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Rylan Higgins: Will you support Indigenous resistance or not? A lot is riding on your answer – The Guardian

by ahnationtalk on February 20, 2020127 Views

Mi’kmaw scholar Bonita Lawrence describes an aspect of the history of Turtle Island (a.k.a. Canada) that we must consider, generally, but especially with regard to protesters supporting the Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs. Lawrence details resistance by Indigenous people that marked the colonization of Turtle Island.

This history should be well-known, but unfortunately it is not. Importantly, Indigenous people have never stopped resisting. That which Lawrence describes is some of the earliest, going back centuries. Resistance has continued unbroken over the many decades since; it’s happening as I write this.

It is urgent that non-Indigenous people currently living on Turtle Island seek deep understanding of this resistance. I would argue, for example, that this resistance should form the cornerstone of attempts to educate young non-Indigenous people about Turtle Island. And this is because gaining this knowledge is the initial step toward an obligation that we non-Indigenous people must fulfil.

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