Why Don’t You People Just Get Over It? Here’s Why

ICTMN Staff
6/23/11

Why don’t you people just get over it? Well, umm…. Hello?

That’s the gist of this video put together by Canada’s largest labor union, the Public Service Alliance of Canada, which celebrated National Aboriginal Day on June 21 by launching a new campaign, Justice for Aboriginal Peoples—It’s Time!

“Aboriginal Peoples in this country have endured centuries of oppression and face many challenges in their struggle for justice. This struggle is not only for the First Peoples of this nation to take on,” the union says on its site. “Treaties were signed between First Nations and the Government of Canada—the people we elected to represent us. So we all have a responsibility to ensure that the terms and conditions of those treaties are met.”

Deftly encapsulating centuries of shared history, this vid pinpoints just when it went acrimonious between the First Nations and the settlers. The union hopes to educate its 172,000-plus members worldwide, including embassy and consulate personnel.

The bring-it-home stats that hit the opening line’s question out of the park are strictly Canadian, but the story told beforehand applies to all of Turtle Island.

Why don’t you just get over it? Check out this video to hear aboriginal union members spell it out succinctly.

You need to be logged in in order to post comments
Please use the log in option at the bottom of this page

POST A COMMENT

Comments

unique's picture
unique
Submitted by unique on
Just get over it? Huh, maybe the rule of law doesn't mean anything to you. Maybe the Constitution doesn't mean anything - but it doesn't feel that way to me. Those treaties mean something. Look it up. Then we can talk about "getting over it".

dmkorman's picture
dmkorman
Submitted by dmkorman on
Congrats to my northern brothers and sisters on a job well done. I do have a "bone to pick" though with the idea that "in the beginning things went well" following Columbus coming here. He was anything but hospitable to the Taino and other Caribbean natives. He quickly started engaging in genocide against those who, he wrote, were among the nicest, most sharing and welcoming people he had ever met.

pedrotorres's picture
pedrotorres
Submitted by pedrotorres on
To the publishers of this video, "Why don’t you people just get over it? Well, umm…. Hello?" Columbus came in 1492 in the ship the Santa Maria and 'Things were not so bad" are these video publishers really serious when they make such a foolish public statement!

zelbe1's picture
zelbe1
Submitted by zelbe1 on
This is awesome! Its too bad most non-native people in America are either in denial or still maintain a supremacist attitude towards original indigenous peoples. This is a simple and creative approach toward bridging differences through educating non-native people. I am proud of my aboriginal people of the north!

daniel's picture
daniel
Submitted by daniel on
For the commentators David and Chief Pedro Torres below as well as any others concerned about the partnership relationship described in the video, it is important to note that this is from Canada and is talking about the Mi'kmaq and the French trading together and building peaceful communities. The atrocities by Columbus and others are not to be ignored, but they were not the context for the comment in the video about the positive early relationship. Also, Chief Torres, the "why don't you people get over it?" is what we hear from newcomers and what the video is answering, not the point that is being made.

rhonsixtyfour's picture
rhonsixtyfour
Submitted by rhonsixtyfour on
This is what we in America need to do...a reconsiliation

anitahaywood's picture
anitahaywood
Submitted by anitahaywood on
This is excellent. Aboriginal people here in the US should do this too. I shared this video. Great job!

crymeariver's picture
crymeariver
Submitted by crymeariver on
Cry me a river .... With free education "$2000 less per student" what a joke you should see the new school that was built ON RESERVE ,no taxes. more government assistance than ever before and may I say more than your average Joe ,Grants,Progames,support my question is. WHAT more do you want........
8