My world? Does not my existence occur in the same period and place as your own?
I do not attempt to argue the fact that the First Nations people were treated ill on many an occasion during and after the colonization of this continent. The reprehensible acts imposed on them are still being felt with full force to this day.
The events that I relayed in my previous post were only one example of the tragedy that has become of the Aboriginal people. It was merely an effort to provide one reason why some First Nations youth would have difficulty identifying with their own culture.
If I recall correctly, the American government also treated the Cherokee ill in a few circumstances to say the least. They too made an effort to quell the overwhelming of their people and culture.
They adapted their society in order to survive in the realization that the colonists were not leaving. They developed a constitution and other things like a written language. They even had a newspaper written in their own language.
However this, of course, proved insufficient in the prevention of their displacement. The Trail of Tears testifies to this to the utmost degree.
I suppose that what I am trying to communicate is simply the fact that I find it heartbreaking. The knowledge that even though they tried everything to impede their cultural dissolution and that it was still not enough, makes it even more of a tragedy to me.