by Ryan McMahon
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If I could buy Canada one gift on its 150th birthday, I’d buy it a 12-step program.
No, not that 12-step program. A 12-step program on decolonization.
In fact, if I had three wishes and a shirtless, magic genie … well, it’d be awkward. But, I’d use all three of those wishes on an effort to decolonize this country.
I don’t have a magic genie or three wishes. And herein lies the rub.
Many probably don’t even believe Canada has a history of colonialism.
This country is pretty good at ignoring its not-so-pretty past. Famously, just a few years ago, our former Prime Minister Stephen Harper said it himself.