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National Indigenous Peoples Day 2019

This is a very important day IMO, in Canada. As in many other countries, Canada treated its indigenous peoples very poorly and disrespectfully. A slow movement towards reconciliation is taking place, but the scars run very deep. Especially, with the history of residential schooling, that, arguably, attempted to erase their culture and history. I have a strong affinity with native peoples – my father worked in what was called ‘Indian Affairs’ in the federal government. Not to mention, I had a lot of friends in school, from various bands, including the Musqueam Nation. Sadly, they were all sidelined and on the periphery in the schools, and, unfairly, deemed as threats.

 

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These beautiful native women put on a most haunting and mesmerizing performance.

 

 

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Wiki: Bannock, skaan (or scone), or Indian bread,[12] is found throughout North American Native cuisine, including that of the Inuit of Canada and Alaska, other Alaska Natives, the First Nations of the rest of Canada, the Native Americans in the United States, and the Métis.

It did not take me long to find the food truck, it’s a special skill I have.  😀  My wife works in after-school care at a special school where the student body is 90% indigenous, unique in Canada.

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3 thoughts on “National Indigenous Peoples Day 2019

  1. It’s sad that this seems to be the norm all around. I had the chance to visit a Native tribe here last year, and one of the ladies said she would walk several miles to the school only to be treated horribly. The teachers kept encouraging other students to fear and shun her to the point where she gave up and had to walk an even longer distance to get an education. The happy ending is that she did go on and created a school for the native children, but it’s a shame that people are still treated this way for something they have no control over.

    Thank you for this post! And nice talent on always finding the food truck! :)

    1. Terrific comment Jay. My wife works at xpey’ school in Vancouver. https://www.vsb.bc.ca/Student_Learning/Elementary/Indigenous_Focus/Pages/Default.aspx
      You can google it, sorry brain forgot how to make a link. Paste above.
      There have been unspeakable atrocities, but any Native person will say that they don’t want to be defined by that. I daresay that my own father, who was ostracized as a Japanese living in Canada during the war years, had a more than mild affinity with Native peoples. No universities would even allow Japanese to attend there, with one exception: U of M. (Manitoba) Which is why I ended up being born in Winnipeg. Gotta go, there are food trucks I haven’t tried yet!

      1. Thanks for the link, will definitely check it out! I would say we’re a bit less horrible to immigrants here than we are to Natives, not sure if that doesn’t make us even worse. It’s a hard decision to make. I’ll ponder on that while you try the food! Have fun!

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