As I ride across this amazing landscape, I’m reminded that are at least 1,181 cases of missing or murdered aboriginal women and girls in Canada dating back to the 1980s.
I am reminded that as many as 6,000 children—many of them from First Nations communities—died in Canada’s residential schools from malnutrition, disease, and neglect.
I can’t help but think about the attempts by Canadian corporations, with tacit approval from the Federal Government, to bribe or intimidate First Nations communities into allowing the construction of culturally and environmentally harmful infrastructure on their land.
Cases in point: The proposed Energy East pipeline would cross the traditional territories of 180 different aboriginal communities. Likewise, First Nations territories comprise a majority of the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline and tanker routes.
Canada, my home and native land, is a spectacular and welcoming place. But its history with, and its respect for, its First Nations is abysmal.
The time is now for truth and reconciliation with Canada’s First Nations.
It’s the 7th of June, 2017; not a normal day.
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