But we’ve had problems. Recently, we have rightfully been shamed as testimony about the treatment of aboriginals in residential schools has come to light. The Report on Truth and Reconciliation was sobering reading. It’s difficult now to know how to learn from the past, and to ensure our country’s collective mistakes don’t happen again in the future. As a child, I have strong memories of the racism introduced to us in our home, and especially as we drove from my grandparent’s. They had experiences near the reservation that led to negative actions and feelings, and it is wrong for me to minimize or dismiss that fact. We are shaped by what our experiences, and I know for sure my parents were not always surrounded by positive and nurturing events.
I’ve decided their why doesn’t matter to me, not now. What matters most is that I personally, ensure I learn my own truths, and am moulded by my own experiences.
This video shows one man’s story. It is unique, but it is also common. Mr. Kinew is well-spoken, and represents his people and his culture–and our country very well. All of his videos are interesting, exposing me to parts of Canada that remain foreign to me. He speaks to hope for our collective future, a Canada reconciled to its past and moving forward together to its future. But none of that can happen if we don’t at least try to understand.
If you are Canadian, please watch. If you aren’t, please watch. There is so much for us to learn from each other.
Oh Canada. I still stand on guard for thee. And I always will.