RISEZINE - Issue 4

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24/01/2018

The Next One Hundred and Fifty

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“If we don’t feel uncomfortable then we are not in reconciliation. Reconciliation was never intended to be a feel good process.” Palmater, P. (December 8, 2017). Resurgence or revelation? White nationalist legacies in Canada. Canadian Dimension Vol. 51: 4.


The Next One Hundred and Fifty Last year we offered a list of 150 Everyday Acts of Reconciliation, As a counterpoint to Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation. You were invited to reflect on your experiences of reconciliation And many reconciliation journeys have begun. 2017 has come and gone and we wonder What the next one hundred and fifty will look like? How can you work towards the next 150 years by making Reconciliation more than an event or a day of remembering But also a part of your life practice? With these pages as inspiration, We invite you to think about what reconciliation means to you. Let’s begin the next one hundred and fifty years together...
















150 WAYS I BENEFIT FROM THE COLONIZATION OF TUR

1) My race has never been oppressed due to the color of our skin in North America. ​2) My race assimilate into my race’s society and culture. ​3) New Canadians continue to be asked and for societies. ​4) My ancestors had the privilege of leaving their home countries for a chance of government that stole the land from the Indigenous peoples living there. ​6) My race is less and did not have to receive permission by the government if they wanted to travel outside of t 8) My family was not divided due to arbitrary boundary lines on a map so my family unit rema and community leaders were people of my race. 10) I am still called by the name my parents g by their choice. Their ability to parent was not questioned due to the color of their skin. 13) Laws were created to enforce those ideas. ​14) My parents had the freedom to determine my ha is told from the perspective of my race and culture. 17) My culture’s method of recording h method by the dominant white culture. 18) I was able to attend a school chosen by my p purposes. ​19) I did not have to give up any rights so I could attend post-secondary educati buildings. ​21) It is seen as a right for my race to receive high quality education and to have acc of education is reflected in the school system available to me and is seen as superior by teachers made available to me in the school system. It is seen a superior by the dominant Cana schools and universities where I am surrounded by people of my race and where my language One of the official languages of Canada is my language. ​28) It is not assumed that my in newspapers and magazines: stories and articles feature predominately white people, advertisi easily find positive news stories about people from my race. 31) My race is reflected back directors are predominately white​. 32) I can easily find positive portrayals of people of my race The majority of radio hosts are people from my race and culture. ​34) The majority of tv news my race and culture. ​36) I can easily find music written by and performed by people of m characters are white. If characters are from a race other than white they are identified as described by my race/color of my skin. 40) Race does not play a role in my self-identity. 41 and thoughts are seen as unique to me, not as a result of my race. 43) I am not commonly as the space to speak if I choose/want to. I am not ignored based on the color of my skin. 4 carded by police. 47) My race and culture’s values and beliefs on law and order are reflected culture. 48) I have an ingrained belief that the justice system is fair for everyone of all races. 4 less likely to go to prison. 51) It is more likely that I would be presumed innocent until prove been allowed to hire legal counsel. ​53) My race’s values and beliefs on governance are reflect by my race and culture. ​55) If my race’s politicians are found to be mismanaging public fund mis-managers of funds or crooks, it is only those individual politicians that are looked upon reflected in the Canadian financial system. 57) The economic benefits of colonization bene race’s way of performing research is seen as superior by the dominant Canadian society. ​60) Th house on land that was stolen from another race. ​62) I am able to use my home as an as reflected back to me in the greater Canadian society. 64) My race’s idea of property ownership household structures & frameworks are reflected back to me in the rules and regulations of am not denied renting an apartment based on the colour of my skin. ​67) If I live in a house it is live and be welcomed in any neighborhood in Edmonton I choose. 69) It is assumed by my


