This Canada Day, many people across the country will be celebrating "Canada 150". But settler Canadians need to understand that when they're watching fireworks and waving their Canadian flags, they are celebrating a country founded on violence and abuse against Indigenous people. To celebrate Canada 150 is to erase this history—and moreover, to turn a blind eye to the ongoing institutionalized marginalization of Indigenous communities. This graphic timeline—by no means exhaustive—is meant to act as a starting point for people to familiarize themselves with Canada's colonialist, white supremacist history and present, ongoing discrimination against Indigenous communities. To celebrate Canada 150 is to celebrate genocide, violence, and erasure.
For more reading and resources, you can visit:
Decolonizing Together: Moving beyond a politics of solidarity toward a practice of decolonization, Briarpatch Magazine (2012)
The Truth About Stories: A Native Narrative, CBC Massey Lectures
Below is also a list of sources for the infographic (which can also be used for further reading!):
You can also follow the hashtags #Resist150, #Colonialism150, #UnsettlingCanada150 on social media.
This graphic was designed by Lorraine Chuen.
(Thanks to Jasmine Gui and Asad Chishti for copy editing!)