Throughout Canada, Canadians of all backgrounds are encouraged to explore the many cultures that now make up the ‘Canadian mosaic’, and to not just celebrate their own culture but to try out other cultural traditions foreign to one’s own. Aboriginal people have, for the most part, eagerly embraced many aspects of other cultures, from clothing to music to movies to vehicles to guns to electricity to computers to… well, you get the picture.
However, when it comes to others using aspects of aboriginal culture, suddenly it is called ‘cultural appropriation’ and its use meant to be restricted – meaning that ‘permission’ is required. This blatant hypocrisy – with its xenophobic and racist overtones – needs to be called out… ‘Okanagan Indian Band says ‘Ogopogo’ children’s book ‘misappropriates’ culture’
“[The book] misappropriates our culture and our beliefs and our structures,”
said Chief Byron Louis in an interview with ‘CBC News’.