Dear Rex: Colonialism exists, and you’re it.

Dear Rex Murphy,

When you write that Canadians are offended at the term ‘settler’ and ‘genocide,’ you don’t speak for all of us.  I’m a Canadian citizen, my ancestors came to Canada from Europe a few centuries ago, and I understand myself as a settler.  It’s not disrespectful for indigenous peoples to remind us of Canada’s legacy of genocide.  It’s not rude for indigenous peoples to label as ‘colonial’ the connections between the industries of resource extraction, the RCMP, and the corporate media you write for.  What’s insulting is your attempt to paint Canada as benevolent, open, and respectful of indigenous peoples, and your contempt for any understanding of present-day colonialism and oppression in Canada.

rex-murphy-picI’m not an expert on colonialism, but clearly neither are you.  In reading your vitriolic editorial, it struck me that you clearly hate the term ‘settler’ and ‘colonialism’; however, your writing also indicates that you probably don’t actually understand what these terms mean.  So I’m writing to you, one white settler to another, to explain to you what settler colonialism means to me, and why I think it’s important for understanding (and living in) present-day Canada.  With that said, I’m not convinced you’re really ignorant of these terms; I think you have a sense of their meaning and the implications, and it terrifies you, but that terror turns to anger before you can really feel it.  I think you—and many other Canadians—know that something is deeply wrong, even if you can’t admit it to yourself.  It’s something in the air, something we feel in our gut: we’re caught up in something horrible, and we can’t go on this way.

I think that’s why the truths spoken by indigenous people provoke so much resentment in people like you: because you know they’re speaking the truth.  It’s plain for everyone to see: Elsipogtog and other instances of indigenous resistance aren’t political stunts by over-educated ‘radicals’ as you’d like to portray them; they are principled stands by everyday people—grandmothers, fathers, mothers, and their children—against rampant and unending extraction, exploitation, and destruction.  These communities are not motivated by abstract ideologies or university jargon, but by deep responsibilities and commitments to protect land and people.

Leanne Betasamosake Simpson puts it clearly:

The story here, the real story, is virtually the same story in every Indigenous nation:  Over the past several centuries we have been violently dispossessed of most of our land to make room for settlement and resource development. The very active system of settler colonialism maintains that dispossession and erases us from the consciousness of settler Canadians except in ways that is deemed acceptable and non-threatening to the state. We start out dissenting and registering our dissent through state sanctioned mechanisms like environmental impact assessments. Our dissent is ignored. Some of us explore Canadian legal strategies, even though the courts are stacked against us. Slowly but surely we get backed into a corner where the only thing left to do is to put our bodies on the land. The response is always the same – intimidation, force, violence, media smear campaigns, criminalization, silence, talk, negotiation, “new relationships”, promises, placated resistance and then more broken promises. Then the cycle repeats itself.

This is the structure of settler colonialism.  One of the basic assumptions of your editorial—and virtually all other mainstream media coverage of Elsipogtog—is that colonialism happened sometime in the past, and since then Canada has done a lot to “right our historical wrongs.”  When do you imagine colonialism stopped happening in Canada?  When the last piece of land was mapped, surveyed, and appropriated for the Crown?  When government officials first broke their treaties with indigenous nations so that settlement and resource exploitation could continue?  When the last residential school was closed?  When Stephen Harper issued an official apology five years ago?  When he declared that Canada has no history of colonialism a year later?  Of course, Canada has changed, and so have settler attitudes.  But the structure of settler colonialism is still very much intact.

You will likely dismiss my words as part of the “academically-generated ‘narratives’ of colonialism.”  Indeed, I first learned about colonialism in university, and I’m a student of some of the “colonial theory” you denounce.  But I only learned about colonialism in university because my public school education taught me that indigenous peoples had been wiped out in Canada, victims of the inevitable and noble march of progress.  Why do you suppose our public school system hides the history of residential schools, forced removal of indigenous people, ecological devastation, racist policies, theft of land, and broken treaties?  Could it be that we’re trying to cover up the fact that Canadian colonialism never ended—that it’s an ongoing process?

