Hamilton Arts & Letters
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1 Conrad Black, http://news.nationalpost.com/full-comment/conrad-black-canada-is-afflicted-by-a-pandemic-of-defective-moralizing-on-native-issues I include this for a more contemporary reference (Black is referring to John A. MacDonald, Canada’s first PM, of course), but also because his use of the world “tolerate” is telling. Facts, evidence, etc., have no place here, as they so rarely do in dominant media narrative about Indigenous issues in Canada. I must inject however, that I’m uncomfortable with revisionist history, and debates about the past are only useful in terms of how we act now. To paraphrase a speaker from Stronger Than Stone, when speaking of monuments, we must not sacrifice the present to the past…
I’d also recommend my conversation with Ruth Cuthand regarding her exhibition Don’t Drink Don’t Breathe, which is about Attiwaspkikat and media narratives that are less factual than forceful. You can download / listen to it here.