Ellen Gabriel: Bill C-15 is chance ‘to actually break with the colonial status quo’ – Ricochet Media

Ellen Gabriel: Bill C-15 is chance ‘to actually break with the colonial status quo’ – Ricochet Media

by ahnationtalk on April 12, 202175 Views

Changing the relationship between Indigenous Peoples and Canadians has fallen backwards once again, as Canada slips back into the comfortable, foggy colonial amnesia of its genocidal history.

There’s no denying that Canada has committed genocide against Indigenous Peoples. It has stolen our lands and our children. It has suppressed our languages and our laws. It has turned its back on the safety of our women and girls. And despite the rhetoric of reconciliation among federal and provincial politicians, the reality is that Indigenous Peoples persistently suffer under a colonial state — be it through racist laws or systemic racism. The years of effort to stir real change within a decolonial framework has been stifled under the rhetoric of reconciliation, while the status quo Treasury Board fails to acknowledge Indigenous Peoples’ human rights.

This is the context in which we have to understand Bill C-15, the proposed new federal law to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).

Read More: https://ricochet.media/en/3593/ellen-gabriel-bill-c-15-is-chance-to-actually-break-with-the-colonial-status-quo

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