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Why is it so hard to understand the Wet’suwet’en protests?

Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs from left, Rob Alfred, John Ridsdale, centre and Antoinette Austin, who oppose the Coastal Gaslink pipeline take part in a rally in Smithers B.C., on Friday January 10, 2020. THE CANADIAN

The fact is, that if you wish to educate those children you must separate them from their parents during the time they are being educated. If you leave them in the family they may know how to read and write, but they still remain savages, whereas by separating them in the way proposed, they acquire the habits and tastes — it is to be hoped only the good tastes — of civilized people.

— Hector-Louis Langevin, Canada’s Minister of Public Works 1883

Listening won’t create an immediate solution. But it will build understanding and empathy— and will demonstrate a levelling of the power imbalance between the Canadian government and the First Peoples of Canada.



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Casey Hrynkow, WIK*D Design Thinking

Casey Hrynkow, WIK*D Design Thinking

DesignThinking will shape our future. I am a design strategist, co-creation facilitator and teacher. Blog at