Creative Decolonizing Strategies

Drawing Wisdom is a Hello Cool World collaborative project. We make films, launch campaigns, hold workshops, and create teaching resources. All designed to celebrate Indigenous resilience.
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Richard Wagamese’ award-winning novel Indian Horse is being taught in thousands of Canadian classrooms, with over 65,000 copies of the book in circulation. April 13, 2018, the story of Saul Indian Horse will be coming to theatres near you! Indian Horse tells an important story that Canadians need to hear, and which fits in with the curriculum the current government has mandated for educational institutions in this country by adopting the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). 

Indian Horse in Schools: We are calling on Educators to join us to launch the film!

In late 1950s Ontario, eight year-old Saul Indian Horse is torn from his Ojibway family and committed to one of Canada’s notorious Catholic residential schools. Denied the freedom to speak his language or embrace his indigenous heritage Saul witnesses all kinds of abuse at the hands of the very people who were entrusted with his care. Despite this, Saul finds comfort and fascination in the unlikeliest of places and favourite Canadian pastimes — hockey. His talent leads him away from the misery of the school to a Northern Ontario native league and eventually the pros. But the ghosts of Saul’s past will always haunt him. 

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We had a great time being part of Xlerate Day 2017. Thank you to Kyla and Ryann for including us and for setting up an interview with Jada and Kat on Charity Village (Oh, Canada: Nonprofit professionals and decolonization: Part 1 & Part 2).

Were you part of #decolonizeYourDay? We want to hear from you! Check out the short video we made for Xlerate Day 2017.

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Join Drawing Wisdom co-founders Jada-Gabrielle Pape, Saanich & Snuneymuxw Nations and Kat Dodds, Irish/Scottish Settler descent as they join the Xlerate conference September 28th, with their media team. Jada and Kat will introduce the idea of #DecolonizeYourDay through a decolonizing lens briefly in the morning plenary and facilitate an interactive closing plenary session on Reconciliation and decolonization. Give them a comment about Xlerate Day and it might end up in the short film they make! 

A decolonizing lens means asking yourself again and again: How is colonization still happening? And what can I do to resist this?" ~ Jada-Gabrielle Pape

You can also post your own photo or video to social media with the hashtags #DecolonizeYourDay and #XlerateDay. Are you and your organization already taking steps to honour the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action? Tell us about it! If social media isn’t your thing -- and/or you want to ask a question anonymously at Xlerate Day -- you can use the provided Post-It notes and just quietly add yours, or you can add it to the question box nearby.

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Together with the many non-profits attending this conference, we'll explore the work we are doing to build Indigenous and Ally reciprocity... (more)