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  • Writer's pictureFred Guerin


“Reconciliation is about establishing and maintaining a mutually respectful relationship between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples in this country. In order for that to happen, there has to be awareness of the past, an acknowledgement of the harm that has been inflicted, atonement for the causes, and action to change behaviour.” – Summary of the Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, 2015

“The objective is to take the Indian out of the Child.” – John A. MacDonald, Canada’s first prime minister

“The Queen wishes her red children to learn the cunning of the white man. ” – Alexander Morris, lieutenant governor and treaty commissioner, 1874

Canadians have been largely persuaded by politicians and mainstream media that the project of colonialism and assimilation of Indigenous Peoples is over. As the argument goes, reconciliation means a new, more respectful relationship has been established, realized via economic opportunities afforded by the expansion of fossil fuel exploration and infrastructure projects such as pipelines. Corporations and banks have begun to invest in Indigenous corporate training programs that associate economic prosperity with reconciliation. At the same time, Indigenous resistance to oil and gas projects is marginalized or entirely ignored in mainstream media coverage. Go here for full article:

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