This supreme court ruling is some first rate bullshit.
It’s widely known that Justin Trudeau has completely balked on any meaningful commitments he made to Canadians and Indigenous nations towards reconciliation, including falling way behind on bringing clean drinking water to Indigenous communities in crisis across Canada. This recent ruling is another very painful, very obvious indicator that the government is unconcerned with Indigenous rights and urgent needs, regardless of what they say to the contrary.
Reconciliation is meaningless without real action, and excluding indigenous voices from consulting on important legislation, especially as it relates to land, water, and environmental issues is a massive fuck you to indigenous rights.
According to the CBC:
"Ottawa argued that [extending consultation obligations] would threaten parliamentary supremacy and undermine the role of Parliament…"
Of course it threatens parliamentary supremacy! The whole point is to redistribute power so that indigenous communities have greater influence over legislation that affects them directly (and the rest of Canada, because heads up, Indigenous communities are leading the fight in environmental protection).
The ONLY way towards meaningful reconciliation is the amplification of indigenous voices and decolonization.
I collect a lot of information via podcasts, and I've been trying to hone a collection of subscriptions with more critical Canadian and Indigenous perspectives. It's fitting that today I discovered that Ryan McMahon (who I know via Commons from Canadaland) has been running his own podcast for 6 years (!??) called Red Man Laughing, which he describes as:
"Independent, forward thinking conversations, investigations, and pontifications about the collision between Indian country and the mainstream."
Red Man Laughing is a part of a larger media platform also founded by McMahon called Indian and Cowboy, with a total of 10 podcasts from Indigenous creators on a variety of topics. I'm really excited to listen to and learn from them all.
In light of this disgusting ruling from the supreme court, go listen to some indigenous perspectives and get your head right, especially if you're a white person in Canada.
I'm listening to Decolonization > Reconciliation right now.
A great news source is APTN. Decolonize your news and get some perspective!
I’m also really keen to read Terese Marie Mailhot’s book called Heart Berries: A Memoir about her experience with trauma and healing (and much, much more, read the description through the link).
Mailhot also recently wrote an essay about coming of age ceremonies called A Woman, Tree or Not.
Here’s a list of recommendations outlining the Indigenous podcast scene.
Go follow Paul Seesequasis on Instagram: he posts archival images of Indigenous communities and people. It’s an important portal to representations you’d be unlikely to encounter anywhere else.