I'm tired of having you decide what my values should be, and what that should look like, especially when those values embody protectionism, racism, and the devaluing of people of colour.
What does that mean exactly, anyways? What is a Canadian value? Who decides what that looks like? I can tell you this much, I don't identify as a Canadian, and I am surely not proud to call myself one. Do you know why? Because we Canadians are hypocrites.
Recently, I helped out at a No One Is Illegal event that was held last weekend in Toronto. There was an amazing line-up of speakers, and one in particular really clarified some things for me around the issues of immigration and Indigenous rights.
I've occasionally wondered whether there is a disconnect between advocating open immigration, and also advocating Indigenous rights in Canada, in particular, land claims. It seems to be contradictory: colonizers from outside Canada stole land from the First Peoples here, and are now treating them like unwanted guests on their own territories. The first invaders could be considered "immigrants" - so how is it that immigration wasn't okay then, but it is okay now?