December 17th, 2017

SACPA to discuss racism at its roots

By Kuhl, Nick on June 22, 2017.

Lethbridge Herald

Racism hasn’t gone away in Lethbridge.

Recent events, such as a theme high school grad party, will be discussed today at SACPA as speaker Linda Many Guns presents “At its Roots, is Racism a Generational and Social Tendency?”

Many indigenous peoples were upset by the party’s theme and event, which they say illustrates the brutal history of colonization and minimizes the importance of indigenous cultures. Some of the students involved apologized for the theme saying that the event was not intended to be a racist party and that they were very sorry about their actions while apologizing to the aboriginal communities.

But Many Guns, who has been teaching at the University of Lethbridge since 2008 in the Native American Studies Department, will ask more questions.

Are children and young adults being conditioned that racism is acceptable? Should parents be responsible for their children’s cultural behaviour or should schools also play a prominent role?

In the context of racism, the speaker will offer hope that this incident may be an opportunity to grow respect for indigenous and other cultures by all Canadians.

Today’s SACPA session runs from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Country Kitchen Catering.

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