The Calgary Journal
The Calgary Journal

Treaty 7

Confederation took place on July 1, 1867, and since then Canada’s Indigenous people have faced and overcome a multitude of hardships, including the creation of  residential schools which saw the federal government tear children away from their families. Today, Canadians are still coming to grips with how Indigenous people have been treated in the past 150 years. Below is a timeline of events that have impacted both Canada and Indigenous people.

When curator Joanne Schmidt, found the inspiration for Glenbow’s newest Indigenous exhibit she couldn’t have imagined its’ initial rocky start or the impact it would have on the youth who were involved in the creation of the display or those that viewed the exhibit.

This year marks Canada’s 150th birthday since Confederation, but not every Canadian feels like celebrating.

Many Indigenous and non-Indigenous people are speaking out against the Canada 150 celebration, with some using the hashtag #Resistance150. It was created to push back against celebrating 150 years of Canada when the history of the land is much longer for Indigenous people.

Canadian prisons currently provide their indigenous inmates with arts programs that help them connect with their cultural identity, but Australia has taken that idea one step further.