Facebook icon
Twitter icon
e-mail icon

Indigenous groups protest Canada's 150th independence day

Indigenous people across Canada have boycotted the country’s 150th independence day celebrations, instead holding events to raise awareness and protest the glorification of colonialism and indigenous genocide.

Photograph: Al Jazeera

One organiser of a protest on traditional Algonquin territory told Al Jazeera, “When your identity and culture are suppressed, there shouldn't be celebrations.”

“For many of us from the grassroots, we find it repugnant that Canada is celebrating 150 years of what we consider is racism and genocide and colonialism,” another protester said.

Writing in the Globe and Mail, the indigenous NDP MP Romeo Saganash says:

“You see, for us, nearly everything around us represents colonial domination and genocide and is an example of Indigenous resiliency. Except that I’m really tired of constantly having to fight to prove that I have the right to exist.”

“In a world where our very existence is criminalised and our presence is defiance, Indigenous people are forced every day to live in a world built by their colonizers.”

We need your support

Sri Lanka is one of the most dangerous places in the world to be a journalist. Tamil journalists are particularly at threat, with at least 41 media workers known to have been killed by the Sri Lankan state or its paramilitaries during and after the armed conflict.

Despite the risks, our team on the ground remain committed to providing detailed and accurate reporting of developments in the Tamil homeland, across the island and around the world, as well as providing expert analysis and insight from the Tamil point of view

We need your support in keeping our journalism going. Support our work today.

For more ways to donate visit https://donate.tamilguardian.com.