It’s the privileged ignoring First Nations history – National Observer

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It’s the privileged ignoring First Nations history – National Observer

by ahnationtalk on July 26, 202137 Views

July 26th 2021

Postmedia’s Brian Lilley has argued that while the discovery of a mass grave at the former Kamloops Indian Residential School is understandably causing outrage, the “desire by some to channel that anger by tearing down names, statues and buildings is the wrong path.” Alberta Premier Jason Kenney made similar comments in order to push back against “cancel culture.”

Buried inside these comments is an insidious and insulting message. It’s that First Nations activists, survivors and family members, students and young people, and everyone who has wanted statues taken down or institutions changed are misguidedly destructive at best or cowards at worst. They don’t want to let history anywhere near them. But nothing could be further from the truth, and a moment’s thought should lead anyone to that conclusion.

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