First Nations History is Canadian History

The Wet’suwet’en Nation and the Canadian Genocide

Canada, as a nation, likes to represent itself as morally superior to the United States of America. However, the nation has been writing its own history by erasing the history of the people who have lived on Turtle Island for thousands of years previous to settler colonization. Those stories that we have told ourselves about who we are have been challenged by the First Nations who have survived the Canadian genocide. The cognitive dissonance created by government and corporate media in contrast to the voices of those marginalized by the social, economic, and political systems of the Crown and the settler population have led to a process of truth and reconciliation. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada made recommendations to the Crown and the Canadian Government and its settler population to tell the truth and to call for action.

In order to redress the legacy of residential schools and advance the process of Canadian reconciliation, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission makes 94 calls to action.

The deconstruction process of Christian settlers is happening against the backdrop of a political system that is interdependent with the economy of the United States of America. That economy depends in part on the extraction, transport, and production of fossil fuels in Canada. We are confronting our complex history with the First Nations of Turtle Island through the events that are happening at this moment at the Unist’ot’en Camp.

The push to put the Coastal GasLink pipeline through unceded Wet’suwet’en territory is “basically violating all the terms and conditions of the Delgamuukw court case,” Dsta’Hyl, Wet’suwet’en hereditary chief of the Lihkt’samisyu clan, told Ricochet. “I think that basically is genocide in itself.”

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