Millions upon millions of taxpayer dollars have and will continue to be spent celebrating the 150th birthday of Canada. While I love this country and am proud to be a Canadian, it is simply nonsense to suggest — as this “birthday” suggests — that the ten thousand plus years of history of occupation of the land we call Canada somehow doesn’t exist or, perhaps even worse, is less important than the 150 years of white Canada that followed.
Most of the last 150 years have been filled with paternalistic and often violent colonialism directed at the people who lived here and created successful societies for more than ten thousand years. Even today, as we spend half a billion dollars patting ourselves on the back, hundreds and hundreds of First Nations’ communities are forced to survive without clean water.
We are resourceful Canadians: we can have ourselves a great time without the government expending all this treasure. We would truly have shown ourselves to be a great country if we had devoted that money (and much more) to cleaning up the mess we have created for the original peoples of this territory.