None So Blind

I love it here in Canada, wouldn’t want to live anywhere else.

Yes, the winter is crap unless you’re one of those coordinated types who like to slalom down mountains or fly over the ice, but hey β€” central heating πŸ™‚

I like that we’ve had same-sex marriage for 13 years, medically assisted dying (euthanasia) since 2016, and have now legalized recreational marijuana.

I’m incredibly grateful that I live here β€” but then, I’m not one of the First Peoples.

We have consistently and systematically mistreated and abused the First Peoples of this country for most of our 151 year history.

Out of all the wrong we have done, to my mind, the worst has been stealing their children and forcing them into Residential Schools. We forced these children to abandon their culture and heritage, forbade them to speak their own language or practice their own religion, abused them physically and sexually. We did this for more than a hundred years.

But we know better now, right? We don’t still believe one race, or religion, or culture is magically right and all the others are wrong.

We do know better, but racism is alive and well in this country for many minorities and for First Peoples especially. Ask Katrina Anderson of St. Albert, Alberta, Canada. Her daughter, Candace came home from school and found a letter in their condo mailbox telling her family to go back to the reservation where they belong.

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None so deaf as those who will not hear.
None so blind as those who will not see.
Matthew Henry

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12 thoughts on “None So Blind

  1. Heartbreaking. Here in America as well. It’s crazy. We’ve been watching ‘Longmire’ on Netflix and through it I catch a glimpse of life on the reservation, even if it is a tv show. It stuns me. Absolutely. A very dear friend of mine’s sister-in-law is a teacher on a reservation in Arizona. She says the kids are the most polite kids You’ll ever meet. She taught in public schools for over 20 years and likes the res school more than any other job she ever had, because of the people. But the stories of hers that my friend retells to me blows my mind. What an odd, very hypocritical world we live in. Out of sight out of mind. Strange. So many stories. Such a long, strong history of abuse. God.

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    1. I know. That’s it exactly, “Out of sight…”
      I had no idea about the Residential School disgrace until a few years ago.
      The rate of poverty and illness for First Peoples is appalling. Third World conditions in First World countries… Shameful.

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      1. I knew some things like school (I don’t remember what we called ours here) but learned a LOT on ‘Longmire’ that was shocking. It’s a great show that gave the Native American community a high profile platform to vent/air some little known atrocities without being preachy. Of course there’s drama blended in that I don’t know to be true or untrue. Who knows. But what Native Americans went through was (in some instances IS) worse than what I thought had happened/is happening. I hope with time things soften, but VERY understandably they want to handle things by themselves because they have been so mistreated and there is no trust there of outsiders for many. My friend’s sister-in-law has tried to help out here and there but in her situation, they absolutely positively do NOT want outside help. They love her and are very happy she’s there; but she knows her place….she is in the community behind a very sharply drawn line and has to watch sadnesses she is well aware she could ease. I asked if it was poverty. In her case, no. There is a very successful casino there and each tribal member has nice money flowing in because of it. It’s a mistrust of things off the res and a lack of understanding how to use the money and all that could be done with it. That surprised me. But it IS poverty in many places. So much beauty in this world sitting next to so much sorrow and poverty.

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      2. And my apologies for going on and on!!! This is all so fresh on my mind and in my heart. We just finished the series last week and it’s still running circles through my psyche. Your post hit a still pretty raw nerve. Thank You for Your kindness and for the conversation!

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      3. No apology necessary. I’m in the same head space.
        I was at a lecture last week, and heard some horrible statistics. For example: Our Inuit people contract TB at 300 times the rate of the rest of Canadians. !!!
        Thank you for the chat. I’m glad I’m not the only one who finds these sorts of inequalities hurtful πŸ™‚

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