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So the racist pieces of shit who did this are our Kamloops neighbours. Now what? #TRC #TruthBeforeReconciliation 1/
I heard @tult7 on CBC condemning this as “small minded hate crime”, saying he hopes this racism isn’t representative of Kamloops.

I don’t know if I can be as generous as Kukpi7 Ignace. The racism is real and everyday and ingrained. In Kamloops, and the rest of Canada too. 2/
I talk to community & business groups, educators & bureaucrats abt Indigenous history/rights/ all the time. It’s an *understatement* to say people are ignorant of Indigenous issues.

It’s better characterized as flat out denial. A preference for ignorance. And it fuels racism. 3/
Live a kilometre from one of the longest running residential schools in the province and don’t know about it? Really? 4/
Live in an apartheid municipality and didn’t know about it? Hadn’t thought about those lines that divide us? Really? 5/
Live on stolen land—not ceded, not sold, not treatied, but just plain stolen—and don’t know about it? Haven’t thought how that came to be? What it means for people? Really? 6/
Spent your life looking at a reserve to which people have been relegated in jurisdictional apartheid and don’t know about it?

Didn’t think that makes for inequities? Don’t think of that as structural racism? Really? 7/
Heard about abysmal graduation rates for Indigenous students and didn’t wonder why?

Read about outrageously rates of child apprehension and didn’t care why?

Hear about women and girls disappearing and don’t ask how that can continue? 8/
See disproportionate numbers of Indigenous people living homeless, wracked by substance abuse, subject to racial profiling (and related over policing/incarceration), and didn’t think about why that is? 9/
Live in a place that honours members of the federation clear on the other side of the continent and ignores the sovereignty of Indigenous people on whose land we have built our wealth? Ignores that we’re squatters in Secwepemculewc? 10/
If, in 2018, “regular folk” are ignorant of all that, and still regularly protest that “Indians get too much free stuff”, should “get over it”, or other gross misunderstandings of the colonial relationship, that fault lies with us.

Canadians—in Kamloops and everywhere else—need to start taking responsibility for some of this learning, ffs.

And not just in schools- we CANNOT wait another whole generation to get informed. Grown ass adults need to get educated. 12/
Reconciliation can’t be just top down. Are we really sitting here waiting for Trudeau to hand us a done deal?

TRC calls on Canadians, at all levels to do this. Teach the truth.
Learn the truth.
Then lead with it.

THAT’S How we fight anti-Indigenous racism. #TRC57 13/13

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Sep 11, 2018
This is the Bonaparte Plateau, BC. It’s been stripped bare by logging. The scale of these clearcuts makes size comparisons to football fields seem ridiculous. It’s effing heartbreaking to be here. 1/
Don’t know where Bonaparte Plateau is? Few do. It’s in southern Secwepemculewc. Valued hunting, fishing & medicine grounds for millennia.

You don’t see it from highways, & need a truck to get there. That seclusion has allowed forestry to destroy it, almost unchallenged. 2/
Logging here has been ceaseless since the 1990s. Bits left as reserves after the first, second, third, fourth round of harvests eventually get razed too. Nothing is spared. Gif from Google Earth Engine, 1986-2016. 3/
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The intensity of BC wildfires is directly related to industry-led mismanagement of forests that has been undermining the land’s resiliency for a century.

Don’t blame it all on climate change. Yet. 1/
For >100 years this land base has been operated by and for forest capitalists. A century of clearcuts, monoculture plantations and fire suppression brought us here.

Responsibility for forest management is a GIANT elephant in the BC wildfire room. 2/
Millions of continuous hectares of stunted, debris-choked and dead standing forests are burning, and we blame "Mother Nature", or climate change. Hold up.

Here's the Bonaparte Plateau, which burned last year, being "managed" from 1984-2016. Those are clearcuts. 3/
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Jul 20, 2018
“We didn’t get out of the Stone Age because we ran out of stones, we got smarter” - Enviro Minister @cathmckenna

<best ‘Well Actually, Minister’ voice>

The stone age was a wildly, ingeniously stable and successful human adaptation. 1/
The stone age (really the stone-wood-bone-antler-skin-bark-shell-etc age) persisted for 👉3+ million years👈

Since before we were really human.

Sustainable af, and not in buzzword sense. 13/10 on sustainability scale.

Should be of interest aspiring enviro leaders, Minister? 2/
Stone age technologies were steady for thousands, hundreds of thousands of years. Cos *they worked*. For most everyone. Without destroying the world.

The most persistent, successful ways we’ve ever had.

Claiming we smarted our way out is SOME hubris. (@RoyalBCMuseum diarama) 3/
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Jun 3, 2018
160 years of rampant land speculation and untethered state-led profiteering has finally paid off!

COME BACK WITH ME to 1858, when the BC real estate crisis began... #BCHist #vanre #bcpoli 1/
Meet Edward Bulwer-Lytton, colonial secretary, and James Douglas, the first governor of colonial BC.

BC as a colony was about 5 minutes old when these two kicked off the Great Land Grab of 1858 That Never Really Stopped. 2/
In 1858 BC was broke af. Douglas’ rash proclamation of sovereignty over all the gold turned out to be unlawful even by colonial standards (oops) and forced the creation of the colony before any cash flow existed. 3/
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May 26, 2018
I have an idea instead of renaming Emily Carr’s ‘Indian Church’.

👉Teach the role of these little churches in Canada’s civilization project. In clearing the land. In cultural genocide.👈 #TruthBeforeReconciliation (AGO pics) 1/
The decision to Remove-the-Indian-From-The-Painting is a decolonizing opportunity lost.

Better to learn WTF an Indian Church is & *why* they’re everywhere (📷VancouverArchives) 2/
Sure, Carr called the painting Indian Church, and that may grate since we’ve now matured into FirstNationsIndigenous vocab... but it actually WAS that.

It’s a thing: a ~Church~ built by missionaries for ~Indians~. 3/
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May 24, 2018
Hey Kamloops. We need your help. We’d like to honour Kamloops veterans on memorial street signs this year, to mark the century since the end of WWI.

Can I have a word about remembrance? Honour? Respect? And yes, money. 1/
Kamloops Heritage Commission planned to replace about 50 signs this year, adding poppies to streets named for fallen WWI soldiers.

But city won’t pay the $8,500. Council opted to pay ZERO dollars and drag it out over a decade (watch here at abt 2:07 2/
Some background: 189 men from the Kamloops area were killed in WWI, from a population of around 4,000 at the time.

That’s the equivalent of 4,250 Kamloopsians today.

Imagine if 4,250 of us were killed for our country and we decided honouring them cost too much? 3/
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