For a quick breakdown of Doctrine of Discovery facts, see our DoD Facts page
For an overview of the Doctrine of Discovery in international and US law, check out the Wikipedia article on the Doctrine of Discovery
For a deeper dive, here is a growing list of helpful resources:
A Blog Series on the Doctrine of Discovery, published by Mennonite Church USA
By Coalition Co-Chair Sarah Augustine
- “My Commissioning,”
- “Walking Culture,”
- “A Story from My Family,”
- “Agents of Change,”
- “In Spite of All This…”
An interview with Coalition Co-Chair Sarah Augustine
Blog by Jenn Carreto
Academic papers and reports
Indigenous Law Institute
Special Intotemak Trilogy, edited by Steve Heinrichs
Here are 3 studies that look specifically at ways the Church can engage in the reconciliation process: adopt and comply with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples; repudiate the Doctrine of Discovery; respect Indigenous spirituality. Honoring the call of Indigenous peoples from around the world, Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) has specifically summoned, not only the State, but all churches to embrace the TRC’s Calls to Action.
Short articles written by both Indigenous and Settler authors, combined with poetry and visual arts provide a rich, engaging and accessible resource for individual and group conversation. Study guides are included in each volume. Several Coalition members are among the contributors.
“Wrongs to Rights: How churches can engage the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples”
“Yours, Mine, Ours: Unravelling the Doctrine of Discovery”
“Quest for Respect: The Church and Indigenous Spirituality”
Get a copy of the series at CommonWord Bookstore and Resource Center.
By Vine Deloria Jr.
By Robert J. Miller
By Steven T. Newcomb
By Blake Watson
This is a growing list. Please let us know of any other resources we should add!