You hear that word a lot when it comes to indigenous social issues.
At The Frog Radio, we believe this to mean: to infuse more indigenous culture and values into our daily lives, regardless of race; not throwing away your cell phone and going to live in the bush (although that sounds so appealing sometimes!)
The resources below can help you live a decolonized life.
Please note: these are merely suggestions. The Frog Radio does not claim to have professional advice for any health related issues. Please do your due diligence and get the help you feel is best for you.
For immediate emergency help, call 911
Ending Violence Association of Canada- A list of help, province by province
ShelterSafe.ca - A list of women's shelters across Canada
National Aboriginal Circle Against Family Violence
Many Canadians don't know anything about the Indian Act. The fact that it's even a thing is unbelievable once you start unfolding what it actually contains. These are just some resources:
21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act by Bob Joseph
Indian Residential Schools
Crisis Line- If you need to reach out to anyone and talk about your experiences, please call the National Indian Residential School Crisis Line at: 1-866-925-4419
Indian Residential School Survivors Society- this site is a great resource on how you can assist or find healing from your experiences related to Indian Residential Schools.
Legacy of Hope- a national Indigenous charitable organization with the mandate to educate and create awareness and understanding about the Residential School System, including the intergenerational impacts
Orange Shirt Day- every September 30, we honour and remember the survivors and those who didn't make it out of Residential Schools. Inspired by Phyllis Webstad's experience where her new orange shirt was taken from her on her first day of school and never seen again, we wear our orange shirts.
*** PLEASE, when purchasing an orange shirt, make sure you are supporting an indigenous company. There are many companies out there profiting off the pain of our people. An indigenous company will be very clear of who they are and most likely will be donating some or all proceeds to a charity or non-profit of some sort.
Mental Health & Wellness
If you need to speak to someone about anything that is triggering you (ie, mental health, abuse...) please reach out and get the cultural help you seek with any of the organizations below.
Jordan's Princples, Canada nationwide
First Nations Health Authority, British Columbia
First Nations Health Consortium, Alberta
First Nations Health & Social Secretariat of Manitoba
First Nations & Metis Health Service, Saskatchewan
Aboriginal Health Access Centers, Ontario, various locations
Indigenous Services Canada, Canada nationwide
South Jersey Recovery, New Jersey, USA
- Personality Disorder and Addictions free resource
- Domestic Violence free resource
Brown & Crouppen, Various locations, USA
National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls
Tears to Hope Society- a non profit devoted to providing a safe space to heal though running. The society organizes an annual run along the Highway of Tears in Northern BC every June.
The Moosehide Campaign- a non profit of men, indigenous and non indigneous, standing up to violence against women and girls.
Native Womens Association of Canada- MMIWG & Violence Prevention
The Frog Radio strongly believes in artists getting paid fairly. Our Artists page outlines why this is. That's why we LOVE:
Tr1be Music- helping Indigenous artists strive towards positive economic growth
One of the regulations of becoming a CRTC radio station is mandatory local news content. Since The Frog Radio will not become a CRTC station (that is how we are decolonizing radio!) here are some resources of where you can get your Indigenous news.
Missing & Murdered: Finding Cleo
Missing & Murdered: Who Killed Alberta Williams?
The Confidence & Communication podcast
This one may come as a surprise to people. An Indigenous worldview includes sharing and uplifting one another, even if, in a western worldview we're seen as competition. In order to decolonize the industry, The Frog Radio will not become a CRTC regulated station, which means (unless you have the right hook ups and adequate data plan) you won't be able to listen to us in your car. But you'll be able to tune into these indigenous stations or radio programs:
CBC Reclaimed, Canada nationwide, check for local listings
CHON FM, Whitehorse YK
CKLB FM, Yellowknife, NWT
CFNR FM, Terrace BC
Nuxalk Radio, Bella Coola BC
I Rise Radio, CICK, Smithers BC (our literal cousin program!)
CFWE FM, Edmonton AB
The Raven, Edmonton AB
CJWE FM, Calgary AB
NCI FM, Manitoba
MBC Radio, Saskatchewan
CKRZ FM, Oshweken ON
CFPO FM, Ottawa ON
CFPT FM, Toronto ON
Taqramiut Nipingat, Nunavik, QC
CKTP FM, Fredericton, NB
Native Voice One, USA nationwide, check for local listings
Truth & Reconcilation
It is SO important to understand that reconciliation starts with reading the TRC recommendations and then acting on them.
Truth & Reconciliation Commission