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e was never forced to assimilate into Indigenous society yet Indigenous peoples were forced to rced to assimilate into white Canadian society with no expectation of living within Indigenous a better life in Canada (Turtle Island). ​5) My ancestors were given the best land to live on by a s likely to live near polluted waters. ​7) My family was not restricted to live on a section of land that land area. This contributed to a sense of freedom instilled in me today that I benefit from. ained whole. ​9) I grew up in a town where the vast majority of people in positions of authority gave me. ​11) I was never identified by only a number. ​12) I was raised by my biological parents ) Canada’s idea about how to be a good parent is defined by my race’s ideas of good parenting. air style. ​15) The central religious figures I grew up with were of my race. 16) Canadian history history is reflected in the approved societal system of recording history. It is seen as a superior parents and I was not forcibly removed from home for schooling, assimilation, and religious ion​. 20) I am entitled to have healthy school environments free from toxins, mold, uninsulated cess to libraries, current textbooks, and other quality learning resources. ​22) My race’s method the dominant Canadian culture. 23) My race’s method of certifying teachers is reflected in the adian culture. 24) I had, and continue to have, easy access to education. 25) I can easily access e is the dominant language spoken. ​26) My language is represented everywhere in Canada. 27) ntelligence level is lower due to the color of my skin. 29) My race is reflected back to me in ing features mostly white people, articles are written by predominately white people. ​30) I can k to me in tv shows and movies: characters are predominately white, and writers, producers, e in tv shows and movies. Characters of my race are featured in a wide range of story lines. ​33) scasters are people from my race. 35) The majority of music played on the radio is by people of my race and culture, and sung in my language. ​37) In the majority of novels, it is assumed that such. ​38) The standards of beauty are defined by my race and culture. ​39) I am not commonly 1) The personality traits I have are seen as unique to me, not as a trait of my race. ​42) My ideas sked to speak on behalf of my entire race. 44) When in a group of mixed ethnicities, I am given 45) I can walk the streets without being harassed by or fearing police. 46) I am less likely to be d in the Canadian justice system. Laws are made from the perspective and understanding of my 49) The justice system works to the benefit of people from my race and culture. 50) My race is en guilty in a court of law rather than people from Indigenous nations. ​52) My race has always ted in the Canadian government systems. ​54) The method of identifying leaders is determined ds or doing fraudulent activities, my entire race and all my race’s politicians are not labelled as as guilty. 56) My race and culture’s values and beliefs on money, commerce, and economy, are efit me. ​58) The concept of work and how to make a living is determined by my culture. 59) My he way my race certifies scientists is approved by the Canadian system. 61) I am able to own a sset to obtain loans for business, education, investments. 63) My race’s idea of individualism is p is reflected back to me in the rules and regulations of Canadian society. ​65) My race’s idea of Canadian society from Child & Family Services to Apartment lease regulations and more. ​66) I s assumed that I am a homeowner as opposed to a renter due to the color of my skin. ​68) I can race that I have a clean home based on the color of my skin. 70) I am entitled to heated living


am not denied renting an apartment based on the colour of my skin. ​67) If I live in a house it is live and be welcomed in any neighborhood in Edmonton I choose. 69) It is assumed by my conditions in the winter. ​71) I am entitled to have adequate warm clothing in the winter. 7​ me. 73) I have a sense of belonging within Edmonton. ​74) I have a sense of racial belonging w ignored when I walk down the street based on the color of my skin. 77) People do not hol hired for a job based on the color of my skin in order to fill the required box on a race diversity my race steal. ​80) The negative actions of a few people from my race are not used as a metho have my entire race be accused of making the same mistakes. 82) If I make a mistake it is no traditions are seen as superior/civilized by the dominant Canadian society as opposed to th other races in Canada. ​85) My race is not as likely to be living in poverty as people from accessing health care. 87) My race’s values and beliefs on medicine and health care are reflect drinking water, safe and sanitary living conditions. 89) I don’t have to navigate contradictions I have more access to mental health and crisis supports than Indigenous nations. ​91) Accep 92) The statutory holidays are based on my culture’s traditions. 93) I understand the inside jo of society is familiar to me. 95) Business meetings are run in a manner decided on by my race I work with are from my race. ​98) My race is more likely to hold positions of authority and Names of cities, towns, rivers, lakes, mountains, streets are in my language. 101) Many peo race are commemorated in sculptures and statues. ​103) The idea of what an aesthetically plea idea. ​104) The idea of what an aesthetically pleasing city park looks like is determined by enjoyment. 106) Accepted burial practices, rules, and regulations are determined by my cul sites will be disturbed or built over intentionally. 109) My culture’s sacred land and spaces those spaces. ​110) I can ask for help and not be ignored based on the colour of my skin. 11 would be more attention given to my case through police investigation, media, and citizen murdered than people of other races especially Indigenous women. 114) If I were to face some based on my race. ​115) My race has a longer life expectancy rate than Indigenous peoples. that my culture and race is superior. ​118) My culture is not seen as an exotic culture. 119) have the privilege of not seeing race when I look at another person. ​121) My race is not dehu ceremonies are not gawked at or exploited for the sake of another culture’s entertainment pu my race to have their work shown. 125) I am not put in a race category when presenting my a becoming, extinct. 127) My rights are not changed depending on if I marry someone from a have never been denied access to or denied good service at a restaurant based on the color of 131) My race had the privilege of identifying with a specific culture/heritage rather than alwa or Employment Insurance I would not be labelled as lazy. 133) My entire race is not gene experiences such as wars, the holocaust, 9/11. ​135) If I stumble out of a bar intoxicated a cross the street to avoid me based on the combination of my skin color and intoxication. 137 assumptions made about me, why I am drinking and if I am an alcoholic. 138) I have an in anything is possible. ​140) I have an ingrained belief that I can look at different views objective I don’t have to fight for the rights of my race to be recognized. 143) I am assumed to be Cana my race’s hair. 145) My race is reflected back to me in the experts asked for their opinions in v my race and culture. 147) Program evaluation methods and measurement/scale rating tools forms are written from the perspective of my race and culture. ​149) I have an internalized b right vs wrong.​ 150) Add to this list as I learn new ways I benefit from colonialism.


