Settler’s Guilt, Part III

Almost finished my bike ride home from work today, I pressed the button for the crosswalk and happened to read the poster that was taped to the light standard.

The event has already happened. But I learned something new.

The Chaudière Falls and its islands in Canada’s Capital have been a sacred healing and meeting place for Indigenous peoples from the East coast to the Rockies for more than 5,000 years. We ask all Canadians to support our call to keep these islands and waters open to all Canadians under the stewardship of the Indigenous community.
This land and water was never ceded by treaty or sold to any government. For the past 65 years many citizens and their elected leaders on both sides of the Ottawa River have lauded the vision of Grandfather William Commanda who lobbied for the creation of a central park for all, and an indigenous national healing and peace centre. For the last thirty years, architect Douglas Cardinal has worked tirelessly to keep that vision alive. He supports the August 2015 statements by four Algonquin chiefs from Quebec and other Indigenous leaders who oppose a condo proposal by Windmill Development Group and Dream Corporation

There’s a petition to sign, here.

(I tried to sign it… and then couldn’t because it wouldn’t let me. The guilt will not be let go so easily as that.)

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