More and more Canadians are beginning to see that an ever-expanding economy based on exploitation of land and people can’t go on forever, and the impacts are also hitting home in more communities.  More Canadians are recognizing that voting for someone every four years isn’t real enfranchisement, and that this system is designed to foreclose popular participation, not encourage it.  More of us are seeing the need to take a stand to protect our families, the places we love, non-human life, and future generations.  More Canadians are beginning to see that this is what indigenous people have been saying (and doing) all along: defending their lands and communities against an ongoing colonial process.  With these recognitions comes one of the least comfortable: that we are caught up in this process—deeply enmeshed and complicit in it—as settlers.

Just as we feel the wrongness of colonialism in our gut, we can feel the emptiness of settler ways of life.  This isn’t just about “mentalities,” as you suggest, although the way we think is certainly part of it.  It’s most concretely about how we relate to each other and the land that sustains us (whether we recognize it or not).  Settler colonialism has produced a world where our food is industrialized and grown with chemicals, our political system is rigidly bureaucratic and exclusive, our culture promotes objectification and normalizes rape, our economic system is premised on exploitation and unending growth, our divisions of labour are racist and patriarchal, almost all forests and ecosystems have been pillaged and degraded, and our everyday lives are increasingly mediated through bureaucracies and commodities.  This is not to say that indigenous people are somehow outside these ways of life; however, they have consistently resisted our attempts at assimilation and resource exploitation.  They have maintained and revitalized their own ways of life, and have refused to be incorporated into the fold of settler colonialism.  Elsipogtog is only the latest conflict in a centuries-long struggle.

Our ways of life are predicated upon the continued subjugation of indigenous peoples and the exploitation of their lands.  For settlers, this is a terrifying thing to recognize: if our whole lives are based on this system, how could we be otherwise?  For many Canadians—and I think you’re part of this group, Rex—this uncertainty is quickly converted into a glib certainty that the problem is them: they’ve failed to integrate, or failed to govern themselves, or failed to obey the (our) law.  The settler problem gets converted into the age-old Indian problem.  But I think we know, deep down, even when we’re in denial, that it’s us: that we need to take action and change ourselves through the process.

We are living in the midst of indigenous resurgence.  All over the lands claimed by Canada, indigenous peoples are revitalizing their traditions and languages, reclaiming their lands and responsibilities, and refusing the colonial status quo.  We’re also in the midst of a decline of faith in the ways of life we’ve created, even among those most privileged by this system: the middle-class dream is evaporating, we’re hurtling towards ecological collapse, and the alliances between corporations and politicians are increasingly obvious.  Settlers—some of us—are learning to listen to that feeling of wrongness in our gut, unsettling ourselves, building solidarity, and finding new (and old) ways of relating.  None of us have figured it out, but more of us are recognizing that things need to change, and the problem is as much ‘in here’ as ‘out there’.  There is no neutral territory here, because doing nothing carries us along with the flow of colonialism.

We can’t wait for everyone.  Indigenous peoples can never afford to wait for support from settler society, and struggles in the future will continue to involve contention and conflict.  Settlers are learning how to take leadership from indigenous communities, and real alliances and solidarities are being forged.  As we learn to listen to our gut and shake off our colonial baggage, indigenous people defending their lands seem increasingly reasonable and admirable, and the supporters of colonialism, like you, Rex, seem pitiful and dangerous.

Sincerely,

Nick Montgomery

Here’s a link to Rex Murphy’s original editorial

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148 thoughts on “Dear Rex: Colonialism exists, and you’re it.

