On this, Settler Education’s publication day, I’d like to ask you non-indigenous Canadian sorts some questions.
I’ve read some of the poems in this book in public, in Ontario, and I’ve found myself needing to first find out what audiences know about the stories and events told in this book, a good number of them considered to be “of the West.” To see where I’m starting from.
So it’s in that spirit that I present to you this small survey. I’d be delighted to receive your most honest responses or any or all of the questions below. I’d love to hear where you learned what you know. You can use the contact form on this website, if you like, or you can comment below. Thanks kindly.
A Settler Survey
What do you know about the Northwest Resistance?
When I mention the Frog Lake “massacre,” what does that mean to you? Anything?
If someone asked you who Big Bear, Poundmaker, and/or Gabriel Dumont were, what would you say? How about Louis Riel?
What treaty territory do you live in? Before settlement, who lived where you live now?
What residential schools did you grow up nearest to? What reserves are closest to you as you read this?