“With Indigenous communities, we have our belief systems, value systems, and principles in our way of life. Culture is our way of expressing those values and principles, and protecting them.” – Reg Crowshoe, Indigenous Protocol and Cultural Technician, United Way of Calgary and Area.

As Canadians, it’s our responsibility to honour the histories, diversities, and cultures of First Nations, Metis, and Inuit peoples. Indigenous History Month is an opportune time to educate ourselves on the #UNIGNORABLE issue of intergenerational trauma, to understand how the past has shaped our society today. United, we can break down the social barriers experienced by Indigenous peoples and ensure equitable opportunities for all.

“I think the biggest thing we need to do is spend time with Indigenous people. Learn about their history, their practices, their cultures, and learn about their languages.” – Joy Bowen-Eyre, CEO, The Alex.

We connected with some of our friends to hear what being an ally to Indigenous peoples means to them. As we wrap up Indigenous History Month, we hope this video creates space for reflection in all of us to continue learning.