Tag: Indigenous Peoples
In Indigenous Continent, Finnish historian Pekka Hämäläinen reinterprets the colonization of North America as an encounter between civilizational and political equals. It is a major undertaking, and it’s not clear that he manages to back up his core contentions. But even in partial failure, Hämäläinen illuminates the complex relationship between American and indigenous power.
For many Canadians, Pope Francis’s recent apology for the treatment of some indigenous persons by those representing the Catholic Church was not enough. Murray Sinclair, the lawyer who chaired Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission declared: “It was more than the work of a few bad actors — this was a concerted institutional effort to remove children from their families and cultures, all in the name of Christian supremacy,” reported the Washington Post.
It is only the indigenous communities who are clarifying the importance of their inclusion in political decision-making with regards to the environment.
Rio Tinto may claim it is “not proud of many parts of our history at Marandoo,” but legislation has so far favoured giant corporations and their exploitation of land, Ramona Wadi writes.