We hope this toolkit will be fun and informative to read. We hope it will also serve as a how-to guide for establishing relationships and writing even better stories.

This guide is a small window into one of the most important, fascinating and least understood aspects of our society. For some of you, this can be a useful review. For others, it may all be new. Whatever your level of understanding, we applaud you for seeking a deeper under- standing of Indigenous issues.

Download a hard copy for your desk from the link below and/or bookmark the online link. Next time there’s a First Nations election, a court ruling on Métis hunting rights, a community tragedy, an oil spill, a high-school volleyball star winning an award or an elder with a fascinating story to tell, we hope you’ll be a bit better equipped to cover these stories in a respectful, accurate, interesting way.

So here’s our challenge: Use the toolkit on your first day back at the office. Assign a news piece or feature from the story ideas page. Use the contact list and the protocol guide to call or visit one or two sources - ask what ideas they might have for you. Or start flipping through an item on the reading list.

Thanks to our toolkit team – Saskatoon journalist Jason Warick, University of Regina Master of Journalism student Jeanelle Mandes and U of R School of Journalism Professor Patricia Elliott.

Thank you, and good luck!

Reconciliation and the Media Committee Co-Chairs Betty Ann Adam and Mervin Brass