I’m a white settler from Nuuchahnulth territory.
Now so-called “Vancouver”:
Privileged to live and work on the traditional unceded Coast Salish territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), stoːlo (Stolo), and sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) nations.
Acknowledgement leads to justice.
Reducing Poverty Can Reduce Hardship
I am a Vancouver resident, have lived in BC forever, and I am white and non-binary. I’m write this as a Person With Disability (PWD), among a crowd of peers who may or may not have the capacity to speak up or write their own story. What I know: We need a new Poverty Reduction Strategy, one that works for all who live here.
Does Treaty or Tradition Best Respect First Nations?
“In British Columbia, all the indigenous peoples refer to the land that belongs to them as “traditional unceded territories.”
Coastal Gas Link (CGL) is attempting with the BC and Canadian governments to force through an LNG pipeline. They want to actually drill underneath the Wedzin Kwa, a river in 2021 still safe and clean to drink from directly. CGL wants to do so as fast as recklessly possible, and the RCMP are 100% on-side.”
Correction and Omission: "How to Be White"
“What is whiteness? How can we unlearn whiteness? First, white people must recognize “how to be white.” That is:
To put in as little effort possible, while it sounds weak or amoral, might be the inevitable outcome of so-called “natural selection.” However, as loosely put, “white culture” has been held both by academia and military might overall as both uniquely civilized and divinely righted for thousands of years.”
Sources, Theory, Methods
I received a philosophy education at Vancouver Island University. My preferred topics were Deep Ecology, Decolonization, and Linguistics.
In this blog, starting with Unlearning Whiteness, I will delve into topics related to culture, history, progress, and polemics. These posts are intended to be shared with an audience of white so-called “progressives” and “activists.”
It is my contention that the goal of white people should be earnest self-analysis, theory study, and then solving problems after recognizing we are causing most of them.
We are human factors in a historical legacy of violence and imperialism. We have a choice to listen to BIPOC voices and spread the knowledge we glean.
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