17 June 2021

National Indigenous Peoples Day

21 June is National Indigenous Peoples Day.

As an immigrant to this country, I have always been appalled by the often blatant discrimination and always dumb prejudice against our Indigenous neighbours (1). As an academic, I have always been infuriated by the complicity and the hypocrisy of Canadian universities.

The wilful blindness towards "Truth and Reconciliation", like the Germans running the Nuremberg trials. The traditional land acknowledgements that sound like dishwasher warranties read by Prince Charles. The patronizing adoption of Indigenous rituals. The mindless "Indigenization" workshops with not a single Indigenous person in attendance.

Imagine if we actually did something meaningful to stand up for our Indigenous neighbours.