tips & suggestions to make reconciliation a reality / Bob Joseph with Cynthia F. Joseph
- Phyllis’s Orange Shirt by Phyllis Webstad
- Tyson’s New Orange Shirt by Lynda Dobbin-Turner
Residential Schools – Books (print and e-book format)
- Back to the Red Road : a story of survival, redemption and love / Florence Kaefer and Edward Gamblin
- Behind closed doors : stories from the Kamloops Indian Residential School / edited by Agnes Jack
- This benevolent experiment : Indigenous boarding schools, genocide, and redress in Canada and the Unite States / Andrew Woolford
- Broken circle : the dark legacy of Indian residential schools : a memoir / Theodore Fontaine
- The Education of Augie Merasty: A Residential School Memoir/ Joseph August Merasty
- A Knock on the Door : The Essential History of Residential Schools From the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, Edited and Abridged
- “A national crime” : the Canadian government and the residential school system, 1879 to 1986 / John S. Milloy
- My decade at Old Sun, my lifetime of hell / Arthur Bear Chief
- No time to say goodbye : children’s stories of Kuper Island Residential School / Sylvia Olsen with Rita Morris and Ann Sam
- Power through testimony : reframing residential schools in the age of reconciliation / edited by Brieg Capitaine and Karine Vanthuyne
- Residential schools and reconciliation : Canada confronts its history / J.R. Miller
- Resistance and renewal : surviving the Indian residential school / Celia Haig-Brown
- Shingwauk’s vision : a history of native residential schools / J.R. Miller
- Speaking our truth : a journey of reconciliation / Monique Gray Smith
- Speaking our truth teacher guide : a journey of reconciliation / Tasha Henry
- Truth and indignation : Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission on Indian residential schools
- Unsettling the settler within : Indian residential schools, truth telling, and reconciliation in Canada / Paulette Regan
- When I was eight / Christy Jordan-Fenton & Margaret Pokiak-Fenton ; art by Gabrielle Grimard
- When we were alone / David Alexander Robertson
Books by Indigenous Authors
- Bearskin diary : a novel / Carol Daniels
- The break / Katherena Vermette
- Creating space: my life and work in Indigenous education / Verna J. Kirkness
- Firewater: how alcohol is killing my people (and yours) / Harold R. Johnson
- In search of April Raintree / Beatrice Culleton Mosionier
- The inconvenient Indian: a curious account of Native People in North America / Thomas King
- I am not a number / written by Jenny Kay Dupuis
- Indigenous write: a guide to First Nations, Métis & Inuit issues in Canada/ Chelsea Vowel
- Kiss of the fur queen / Tomson Highway
- Ktunaxa legends / compiled and translated by Kootenai Culture Committee, Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes
- The marrow thieves / Cherie Dimaline
- Moose meat and wild rice / Basil Johnston
- The reason you walk / Wab Kinew
- Seven fallen feathers: racism, death, and hard truths in a northern city / Tanya Talaga
- Up Ghost River: a chief’s journey through the turbulent waters of Native history / Edmund Metatawabin with Alexandra Shimo
- You are enough: love poems for the end of the world / Smokii Sumac
Videos Available through our Library Collection
- Survivors of the Red Brick School
- Beyond94 – Aging out : First Nations youth on life after foster care
- Beyond94 – Canada’s cultural genocide of Indigenous Peoples
- CBC Arts Road to Reconciliation Panel Discussion
- Ending the Cycle of Abuse
- The Fallen Feather ; Indian Industrial Residential Schools Canadian Confederation / Fallen Feather Productions DVD
- Holy Angels
- Is the Canadian Government Delivering on Truth and Reconciliation?
- Justice Murray Sinclair: Nutrition Experiments on Aboriginal Children
- Minqon Minqon: Wosqotomn Elsonwagon (Shirley Bear: Reclaiming the Balance of Power)
- The Politics of Stereotypes
- A Residential School Reckoning, Again
- Residential Schools: Truth and Healing
- Residential schools : with the words and images of survivors / Larry Loyie with Wayne K. Spear, Constance Brissenden
- Rex Murphy: Truth and Reconciliation Report
- Saskatchewan’s apology for Sixties Scoop leaves survivors with mixed feelings
- Stolen Children: Truth and Reconciliation
- Treaties, Reconciliation and Indigenous History in Canada
- Why don’t residential school survivors just get over it?: Murray Sinclair
Indigenous Education Protocol
Creating opportunities for our students to feel supported, safe, included in curriculum, classrooms, and student life is important to us. Providing opportunities for our students to share their cultures and traditions is an excellent way for us to learn as well. The Indigenous Education Department offer Elder support, meals, knowledge sharing gatherings and traditional crafts.
College of the Rockies has affirmed its partnership and commitment to education for each of the Indigenous groups served within our region by signing the Indigenous Education Protocol for Colleges and Institutes (IEP).
The protocol agreement outlines principles to ensure that College of the Rockies continues to make Indigenous education a priority! All Indigenous students will gain opportunities to achieve their greatest educational success as the College follows through on the commitments in the IEP.
Memorandum of Understanding
In partnership with KNC Education and Employment we host career fairs. Students from high school and middle school are able to learn about various program areas to get an interactive and experiential opportunity to explore various education and career pathways.
Prior to our Convocation Ceremony the College hosts an annual Honouring Ceremony for all of our Indigenous students which includes a feast and a traditional honouring ceremony led by Ktunaxa Nation leaders and Elders to honour their educational successes. This provides the opportunity to celebrate our students’ commitment to their education.
Aboriginal Education Enhancement Agreement
On National Aboriginal Day 2017, we gathered with community members, leaders, elders and education partners to sign the updated school districts’ Aboriginal Education Enhancement Agreement at the Tobacco Plains arbour. As a result of this agreement we meet 3 times a year and discuss how we are meeting the agreement. Our focus is on easing the transition and building relationships with Indigenous students into post secondary. We have SD5 Indigenous student activities often being hosted at the Aboriginal Gathering Place and we have spent a lot of time meeting with individual Indigenous students and groups to provide them with information and academic advising to support their transition to College of the Rockies.
Indigenous Language Revitalization
The College is supportive of all traditional languages. We currently offer language courses in Ktunaxa and have also hosted shorter workshops.
The Place Where People Gather | yaqakiǂ ʔit̓qawxaxamki Lower Level
The lower level of yaqakiǂ ʔit̓qawxaxamki is designed as a student lounge and is a busy place. You are welcome to use this space to complete your school work, visit, seek support, and enjoy a meal. Check the college portal, the Events Calendar, or our Facebook page for dates and times.
Orange Shirt Day
Orange Shirt Day is well supported at the College with activities designed to remember Residential School Survivors. Shirt sales raise funds for the KNC Traditional Knowledge and Language Sector. Orange Shirt Day brings awareness that every child matters and is an acknowledgement of Indigenous people who survived and were lost to the residential school system.
We have Indigenous Elders in Residence on-site at designated times and events, as well as numerous knowledge holders who can join our students in their programs and classes, sharing their wisdom and knowledge.
Ktunaxa Creation Story
Told by Joe Pierre