sweet geez do i need to go find those two posts and reblog them again?
the one about how ppl need to stop being all “omg i can’t believe THIS is happening in 2013!!!”?
and the one abt how canada is not some happy cosy nice liberal paradise?
cuz fuck. i assure you, no canadian with their heads even marginally out of their asses is at all surprised by shit thats going down in Elsipogtog - definitely no one old enough to remember Oka is surprised.
Canada. Is. An. Actively. Colonial. State.
(And the idea of progress is false as fuck and the idea of progress being inherent with time is doubly false.)
Canada is an ACTIVELY COLONIAL state.
We aren’t even 100 years past the age of the Empire. We are STILL a member of the “Commonwealth”. What was essentially or literally first contact with the Inuit and other native people in the Arctic occurred /within the lifetimes of people still alive today/. The Canadian State BARELY recognizes or acknowledges any of the Treaties between indigenous Nations and the Crown and is ALWAYS AND CONSISTENTLY trying to go back on or ignore them - especially out east here, home to the oldest ones.
The last RESIDENTIAL SCHOOL was closed in MY lifetime - the last of a program begun in the late 19th century.
There is no sharp divide between past and present.
And Canada. Is. An. Actively. Colonial. State.
so stfu with acting all appalled and surprised bc in this day and age!!! especially if you are NOT Canadian or First Nations/Metis/Inuit.
Residential schools were such a recent thing. People like to pretend that they’re this far of part of history but my grandfather and his siblings went to residential schools. It was not that long ago.
Yep. :/ (For context for anyone who doesn’t know my age, I was born in 1992. Last Canadian residential school closed in 1996, IIRC.)