By Kim Haxton (Potowatomi), who will be co-presenting IndigenEYEZ Leadership Essentials at Hollyhock in July 2017.
Canada is a newcomer as a Nation as compared to the many First Nations from across Canada that have thousand of years in sovereign Nationhood. The Haida with 17000 years and Sylix/Okanagan 8,000 years had the time to understand how to live well upon the land. This is time for Canada to learn, mature and fulfill its potential as a nation by taking the opportunity to learn from the indigenous ways of seeing and being that have been formed through hundreds of generations of living with the land in a good way, thereby being able to cultivate an appropriate Nation to Nation relationship.
However it must also be acknowledged that the ability of First Nations to share their cultural wisdom has been severely diminished through the effect of colonization and cultural genocide that impacted health of individuals, families, and communities, by separating them from the land and their cultural heritage vis a vis residential schooling and inadequate funding of critical services.