This doesn’t look like “reconciliation”
A group of Indigenous demonstrators who have been protesting on Parliament Hill held a press conference today that quickly descended into racist rants directed at reporters.
When the topic turned to the issue of missing and murdered indigenous women, CBC reporter Julie Van Dusen asked whether Justin Trudeau was to blame for indigenous teens who have gone missing in Ontario. Van Dusen also asked if the protestors saw a difference between Trudeau and Harper on the issue.
Van Dusen was clearly looking for a pro-Trudeau answer. She even prefaced her question by saying “most Canadians think Justin Trudeau is making an effort.” As I’ve said before, if Trudeau really wanted to help the many Indigenous communities that are in serious poverty – alongside the many millions of Canadians who are struggling – he would end foreign aid and focus on fixing Canada.
So, Van Dusen’s question was clearly biased towards Trudeau. That being said, she absolutely did not deserve the racist rant you’re about to witness below:
First of all, while much of the establishment media won’t call the comments by Jocelyn Wabano-Iahtail and Sophie McKeown racist, that is the only word that accurately describes it.
Bringing up Van Dusen’s race, and referring to her as “white lady,” and then attacking another reporter as a “white man,” is a dehumanizing and disrespectful act, and needs to be called out as such. Racism is racism, regardless of the race or background of the perpetrator.
Just imagine the gigantic firestorm if the roles were reversed.
The over the top and extreme rhetoric won’t win anybody over. In fact, it will push people away. Neither Stephen Harper nor Justin Trudeau are guilty of a “genocide” and it is insane to think the United Nations should, would, or can, “arrest” our leaders.
There have been real and terrible crimes committed by past governments against Indigenous people. Those crimes should not be swept under the rug, and they cannot – and should not – ever be forgotten.
But there is no way to go back in time and undo that. Canadians are united in wanting to see more prosperity and opportunity in our country, and wanting all Indigenous people to share in the potential of our great country. At the same time, the reality is that there is no genocide taking place today and to say otherwise is simply factually incorrect.
No nation is perfect, and Canada is no exception to that. Yet, that doesn’t change the fact that Canada is the greatest nation in the world, and we have much to celebrate. Feeling ashamed about the past, and demonizing people based on their race will only serve to tear our country apart. For Canada’s sake, we must move forward.
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