How To Heal A Nation — Post Convoy

Actual Inequities in Canada

Let’s talk about where we see oppression in Canada, shall we?

  • We see it in Canada (which is both a financially and water-rich country), where all of us still do not have access to clean drinking water.
  • We see it every time we learn more about the Indigenous children that were ripped away from their families by our government to “kill the Indian in the child.”
  • We see it with the ongoing genocide of Indigenous women, girls and two-spirited folk.
  • We see it as we hear stories of how Indigenous women are being forcefully sterilized.
  • We see it in the fact that Indigenous land defenders have been consistently met with militarized police violence.
  • We see it in the ongoing police brutality of Black and Indigenous communities and in a so-called criminal ‘justice’ system that disproportionately criminalizes marginalized communities.
  • We see it in the gaping income inequity between Canada’s wealthiest and everyone else.

Oh Canada, our home on stolen land.

Canada has never been peaceful, and the divisions Canada needs to heal from predate the pandemic — it stems from when Europeans first colonized Canada, committing acts of violence and genocide to do so. It stems from the violent and inhumane slave trade Canada participated in that built white fortunes (both individually and for our country).

1. Decolonize Education

We deeply believe that a large part of the reason why we’re experiencing such division right now is the result of an incomplete education. Before you rush to tell us how many Ph.D.’s you have, hold up. Regardless of whether or not you received a degree/diploma, we’re saying that our public school education is inherently incomplete.

2. Decolonize Education

Another way to begin healing our nation is to have our media unsubscribe from the concept of neutrality around human rights violations and white supremacy. We need press dedicated to speaking the truth when covering, addressing and condoning symbols and acts of hate in Canada. We know it’s possible; we see how the media covers violence perpetrated at home and globally by BIPOC folk.

3. Better Social Safety Nets

The pandemic increased awareness around the shortcomings of Canada’s out-of-date, behind the times, social safety net. We’re talking about a system that better sets low-income and middle-class Canadians up for success by providing easy to access or free resources like, but not limited to:

  • Pharmacare
  • Guaranteed Livable Income
  • Universal Child Care
  • Comprehensive Long-term care
  • Mental Health support and services
  • Strategies for those who are unemployed, including income support programs
  • Support systems for gig and contract workers

Moving Forward

When we look at this convoy and think about the last few years, how will Canada know better and do better? How will we disrupt the status quo and build a Canadian narrative rooted in truth, reconciliation, healing and inclusive growth?

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Samanta Krishnapillai

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