For indigenous peoples, the land is a crucial item since it is their identity, culture, and economic resource. Thus, the displacement of these people disrupts the traditions of the indigenous peoples, which means loss of sacred and cultural regions. The first impact is the loss of livelihoods for indigenous people. These communities depend on land for farming, water, and livestock rearing. To the indigenous peoples, the land is a source of foods like fish, honey, medicinal herbs, and building materials (Bhandar, 2016). Besides, the loss contributes to increased risk of conflict as the indigenous people vow to fight back for their land. To the future generation of indigenous communities, the loss of ancestral lands robs the communities of their culture and values. It means that the future generation will find a distorted culture. Living away from the ancestral lands means that the communities will not be able to observe and perform cultural practices.
In my view, the course material “exploring how the Indian Act has affected the indigenous people across the country” is important in understanding what the indigenous people have gone through. It provides a good platform to understand some of the legislation that was set to displace indigenous people from their ancestral land. I believe that everyone has a root characterized by culture and values. Thus, I know that the course materials will help us understand the historical injustices on the indigenous people across Canada and determine a possible solution. To me, allowing the indigenous people to own the previous ancestral lands would help bring justice. Having these people back to their land will help them connect to their culture and tradition. In addition, let us learn to respect the cultural practices of different communities.
Bhandar, B. (2016). Status as Property: Identity, Land, and the Dispossession of First Nations Women in Canada. Dark matter Journal, 14.