Waubgeshig Rice


Snow Mixes Action With allegory, exploring the fate of remote emiss- Nabi Community. Gagik rice welcome to meet the rices hydrogen. Thank you very much for having me Wolf. I found your book. Moon of the crusted snow, absolutely fascinating, both for the modern narrative about what happens when society begins to crumble, which is so pertinent to the situation that we're in today, but also historically now I know very little about Canadian, first nation people or the appalling treatment that they've suffered through history, which again strikes current note so I'd like to start their pleased with the history of your community. Well. There's a long and very complicated history. When looking at my nation in my community specifically, but I think if you took a step back and look more widely. The experience of indigenous nations I guess in Canada, if we're going to focus their rather than you know all of North America. Would we call Turtle Island? It's a somewhat recent history. If you really consider it Canada's confederation was in eighteen, sixty seven, and prior to that you know there were centuries of very relations. I think between indigenous nations and the settler the. The colonizers essentially who came in from Great Britain and France and I guess the original intent in the original spirit was to welcome visitors and create something good on this land together and treaties were signed many of them, predating Canada and the idea or the hope was to our own asli from the indigenous perspective anyway, but obviously things didn't work out that way and what resulted. was you know generations of abuse neglect which resulted in tragedy and cycles of intergenerational trauma, and just to highlight a couple of the major examples. There's what's called the Indian residential school system, which began in the late nineteenth century here in Canada and the idea was to essentially a brutally simulates indigenous children into Canadian society by removing them from their families and their communities, and forcing them into these church run schools rate across the country where you know many injured, physical, sexual emotional abuse, and were punished essentially for practicing their culture and their language, and as a result. Being detached from their families as well you know they returned home. Not the same and that abuse the injured really perpetuated you know through their children and their grandchildren, and so wants so. Fifty thousand children altogether is yes mid went through the Indian, residential school system, and we're only really and I see we in the general sense, we as a country, of Canada are only really understanding the impact of now, even though this has been a saga spanning more than a century. That's just one major example, but there are other examples of. Forced displacements. Being removed from their traditional homelands, resource extraction, forcing people loads further child apprehension through the child welfare system. You know there's a saga called sixties scoop where you know was more or less an extension of the residential school system where children were removed from families in place with white families right so there is a lot to go on a lot more to explain, but those are just some of the major highlights as to why there are a lot of traumas that injured today. And of course, the attempted wiping out of local languages, too. Early and you know I think the biggest sort of violent tool was the residential school system in doing that, but there are also day schools that were set up in communities that were run by the federal government educational authorities, and you know children were punished

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