By Letter to the Editor on December 27, 2019.
In reference to the Thursday, Dec. 19 front-page article “$15M grant to help Strengthen Blackfoot student ties with U of L,” the first two sentences could have been removed completely, or at least changed to “It is not a secret that local Indigenous peoples have been affected by the imposition of colonization that continues to this day.”
Everyone has “their problems” no matter where they live, and phrasing those first few lines in such a pathologizing way completely ignores the roots of such “problems” stemming from colonization. I would like to see articles and stories emerging from media that acknowledge colonization and settler colonizer responsibility, rather than ignoring or diminishing it. The Lethbridge Herald needs to stop contributing to colonization through such reducing rhetoric.
It’s great to see communities of the Piikani, Kainai and Siksika nations (and all the other across Canada) who are working so hard to decolonize through their work. It’s our job as settler colonists to assist in such decolonization starting with the language we use when speaking about and to them.