Have you heard of the Seven Grandfather Teachings? Do you know the worldviews and perspectives of Indigenous peoples are a guiding light in these times? Did you know in our goals to conserve and commune with nature, Indigenous people’s are our best allies?
Do you know what the Indian Act of Canada is? And did you know it is still in use today?
Do you know about the illegal pass system that was sanctioned by John. A. Macdonald? or how about the 60’s scoop? Certainly, you have heard about residential schools, but did you know that the last one closed in 1997?
Did you know that the water in Canada was never ceded or surrendered? And more than 95% of the land in Canada was never taken from Indigenous people’s legally. Do you know that the Rights and Title of Indigenous Peoples are recognized in the BNA Act and our constitution? Also, there is a Duty to Consult Indigenous peoples when any rights and title are being affected, which includes water and land development. This duty is to be exercised by governments, but can be exercised by us.
Do you know what Treaty your property is found in?
Do you know the worldviews and teachings of Indigenous people’s in Ontario? Have you met any Indigenous peoples are attended a pow wow, visited a Reserve?
Do you know what a land acknowledgement statement is?
Do you know that the United Nations recognizes the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in a document called UNDRIP?