    1. chris douglas

      rex mouth is a loser with twisted words thinking his vocabulary highlites his intelligence. Rex is a true blue loser who puts on a mask

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    1. Lisa

      This is a brilliant piece that captures what so many Canadians feel, but cannot articulate. No, we may not have been here during the darkest ages of early colonialism, but we have benefitted from, and continue to benefit from a sustained colonial system which we are taught to believe does not exist. It’s utter B.S. and it’s frustrating when the people we know and love try to cloak skewed statistics &/or their lack of historical knowledge as “fact” to justify racist and pro-colonial arguments. Thanks Nick, you are a wise and helpful man, not to mention, a fabulous writer!!!

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      1. Bearcubus

        As long as Canada’s main niche in the world is extracting and exporting resources, as long as First Nations people are caught painfully in between defending the integrity of the land and its inhabitants, trying to make a living on the commodity market, and trying to rebuild war-torn and repeatedly-crushed communities and families, and as long as there are millions of Canadians who desperately, immoderately cling to nationalism so that they never have to face how they are implicated in the problems arising from the first two issues, we remain firmly festering within the darkest days of colonialism. Until we overthrow the pillars of how we have structured our relations, we do not break with history; and no one is fooled that a red-and-white maple leaf flag-wrapped man-child with an exemplary record of consumption is an innocent.

      1. John Bird

        Thank you Nick. I am from the southernmost of the Blackfoot tribes….called Blackfeet here in the US. I have many relatives, family, and friends in Canada. Just want to say thank you for speaking your powerful truth. I think it is very helpful for other ‘settlers’ to read but I also think it is helpful for First Nations people to read and to hear. It doesn’t matter what boat your ancestors came over on….or if your ancestors were here long before the boats arrived….WE ARE ALL IN THE SAME BOAT NOW….and it’s time to wake the hell up. You get that! I appreciate that you explain it so eloquently in a way that I think many will hear. I appreciate that!

      2. Tony Bob

        Nicholas my brother, I begin with your name because in my indigenous culture names have power. All our societal names came from tribal people, so each name has a meaning and yousr comes from the Greek, meaning “victory of the people”. Came from the book “A Treasury of Baby Names”.
        Your words touched my heart so I say with pride welcome back to Mother Earth. As indigenous people we have an intimacy with creation heard in many of our words like Mother Earth, Father Sky, Grandfather Sun, Grandmother Moon and Stars Our Relatives.
        Your words chose the collective- we, us, ours and as indigenous people we use the phrase “All My Relations” as a constant reminder that we are related to all of creation; right bro?
        Your words was once said in the fairy tale when the children said “The emperor has no clothes”. Keep up the good work Nick your people need your vision, “Victory of the People”. Your relative “Walks Quietly”.

      3. BigJim

        Google Translate will do it in a flash. You can then check the translation for accuracy and off you go!

      4. April Hope Lilley

        So powerful, thank you for putting in to words what I have only been able to feel! I have often had discussions regarding this subject matter but usually find myself at a loss for words, unable to express what you have so eloquently posted.
        Thanks again,
        A

      5. Patti Fitzmaurice

        Thanks Nick! It’s important to challenge everything…to be strong enough to constantly question the status quo!

  1. Scott Harradine

    Wonderfully written Nick. Well done!!! Have been feeling ‘in my gut’ that Rex wasn’t the person CBC plays him up to be for some time now.

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  2. David Gray-Donald

    Word! For someone who who went to university 100% on the taxpayer dime in Newfoundland, Rex Murphy shows a severe lack of respect for critical thinking and chooses not to exercise that mental faculty, opting instead for gut-reaction populist bigotry. He’s pretty good at that.

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  3. Paul

    I have to assume I’m going to be the only one to disagree. I wish I had more time to eloquently express how I feel. But I’m at work.

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  4. Joyce Ellis

    Well written. Interesting that it came to me via a First Nation’s facebook friend who now lives in New Zealand. I shall share and hope that eventually all Canadians read this. With an open mind.

