I’ve reached the end of my open inquiry project and it’s bittersweet. I’m really proud of how much I’ve learned over the course of these three short months, but also sort of low-spirited when realizing how much I was unaware of before this project. Mostly because if I didn’t choose this topic for my open inquiry assignment, then I might have never learned about the Indian Act at all and that’s a scary thought. In previous posts I touched on the Canadian government’s bad habit of covering up history. How can we possibly expect to advance towards reconciliation without discussing openly and honestly the harm that Canada caused and continues to inflict upon Indigenous peoples?
rac·ism: prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against someone of a different race based on the belief that one’s own race is superior.
I started this project in attempt to uncover Canada’s racist roots, however, in the process I’ve discovered the ongoing prejudice, discrimination, and antagonism that Indigenous peoples face today. I think education is viable solution. With BC’s new curriculum in place, I hope future generations graduate with more knowledge than myself and act accordingly, but for the rest of us it’s not too late. Go read the Indian Act and books like “21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act” by Bob Joseph. There are many ways to expand our understanding outside of the classroom walls, and I strongly encourage us all to do so. I wish all my readers the best on their learning journeys, I know I have a long road ahead of me.
It is my responsibility as a Canadian to understand Canada’s history; the good, the bad, and this case, the downright ugly.