Can we celebrate Canada 150 and call ourselves culturally responsive educators?
I think we can!
How we celebrate and what we believe and share makes a difference. We must be mindful of how we got to this point of celebration (and question ourselves if it is worth celebrating). Understanding the history of Canada, the bad and the good, the ugly and beautiful, is all part of understanding “150” years. Yes, you read that right, “150” because Canada is much older than 150 years. When we choose to ignore these situations is when problems arise. Being mindful that Canada’s 150 celebration is harmful and hurtful to people is important. In education we have said this before, by not saying anything you are saying everything. To be a social justice advocate, you have to understand the significance of the 150. Do research on why many are angry with the celebration. Here’s a start.
When referring to my own miskasowin process, I cannot personally be the educator that turns a blind eye. My conscious is unreal. I would feel eternally guilty for doing something or going with something that I felt wasn’t right. So to avoid this, I need to speak up when I know there is injustice. And I know this is something that I have to work on.
I was working on Canada 150, as I have every year on Canada Day. And I specifically remember discussing #Resitance150 with a coworker. I remember this moment because it was one of the first times having this type of conversation with someone who wasn’t in education. I want to keep having these conversations with people. These can go a long way.