What If We Actually Treated Indigenous People as People?

When it comes to meaningfully acknowledging the theft of land, or addressing poverty, we would rather not be bothered.

ᐊᒋᒧᐢᑕᒪᑫ [achi-mo-stamakee] “Tell a story” (Cree)

Territorial acknowledgements are written so that we may express a sentiment without feeling it.

Mukk wen pepsimaw: “Think before you speak” (Mi’kmaw)

Many people tend to whitewash history in an ingratiating way that abets white liberals’ tacit desire to signal their own virtue.

Eliding the messiness of history in the Americas is a tactic used not to heal old wounds, but to soothe white guilt.

Bidzï hitsigh: “Her heart is crying” (Wet’suwet’en)

Europeans were perplexed, offended, and incensed that Native peoples had the temerity to take their goods and return their gods.

— Thomas King, The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America

Source: Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

2018 winner of the Dalton Camp Award for essay-writing. M.A. Political Science. I'll go to the mat for the Oxford comma.

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