A Conversation on Canada’s Forgotten Peoples

This semester, I was lucky enough to be joined at The Orator by a couple of fellow Canadians, one of which has very graciously agreed to join me in a conversation about a recurring topic in Canadian politics: First Nations issues. First Nations are what people in the States refer to as “Native American” communities; the Canadian government’s relations with these peoples is a long, often messy history, which we will try to break down and compare to Indigenous issues here in the United States. First, I want to start out by sharing our personal connections to Canadian Indigenous communities.

My family is originally from the province of Saskatchewan, which is overwhelmingly rural and sparsely populated. The Indigenous community makes up a noticeable segment of Saskatchewan. As a child, I remember visiting family and playing with Indigenous children in the park. It has only been since I left Canada that I have realized the hardships faced by generations of Indigenous peoples. I was very shocked to hear when my home province became the site of what is called “Canada’s Trayvon Martin” moment when an Indigenous man was shot and killed by a Saskatchewan farmer. These issues are always overlooked by rather rosy caricatures of Canada, so I look forward to uncovering some of the realities of this dire problem. Morgan, would you like to start off with a little introduction to your ties and background to First Nations in Canada?

Read the full article at The Texas Orator.

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