How Much More Needs to Happen for Canada to Wake Up?

A piece on Canada’s reprehensible, colonial history and the realities still being faced by Indigenous communities today

Background: terminology and definitions

Note: image is given to visualize the difference between Indian, Métis, and Inuit peoples. Population numbers may not be accurate. Source

False Myths and Their Roots

A group of Cree women and children on reserve in the 1890s. Source: Glenbow Archives, NA-682–3
There are over 50 Indigenous languages with over 200 dialects, however only three possess a strong likelihood of survival due to the number of fluent speakers. Source
Qiqirtaq High School, one of the two schools in a King William Island community. Source

Indigenous Rights & Legislation Timeline

Residential Schools

Boys in class at a residential school in Lac La Ronge, Saskatchewan. Source
The location of residential schools, shown on the map of Canada.

Now

Unemployment and Poverty

First Nations community poverty is the single greatest social injustice facing Canada. Canada is one of the wealthiest nations in the world, all because of the generosity and land of our ancestors. Yet First Nations peoples endure poverty and third world conditions in their own homeland. This injustice is met with silence. The unacceptable is accepted.

— Former National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, Phil Fontaine

Indigenous Reserves and Access to Basic Necessities

Education, Healthcare, Food, Water — The Basic Necessities

Housing

Violence and Crime

The way forward starts with you and me. Today — and quite literally — tomorrow.

On this Canada Day, I ask you: how much do you feel like we have to celebrate?

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