Calgary Indigenous Peoples and Communities
What is happening?
During my life I have come to embrace history understanding it is “Knowledge.” I will always quote the statement: “Those who do not know history will undoubtedly repeat it.”
During my time in service to my country, I have seen the outcome of what bad governance and leadership can do to populations and countries. It causes catastrophic damage to lives and can last generations. We as refugees, immigrants, and aboriginal people have one major thing that binds us together and that is our home which we call Calgary. Our collective moral obligation is to educate the children about our country’s history, be it good or bad.
Seven generations of Indigenous children (150,000) were removed from their families and forced into the Indian residential school system. This occurred predominantly in the western and northern parts of Canada. Children were taught that their lives were not as respected as the lives of non-Indigenous people, their languages and cultures were irrelevant, ; that their people and their ancestors were pagans, heathens, and uncivilized, and that they needed to be assimilated.
The government implemented policies that resulted in hunger, disease, and poverty. The federal government failed to meet its obligations to Aboriginal people. It is a fact that the policy was dedicated to eliminating Aboriginal peoples as distinct political and cultural entities.
Every policy has a direction and it is obvious that the aim of the federal government was one of cultural genocide.
One residential school was discovered in Ogden. In total 10 residential schools around Calgary housed Indigenous children who were taken from their families over a period of 111 years. The last of these schools remained under government control till 1975.
In March of 2014, the Mayor issued a Proclamation for Reconciliation
This Proclamation was issued as a direct result of detailed content revealed within the White Goose Flying Report which the council received. If you are not familiar with this report, I strongly encourage you to read it.
Immigrants, refugees, and aboriginal populations of Calgary have a meaningful role within our community as full and equal participants in our city’s quality of life. It is essential that all Calgary citizens walk a shared path paved with opportunity, and recognize that we are connected to one another and to this City we call home.
What should be happening?
How are we going to make that happen?
Should you elect me into office as your Mayor, know that I will continue any good work that has already been achieved related to the White Goose Flying Report, and promote efforts of reconciliation with Calgary’s indigenous residents. Until I’m in a position of leadership for our city, I have no access to information regarding how far our city has gone to rectify its actions toward the White Goose Flying Report.