EU­GENE AR­CAND

Cree from the Muskeg Lake First Na­tion, Saskatchewan, 65 (mem­ber of the Na­tional Cen­tre for Truth and Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion’s Gov­ern­ing Cir­cle)

Canadian Geographic - - THE SURVIVORS CIRCLE -

L IT’S IM­POR­TANT that peo­ple know what’s hap­pened to us. We are so far be­hind in at­tempt­ing to re­ar­range the sta­tus quo to more of an equal level. For me per­son­ally, that is part of any dis­cus­sion about the im­pact of res­i­den­tial schools and the in­ter­gen­er­a­tional dys­func­tions and so­cial ills that af­fect my com­mu­nity. There’s a rea­son for it. It’s not be­cause we’re drunks. It’s not be­cause we’re lazy. It’s not be­cause we’re dumb and stupid. There are other colo­nial rea­sons that have to be ex­posed about why the First Peo­ples of this coun­try are at the bot­tom of the so­cial lad­der in all as­pects. It’s im­por­tant for peo­ple to know that this is not about me, about us in the Sur­vivors Cir­cle and the Gov­ern­ing Cir­cle. It’s about many of us who never got the chance to share the story, and who have never made it home and are in un­marked graves across the coun­try. It’s about many of us who are try­ing to take cor­rec­tive mea­sures and are re­pro­gram­ming our­selves from colo­nial think­ing to In­dige­nous think­ing. There are not many of us left that will share that ex­pe­ri­ence. But if those of us who tell our ex­pe­ri­ences didn’t do what we do, the stereo­type would con­tinue, and this whole sad his­tory would be erased. Our de­scen­dants would never have the chance to fig­ure out why they have an iden­tity cri­sis.

It’s im­por­tant that peo­ple know what’s hap­pened to us.

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