We are perhaps moving towards a concept of modernity that includes
- a version of truth that both settlers and indigenous peoples can agree on
- a version of reconciliation that recognizes indigenous rights to self-government as well as responsibilities to the surrounding communities, and, since they are not leaving, recognition of settlers’ rights and responsibilities after few or many generations of settlement
- a thoughtful look at the exploitation, dehumanization, imperialism and colonization that has gone on since the beginning of recorded history, and with an understanding of the greed, ignorance, fear, and genetic tendencies underlying economic and cultural causes for this behaviour.
Then, when I look around, I despair that we are moving away from that concept of modernity.
My schooling taught me to look at native people through the colonizer's lens. I am trying to look through many different lenses now.