I received a comment and video link in the below linked blog that set me to thinking about apologies issued to the nations – as I’ve said previously I don’t believe in a generational guilt, I believe that guilt is accrued individually as the result of opinion, behavior, and even indifference.
But also if one is to assume the burden of ancestral guilt then some degree of responsibility exists to rectify the grievances and right past wrongs, words alone aren’t capable of doing so.
“Apologies are a good thing and have their place when sincere, but I believe they should mark a beginning rather than ending. Words without follow up deeds remain merely words leaving too much undone, and there is much yet to be done.
Equitable inclusion is what is desired – but an inclusion, or access if a better word, based not on an assimilated loss of language and culture – rather one than recognizes the differences and importance of maintaining diversity.
Assimilation in itself can become a form of extinction.
In an age where school children are taught about the extinction of species no one should forget that the original intent of the colonizers was the extinction of the first nations of this hemisphere – a goal somewhat realized with the extinction of a number of tribes and languages.
Apologies will neither resurrect these lost tribes, languages, or atone for centuries of hardship, they cannot remove the blood of our ancestors that blankets this land, or elevate a single person out of poverty….and so I say deeds speak louder than words.”