America 's Existence As A Post Colonial Environment

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Canada 's existence as a colonized nation in a post-colonial environment requires its citizens and its institutions to have an understanding of decolonization and reconciliation methods. As a majour city within the established nation, Toronto has employed a simple method of acknowledging Canada 's history by naming streets after people that the nation believes to be worth honouring. Yet these surface patches of honour are continued acts of oppression, colonial power and of the insincere desire for reconciliation. In this paper, I will argue that Toronto 's attempts to honour Tom Longboat by naming a street after him, the space known as Longboat Ave actively erases parts of his history, as well as parts of Toronto 's history. I will also argue that a more complete, accurate and respectful history exposes not only the failings of the current methods of reconciliation, but how Toronto and Canada may move towards a more effective, inclusive and respectful story. I will accomplish this by incorporating Kauani 's essay “A Structure, Not an Event”, as well as Patrick Wolfe 's “Settler colonialism and the elimination of the native” in order to showcase how street naming is a part of the colonial process of claiming Indigenous identities and successes as Canadian, juxtaposed to a history of deliberate, colonial alienation. I will argue that this surface act of reconciliation is truly an act of settler colonialism and of assimilation. I will also evoke the arguments and methodology
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