This session identifies the European events shaping the colonizer’s worldview as a point in global history that framed the mindset of colonizers at contact which would go to power the creation story of the Canadian Nation state.

Recollecting European rationale for economy at the expense of environmental habitat is also the historical context that best explains the mental experience of Indigenous people being omitted by nation state histories. Connecting the initial immigration to North America to the key features that caused the European societal need to expand allows a view in which immigrants are also survivors of failed European economic systems. The inclusion Europe’s history that leads to its environmental, economic, and its social dead end allows the protective service human memory/history provides as a warning to the survival and continuation of the human story. Also, this global historical insight is extremely relevant to current global environmental concerns and the economic arrangements creating these concerns.

Today, omitting this portion of human experiences serves the nation state preferred condition of social historical amnesia intended to isolate the Indigenous personality from colonial history’s decedents and its nation state-Indigenous land arrangements. This session on Indigenous reconciliation is not an effort to convince the Canadian mosaic to meet Indigenous people half ways. This session seeks to re-identify the common ground shared in the age of Wampum belts and pre-confederation treaties. It is contended that arrangements similar to the Dish with One Spoon Wampum as a way to address inequalities in nation state history, food security and the juridical* standing (equality) being loss by the corporate management of natural biodiversity.

*Juridical – relating to the administration of law or function of “judicial system”.

Facilitated by: Eric Johnston (Indigenous Cultural Educator, Native Canadian Centre Toronto)

Tuesday, June 15, 2021 – (10 am – 12 noon)

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Eric Johnston

Eric Johnston with his daughter

Eric Johnston has extensive work experience in provincial/federal/international forums dealing with Indigenous/treaty-based rights in terrestrial and aquatic environments.

He has extensive experience in addressing issues and methods advancing rights recognition, utilizing traditional environmental knowledge (TEK), advancing First Nations managerial authority, negotiating jurisdictional conflicts linked to federal/provincial legislative agency mandates impeding Anishnabek management of Indigenous and treaty rights.

His work includes researching the processes advancing tribal management in education, indigenous natural resource management informed by TEK, historical territorial occupation and usage intrinsic to Indigenous/treaty rights activity. He also had significant experience in analyzing crown action powered by political/legislative/policy. Additionally, he is an accomplished proposal writer and evaluator.

As a practice facilitator that is able to reference multiple academic disciplines supporting the Indigenous mental experience, validating Indigenous world views, knowledge and values that has had a contributing presence to Canadian domestic society.