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  5. Ted Heighington

    The Settlers Debate Is Unsettling…

    Both sides of this argument make cogent, informed and supportable points of view. However, neither side of Rex Murphy’s ‘the colonialists’ or ‘the colonialized’ equation can win. Neither side is playing fair, thinking unselfishly or acting objectively for the good of the country. Going back to resolve unfinished issues prevents either side from moving forward to start new opportunities and relationship bonds.

    The ability to draw, stage and accelerate vast global, but usually negative, media attention by one side is being worsened by the equally ineffective political antics, issues ignorance and ineffective, and usually under-funded, policies of all recent governing administrations.

    If both sides agreed they each could do much better, and then were held responsible to actually execute same, we would spend less time arguing, less time being defensive, and more time building and sharing this beautiful nation together.

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    1. Linda

      You nailed it! Not going to comment on either side of the debate, except that we have to move forward. We have been going around and around this topic for years. It is a non-issue. You will not change the past, but if there is a willingness to embrace it and move on I strongly believe progress will be made.
      Everyday that I wake up and find myself on this side of the earth, I thank God for another glorious day. Can’t we be grateful for what we have, what we have accomplished? I say if you can’t beat them join.
      My grandfather was a settler (homesteader).

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      1. Jeri Malone

        I think one of the points you are missing is that it is not in the past., It is still very much happening in the present and to just want to sweep it under the table and say oh this all happened years ago , get over it , is insulting and degrading …

    2. ConcernedCitizen

      It used to be a beautiful nation. Call me stuck in the 50’s or 60’s, but, I don’t know how many people have noticed what large governments and large corporations have turned this country into. Check out our neighbors south of the border.

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    3. George Salmins

      ” … neither side of Rex Murphy’s ‘the colonialists’ or ‘the colonialized’ equation can win. Neither side is playing fair, thinking unselfishly or acting objectively for the good of the country. Going back to resolve unfinished issues prevents either side from moving forward to start new opportunities and relationship bonds.”

      Well said.

      It is time for all to forget the “sins” of previous generations and move on and build a country where we can all live peacefully and equally. I’m willing to do that and work with those who believe that the past is the past and is history. Learn from it, use it to build better structures for society, but don’t use it against each other. That is completely counter-productive. I am not responsible for what previous generations did and therefore will not apologize for them.

      Leave the past to history books. Work for today and tomorrow and work together without exaggerated heroes and super-tarnished villains taking over centre stage.

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      1. Gabriel

        It’s easy to say move on, forgive and forget, when you’re playing the hand with all the cards: precisely the old-guard colonialist attitude that is so deplored here. Both sides are not playing fair? Did you not read the article? Past generations are not around to correct the mistakes that they made, mistakes that stacked the deck in our (colonialist descendants’) favour. You might not feel responsible for the actions from which you so greatly benefit, and from which Indigenous peoples so greatly suffer, but that’s just burying your head in the sand. To reap the rewards of the unjust system we have inherited is to be an active participant in perpetuating that injustice. And no one wants your apology, George Salmins—an apology is hardly what is needed when to accept it would be to accept the ongoing process if colonialism. If people like you won’t take action now to correct the ongoing injustice, who will?

    4. Charly Wostenberg

      You are making the assumption that both sides are equal within the cultural, political, and economic sphere which is patently false. Demonstrably false. Historically false.

      The type of hand holding that you suggest can only happen among peers, or in theoretical economic jargon; “ceteris paribus”, or ‘all things being equal’. Quite obviously they are awfully far from being equal.

      When one group holds overwhelming power and resource, and the other bears the overwhelming repercussions, we can at least do our selves the favour of not pretending that there is anything resembling a fair playing field. That all that is required to solve the ‘issue’ is, for both parties to have a friendly sit down and the situation will be resolved with mutual understanding and respect. This belies a naivety to any real world i am aware of, despite your obvious good intentions.

