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A Beginner's Guide to Decolonization | Kevin Lamoureux | TEDxSurrey

TEDx Talks2022-04-20
Activism#Diversity#Education#English#Indigenous#Inequality#Racism#Social Sciences#TEDxTalks#[TEDxEID:46823]
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The video discusses the challenges of cultural identity, the importance of indigenous traditions, and the concept of reconciliation and decolonization. It highlights the courage of residential school survivors in paving the way for reconciliation, the need to challenge oppressive power structures, and the importance of environmental change. The speaker emphasizes the need for unity, hope, and building good relationships to create a better future for all.

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Personal story of mixed ancestry and growing up in Winnipeg.
Challenges faced due to cultural identity, emphasizing the importance of indigenous communities and traditions.
Role of drumming and singing in guiding hunters back home, highlighting the concept of reconciliation and decolonization.
Need for understanding and healing in the reconciliation process, despite differing opinions.
Belief that reconciliation can be a positive and inclusive process for all.
Impact of Residential School Survivors
Survivors sharing their stories has led to reconciliation in Canada.
Reconciliation is viewed as a means to heal the country and build a better future for all.
Decolonization includes challenging oppressive power structures like the Indian Act.
Canada's federal race-based laws, based on blood quanta, perpetuate systemic racism and are no longer followed in other developed nations.
Decolonization as recognizing and dismantling oppressive structures.
Emphasis on challenging attitudes of extraction, profit, and exploitation.
Impact of colonization on indigenous people and importance of addressing historical wrongs.
Shift in mindset towards viewing humans as part of a complex relationship with the living world.
Urging audience to challenge unsustainable attitudes and work towards environmental change for a better future for children.
Importance of Unity and Hope in Environmental Activism.
Many individuals feel overwhelmed and powerless in the face of environmental issues.
Entrenched power structures contribute to feelings of hopelessness.
Community support and sharing moments of hope are crucial in creating positive change.
Symbolism of lighting candles represents unity and collective hope.
Importance of the drum in providing comfort and hope.
Stories from others can offer teachings and guidance for the future.
Creating a pathway forward for all children through shared stories.
Emphasizing the significance of building strong relationships to progress together.