A Note

Though it might not be the best word, I use the term “relationship” here intentionally. Relationships can be good and bad, respectful and toxic, friendly and abusive. The term is meant to address both the reality and the potential.

It also signifies the difference between two or more parties. We must not conflate the federation of Canada with the nations and people groups who lived here first. They are not Canada’s Indigenous people; nor are they Indigenous people who live in Canada. This is a relationship between multiple sovereign parties that stretches back to the time the European colonizers first arrived on this land.

If we want to grow in our understanding of what it means to be citizens of Canada, it means understanding both the historic and present relationship our federation has had with those who lived here first.

Where To Start?

(more to come)