Nice piece–Both Borrows and Pamater have visited MSU to speak and it’s great to see them interviewed by the CBC along with Taiaiake Alfred and Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo about Prince Charles’s visit to Canada and his meetings with aboriginal leaders this week.
Borrows: Indigenous peoples are creative, engaged, problem-solving peoples.
They have the desire and ability to meet the most pressing challenges and questions faced by the world today. They have beautiful languages, exquisite art, wise elders, and strong leaders. They have an immensely deep and profound love for our lands and territories.
Through collective experience, indigenous peoples also know the most about Canada’s failings. They live the stories of Canada’s collapse when it comes to the effects of greed, misunderstanding and ignorance related to Canada’s land use.
They have the lowest rates of formal education and income. They have the highest rates of suicide, incarceration, unemployment and poverty.
Our greatest challenge is getting the world to see the relationship between Canada’s generally high standard of living and indigenous peoples’ troubling experiences throughout the country.