Canadians have a somber Canada Day for July 1 after the revelation of unmarked indigenous childrens' 215 and 182 graves in BC, 751 in Saskatchewan and counting. Canada has admitted to mandating a campaign of genocide. Cultural genocide is still genocide. It doesn't paint a pretty picture for Canada who is stereotypically portrayed as all happy go lucky with all that maple syrup. And three days after Canada Day, Americans celebrate their independence from British rule. It wasn't a happy story for the peoples who have already lived on the continent for the past 10s of thousands of years prior to European settlement and colonialism.
It even got the American government looking inward at their own in history of indigenous genocide.
These sad developments didn't just occur in Canada and the USA but Australia too.
They say New Zealand fare a little better.
Residential/boarding schools and other assimilation progroms by the over-arching settler community has been an abysmall and dismal failure. It has created and perpetuated the steretypes of alcoholism, drug addiction, sexual exploitation, suicides and other societal ills that have afflicted a marginalized community. Restitution and reconciliation has got to be more than some token apology from the settler governments.
A continual revival of indigenous languages, beliefs, dances, songs, mythologies and all other native cultural practices are called for. A use of public monies is expected. If taxes were used to promote genocide in the past, then tax dollars ought to be used to correct and rollback the evils that the very same government implemented in the past. And who cares about some racist trailer trash settler complaining about his tax dollars being used to revive a so-called "dead" or "dying" language. He's no different than those Nazi's who tried exterminate the Jews. Remember, Hebrew was once a "dead" language. The settler trash can express his opinion in a free country, but he also needs to expect there to be a passionately driven reply back whether they're are words or gestures.