Indigenous peoples did nothing wrong to the government of Canada – The Star

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Indigenous peoples did nothing wrong to the government of Canada – The Star

by ahnationtalk on October 19, 2021139 Views

Canadians still struggle with the realities facing Indigenous peoples. Some run out the old “they should pull themselves up by their bootstraps” idea, ignoring structural barriers imposed by generations of government paternalism and marginalization. Even the argument that residential schools were a “good thing” has only slowly receded.

Though some progress is being made, many still think of Canada’s obligations to Indigenous peoples as being the same as obligations to “poor” Canadians. This approach implies that reducing Indigenous poverty is the country’s sole obligation.

But First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples rightly see much broader issues at play, including their responsibility for traditional territories, existing and implied relationships with various governments, and their determination to sustain their languages and cultures. Indigenous peoples aspire to arrangements that, at a minimum, allow them to share in Canadian prosperity, have greater control over their traditional lands, the possibility of peaceful coexistence with others in Canada, and the prospect of sustaining their cultures.

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