The predominantly white society could ignore them and they did. We learned very little about our aboriginal people while attending school in British Columbia.
The situation is gradually changing albeit at a glacial pace. Yesterday Nanaimo City held a ceremonial flag raising in conjunction with the Snuneymuxw First Nation. Their flag took its place next to the provincial and city flags on the town hall. It was acknowledged that the land that the city (the name of which is a corruption of Snuneymuxw) is on is part of their traditional territory.
Perhaps this is the beginning of a serious move to work together to build a brighter future for all people in Canada.
Government of Canada
Truth and Reconciliation Commission
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