Sunday, July 2, 2017

The Day After Canada Day - How Little I Know




Listening to Ideas with the great host Paul Kennedy program on CBC Radio for many years, there have been serveral memorable episodes. I'm so very glad I didn't miss this one last night; the last presentation given of the Us and Them series, was Roberta Jamieson.


While listening I came to the difficult realization how very little I know in regards to the history of Indigenous peoples in relation to Colonization within Canada. It was also the first time I'd heard of Roberta Jamieson. What a remarkable woman. Making the time to listen to such a poignent talk by her last night is one of the best things I could do to acknowledge Canada Day. It's both a painful, and very hopeful message that Roberta Jamieson has, and an essential history message that we all need to hear, learn, understand and do whatever we can to bring about positive change within our country of Canada.

2 comments:

thesycamoretree said...

It's so easy to want to look away when a group of people trying to express their pain. Others may say, "But that's in the past..." But sometimes one of the kinder things we can do is listen deeply and thus validate what they say.

Catherine Meyers said...

That's a wise statement, Bev.

Those who say "that's in the past" fail to realize or understand, know or acknowledge this generational pain is a continuum that is still happening, with Indigenous people over-represented in prisons, the poverty, disregard for Treaties and on and on.