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Newcomers share shock of learning about Indigenous realities – Times Colonist

by ahnationtalk on January 22, 202089 Views

January 22, 2020

As a newcomer to Canada in 2012, Victoria Coun. Sharmarke Dubow’s first impression of Indigenous people was coloured by other people’s stereotypes.

On his first day in the country, he saw a person begging on the street. It didn’t match the image he had of Canada as a country where people enjoy a high quality of life.

Orientation videos during his immigration process had shown bustling cities with tall buildings, new technology and a busy workforce.

When Dubow asked about the person on the street, his relative told him the person was “a poor Aboriginal.”

Dubow didn’t know about Indigenous people in Canada. Nothing in the orientation videos taught him about the country’s colonial history or the ways in which that past continues to shape the lives of Indigenous people.

Read More: https://www.timescolonist.com/news/local/newcomers-to-canada-share-shock-of-learning-about-indigenous-realities-1.24058533

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