08 October 2018

Happy #IndigenousPeoplesDay with a Side Note on That Explorer Fella....

Happy Indigenous Peoples Day!

I know that at the federal government level, today is still recognized as Columbus Day, which I always thought was an odd holiday even as a child. I'm not saying that Columbus was evil. He might well have been an EVIL person, but contemporaneous reports are sketchy. Columbus was a, perhaps exemplary, product of his times. However, when your major "accomplishment" is to sail to an (inhabited) New World and introduce disease, pestilence and decimation to its inhabitants then you're not exactly a welcome guest (in fact, you were uninvited), and I'm not convinced you should be lauded for this. And yes, I'm purposefully over simplifying. History is often complicated, this is what makes it a fascinating read, but living through it is a different story.

Anyhow, regardless of what (or which) you choose to celebrate, as long as it's not harmful to others, I bid you a good day. I'm off to walk the pup. Then coffee. Then more work.

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