“Welcome to our Homelands” is an Indigenous welcome to newcomers video and study guide produced by Immigrant Services Society of BC (ISSofBC) in partnership with Indigenous organizations in Vancouver and elsewhere. There are plans to provide voice-overs and subtitles in 10 other languages. Thanks to indigenous filmmaker Kamala Todd, study guide author Kory Wilson, and Indigenous Advisory Committee members for their work on this project.
This seven-minute video features six Indigenous individuals from across the country extending a welcoming message to newcomers to Canada in their native languages, and provides a glimpse of aboriginal history and culture that can serve as a “jumping off point for further learning.” An accompanying study guide provides resources and links to helpful information that can deepen the understanding of Indigenous peoples by newcomers, most of whom lack the knowledge to benefit from meaningful dialogue and friendship-building with the original inhabitants of Canada.
Feel free to use and forward both the video and the study guide as appropriate.