The Sound: Decolonizing Minds
Solitutde by Jacqueline Potvin-Boucher, Indigenous Artist
By Trevor J. Adams 1 September 2021 Share this story
Most Canadians have a lot to learn — and unlearn — about our history
If you’re like most Canadians, you’ve had occasion to realize lately that a great deal of what you think you know about First Nations history is wrong. This was not a mostly empty land before the Europeans arrived. There were thriving Indigenous communities across the continent, vibrant cultures with strong traditions and histories.
One of the most lasting and damaging legacies of colonialism is the twisting of Indigenous history, creating lies, half-truths, and misconceptions that so many people today accept as facts.
With CBC’s recent Telling Our Twisted Histories podcast series, host Kaniehti:io Horn “brings us together to decolonize our minds— one word, one concept, one story at a time.” Over 11 episodes, listeners explore topics like education, the significance of names, the truth about Pocahontas, and what reconciliation really entails. Spoiler: It’s more than just saying “sorry.”
Trevor has been a magazine editor and journalist in Halifax since 1998. He's won multiple Atlantic Journalism Awards and was shortlisted for the Tom Fairley Award for Editorial Excellence in 2014.
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