“If we, as indigenous peoples, really wanted to regain self-determination over our own processes of decolonization and indigenization, we would not be allowing colonial institutions to “lead” the efforts.
We would not allow colonial leaders to control the direction it is going in.
We would not allow ourselves to be subjugated to the extent where one indigenous person who agrees to pipelines, represents all indigenous peoples.
We would not allow colonial systems to complete the process of pairing efforts of decolonization and indigenization in the same box as reconciliation.
If we, as indigenous peoples, really wanted to regain self-determination over our own processes of decolonization and indigenization, we would not even allow colonialism to lay a finger on, or have a say on what indigenization and decolonization looks like.
Indigenization and decolonization would be such a deeply motivated indigenous effort that we would only begin to see if weaving its way through ourselves, our families, and our communities.
Efforts of Indigenization and decolonization would not be arrogantly sliding out of the mouths of white, patriarchal males at institutions that are still killing our young people through suicide daily.”
Decolonization and indigenization is the new reconciliation.
And many of our people are blindly holding, and even kissing, colonialism’s hand in the process.
So many of our people are willingly playing the lead role in the now colonial-skewed process of “decolonization” and “indigenization.”
They are becoming the pets to the university deans, the star-pupils to the healthcare executive directors, the celebrities to the city’s mayor, and the champion students to the prime minister – ultimately, they are allowing themselves to become, and are complying to, roles of tokenism so heavily steeped in colonialism that they are becoming the tokenized version of the Indian that colonialism is so deeply infatuated with.
The Indian that allows themselves to be a child to the toxic, authoritative parent that is colonialism.
The Indian that needs to be rescued from their savage ways.
Because the only good indian, is a colonized indian.
And today that…
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