Southern Alberta, also home to Métis Nation Region 3, is bound by Treaty 7, a living document signed on Sept. 22, 1877 between the Crown and five First Nations communities:
the Blackfoot Confederacy (the Káínaa (Blood), Siksiká (Blackfoot), and the Piikáni (Piegan))
the Îyârhe [ee-YAH-hhay] Nakoda (Stoney: Bearspaw, Chiniki, and Wesley)
the Tsúùtínà (Sarcee is considered an offensive term by most of the Tsuut'ina Nation)
These First Nations communities generally understood it to be a peace treaty to share, not surrender, their traditional lands.
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission in 2015 presented a roadmap forward that refers to the UN's Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) to address Canada's colonial, anti-Indigenous genocidal past and present. As of June 2021, eight to thirteen of the 94 calls to action have been implemented.
I can continue petitioning and protesting for the land and water rights of Indigenous Peoples in "Canada" by amplifying what they believe is best for the land and for their right to clean water and safety on their own land. I can continue challenging my biases and learned discrimination towards Indigenous persons and support their knowledge, stories, and well-being inside and outside my classrooms. I will not euphemize the ongoing Indigenous genocide, history and effects of residential schools, unaddressed MMIW2S, nor other issues pertaining to Indigenous Peoples. I can volunteer for Indigenous-led initiatives like Bear Clan Patrol. I will continue learning about past and current Indigenous issues and accomplishments on my own, and if I do seek the expertise and knowledge of Indigenous persons, to compensate and respect them for their energy and time.
BIPOC writings I've enjoyed: poetry / novel / essays
Raven Leilani's Luster
Stephanie Roberts' rushes from the river disappointment
Joshua Whitehead's Jonny Appleseed
Yōko Ogawa's The Diving Pool (three novellas) and
Felicia Rose Chavez's The Anti-Racist Writing Workshop: How to Decolonize the Creative Classroom
Junot Díaz's Drown (short stories)
The Selkie's Very Much Alive anthology (short stories)
Kim Thúy's Ru
Ruth Ozeki's A Tale for the Time Being
Larissa Lai's Salt Fish Girl
Kōbō Abe's The Woman in the Dunes
Ryū Murakami's In the Miso Soup
Natsuo Kirino's Out
Yasuko Thanh's Mistakes to Run With (memoir)
Cathy Park Hong's Engine Empire
Last updated: April 2021