Truth for reconciliation

September 25, 2023


Building a strong community where everyone can thrive means working towards truth and reconciliation, equity, and inclusion in all that we do.

With truth comes a heavy heart and a responsibility to learn more and to act.

A vital part of that ongoing journey is reckoning with our past. Reconciliation requires us to acknowledge the harms of Canada’s colonial history and the harms done to Indigenous communities across the country—a legacy still with us today.

United Way Winnipeg is committed to listening, learning, and challenging ourselves with the essential work of moving towards Truth and Reconciliation. We have assembled a starting list of resources for our community to explore as we continue on our learning journey.

Additionally, a national Indian Residential School Crisis Line has been set up to provide 24/7 support for former students of residential schools and those affected. You can access emotional and crisis referral services by calling 1-866-925-4419.

Together, let’s keep the conversation going—today, tomorrow, and always.


To increase your knowledge about residential schools, c
heck out this list of 48 books (fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and children’s books) by Indigenous writers, as well as the list of books below:

TV & Films

The National Film Board has an extensive Indigenous cinema. Highlights include The Freedom Road seriesnîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up, and We Can’t Make the Same Mistake Twice


Musical Artists


The Treaty Relations Commission of Manitoba is a wealth of information. In addition to their high-quality Speaker’s Bureau, their website hosts archived public talks as well as past episodes of their radio spots called Let’s Talk Treaty.

Online Courses

Local Agencies

Since 1965, generous United Way Winnipeg donors have invested in Indigenous-led agency partners.

Today, we are one of the top 10 funders of Indigenous-led organizations in Canada. We are building partnerships with Indigenous (First Nation, Inuit, and Metis) individuals and groups across all parts of United Way Winnipeg’s work.

Explore this list of Indigenous-led agency partners to learn more about the transformative working happening right here in Winnipeg.

Building a strong community where everyone can thrive means challenging ourselves with the lifelong journey towards equity, inclusion, and decolonization.

Let’s get to work!


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