Tomorrow is the US holiday of Thanksgiving. This holiday means different things to different people. Many people in the US celebrate by enjoying a special meal together with family or friends and giving thanks for what we have in life.
It’s not without controversy, though. This is due to the history of colonialism and oppression in this country, and the way that Thanksgiving history is often taught in schools.
It’s important to me to listen to the voices of those who are part of marginalized groups, in this case, Native Peoples, as these voices can easily be lost in dominant narratives.
Here are some articles that cover Thanksgiving from Indigenous perspectives:
By the way, did you know that Coursera has a course called Indigenous Canada? I highly recommend it if you’d like to learn more about the history of Indigenous Peoples in Canada.
As the first article states, “In the spirit of unity, we can ... focus Thanksgiving on common values: generosity, gratitude, and community.”
Have you changed how you celebrate a holiday after learning more about its history?