After attending a memorial for two First Nations youth who died in Thunder Bay and who were written about in Tanya Talaga's book, Seven Fallen Feathers, I’m left wondering if Canada cares about First Nations kids.
Cultural competence is the skill and ability to respect others’ cultures, and limit the projection of one’s own culture on others. Reconciliation requires that potential ministers truly understand the depth and importance of cultural competence in order to build effective relationships with Indigenous peoples.
Canada, it’s time to implement the TRC and UNDRIP, in intent and in policy, action and law. Drop all the resistance to building relationships with Indigenous peoples.
The horror is the Liberals' decision to refuse to change their ways and the Conservatives stating they would do the same. The fact is that a request for a procedural delay until after the election was the obvious choice.
Indigenous peoples want representation. We want a government that not only can deal with different perspectives, we want a government that values diversity.
From my perspective, an apology is certainly the first step. But I look for evidence of honest commitment to learn more to do better. Culture and racism are so complicated that it takes time.
It’s time we all demand that political platforms give attention to these systems in desperate need of change, so that Indigenous peoples need not fear the systems purported to help them.