      I am half Blackfoot on my mothers side, Blood tribe, (or Kainai) and there is a word, sugapii, which can be translated to mean ‘the thing that is’. I think it is a useful term in this discussion.

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      1. Amanda Latimer

        Another settler weighing in. Charly Wostenberg is dead on here. The liberal argument here (both sides have some truth, can’t we find some middle way) is oppressive on this issue, which is *the* Issue for the Canadian state. The argument begs towards the status quo or the “go slow” approach (see how well African Americans responded to that line in the 50s-70s), which has only ever been articulated by those who benefit from that same status quo. That “go slow” approach IS killing First Nations, physically, culturally, spiritually, now, as we speak. Contrary to Harper’s assertions to the contrary, it’s also destroying the lives of many working and poor settler families. So we have a choice to make, from my point of view. We can continue to contribute to genocide at “home” and abroad, filling someone else’s pockets and hoping that a few crumbs fall our way as pay for our complacency or complicity, or we can follow the lead of First Nations as they strengthen their resistance and try to turn colonialism around. If that means taking apart the country to try for something more just, so be it.

    5. S-kw'etu'?

      This is not a debate or argument, it is genocide.

      The very idea that I or any other person would want to assimilate into the culture or join up with the people who slaughter and tortured my family is absurd.

      Ask yourself this next time you lament why we cannot just kiss make up and get along, how many Jewish Nazi’s are there? Seriously!

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      1. therepo

        But is it proper to assimilate the benefits and conviences of this alien society?

        It is all well and good to rail against the evils of the newcomers but to go on a website critiquing the very society that created the technology you are using gives me a weird feeling. Does this not rot this culture you crave from the inside?

      2. S-kw'etu'?

        The technology I work with was not created by a colonial aryan ideal, it was created by human beings with a passion for technology. Many programmers and techs have adopted socialist standards and are within their own group fighting the colonial monotheistic corporate monster you seem to enjoy supporting.

        You can feel any way you like about anything you like, you can adhere to what ever limited system that is within your comprehension but because you have chosen to limit your conception of what you have been told through spin then that is your problem. We all have the ability, or should, to learn, explore and reach conclusions based upon fact.

        If it were actually true that your colonial aryan state and people created the technology that you think is available and only should be used by the aryan superior masses, if that were true than I will take this moment to remind you or maybe inform you for the first time that the aryan state Canada was and is only able to finance and exist due to their and your using our resources. All you really are is thirty three million bodies, and truth be told without us and our resources you would cease to be able to sustain your corporate creation.

  6. Bob Frelick

    If anyone questions “Colonialism” just watch for this; When a new Politician is sworn in – who does he/she swear allegiance to? If the answer were to be “Pakistan, Afghanistan, India, Saudi Arabia” or any other place except for England the Canadian settler’s descendants would say “If you want to swear allegiance to that country go live there”. So when Canada’s politicians swear allegiance to Britain why don’t we tell them to go live there?

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    1. JORDAN MCPHERSON

      That is really Dumb. Privelage and Class has nothing to do with skin color or a certian race and has everything to do with Power and Greed, it is part of the Human condition that all Humans on the planet have in their make up. I am Born and Raised here in Vancouver British Columbia as were My Parents, Grandparents, and Great Grandparents. I am a Native Vancouverite and am not concerned if You Agree with it or Like it. I am of Scotish decent on Both sides of My family. We have always been Blue collar working poor and have had no benifit from this Government and have had to work extremly hard for every dam thing we have earned. I hate what this Government has done to Aboriginal People in the past and I Hate this Government right now and do not give a Flying Fuck about any Queen. I do not have a “Statis Card”, I do not get a Free House built for Me on The Rez, I do not get Free education. I did not ask for or do anything to deserve getting Bullied and have Racist remarks from spoiled rotten Aboriginal Kids all through school and get blamed even to this Day for them feeling like a Victim and their own Bad Choices. I flunked out of High School and suffered from Alcohalisim and Drug Addiction for over 20 Years {Have almost 4 Years Clean and Sober} and have been chronicaly unemployed for 15-16 Years. Me and My family never stole

      Your Land and andYour land and have NEVER owned land.

