My dear friend and mentor, Deb shared the following piece she wrote with me. I asked her if I could share it here and she agreed. Deb is an amazing warrior woman, who is willing to help guide others and share her knowledge when appropriate or needed. Debra resides in the Peace Region of BC and is originally from Idaho.
“Government policies such as Indian Act, Residential Schools, and the 60’s Scoop was legalized genocide and acclamation of property. They were the vilest examples of legalizing genocide and dressing it up as “those poor backwards Natives, we got to help them fit into society.” Every single Act and piece of legislation was designed to break our culture and to liberate land and resources to “feed their need of greed.” I have no further to look than current affairs to see that this continues.
An example of this is: The Tripartite Healthcare Agreement of B.C. They are not giving healthcare back to aboriginal people; they are washing their hands of the debt and the fiduciary obligation. First let’s address the fact that we never asked for it back. They suggested it. This is just one more step in a long history of colonialism. The federal government wants revenue, not debt. It has never honored its promises and don’t think for one minute this is going to change, if not driven to it by public opinion. When 2017 rolls around and we cannot meet the expectations set out by the government, they can shake their collective head and spin it. They can feel justified and say, “See we gave you what you wanted and you couldn’t do it.” They will offer to take it back over, but first we will have to cede our Treaty rights, land entitlement rights and Status. We already know that they want to do away with Status and the Indian Act. It’s still about money and their version of power.
A comprehensive look at funding cuts that started the mid-2000s clearly leads this writer to link it with the” proverbial corral” the federal government is building. We are being lead to slaughter by the words of the butchers of our ancestors. And we go willingly because we so desperately want to believe.
The mere watching of the Apology by Stephen Harper incited me to such anger that I pulled out the Diagnostic Criteria (DSM-IV-TR) and there he was 301.7 Antisocial Personality Disorder (2000:291).
So what does this leave me wanting? I want to beat the Ass-hats at their own game or at least die trying. And I can, because I’m a strong First Nation’s woman that has survived Residential School and a colonialist society in 2 countries. I have 1000s ancestors watching my back. Culture and tradition all the way, Baby.
Diagnostic Criteria-DSM-IV-TR Published by the American Psychiatric Association-2000 (p: 291)