Reading Response #4

The article “The Myth of the Level Playing Field” by âpihtawikosisân, is full of “myth” busting response of a so-called level playing field with Indigenous peoples in this now liberal democracy. She starts by taking rebuttal, such as; “Acknowledging the past is good enough”, “Equal access to rights has been achieved”, “Equality before the law will solve any problem”, and “Equal citizenship requires erasure of differences”.  I have realized after reading this article, I am just as guilty in this problematic thinking way; I thought without acknowledging my position in society and the positions of others. As if I assumed everyone is treated fairly because Canada screams multiculturalism.

It reminded me of something my mother would say, “fair, does not always mean equal”; clearly from a Canada stand point of view, it does not either. She describes Canada laws that traditionally favours certain privileged groups with a notice that “the richer you are, the more rights you have”. Following that paragraph, she states, “However, even liberal progressives are quick to acknowledge that legal equality does not necessarily translate to social equality, so why insist in the context of Indigenous peoples that the one will naturally follow the other?”. Is it not ironic that Canada still sends this normal narrative, that all culture are equal and will be treated as so?

In conclusion, the level playing field never existed- “There does not exist today a ‘level playing field’ upon which Indigenous peoples can benefit equally. Historic injustice did not cease at some magical moment to be replaced by contemporary fairness”. The past is not behind us and socially-injustice will continue if we think it is beyond us; So how will we change?


One thought on “Reading Response #4

  1. Hi Brooklynn,

    I’ve also “assumed everyone is treated fairly because Canada screams multiculturalism,” so I understand the possible guilty feeling attached to that. I think it’s important to come to the realization that personal ways of thinking can be problematic, and in this context, also helpful knowledge moving forward.

    I like that you quoted âpihtawikosisân saying that “legal equality does not necessarily translate to social equality” making the comparison to a quote from your mother that said “fair, does not always mean equal”. These two quotes, however separate, go hand in hand as we look at Canada – especially when broadening our perspective from this normal narrative you speak about to Indigenous peoples.

    I think your use of direct quotes from the article supplements your writing positively, but in addition to this I would like to have heard more of your thoughts!



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