National Indigenous Peoples Day and Indigenous Histories and Reconciliation Modules

​This message is being shared on behalf of the First Peoples Indigenous Centre.

Durham College (DC) recognizes June 21 as National Indigenous Peoples Day, an annual celebration of Indigenous Peoples’ culture, heritage and outstanding contributions.

In recognition of National Indigenous Peoples Day, we encourage the campus community to learn more about Indigenous culture and history by completing the seven-module training course: Indigenous Histories and Reconciliation.

These modules were created to support DC’s Indigeniz​ation Statement by the First Peoples Indigenous Centre (FPIC), in collaboration with the Centre for Teaching and Learning (CTL), Campus Library and Ontario Tech University’s Teaching and Learning Centre.

True to Indigenous ways of learning and knowing, the course invites participants to discover their own ways of learning. Its seven modules – Love, Respect, Honesty, Humility, Bravery, Truth and Wisdom – provide a framework for post-secondary institutions to adapt to fulfill commitments outlined in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) Calls to Action.

Topics include:

  • Treaties and dynamics between settlers and Indigenous peoples
  • Residential schools
  • Assimilationist policies
  • Missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls
  • Decolonization
  • Intergenerational trauma
  • Resiliency of Indigenous communities

Accessing the training modules

For employees and students
The Indigenous Histories and Reconciliation course can be accessed using network password and login information on Brigh​tspace for employees through the Discover tab, and DC Connect for students through the self-registration tab.

Upon completion of a module, participants will receive a badge. Once all seven modules have been finished, student and employees will receive a recognition of completion.

For members of the public
The training module is available online for members of the public. Participants will receive a recognition of completion after each module.