Until Canada achieves true compatible togetherness Canada cannot claim it, cannot be a single true country.
Canada has avoided Quebec province separation & there is much talk as the twenty first century starts of western separation amid hopes it will come to naught. There has NEVER been, though, indigenous, colonist & settler togetherness.
As the twenty first century starts to move forward there is at last a common togetherness goal. Why so long as we have seen centuries whiz by? Canada was formed out of many treaties & even no written treaties. All different plus human bickering by nations. We all do agree (I think) that this cannot continue & at last start a series of Pow-Wows with togetherness the aim & led by the representative of our Queen, the Governor General. (Hurrah).
Organizing & agreeing on the terms of togetherness is sure to be a long drawn out affair & that is the reason for this section.
Since the formation of Canada there have been elected politicians from the Indigenous Nations. Wickipedia has compiled a list. Some are extant.
A link to Wickipedia Canadian Indigenous Representaties (press)
We have much to learn from old & new as we Canadians attempt to build a Canada out of Indigenous descendants & settlers. To best understand read the books by two descendants of indigenous nations “As We Have Always Done by Leanne Betasamosake Simpson” “Tsawalk by Umeek (E Richard Atleo)” & two books by settler types “Life 3.0 by Max Tegmark” “Cyber Thoughts by Dimi Zale”.
After reading reflect on the closeness to the universe of Indigenous Nation beliefs & the modern communication evinced by all four. Now we have, & can use, education that allows communication between all with complete understanding.
At last dialogue with full understanding is possible. Discussion on the full meaning of signed agreements & signing of written agreements where none exist. Canada, a Fair Country at work with it’s citizens to achieve friendly togetherness.
Canadian Geograhic Society published a four volume atlas in 2019 entitled “Indigenous Peoples Atlas of Canada”.
In North America a colonial country was formed as part of the British Empire. A part that subsequently split into two. A country that is now known as United States of America is to the immediate south of the country Canada. Today Canada still has the British Queen as the Canadian Queen & is a part of the British Commonwealth of Nations but just as Britain takes governance from the British parliament so Canada takes governance from the Canadian parliament.
Before arrival of the colonists in the two present day countries the land was occupied sparsely by many small nations (either separate or multiple) but these indigenous nations were overrun during a period of time by the arriving colonists. There was no consistent result. In some cases there were treaties. The treaties were often of different wording & in some cases there were no treaties at all.
To complicate the nature of the indigenous nations a new race (Now called indigenous) is the Metis nation where members were the fruit of indigenous females & colonial males.
As an added complication & source of dispute there are strict rules that have been created by Canadian past governments on whether a person is indigenous or not. The writer doesn’t know if indigenous nations took part.
Finally, persons labelled indigenous & persons named settler pay differing Canadian taxes & have both differing border rules. Some indigenous nations land extends over local borders & some even have land that traverses Canadian & USA borders.
Indigenous & Canadian governments are not now (sensibly) looking for a quick fix as this present dispute has been the repeated result of re-dispute in the past.
In spite of all these voices from the past & those admitted violations of human rights on the way Canada is now known as a fair country that is now set on a fair path of togetherness.