Biindigen Celebrates Indigenous History Month 2021

artistic image of Indigenous peoplesWe challenge you to come learn with us! 

June is National Indigenous History Month and Biindigen, Western’s Indigenous Learning Circle, created a full month of activities and resources for the Western community to learn and unlearn about Indigenous histories, cultures and Peoples.

In the calendar below, you will find something to celebrate or learn about Indigenous Peoples in Canada for almost every day of the month. Some events require registration, and we included some resources for your kiddos too.

Heads up – next time you’re grocery shopping, pick up some wild rice for a delicious recipe on June 10!  
Share your learning and experiences on Twitter with the hashtag #WesternUBiindigen

Faculty, staff and grad students, please join Biindigen on June 22 to discuss what we’ve been learning and how to incorporate what we’ve learned into practice and action. Register here.

If you have any questions about the calendar please contact OII’s Curriculum & Pedagogy Advisor via email (

Indigenous History Month Challenge Calendar

Happy Indigenous History Month!  
Pick a book written by an Indigenous author to read this month. 
Not sure what to pick? 
Check out this list by The Western Bookstore 

Week One


Where are you? 

For the Kids (but also great for anyone): The word Indigenous explained – CBC Kids News (2min26)

JUNE 2  

Commemorate: Anniversary of the release of the MMIWG2S Report (2019). 

See how communities commemorated the process through art and story here. 

Also check out the recently announced Pathways to Safety.

Event: Jube School PresentsNational Indigenous History Month - Come and Gather with Darlene Pearl Auger 


Watch: Namwayut: We are all one, Truth and Reconciliation in Canada Chief Robert Joseph via CBC (4min20) 


Save the Evidence Campaign by the Woodland Cultural Centre. 

Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action 

For the kids: 10 Books about Residential Schools to read with your kids (CBC)


Sign up: The Office of Indigenous Initiative’s quarterly newsletter 

Watch: Stories from O:se Kenhionhata:tie (LandBack Camp) 

Rainbow Reels Queer and Trans Film Festival, Kitchener 

Online event 7pm-8pm$10/household or PWYC 

Get tickets here 


Adventure: Walk Along Deshkan Ziibing with Summer Bressette: 25 min

Bring this podcast episode with you for a walk along the Thames River sometime this weekend.

Week Two


Reflect and share: What did you learn this past week? Using #WesternUBiindigen, post on Twitter or on Instagram and tag @WesternULibs and @WesternU_Indigenous.


Listen: The Indian Act – Secret Life of Canada Podcast (44:51 min) 

For the kids: Molly of Denali

JUNE 8 - Happy Pride Month! 

Watch: What Does TwoSpirit Mean?” - Inqueery (6min16) 
Ma-nee Chacaby talks about Two-Spirit Identities” (5min16) 


Explore: Timeline of Indigenous Resistance by Tim Kitz (The Leveller) or this Colonization and Decolonization Manual zine by ZigZag 

What are Indigenous Peoples in/near your community advocating for, and how can you support? 

Event: Jube School Presents National Indigenous History Month: Stories from the Land with Walter White Bear and Samantha Whelan


Create: delicious manoomin (wild rice) salad by Kanina Terry of Obishikokaang (Lac Seul First Nation) and watch the cook-a-long from May 27 here

JUNE 11 

#FollowFriday: Tweet and share your favourite Indigenous accounts on social media. Discover and follow new accounts using #WesternUBiindigen on Twitter. 

Check out: Woodland Cultural Center’s Indigenous Craft Fair 


Explore: Indigenous Murals in London, ON 

Market Lane:  Holly Pichette’s floral mural  
London Convention CentreMique Michelle’s falcon mural 
Old East Village: Temporary murals by Robin Henry (616 Dundas St) and Dawn Redskye (Mshkiki 613 Dundas  St) 

Week Three

JUNE 13  

Reflect and share: What did you learn this past week? Using #WesternUBiindigen, post on Twitter or on Instagram and tag @WesternULibs and @WesternU_Indigenous 

JUNE 14 

Check out: This hoodie collaboration between the OII, Western Bookstore and Antler River Trading Co. Designed by Crystal T. Henry 

The Tribe that's Moving Earth (and Water) to Solve the Climate Crisis - How to Save a Planet Podcast (43:51 min) 

JUNE 15 

Listen: Indigenous Music Playlist made by Sara Mai Chitty, OII's Curriculum & Pedagogy Advisor on Spotify.

JUNE 16 

Explore: The We Matter campaign and resources

Event: Woodland Cultural Centre Tour Registration is Required

JUNE 17 

Check out: Any of these local Indigenous Organizations and communities online - make sure to give them a follow on their social media!

JUNE 18 

Watch: Decolonization is for Everyone – Nikki Sanchez TedTalk (13min18)

JUNE 19 

Mythbusting: Indigenous Issues 101 - apihtawikosisan 
Métis lawyer and author Chelsea Vowel unpacks common myths and misconceptions about Indigenous Peoples in Canada – read a post that sticks out to you! 

Week Four

JUNE 20 

Register for OII’S Indigenous Voices June Speaker Series 

More details to come, register here. 

Reflect and share: What did you learn this week? Using #WesternUBiindigen, post on Twitter or on Instagram and tag @WesternULibs on Twitter and @WesternU_Indigenous

JUNE 21 - Happy Indigenous People’s Day! 

Celebrate today by amplifying Indigenous voices; sharing your favourite Indigenous art, music and resources with friends and family! 

Event: Jube School Presents National Indigenous History Month - Pow Wow Step Groove with Josee Bourgeois 

For the Kids: Urban Iskwew’s colouring pages 

JUNE 22  

Read: Western's Guide for Working with Indigenous Students 
(this contains lots of good information, that not just Western staff and faculty need to read!)

Event: Biindigen  – Sharing What we’ve Learned 

2pm on Zoom 

Western U faculty, staff and grad students register here

JUNE 23  

Explore: Indigenous Art 
Pass the Feather Indigenous Arts Collective 
Artist list by Atrocities Against Indigenous Canadians for Dummies

Event: Jube School Presents National Indigenous History Month - Visual Arts with Lance Cardinal 

JUNE 24 

Explore: The Yellowhead Institute & read one of their reports like the recently published Cash Back 


Meet: Dr. Oronhyateka, Mohawk from Six Nations of the Grand River who became the second medical school doctor in Canada and practiced in London, ON in the early 1870s. 

JUNE 26  

Explore: Comb through legendary director Alanis Obomsawin’s filmography on the National Film Board  
(NFB). There is a mix of short films and longer documentaries such as: 

Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance (1h59) 

Basket (6min) 

Week Five


Reflect and share: What did you learn this week? Using #WesternUBiindigen, post on Twitter or on Instagram and tag @WesternULibs and @WesternU_Indigenous 

JUNE 28 

Listen: A podcast with Western’s Dr. Candace Brunette-Debassige  about Belonging at University by the Association of Commonwealth Universities 

JUNE 29 

Explore: CBC’s Original Voices Project to learn about diverse Indigenous languages across what is now known as Canada 

JUNE 30 - Congratulations, you did it!  

Share: the resources that stood out to you with friends and family 

Gift: the book you read this month to someone 

Learn: How will you continue your un/learning journey? Consider registering in U of A’s Indigenous Canada massive open online course