A) Before You Read
B) READ: Prologue and Chapter 1
What did you think when you read the title of the book?
What do you think it does to the psyche of a people group if it feels that it is an “inconvenience?”
In the prologue, King expresses the book’s foundational theme, “…when we look at Native and non-Native relations, there is no great difference between the past and the present. While we have dispensed with guns and bugles, and while North America’s sense of its superiority is better hidden, its disdain muted, twenty-first century attitudes towards Native people are remarkably similar to those of the previous centuries.” p. xv
Since this book was published in 2012, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission on residential schools has presented its findings and presented the 94 Calls-to-Action and the Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) in Canada has begun.
- a) Have you ever met a First Nations, Metis or Inuit person? If so, how did that support or dismantle your understanding of indigenous people of North America? If not, what has shaped your opinion of indigenous people in North America?
b) Has your awareness of Native/non-Native issues grown over the recent years? Why or why not?
c) Do you think anything has changed in Native and non-Native relations in Canada? Why or why not?
How might shedding light on historical incongruity such as the Almo massacre, the story of Pocohontas and the account of General Custer impact the way you read historical accounts in the future? What does that tell you about how history is written and taught?
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Prayer for each day.
Let us walk safely on the Earth with all living beings great and small.
Remember as we go that one God kind and wise created all.
– Indigenous Blessing