Outside politics, it’s about “I”

For the past week the entire country has been watching what is now being dubbed the Occupation of Ottawa. And despite the urge to quip well someone should be there, what has been happening in Ottawa has been oddly likened to Indigenous protests. Nothing could be further from the fact. Indigenous protests don’t happen over night. They are the results of decades upon decades of lost rights, ignored treaties and lost lands. They are the result of decades of bad water or no water, no heat, houses built in the north for southern Canadian temperatures. They are the results of imposition of an outside government that entrenched itself within what would become Canada and used Indigenous money, in particular Six Nations money, to set up their government, build their buildings,…

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