July 1st is a complicated day for Indigenous Peoples. Mainstream society calls it “Canada’s Birthday” to denote the anniversary of the Constitution Act, 1867. This Act brought the provinces together to form what we now know as Canada.
As Indigenous Peoples, we know that the Land and the people have been here since time immemorial. To us, “Canada Day” is a reminder of the wounds we have suffered from colonization, which is still present today.
With this in mind, we were conflicted about whether we should release an episode for our podcast on this day. As a group (including our interviewee), we decided that the only way to do it in a good way would be as a statement of resistance.
With this episode, we would like to draw your attention to the problems behind this day and how it might affect your Indigenous friends and family. Instead of celebrating the colonial history of this Land, reclaim this day for the resilience, resistance, and resurgence of Indigenous Peoples.
Consider this episode a gift for Anti-Colonial Day.
Sit back, relax, and decolonize your ears!
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