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"What are we going to celebrate?"

Original Peoples, →Canadian Foreign Policy

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This speech was delivered by George Erasmus at a conference in Ottawa in 1989 to what has been described as "a well-oiled group of Canadian business people gathered to discuss how Canada would celebrate 1992."

George Erasmus is longtime Indigenous activist and politician from the Dene community of Behchokǫ̀. At the time of the speech, he was the leader of the Assembly of First Nations (AFN). Erasmus resigned at the end of his second term, in 1991.

The video was recently posted on youtube by Greg Mentuck, of the Waywayseecappo First Nation.

 

[I am posting this and other videos simply to rescue some of the messages that have slipped into the cracks of history for many people, and for those of us who may have still been playing in schoolyards - or reading our history books about the nice pioneers - at the time, regardless of whether I agree or not with the people or the message. - sandra]

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Fantastic condensed history..........

Lesson.

Thank you Sandra.

This is not lost on me, as a Cree person who has more to learn about the history of "the colonization project" brought to thls "home and native land" by the "crown of england".

Surely the French were not much different? Each colonizers.

I would post more, but I am short on time on fighting the gentrification in my community - the downtown eastside.

I needed to "make time" to reply my gratitude for the message. I also appreciate "the messenger" - so thank you from my soul, which is in pain.

Namaste/all my relations

Tami Starlight - VMC Femininja & editorial collective member

Timeliness and relevance

This is an awesome speech, as trenchant and applicable today as it was then.  It could be added to the school curriculum when looking at Canada's constitution and history.

However i think it is important for a media portal such as this to make explicit the link between articles posted and ongoing events or current news.  A sentence or two is sufficient.   Otherwise, for new readers, it might appear you just dug up some favourite piece just to keep it in circulation (unfortunately not a compelling reason) or promote some other agenda, which decreases the site's credibility.

ok, thanks for the feedback

I'll definitely include a little paragraph if/when I do post a blast from the past again. The video *is* actually recent. But I'll make a note to edit in a short few sentences about what has >NOT< changed, and hyperlink it to some recent article.

I'm not entirely sure what you mean when you say "agenda" since I don't really believe anything or anyone is neutral. But I did post it with recent events and ongoing resistance in several places [many covered by the VMC and other locals] in mind, so thanks for the reader feedback! :)

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