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Sunday, February 16, 2020

Wetsuweten protests- we don't get to choose the battle; we can only choose our side 

Once again, I think we have reached the point in Canada where we don't get to choose the battle. We can only choose our side.
I can't say I understand the #Wetsuweten protests, but I am coming to realize that if Canada's usual suspects are against them, then the side I must choose is to support them.
I cannot yet see what the resolution will be acceptable to this impasse -- no pipeline at all? a pipeline in a different place? some kind of a joint economic development consortium between Wetsuweten and the government and the gas companies? I just don't know.
But I do know that I simply cannot support this kind of attitude:
Or this kind of frightening, provocative and unacceptable behaviour:
At least there is still a little humour to be found, too:
Montreal Simon is concerned that the blockade protests risk annoying and inconveniencing so many people in Eastern Canada who have no voice or choice in the matter, that support for reconciliation will be threatened -- and this is not an unlikely concern. Susan Delacourt also writes about how complicated the reconciliation issues have now become:
This is where Trudeau’s “most important relationship” gets complicated, maybe hopelessly so. It is not just about historic reconciliation. It’s also about economic circumstances, resource development versus the environment, and the populism arising from economic inequality — some of the most vexing, conflict-laden issues facing the federal government. Throw in contempt for the law and it’s easy to see why what looked important in 2015 can look impossible in 2020.
Here are some good tweet threads with more info:


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3 Comments:

To me its real simple. they still haven't cleaned up Grassy Narrows so there isn't any real reconciliation. Reconciliation is a nice word which politicians and whites use but means nothing unless there is some action attached. No action, no reconciliation.

I'm 70 and I've been watching "this show" my whole life and not much has improved for Indigenous People. About all that has happened is Indigenous People have the right to vote and their kids are permitted to attend "public" schools. Health care and housing still lags behind.

If you think reconciliation is working, have a look at the number of unsolved murder cases of Indigenous kids in Thunder Bay. They still don't know who is murder women on the Highway of Tears in B.C. although they finally have bus service in the area. If that had been a "white" area, you can bet there would have been patrols and buses.

I figured out something was wrong as a kid, when we would go on vacation to the B.C. Interior and drive through or by reserves.

By Anonymous e.a.f., at 5:12 pm  

I'm 70 too, and I do think Canada is better now than it was in the middle of the 20th Century, when residential schools actually still existed.
Here in Saskatchewan, we have made progress, while still acknowledging that things are far from perfect yet.

By Blogger Cathie from Canada, at 12:02 am  

Schools for Indigenous children continued in B.C. until the early 1970s.

Agreed, its some what better, but not enough to say Indigenous kids have an equal run at life in this country.,

By Anonymous e.a.f., at 2:36 pm  

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