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  7. Marty Hykin

    Rex Murphy strays regularly from his supposedly “neutral” position as moderator and searcher for truth on his cross country checkup show. I used to think he was playing devil’s advocate to get all views out in the open. But his own views have been conspicuously out in the open too often for me to give him the benefit of doubt any more. He steamrolls, interrupts, talks over and generally out-blathers callers whose views he clearly does not agree with. Your piece is brilliant, well-written, and deserves wide circulation. Murphy is an opportunistic supporter of status quo. Marty Hykin, Victoria BC

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    1. Joseph Carpenter

      Steve Harpy should appoint him to the Senate , he sounds like the perfect candidate for the CONservatives.

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  8. Rising Dove

    “Just as we feel the wrongness of colonialism in our gut, we can feel the emptiness of settler ways of life.” Now i’m pretty sure you’re not speaking for most people when you say something like that.

    Then with this one…. ” Settler colonialism has produced a world where our food is industrialized and grown with chemicals, our political system is rigidly bureaucratic and exclusive,….” Actually, Settler colonialism, as you call it, seems to have produced the richest, healthiest, safest (ever look at violent death rates in pre-colonial societies?) , and probably happiest group of human beings every to live on earth, ever. of course, to get the benefits, you have to participate to some degree. Welfare dependency does produce bad things; and “settler society” is to blame for the condition of native peoples for this reason, more than the others you mention.

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    1. jeremy

      maybe you could get some facts rather them make them up yourself? depression and suicide are on the rise world wide. you must be talking about the 1% , so in that regard you are spot on settler colonialism has produced a SMALL group of the happiest,healthiest,richest and safest human beings. they have access to the best healthcare, they live in gated communities, hire body guards, amass billions to trillions of dollars to simply sit in their various offshore bank accounts. as for welfare dependency it doesn’t seem to be making the oil or mining companies unhappy…

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    2. Davy Jay

      “Actually, Settler colonialism, as you call it, seems to have produced the richest, healthiest, safest (ever look at violent death rates in pre-colonial societies?) , and probably happiest group of human beings every to live on earth, ever. of course, to get the benefits, you have to participate to some degree.”

      The real issue here happens when your course of action to participate is prescribed already in such a way that eliminates your voice or any real choices you may have in the process. Participation in the system is useless, unless it’s meaningful participation, and here the participation is “dissenting and registering our dissent through state sanctioned mechanisms… Our dissent is ignored,” in which case, what kind of participation is this? It’s not a matter of NIMBYism, either, but a group of people actively resisting being trampled to further elevate/maintain another group’s standard of living.

      To continue your line of reasoning down an absurd path, if, in order to continue this magically wonderful society, a small ethnic group must ‘participate’ by having every member being beaten once a month to have a larger group (say, some 22 times larger than that small ethnic group) live well and comfortably, is that ok?

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  9. Naomi Linklater

    Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a beautiful and thoughtful response to Rex Murphy’s disturbingly inaccurate article regarding Canada’s colonial history . I will repost it.

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  10. Gupdawg

    What a well written response – thank you for this. As a settler Canadian, I find Rex Murphy’s article disturbing on so many levels. He is contributing to ensuring a status quo. Good for you to call him on his fear and denial Nick!

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  11. jeremy

    brilliant and blinding Truth! through and throughout your article. i couldn’t say it any better so i am sharing it all over my facebook if you don’t mind! everyone needs to read this !

