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Please creator make them stop the desecration

By Lynn Gehl      

The most effective way to destroy a people is to destroy their sacred beliefs, stories, and places, writes ​Lynn Gehl

Lynn Gehl: 'As many know I have been on a long learning journey piecing together what Canada has done, and continues to do, to Indigenous peoples. What I know for sure is the most effective way to destroy a people is to destroy their sacred beliefs, stories, and places.' Photograph courtesy of Lynn Gehl

PETERBOROUGH, ONT.—As many know, one of the main differences between Indigenous people and most if not all settler Canadians and our knowledge philosophies is that Indigenous people value the original dream of the creator and creator’s natural law. Another way to understand this difference is to value that Indigenous assumptions, beliefs, knowledge, teachings, and rituals are intentionally and consciously designed around natural models and features. This serves to keep us rooted within the naturalistic tradition. In short, the naturalistic tradition places natural law at its core where humans are placed within the context of all the other beings.

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