Resisting 150
University of Alberta
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The historical trauma that the indigenous people’s of North America suffered is well-established by historians and well known by all those who are a product of a Canadian education system. The victim card tactic being played here has run its course and Canadian’s (this includes many aboriginal people by the way) on the whole seem fed up with it. It is a PR narrative regularly spouted by governmental and aboriginal leaders. At a certain point aboriginal peoples are going to need to take some personal responsibility for what is occurring inside their communities. Constantly decrying the British and French colonialism of the past does nothing to address the real contemporary issues facing the aboriginal peoples of today. High levels of suicide, substance abuse, school dropout, teen pregnancy, prostitution, etc. are all REAL problems that need solving, and no amount of shouting down the past will help solve them, because “colonialism” is not the problem anymore. The problem is, as I just said, the high levels of suicide, substance abuse, school dropout, teen pregnancy, prostitution, etc. Nobody with any sense denies the historical context which has led to the problems of today, and people all across Canada want to help, but Aboriginal communities seem to have become their own worst enemy in this regard. It is easy to see “Resisting 150” for what it really is, a virtue signalling social media gimmick designed to make inaction look like action.

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