Decolonizing one utopia to build another?
For many around the world, especially those who wish to live here, Canada is viewed as a utopia. It is one of the best countries to live in on the planet. However much of this utopia is based on the colonization of Canada’s Indigenous peoples and the theft of the wealth of their land. Harsha Walia in her article for briarpatch magazine argues that we need to stop merely being in solidarity with the Aboriginal people of Canada, and move to practicing decolonization. According to Walia it is not just the goal of decolonization that is important, but also the process. She quotes activist Syed Hussan saying, “Decolonization is a dramatic reimagining of relationships with land, people and the state. Much of this requires study. It requires conversation. It is a practice; it is an unlearning.”