I started reading Malcolm Gladwell’s book Outliers a few days ago. It’s the kind of book that gets you thinking. And since I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the #IdleNoMore movement, I’ve been thinking about the kind of Canada I want, the kind my grandparents couldn’t ever dare dream of. And my dreams have been big of late and include all sorts of crazy thoughts like: what if we could have a country where finally Indigenous people were valued, appreciated and were equal partners in Canada? What if on the land of our ancestors we could speak the original place names, be fluent in the languages, and have the power to stop the oil sands? What if the resources were shared fairly and the category of “Indians” was removed from legislation and replaced with recognition of the sovereign Nations that we are from? I know. Crazy right?
The point is Idle No More has inspired me to dream big. And to see that really the first obstacle we face is overcoming our disbelief that what we want and need from Canada isn’t possible. Well if Ghandi didn’t dream of “home rule”, India may yet still be a colony of England. If MLK didn’t dream, segregation may still exist. First we dream, we imagine, we envision – and we discard any voices in our head that tell us it isn’t possible. That is always the first step.
This blog site is for the dreamers among us. Those who want to share ideas about the Canada we want. Those who believe our children deserve no less.
It is also for the brave among us, those people who have no fear in writing the truth. The kind that educates, resonates and helps inform us. The kind that challenges us to think in new ways and to decolonize our minds.
Contact me if you would like to be a guest blogger on this site at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Christi Belcourt is a Metis visual artist with a deep respect for the traditions and knowledge of her people. The majority of her work explores and celebrates the beauty of the natural world. Author of Medicines To Help Us (Gabriel Dumont Institute, 2007), Beadwork (Ningwakwe Learning Press, 2010). Her work can be found in the permanent collections of the National Gallery of Canada, the Thunder Bay Art Gallery, the Canadian Museum of Civilization, the Gabriel Dumont Institute (Saskatoon), and the Indian and Inuit Art Collection (Hull).