Yes, there’s a lot to learn if we are going to do the necessary work of relationship building and reconciliation together, but that’s also exciting. One way to be a good ally in a settler-colonial state like Canada or the USA is to (re)learn our colonial histories from the bottom up, through the eyes and testimonies not just of the winners and those in power, but, as well, through an Indigenous/Mi’kmaq lens.
Canada is build upon colonial history, there is no denying that, but we work together to create a more inclusive, decolonized and respectful future. The first step is getting to know all aspects of our history better. If you’re a settler, you might ask yourself how you and/or your ancestors have benefited from this colonial history. What did you arrive with? What do you get to keep? What feels as if it is yours now? Is it? What do you fear? Why? By asking such questions, you begin actively to engage in a process of thinking that will help lead to decolonization and reconciliation.
Useful websites for continued learning:
Truth and Reconciliation Report (full)
Truth and Reconciliation website
United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples