June 23, 2017
I was born in “Toronto,” a white person of working class, immigrant parents who fled extreme poverty to live here.
I will not be celebrating that 150 years ago, wealthy white cruel men met and stamped into law the 375-year-old campaign that killed millions, used tricks and stole this land from the nations of people that had been here for thousands of years. They renamed these already-named lands, set new borders and white European laws, and put in place residential schools. It continues on and on to the hundreds of boil water alerts that continue to plague the lives of indigenous communities, to the indigenous women that continue to disappear and be murdered, and the Trudeau government refusing to comply with the order of the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal to end its racially discriminatory practices against 165,000 indigenous children.