As we reflect on the recent discoveries of unmarked and mass graves at the sites of former Residential Schools in Canada, I am pleased to introduce my guest for today’s blog, AdéX, to add an international perspective on Canada and Indigenous Peoples.
ADÉX – Writer & Visual Artist is a Canadian/Saint Lucian born nèg mawon lover, a boula, a truth (story) teller on a journey to bridge the gap between his thoughts and words. He holds an Associate in Arts in International Business from Miami-Dade Community College (1995) and a Bachelor of Law with 1st Class Honours from the University of Wolverhampton (2006).
With only 1 day to go before we reckon with the celebrations of CANADA DAY (July 1st) – I write this with a heavy heart – as I pain for the suffering endured by Indigenous people over many decades and for the modern-day genocide which continues within Canada. As more and more graves are being unearthed at former Residential Schools across the country – we are being called to a reckoning of our past. In addition to what this means for what has happened on Canadian soil, we must also reflect on what Canadian companies are doing around the globe to destroy and devastate Indigenous communities on a daily basis.
In the Caribbean
It is quite disturbing, that while we unearth the bodies Indigenous people at home, a Canadian company Cabot Links has been developing a 300-acre luxury golf course over the Indigenous burial ground of the Kalinago people on the Caribbean island of Saint Lucia – for people to play golf, and eat shrimp and steak, over the bodies of the Kalinago’s ancestors.
This June, despite finding more artifacts unearthed during an archaeological dig in the area designated as the Archeological Priority Area at the site, Cabot Links has continued with the development – ultimately destroying evidence of the Kalinago peoples existence, diet, their utensils and tools, as well as several decorative pieces of pottery.
What can you do?
This is a crime against humanity and one that warrants bringing Cabot Links to justice in Canada.
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