It manifests in the unfortunate necessity of Indigenous peoples (most especially those deemed knowledge holders in the community) to mentor and educate non-Indigenous researchers. It is an intellectual, emotional, and spiritual labor that takes away from directing “their energies towards their own families and community healing and resurgence”
...the path to #Decolonization begins through an awareness of residential schools - the vehicles of what is widely acknowledged now as an attempted cultural genocide of first peoples by the Canadian state.
Using the proper name – I’ve only just learned the name Comiaken (#Qw_umiyiqun), which was a Cowichan winter village – turns out to be a good step away from Eurocentric history. It got me dipping into local artists, survey maps, place names info, all sorts of random stuff.