We can be horrified by the actions of those among us, by systems that perpetuate racism, and by the people who uphold the system, to white supremacists in our midst.
Indigenous peoples face a much higher risk of most diseases, and much higher risks for COVID-19. One of the largest factors contributing to this inequity today, is the historic racism which denied health care outright.
Five years into reconciliation, and the government hasn’t added reconciliation nor personal learning for cultural competence as basic knowledge requirements in job descriptions nor performance reviews.
Iqaluit, which is a Canadian capital city, lacks stable electricity, its power is diesel-based and has to be shipped in, and it doesn't have a stable water source. The next first ministers conference should be held here.
This is a failed institution built with archaic structures that protect internal wrongdoing, including racism against Indigenous peoples and deaths of citizens at the hands of police.
The federal government has convened an emergency meeting on racism against Indigenous peoples in the health-care system. It’s a start. But it has to do the serious internal work to fully understand unconscious bias.
When we discuss the challenges facing Indigenous peoples, we also need to reflect on the resilience of Indigenous peoples because we have some serious work to do to ensure we don’t lose another Indigenous life to racism.
Indigenous rage will not fade away. With more allies than ever before, politicians can't assume it won't make the evening news anymore.