Happy Birthday, Canada

by islandgirl @, Cowichan Valley, Sunday, July 02, 2017, 11:45 (26 days ago) @ ZihuaRob

The former prime minister Harper denied Canada was a colonial state. Ain't gonna get to reconciliation without acknowledging the truth, learning our real history, or if our partner, the government keeps cheating on us.
At school our kids are studying ancient Greece, ancient Rome and ancient Egypt, while the 15,000+ yrs of Salish history within a few metres of the school isn't taught. (True story, son's school, now working with school district to change that) Colonialism tends to deny and negate the validity of the oppressed peoples' history, therefore their existence.
Never be scared to learn something new and open your mind to other ways of doing things. Learning the truth is the only way we'll ever get to reconciliation.
Don't want to learn the real history? Then things will stay as they are. Approximately 90 First Nations without clean drinking water, some of them for years and years. Kids committing suicide, self medicating leading to addiction issues, above average health problems, majority of kids in care will be First Nations.........
If the same amount of people who 'help' in Zihua, were to put that same energy into their nearest Indigenous community, think of the huge difference that would make! Many of the issues these helpers are helping with, are the same issues indigenous communities at home are facing. Do they realize that many of the people they are helping in Zihua are Mexican 'Indians'? We are also Zihua helpers, so don't think I'm slagging off the helpers. We usually have a least one volunteer 'job' each day we are there.

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