This book is an honest examination of Indigenous people lives and how they feel betrayed and have difficulty celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday as the rest do.
Canada 150 commemorates the founding of Canada in 1867, being the political agreement that resulted in the union of two founding nations.
In this initial union, there were four provinces which began the vision of creating a federal nation-state that wold eventually effect dominion over the northern part of North America as well.
Today, what is lacking in this myopic vision is space for a response from the people of this land, and moreover a passionate response from those people who believe Canada can and must do better to include Indigenous people.
This book is not a history lesson for the faint of heart. This book is a challenge that requires a response from us.
Any reader expecting reminiscences from the era of the romantic stoic Indian is not accurate. What is contained in this book is a call for Canadians to roll up their sleeves consider whose land they occupy, and understand that those cherished symbols of Canadian identity were embossed on to nations that were already here.
From the outset, Indigenous people were completely excluded from the meetings that led to that creation of Canada. As well, given that Indigenous people were assumed to be a dying race–through eradication or assimilation by agencies such as residential schools–the only concern of John A. MacDonald, George Brown, George-Etienne Cartier, et all, at the conferences in Charlottetown, Quebec city, and London England was how to implement the control and removal of Indigenous people from their lands, and to oversee their termination.
This book represents an attempt to educate, challenge and inspire both settler Canadians and Indigenous people, the learned and the ignorant, and in particular, our youth. Many Indigenous nations and regions from across Canada are represented in an attempt to make space for different perspectives.
I loved this honest look at the Indigenous people and how we can all do our part to change things one little bit at a time.
This book is a must read for all Canadians, especially on this our 150th celebration of confederation!
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth