My Conversations With Canadians

My Conversations With Canadians

Book - 2017
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"My Conversations With Canadians is the book that "Canada 150" needs. On her first book tour at the age of 26, Lee Maracle was asked a question from the audience, one she couldn't possibly answer at that moment. But she has been thinking about it ever since. As time has passed, she has been asked countless similar questions, all of them too big to answer, but not too large to contemplate. These questions, which touch upon subjects such as citizenship, segregation, labour, law, prejudice and reconciliation (to name a few), are the heart of My Conversations with Canadians. In prose essays that are both conversational and direct, Maracle seeks not to provide any answers to these questions she has lived with for so long. Rather, she thinks through each one using a multitude of experiences she's had as a Canadian, a First Nations leader, a woman and mother and grandmother over the course of her life. Lee Maracle's My Conversations with Canadians presents a tour de force exploration into the writer's own history and a re-imagining of the future of our nation."--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Toronto : BookThug, 2017.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781771663588
Characteristics: 160 pages ; 21 cm.

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Not_Alone
Mar 07, 2020

Canadians aren’t used to reading about themselves as “other” and I think this is a good experience Lee Maracle offers through this book. Some very thought provoking ideas and questions worth thinking about, such as “who are the Canadians and Indigenous peoples separately and together?” And “who has asked what did I do or not do to make this happen?” Very rich content in this book, highly recommend to anyone who is interested in Truth and Reconciliation.

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Mihaela_Korcinska
Oct 08, 2019

I would never recommend this book to anyone, especially to young people who cannot discern the right from the wrong, yet. Mrs. Maracle fell into the trap of today's ideologies such as white supremacy ideology and feminism. Whether your grandparents immigrated here long ago or you came in Canada recently, as long as you are white - you are a colonialist. And the reason is, because you are not caring enough to be curios about whose land this is. Indeed, we should care about whose land this is, but what does the man's color have to do with that, isn't caring required from everyone? This year I witnessed a ceremony of oath for newly Canadian citizens. From 99 people in that room, only 3 of them were white, the rest were Asians, Africans and Latin-Americans. Now I wonder, why is it that in Mrs. Maracle's opinion only 3 of these people are colonialists and guilty for not being curious enough about this land? Shouldn't be everyone responsible to care? If someone studied the history of the world, would know that Empires existed all over the world and the wars for land happened on every continent, including among the indigenous people. So, the colonialist nature has nothing to do with the color and everything to do with the human nature. And just because you lost, this does not make you a better person. I was surprised to find out that the author was very found about communism, this is another ideology that killed 100 millions of people on the other side of the globe and Mrs. Maracle does not dare to upset her friend Jack Scott by challenging him about his admiration for Stalin. Why wasn't Mrs. Maracle curious enough to find out that the communism persecuted far more people and committed genocide against nations at a greater scale. If she doesn't dare to say a word to a friend, then how can the author reproach specifically to the white people that they aren't curious enough and don't stand against governmental politics that persecute the aboriginals. You can't ask from somebody, something that you yourself cannot give. Those who can stand against the criminal politics, let them stand, but if somebody cannot, who are we to judge and to blame them for all our troubles. Also, the fact that indigenous people lived in tents and have a great culture who believed in spirits, this does not make them more spiritual. If Mrs. Maracle represents the aboriginals, then from this book I learned that a modest way of living does not make you less materialistic. Mrs. Maracle is outraged by the fact that settlers thrive on their wealth and that white people have nicer homes, cars and more stuff. Other people having more stuff, seems to be a bigger tragedy for the author than the injustice itself. By the way, you can have the land, but there is no wealth without hard work, therefore you can't disregard the effort that the immigrants put into building this wealthy country, thus there are more inheritors besides the aboriginals. Everyone owns respect to the nations who lived on this land before it was colonized by two empires, but empires are governed by few people, that should not be confused with all the people. Everyone has to condemn the genocide against aboriginals and be fair and honest in their relations among human beings. But the responsibility of being fair and honest is valid for everyone including aboriginals. Going through suffering does not give you the right to be unfair, we know where the bitterness comes from, but that does not justify Mrs. Maracle's hate. The last, but not the least, the concept of "forgiveness" that Mrs. Maracle does not believe in, it's not a matter of faith only, but it's a survival skill. And there is nothing that can prevent you from using a survival skill, rather than the pride.

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jimbobhoover
Mar 01, 2019

Very disappointed with this book. Full of hate, stories from the past, and negativism. And horror of horrors, this lady teaches young people at the U of T!!!!! With native leaders like this, our First Nation folk will stay in the ditch FOREVER.

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mclarjh
Apr 10, 2018

Hate filled rant.

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