By Carol Anne Hilton Canada is in an uncomfortable space today. For over 150 years, this country has been in a push/ pull dynamic relationship with First Nations people. At the center of First Nations progress and development has been a constant ‘pushing’ of Canada towards the development of legal recognition as it is entrenched within the constitution of this country.
The ‘pull’ dynamic, meanwhile, has taken the form of years of government policy and practice. These policies and practices have formed the systemic invisibility of First Nation peoples that has been expressed through the continued denial, resistance, exclusion, and rejection of Indigenous rights and economic exclusion over time. This push/pull dynamic centers Canada’s current and emerging relationship with First Nations peoples. Read More