This originally started as a blog prompt post. The theme of Sunday Stills was on numbers and so I looked through my Word Press archived media files for content. The 2 pictures that spoke to me sent the blog post in an entirely different direction but it still features numbers.
Given that it is National Indigenous Month in Canada this became the focus.
These two photos that feature numbers are a reminder that as a Canadian I have homework to do. Steps that acknowledge the truth of colonialism and move forward to reconciliation in my actions.
Indeed I think the first step is something I have heard but not often seen in writing. I have seen it from different levels of government but certainly not at the personal level.
For non-Indigenous communities, land acknowledgment is a powerful way of showing respect and honoring the Indigenous Peoples of the land on which we work and live. Acknowledgment is a simple way of resisting the erasure of Indigenous histories and working towards honoring and inviting the truth.”Aug 10, 2020Truth and Reconciliation Report
In doing some research to ensure I was correct in my assessment of Treaty 6 boundaries I realized that the Rural Municipality that I live in has no formal land acknowledgement and so have emailed them to ask that they address this. A small step to take but an important one.
Sadly many levels of government recieve failing grades as this Calls to Action Accountability Report through the Yellowhead Institute. At the current pace it will take until 2060 to address them all. Only 3 were completed last year. The report in the link talks about the reasons why. And I think it highlights why citizens must demand accountability from our elected representatives. I will be emailing my MP to let her know of my concerns at the pathetic pace for addressing these ongoing items. On a personal level I have just downloaded the Truth and Reconciliation Report to read. I have read the 94 items but not the entire report and I aim to correct that oversight.
I acknowledge that I live and write from land that is on the traditional territory of the Cree, Saulteaux, Dene, Dakota, Lakota, Nakota, and Métis nations. I express deep and heartfelt gratitude and respect for this land.
I encourage fellow Canadians reading this blog to comment and let me know what kinds of actions you are taking. By sharing our ideas that we can all implement it will help make Canada better not just for us but for the First Nations who’s home territory of Turtle Island became our Canada.