Canada, you need to look deep within yourself.
This is what Natives in Canada deal with daily. Anti-Native racism is so normalized that, while it would be considered impolitic for the Progressive Conservative Party of Manitoba to allow this Braydon fellow to continue being their youth wing president, this is representative of the ugly face of Canadian populism.
Why is this so persistent? Even if it can be easily discounted and dismissed with only a modicum of research?
The legitimization of settlement is through a narrative of conquest and destiny. Without which, the naked land grab and theft that constituted settlement and laws like the Dominion Lands Act could not be so easily justified.
and wherever there is a narrative of conquest and destiny, there has to be noble victors and a vile and inscrutable enemy to pit them against. Losers, fated to succumb to inevitable domination at the hands of indefatigable settlers marching inexorably forward under banners of progress. Losers who have always been cast in shadows and existing outside of linear time, moribund savages described according to essentialisms of primitivity and stubborn resistance to prescribed betterment.
Canada needs its colonial bogeymen, and Canada will always invent new roles for them to play.
Roles like “freeloading indians.”
But in an age where the leaseholder fails to uphold its obligation according to the terms of the lease, one which has made the leaseholder rich beyond its wildest dreams, who is really the freeloader?
oh, and you can let Braydon Maz know just how wrong he is here.
We’ve got a lot of work to do to pry settlers from their cherished racism.
Racism against Natives is so normalized in Canada that, despite having some FAINT memories of learning about Coast Salish peoples in grade 3, by the time I was a young adult these kinds of jokes, and comments about “freeloading, alcoholic Natives” didn’t turn my head. It’s largely thanks to eye-openers on tumblr, rather than any role models in my personal life speaking to me (sadly), that I’ve begun to unpack that part of my privileged white upbringing.
Many elements of education fail Canadian students — French education, for one, and DEFINITELY education about first peoples.
That being said, the education system in many provinces are great reformed to cater to aboriginal students.
It is mandatory in saskatchewan to teach treaty education and it is built into each grade.
LIP (Learning improvement plans) are built specifically for aboriginal students. Teachers can teach it, but when students are transient it is the student who suffers.
Yes, the majority of teachers are white, but we’re doing the best we can with the resources we have.
lol, sorry. No.
You’re going to have to provide proof of an education system that is catering us, because from where I’m sitting, and according to the discursive structure of this country, settler knowledge of Canadian indigineity is sorely lacking and as we can see here, and throughout this country “the best you can” is not nearly enough.
Or, perhaps it’s not really anything approaching “the best” and perhaps a more fundamental shift in pedogogy is required. Furthermore, it’s not us that the Canadian system needs to address. It’s you guys, guys like Braydon Maz, who cling to threadbare stereotypes about my people.
And as Dwayne Donald says in “Forts, Curriculum, and Indigenous Metissage“
Attempts at the so-called inclusion of Indigenous perspectives have usually meant that an anachronistic study of Aboriginal peoples is offered as a possibility in classrooms if there is time and only if people are still interested.
Forgive me if I fail to recognize the supposed value in a cursory examination of the treaties by a settler institution. I know what they teach, and I know that it isn’t nearly enough, because Canada is still full of people who think of us as nothing more than benighted savages who contribute nothing and get free government handouts.
So please, tell me what these LIPs tailored for Native kids is going to do for all the non-Natives in this country who think we’re nothing more than worthless sub-humans?
Because that’s the issue, but thanks for the college try.