View Full Version : Assimilating Canadians into the wisdom of Indigenous ancestors BY DEREK RASMUSSEN

04-23-2013, 09:09 PM
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This year, the Idle No More movement called for Earth Day rallies to focus attention on the links between Indigenous issues and the environmental movement.
Events leading up to Earth Day included an impressive 'Nation2Nation' (N2N) dialogue between Haudenosaunee and Anishnawbeg leaders like Ellen Gabriel and Leanne Simpson and Canadian activist Naomi Klein in Toronto. (Watch videos of this event here and here.)
Emphasizing the need for cooperation between Indigenous peoples and "settlers," Russ Diabo, a member of the Mohawk Nation at Kahnawake, told N2N, "Nationhood is about our relationship and responsibility for Mother Earth. It's not about drawing lines, because, whichever side you're on, we all have a relationship with our mother the earth."
Ecologically speaking, Diabo is correct; metaphysically, less so. When it comes to my people, the Non-Indigenous, most of us don't acknowledge Mother Earth, and behave as if we have no responsibility for her.
It might be flattering to call us "settlers," but it's misleading. We don't settle anywhere. Economic forces compel the average Canadian to move once every six years, cutting multigenerational ties to any particular piece of living earth. Perhaps therein lies the source of much of the trouble we get up to?

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