s assumed that I am a homeowner as opposed to a renter due to the color of my skin. ​68) I can race that I have a clean home based on the color of my skin. 70) I am entitled to heated living 72) I am able to walk freely in my city without the worry of racist words and actions directed at within Canada. ​75) I am not seen as a nuisance when I linger in parks or sidewalks​. 76) I am not ld their purses tighter or lock their car doors when I walk by. 78) I am not questioned for being y hiring checklist. 79) I am not followed in stores by staff members who were told people from od to oppress and stereotype actions of all people from race. 81) I can make a mistake and not ot assumed that I made the mistake because of the race I belong to. ​83) My race’s customs and he traditions and customs other races. ​84) My race generally makes more money than those of other races in Canada. 86) I expect to receive good medical care and I don’t face racism when ted in Canada’s medical profession. ​88) It is seen as a right for my race to have access to clean in federal and provincial jurisdiction for health care, education, and social service funding. ​90) ptable birthing practices in hospitals are determined by my culture and covered by health care. okes and sense of humor of the dominant Canadian society. ​94) The customs and social culture e and culture. ​96) I am allowed to fully participate in the workforce. 97) The majority of people d leadership roles in the workplace. ​99) Cities and towns are designed for and by my race. ​100) ople from my race are honored with places named after them. ​102) Prominent people from my asing yard looks like is determined by my race and culture and laws are created to enforce that y my race and culture. 105) Parks, campgrounds, and hiking trails were created for my culture’s lture. ​107) Cemeteries are designed by my culture. ​108) It is less likely that my culture’s burial s are recognized as such by my culture’s dominant government and laws are created to protect 11) If I needed the help of police I would be taken seriously. 112) If I were to go missing there n action due to the color of my skin. 113) I am less likely to be raped, violently assaulted, or ething tragic such as rape or murder, it wouldn’t be assumed that I did something to deserve it . ​116) I have the belief that I can do anything I put my mind to. 117) I have an ingrained belief Women from my race are not hyper-sexualized in the way women from other races are. ​120) I umanized by being portrayed as mascots for sports teams. ​122) My culture’s entertainment and urposes. 123) My race does not experience cultural appropriation. 124) It is easier for artists of art. ​126) My traditions and ceremonies have never been illegal nor became, or on the verge of another race. ​128) I have access to food that is familiar to me and culturally appropriate. ​129) I f my skin. 130) My culture has the privilege of being informed if a family member passes away. ays identified and grouped with one blanket racial term. 132) If I had to access Income Support erally labelled as lazy. 134) My race and culture is not told to ‘get over’ collective traumatic and walk down the street, my entire race isn’t labelled for being intoxicated. 136) People don’t 7) I can order an alcoholic drink at a restaurant or buy alcohol from a liquor store and not have ngrained belief that I am entitled to have my ideas shared. ​139) I have an ingrained belief that ely. ​141) I have an engrained desire to explore lands and discover places I’ve never been. ​142) adian based on the color of my skin. ​144) I can easily find a hairdresser who knows how to cut various areas of knowledge. 146) Social Service programs are delivered from the perspective of s are created from the perspective of my race and culture. ​148) Program participant agreement belief that my race is clean and pure. This is reflected back to me in depictions of good vs evil,
















RISE – Reconciliation in Solidarity Edmonton

This fourth issue of the RISE ZINE is released on January 24, 2018. Use #RISE150 to share the ways that you are taking action!

RISE - Reconciliation in Solidarity Edmonton is a group of citizens in the Edmonton region committed to supporting reconciliation in words & actions. risedm@telus.net www.risedmonton.ca www.twitter.com/RISEdmonton www.facebook.com/RISEdmonton

Events and organizations where zine pages were made: · Edmonton Public Library · Edmonton Public Library - Clareview Branch - The Art of Reconciliation · Edmonton Public School Board - Braided Journeys · Ignite Change 2017: Global Gathering for Human Rights - John Humphrey Center · Indigenous Influencers · Reconciliation Week 2017 Events

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