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munities are nowhere near the development standard that
canadian towns and cities experience. many are without basic
infrastructure. Nearly 100 are under long-term drinking water
advisories. We have a long way to go.1
But beyond issues of infrastructure or history is the
current problem of discrimination. Indigenous canadians
experience significant racism in their own land. "That stereotyping, this too is part of the change that needs to take place,
in terms of understanding who people really are. As a society,
we've become too accustomed to racial profiling.... That's a
standard across the country. Whatever you tolerate in your
home, or your workplace or your society, it will happen again
and again until people change."
despite the untrustworthiness of canada in her life in
the past, marcia has many good things to say about our nation:
Sometimes people get upset with me because I say things like
"Canada is the most wonderful country in the world." Why
would I not say that? Of course I do! If I didn't think that, I
would leave. It's been gifted to me to have the opportunity to make
it better. That's what the 60s Scoop [court case] was all about.
To make Canada a better place than it was. And on Feb. 14,
2017, we heard from the justice system in this country that they
recognize the importance of our culture, tradition and identity
as Indigenous people-as any people in Canadian borders that
need for their children to know who they are as people. In times
of difficulty they can't be separated from those things.
marcia has begun to see the
hardness of entrenched racism
begin to soften. While we still have
miles to go, there is now hope for a
way forward.
The need for love and compassion is
great.... There is a good way to help
a country change its ways. And the
60s Scoop [court case] has been able
to show that yes, Canada is indeed
prepared... to work together on those
challenges. This is the opportunity
where healing happens in the nation
of Canada.
there is no quick and easy
solution to the damage caused by
canadian policies in First Nations
communities. But as people of
faith-people who love jesus and
who believe in seeking reconciliation in his name-the door is open.
marcia recounts a time when a
talk she was giving was disrupted by
an angry young person who yelled,
"What are you trying to do, change
the world?"

Marcia stopped and took a breath and said, "Yeah! I am
trying to change the world!"
And little by little, in ripples and waves, she is succeeding.
So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for
all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves
with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor
free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ
Jesus. If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham's seed, and
heirs according to the promise.-Gal. 3:26-29
-Jacqueline Solomon is the Communications Associate at Canadian
Baptists of Ontario and Quebec. She says she is passionate about her work
and the opportunity to share the stories of what her family of churches is
doing for the sake of Christ. This article appeared recently in the canadian Baptist. For more information about marcia martel, see "how a
Sixties Scoop Survivor Fought for Justice and Found her Family Again,"
by Tu Thanh Ha in the globe & mail, Feb. 17, 2017. (https://
beta.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/sixties-scoop-survivor/article34067159/?ref=http://www.theglobeandmail.com.)
endnote
1. Government of Canada website: "Drinking Water Advisories: First Nations South of 60" (https://www.canada.ca/
en/health-canada/topics/health-environment/water-quality-health/drinking-water/advisories-first-nations-south-60.
html).

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