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Opinion | Election platforms pitch voters a lot of solutions, but let’s get to the root of the problem our Indigenous people still face – Toronto Star

May 13, 2022

The issues and problems in our country are the results of what the government did to the original people of this land, says Jody Harbour

I have never been one to have a conversation about government. Frankly, I stopped voting in 1997, the year after my husband and I agreed to volunteer with new friends at an election polling place. My understanding of politics was minimal and at 27, I was still voting for the political party my parents chose. That one experience thrust me into a better understanding of the business that governs our country and my responsibility to its design.

The expression “don’t talk about politics, religion or money” has steered most of the social environments in my lifestyle and generation. My relationship to each of these topics, I realize today, was never a choice I was able to make on my own. These topics were intergenerationally appointed and implemented through our systems of oppression.

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