Canada, you need to look deep within yourself.
This is what Natives in Canada deal with daily. Anti-Native racism is so normalized that, while it would be considered impolitic for the Progressive Conservative Party of Manitoba to allow this Braydon fellow to continue being their youth wing president, this is representative of the ugly face of Canadian populism.
Why is this so persistent? Even if it can be easily discounted and dismissed with only a modicum of research?
The legitimization of settlement is through a narrative of conquest and destiny. Without which, the naked land grab and theft that constituted settlement and laws like the Dominion Lands Act could not be so easily justified.
and wherever there is a narrative of conquest and destiny, there has to be noble victors and a vile and inscrutable enemy to pit them against. Losers, fated to succumb to inevitable domination at the hands of indefatigable settlers marching inexorably forward under banners of progress. Losers who have always been cast in shadows and existing outside of linear time, moribund savages described according to essentialisms of primitivity and stubborn resistance to prescribed betterment.
Canada needs its colonial bogeymen, and Canada will always invent new roles for them to play.
Roles like “freeloading indians.”
But in an age where the leaseholder fails to uphold its obligation according to the terms of the lease, one which has made the leaseholder rich beyond its wildest dreams, who is really the freeloader?
oh, and you can let Braydon Maz know just how wrong he is here.
We’ve got a lot of work to do to pry settlers from their cherished racism.