First Peoples Ways are the Ways that they lived day to day for over 10,000 years before contact with European Settlers. For example, Smudging is common among many First Nations and is used for purification and prayer.
One of my favourite pieces in this book is by Eve Tuck titled “Losing Patience for the Task of Convincing Settlers to Pay Attention to Indigenous Ideas”. Tuck reminds us that #decolonization is not a metaphor that can be delinked from “the #rematriation of Indigenous #land and life”
they’d done enough Marx to get Art’s dialectic of #colonialism as dispossession, dependency and oppression. His clearest message, that Canada had taken 99.8% of the land.
There was a time when I diligently abided by your #narrative: that I was lucky to be out of my primitive culture, with its promiscuous women and violent men, its rampant substance abuse and perpetual poverty.
“Not a single Canadian has ever approached me to say: Why are there so many injustices committed against Indigenous peoples or Why is there not a strong movement for support justice and sovereignty for Indigenous people’s sovereignty movement in Canada?”
Some of the teachings I am working through today include: 1. do your own healing & then #walk along side others to help them find their resilience (as an approach to trauma and culturally informed counselling but, still has lessons for those looking to work in #allyship )
The further I delve into the experiences of Latin America, I find struggles over land, fights with multinationals, environmental desecration, court battles. Every indigenous community and group, wherever it is, has issues with the state, and terms like indigenous and state flatten out the differences, so I am wary here
Recently, the #Syilx nation has started a campaign called #WElovelanguage, in an effort to educate and preserve the #nsyilxcen language. This campaign is open for all to learn, and given that language and culture inform each other…