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  12. dennis

    Absolutely outstanding. Well said, well written. You are very definitely speaking for me. Yes, many of us feel the “…wrongness of colonialism in our gut…” And, many more are awakening, I believe. But, I fear, has this awakening come too late? It seems to me that we are already in the eleventh hour, and the awakening has only just begun, in my estimation. I would also like to add that they who defend the obvious corruption that lies before us this very day…are themselves corrupt…or are completely duped. The rest of us stand firmly by the truth, and bear witness, that what should be held as sacred, namely this beautiful world, our land, and its peoples, are being defiled.

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    1. S-kw'etu'?

      Why are you so ha’naxw’id, in such a rush, nothing has just began, I have been living with and fighting this genocide all my life and it is quite likely I am much older than you.

      Your ka̱ła̱las, your fear is simply an emotion, but it is nothing more than that and does not dictate the timeline for us, our people and cultures have been here on our lands for well over ten thousand years and you are getting uptight about a couple hundred, basically on the Mother’s clock there is no eleventh hour.

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  13. Susan

    Very thoughtful letter. Complex history. I have tremendous respect for those who approach it with compassion and integrity.

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  14. Phil Jeddore

    Rex is a Newfoundlander of the old colonial stock. That should tell you enough. You know, the crowd that tried to wipe the Pi’tewkewaq (Beothuk) of the face of the earth. Kin to the idiots like Randy Simms and John Furlongs of the world.

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  15. Alicia Cook Mohawk Wolf Clan

    Thank you from all our hearts. Yes! someone has seen the light! For those who cannot understand that we all drink from the same cup, may the light shine on you and yours. Maybe in your darkest hour, when your child is in the hospital clinging to life, shall it dawn upon you that the water they drank put them there. I support all who support Mother Earth. Tanatoh! I have spoken.

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  16. Jenn Seeley

    Reblogged this on Jenn Seeley and commented:
    Colonialism is still alive and rampant. To believe otherwise is to remain ignorant – willfully or otherwise. It is interesting how true it is that public schools tell very little about the full history of this country and our Indigenous people. It is also interesting to note that it takes a post-secondary education often times to really create the necessary dialogue surrounding the brutal facts. Boy howdy, this has to change.

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  17. ConcernedCitizen

    Thank you so much for the writing. It would be interesting to see how the Mainstream Media would respond to this. Yes I will share it also.

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  18. david_j_parnell@hotmail.com

    This article is brilliant, I’ve shared an excerpt from it and posted the link to this article on my Facebook wall. I’ve never read an article that contained more “truths” for both the colonial prospective and the indigenous prospective and what is really happening right now. Thanks!

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  19. Johnny

    If you think Canada is bad, think of us in Quebec having to deal with both the English and French. It’s not colonialism anymore, it’s an occupation.

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  20. Tony young

    Excellent response. My ancestors came from Europe as well and I agree 100% with every word. Nick should have a segment on CBC to voice his views.

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  21. tim

    The next time I’m asked why I support Natives and Idle No More, I’ll try to see if the person asking has time for me to read your article here word-for-word.

    – a white dude.

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  22. Kiff

    Wow Nick, you really said it.
    Loud and ridiculously clear,
    Wish everyone could hear.

    Justifying ethnically cleansing 100 million Natives.
    Rex’s elitist hearts SO full of fears.
    Before WW2 Nazis identical rationalizations.
    CBC says isn’t easy job working for corporations.

    Rex has outlived his uselessness.
    Sadly skin and eyes abusing beer.
    Emperor never had any clothes.

    Thank you Nick writing ancient wrongs.
    About as well as I’ve ever heard.

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  23. Estella Howard

    I am teaching a course on Indigenous Culture. This response to Rex Murphy will be used in my classroom. This is so clear and strong. Thank you for taking the time, for educating yourself and for sharing this teaching. It is powerful, honest and very important. May all beings have happiness and its causes. Estella Howard

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  24. Pauline Sackaney

    Meegwetch Nick for responding to Rex Murphy’s statement. Unfortunately he is another puppet in the making, along with our two tier government 😦

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