"Indigenous and Canadian Histories 101: what you didn't learn in high school"

In this short film by the late Sarah Robinson, learn the sides of Indigenous and Canadian histories that you likely didn't learn in public high school.


October 03 - 27, 2022


Whose Land


Sarah Robinson



Many Canadians have not had the opportunity to learn "the basics" about Indigenous peoples' experiences in what-is-currently-called Canada because these things were simply not taught in public schools. If you are keen to learn more about these histories, if you are motivated by truth and reconciliation efforts, if you are a newcomer to Canada, or, if you simply need a refresher in these matters, then this video is for you!

This 45-minute film, created and narrated by the late Sarah Robinson, explores Canadian history from an Indigenous perspective and provides an introduction to: 

  • Basic terminology
  • Words to use and words to avoid 
  • The impacts of the Indian Act legislation 
  • A brief overview of residential schools 
  • Key moments in Indigenous and Canadian shared histories 

After watching the video, please provide yourself time for reflection. There is a lot of information provided in the video, so afterwards it may be helpful to individually reflect on the following questions: 

  • this video made me feel...
  • two ways I'm going to apply this information are...
  • two things I'm going to commit to researching more about are...

If you are watching in a group, here are some questions to discuss afterwards in partners or a group: 

  • the piece of information that was most compelling to me is...
  • I'd like to apply this information in our work by...
  • one word to describe how I'm feeling is... 

Please donate to the Sarah Robinson Foundation through TakingITGlobal to support the charity in continuing the work Sarah Robinson did for Indigenous women and peoples.


No prerequisites.

Course fee:

By donation to the Sarah Robinson Foundation

How to register:

For the month of October 2022, the video is available through Whose Land by donation to the Sarah Robinson Foundation through TakingITGlobal