A truly wretched and embarrassing take: @daphnebramham calls Indigenous spellings “gobbledygook”, demands phonetic versions of Indigenous placenames cos... they’re not English enough? That’s the point, Daphne. #cdnmedia vancouversun.com/opinion/column…
This person is a professional word-user, who somehow manages to pull it together to use all kinds of non phonetic spellings in her piece (like laughter, guarantee, and -LOL- DAPHNE) but learning a few pronunciation tricks is beyond her?
“Reconciliation is great, as long as it’s super easy and revolves around coddling my feelings as a white establishment lady”

is EXACTLY the same bullshit that had priests and Indian agents renaming not just places but actual Indigenous people.

It’s colonization 2.0
Canada stole Indigenous languages right out of peoples’ mouths, we can make a gd effort to support their revival.

Learning to pronounce these new-to-us orthography is literally the LEAST we can do (incidentally that “7” is a glottal stop, a quick pause. See? Not that hard).
It’s EXTRA vile that she uses an Indigenous man’s lack of knowledge of his language to make her case: if he can’t do it, no one will?

He doesn’t know because his people were violently stripped of that language. But ha ha, oh well, totally unrelated? Sjsksksjdkskskxkskzsaaa
Canadian media has a special responsibility in reconciliation because of the harm they’ve helped perpetuate. This bullshit mockery of Indigenous language use is antithetical to reconciliation and an embarrassment to #Cdnmedia. Shame, @VancouverSun. #TRC84 #TRC85 #TRC86
Also Daphne needs to get to a dictionary and look up "phonetic":
"The alphabet in use today and for the street signs was created using the North American Phonetic Alphabet and is comprised of 36 letters, 22 of which do not appear in the English language" dailyhive.com/vancouver/ubc-…
Oh look! UBC anticipated Daphne's difficulties and got it all sorted here, with pronunciation and translation guide: Via @maijasauna planning.ubc.ca/musqueam-stree…
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