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History, Truth, and Indigenous Diaspora
1. My story is nestled within my mothers, grandmothers, grandfathers, & ancestral stories. Stories are tied to land. #Beyond150CA
2.“Place implies belonging,...and is imbued w/ memories that give life direction.. place establishes identity” Windsor&McVey #Beyond150ca
3. Land + Stories = History = Present = Future . The land is a bridge that connects us. #Beyond150CA
6. I didn’t learn my history in a classroom. I learned the real one on the land from my elder’s mouths. #Beyond150CA
7. If anything the history I learned in classes created divisions amongst peers. #Beyond150CA
Read more: “Those Who Win The War Write The History”
8. One sided history that dominates creates dichotomies. A continual “Us vs. Them” that plays out in policies #Beyond150CA
9. Dane Zaa territory is continually being reconfigured and reshaped via oil and gas extraction & reservoirs #Beyond150CA
10.The continued colonization of lands is a denial to Indigenous history, present, and futures. #Beyond150CA
11. Respect & reconciliation requires unflinching truth bearing historical accounts #Beyond150CA
12. Understanding and respecting ways of being and knowing is nothing short of necessary #Beyond150CA
13. Remember: Land + Stories = Past = Present = Future. Time is not linear #Beyond150CA
14. Land contains and maintains who we are. When landscapes change dramatically, what does that mean? #Beyond150CA
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15. Erasure & obliteration of landscapes is a continued refusal of right to history/right to futures
16. “to live in a land of strangers in a place where their past & ours do not cross – we have no history” Windsor & McVey #Beyond150CA
17. Some of our stories are beneath roadways, under reservoirs & tailings ponds, under drill pads and lease sites #Beyond150CA
18. Resource extraction & development further stops us from creating new stories on land via access blocks & contamination #Beyond150CA
19. There are places my grandmother took me I can only tell my son about now. #Beyond150CA
20. Indigenous Diaspora = To be out of place/in place. You don’t leave ancestral land, it shapeshifts.
Read more: “Indigenous Diaspora: Out Of Place In Place”
21. I watch history repeat itself. I am only 29 but 1867 leaves a bitter taste in my mouth #Beyond150CA
22. Indigenous “activists” work for past, present, and future. They are our historians and ensure our futures. #Beyond150CA
23. We can work towards new futures with righting slighted history that favours understanding #Beyond150CA
24. We all have versions of the truth, mine just happens to come from my elders. #Beyond150CA
25. They say it takes 3 generations to heal trauma. Ethnocentric mindset healing would take the same or more #Beyond150CA
26. Revolution has always been a long term endeavour. Plant seeds. Water them. Trust. #Beyond150CA
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