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Indigenous Nationhood: The Source of Our Power Has Always Been in our People - Not Voting in Federal Elections

4.9.15

Indigenous Nationhood: The Source of Our Power Has Always Been in our People - Not Voting in Federal Elections: Being a Canadian citizen has historically meant giving up one’s Indigenous identity, culture, spirituality, traditions, customs, practices, connection to the land, community, and Nation. For a short period, this was a voluntary choice – but for the majority of history, this has been a choice made for us by often brutal means. Defending our lands in Mi’kmaw territory meant being scalped. Speaking our languages in residential schools meant beatings, starvation, and sometimes death. Giving life to new generations of our people meant forced sterilizations for our women or the theft of our children by the thousands into foster care. We were never advocating for citizenship and voting – we were advocating to protect our sovereignty, lands, and peoples. When my father fought in WWII, he did so as part of our treaty obligation to defend the lands and peoples - not to gain a vote in federal elections. Our treaties are with the Queen, not Harper.


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