Listen to this woman. Don’t listen to people who demand everything get fixed by next week. Listen to the people who have been wronged for generations.

Acknowledge their pain.

Acknowledge their humanity.

Acknowledge their anger.

Acknowledge their resentment.
That’s it. That’s your responsibility.


It’s not time for you to be heard. It’s not time for you to virtue signal. It’s not time for you to get comfort for your shock and dismay.

It’s our time. We’re the ones almost wiped out from policies meant to exterminate us.
By settlers.

Settlers who profited from our pain. Profited from our deaths. Profited from our suffering.

This isn’t your pain. It’s ours. You listen. We get to talk now.
Stop trying to exculpate yourself if you’re a settler.

Whether you realized it or not, you’ve been complicit in genocide.

Process that. Acknowledge it.
Accept responsibility for it.
You don’t get to tell the indigenous community what they need, what will fix this, how we move forward.

You get to acknowledge what happened, what is still happening and the suffering so many experience daily.
Some indigenous people are sad. Some are angry, some are even vengeful.

We need to heal. And every individual indigenous person is at their own pace and stage of healing.
Some want to dismantle Canada and banish every settler. Some want to live together in peace as equals. Some want restitution. Some want all the land back.

Every one has their own definition of reconciliation.

We’re not good.

And we won’t be for some time.
You need to figure out a way to live with that discomfort.

It’s not up to the indigenous community to comfort you for feeling bad about trying to exterminate us.

That is your own responsibility.
This is not going to be easy, pleasant or quick.

Intergenerational trauma is going to take time and continued effort to resolve.

It isn’t about a political party. It’s about us having the ability to speak our truth. And remake ourselves after almost being destroyed.
Settlers just need to get out of the way. And learn how to cope with their own culpability in genocide.

That’s reconciliation:
settlers becoming trustworthy enough to reestablish a relationship with indigenous people.

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6 Jun
I want to scream. Are you happy far left? You pissed me off mightily today.

And the public wonders why indigenous people don’t trust white people. Why we don’t trust people who tell us our issues deserve airtime and financial support too.

I’m signing off tonight. Enraged.
It’s insulting people believe I’m being too harsh when I call out disinformation. I’m bullying. Are you effing kidding me?!?

I’m bullying because I don’t candy coat criticism of the abuse of indigenous issues for political gain.

Don’t follow me if you expect candy coating.
I’m not here trying to win friends. I’m not campaigning for any party.

I’m advocating that the Canadian public actually take responsibility for the 500 years of shit and abuse thrown at the indigenous peoples of Canada.

I’m not going to make it easy for you.
Read 13 tweets
5 Jun
I realize I am one person. I can not change the world by myself.

But I can cast a stone in the water, hoping others cast theirs and we make a significant ripple.

I knew what is happening would happen. I hate it all the same.
I’m angry. Very angry to watch politicians use profound grief that doesn’t belong to them for political gain.…
I wrote very angry and critical threads.

Singh’s behaviour is wounding my community and all of Canada.

I can’t sit by and watch silently.

But I can’t be positive and humbly critical.

Nope. I’m enraged by betrayal. I expect this from cons.
Read 4 tweets
4 Jun
Mr. Singh’s intentional attempt to divide progressives into two factions: those who demand immediate action, and those who understand centuries of persecution will take time and mutual cooperation between governments and communities to address is reprehensible.
I’m not a lawyer. But I know enough of them and have independently studied legal issues to know what Mr. Singh is requesting of the federal government, by withdrawing court cases related to child welfare and residential school compensation is anti-democratic and dangerous.
Perhaps some lawyers could opine to confirm these assertions I’m making. Instead of permitting this charlatan from ripping apart Canadian democratic norms and conventions.
Read 26 tweets
4 Jun
How many more times do I need to be subjected to asinine stupid comments about indigenous issues from people who think they mean well, but they’re actually as clueless as a door knob!

JFC this is pissing me off more than I thought it would!
Not that I expect everyone to read my threads, but I did write a very important one a couple days ago.

In it I said people would immediately move to solutions to avoid feeling difficult emotions about the discovery of a mass grave of indigenous children.
How characteristic of complicit humans to avoid feeling responsible for any part of this genocide. How ‘Good German’ of you!

I hoped for better self awareness. But nope. Same ole same old.
Read 23 tweets
3 Jun
I see so many people using the word hypocrisy to describe this behaviour.

It’s not hypocrisy. They honestly believe the rules do not apply to them.

These are people who believe they write the rules, not live by the rules, because they’re at the top of the hierarchy.
Using words like hypocrisy is a reflection of your values, not theirs.

They don’t believe your opinion matters. Therefore hypocrisy is an empty moral value.

Why people continue to use is frustrating.
To respond to the slight of being called a hypocrite, you first must possess some level of a sense of social cohesion and egalitarianism. A belief that “what’s good for the goose is good for the gander” mentality.

UCP members don’t have that characteristic.
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2 Jun
How many people are familiar with the following truth?

“Those who don’t know their history are doomed to repeat it.” ~ Edmund Burke
Most people assume Burke was referencing maintaining awareness of history to avoid sliding into autocracy.

He wasn’t. He was referencing the French Revolution. Where the common folk deposed the monarchy & noble classes. And redistributed wealth and resources more equitably.
In theory anyway (check out Robespierre).

Burke was a wealthy aristocrat. Afraid of losing his status, property and comfortable lifestyle.

And he was correct. When you don’t pay attention to current events & seek to understand them in contexts with past events, you’re doomed.
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