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Are Land Acknowledgements Justified? – FCPP

September 19, 2022

Recently, Canadians have seen various institutions implementing Indigenous Land Acknowledgments (ILAs) to recognize the institution as situated on previously occupied Indigenous land. They are widely accepted, but privately disputed.

It is obvious that the moral outrage regarding Canada’s First People prevents open discussion. Instead, we have been told to be quiet and ashamed. Our ancestors have been labeled simply as “visitors” or “white settlers.” People from all over the world call Canada home, yet it is largely those of European descent who are vilified. We are brainwashed into thinking we committed genocide by building Indian residential schools (IRS) and erasing Indigenous languages by not allowing pupils to speak them.

There is no doubt that some atrocities were committed, as in any long-term human institution, and that evil must be condemned and punished. Every legitimate perpetrator should be brought to justice and punished accordingly in a court of law.

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