Settler Reconciliation!? #AllEyesOnMikmaki - 2020 Charity Box

Phil Gray

Settler Reconciliation!? #AllEyesOnMikmaki - 2020 Charity Box

Phil Gray
$1,700.00

3 3/4" x 3 1/4" x 3 1/4"

Red and yellow cedar, acrylic paint, burnt cedar.

#AllEyesOnMikmaki

Half of the proceeds of my box will be donated to support the Sipekne’katik Mi'kmaw lobster fishers, while the other half will be donated to UNYA as usual.
I have been furious about what's happening to our Mi'kmaw relatives and I continue to fear for thier safety. Instead of acknowledging what is actually happening in Mi'kmaw territory which is racism, assault, hate crimes and competition for resources, you too often hear settler platitudes from the media and government like "it's about conservation" and "tensions are rising". This is something you kind of get used to as an Indiginous person, it happens all across Canada when settlers act on thier scarcity mentality and lash out. This is far from over and can get even worse, but this can be a pivotal moment for what you might call true reconciliation and this can start by doing the bare minimum of recognizing the treaty rights that Indigenous peoples have with Canada.
I stand with Mi'kmaw and so should you.

 

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