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The Barrie Examiner has been publishing numerous racist editorials by Joffre McCleary, whose bold statements include how 'savage' Indigenous people were.
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I think about it all and wonder if there are enough dresses or symbols in the world to signify that pain and distress for Indigenous people.
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Why do we need to protect people who want to upstage or interrupt our celebrations, or other public gatherings?
I have stopped existing in the binary my parents created for me: white people are bad, we're good, colonization happened, and then reclamation.
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The Canada 150 celebrations are a chance for Canadians to think about what sort of country we want and how to end the legacy of racial discrimination.
What about the wonderful women who are discouraged by hatred, by naysaying, by the abusive and unkind people who stand in their way, or by the institutions? They are exceptional, valued, underestimated and maybe "too much" in the best way. I believe they should be told.
I didn't want to, I HAD to. I had to educate myself so that I could honour my mother's humanity. I informed my mother of every episode along my path of discovery. Her eyes lit up with my stories of cultural awareness. I educated her in many ways. Her humanity became my raison d'être.
"I didn't want to take up space arguing."
Rosa V. Pitawanakwat-Burke
Cultural appropriation has become one of those Trump-era terms that gets people literally all a-twitter. But there's one thing you may notice when the topic hits your feeds and timelines - the people who are dismissing it as a joke are, well, white folks.
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"It's very healing when you know your language."
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The land claims industry remains a perpetuation of Canada's colonial policy that seeks to clear title to the land. The language in the policy has shifted over time from blanket extinguishment, to land and resource extinguishment, to defining rights completely.
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There was nothing "beautiful" about the First World War. It was an inter-imperialist conflict that left 15 million dead. All ordinary soldiers in it were victims of the ruling classes' ambitions. And glorifying First Nations participation in imperialist wars as part of overcoming Canada's colonial treatment of First Nations is, at a minimum, ironic.
What do you know about First Nations policing in Ontario? Probably very little. First Nations policing has been seriously neglected for years despite several government-led initiatives aimed at providing the support necessary for these services to deliver quality and effective policing to the communities they serve.
The reality, as I know it, is that I feel threatened. I feel a general threat to my life - that when people know I'm native they can judge me based on their limited experience with my people, and men can view me with a lecherousness they believe I deserve and ask for. We must continue to survive, carry these stories, and never be afraid to identify our culprits.