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Take the time to read about Indigenous history – Niagarathisweek.com

by ahnationtalk on March 30, 202049 Views

Too many Canadians know too little about the original inhabitants of the land, writes Dorothy Turcotte

Most Canadians don‘t know much about the treaties between the Indigenous people and white Europeans who came to settle on their land.

Little of this has ever been taught in our schools, so there was a lot of confusion and misunderstanding about the recent road and railway blockades. For that reason, I recommend “Peace and Good Order — The Case for Indigenous Justice in Canada,” as required reading for Canadians of all ages.

The author of the book, Harold R. Johnson, is a member of the Montreal Lake Cree Nation. He and his wife live on a trapline in northern Saskatchewan. He is also a graduate of Harvard Law School, and a former Crown prosecutor. The book was prompted by a message he received in February 2018 from a friend, a retired (white) provincial court judge. The message referred to the 2018 not-guilty verdict in the murder of Colten Boushie, a young Cree man. Perhaps you remember this case. Briefly, in 2016 Boushie and some friends pulled into Gerald Stanley’s driveway, on his farm near Biggar, Sask., to ask for help with a flat tire. Their car crashed into Stanley’s and he ran into the shed to grab a semi-automatic handgun. Boushie, who was unarmed and sitting in the car, was shot in the head. In court, Stanley said he believed he had every right to kill the “intruder.” A jury (white) would later agree with him.

Read More: https://www.niagarathisweek.com/opinion-story/9917883-take-the-time-to-read-about-indigenous-history/

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