ABED Perspective: This Too Shall Pass
I’m an indigenous person from Canada in the province of British Columbia. So, as an indigenous person I would like to extend a sense of empathy and understanding of the fear many of you feel. My family has been here since time immemorial (it’s been proven for a minimum of 20000 years). 200 years ago there were more than 50000 of my people. Due to the small pox epidemic that was brought over from a foreign land in 1862, within a span of 18 months the smallpox epidemic nearly wiped all indigenous natives out of the province of British Columbia by 90+%. Shortly after, along with the Canadians, we faced the influenza epidemic and then tuberculosis in residential schools, as well as the 1918-1919 pandemic, whiich took some fifty million lives across the world. When I was born I was less than 500.... meaning I am less than 1% survival from my people. These days my Nation has 10000+. There are 200+ indigenous nations in the province of British Columbia, all with a very similar story, all with very similar devastation to their numbers. That’s a perspective many don’t recognize or even realize.
I sincerely believe we will all get through this. My ancestors fought for me to survive. Be a good ancestor. Your descendants may very well depend on it. Stay Home and try and embrace all that is still good. This too shall pass. Register in my session and I will share how my ancestors survived these earlier epidemics, pandemics, etc.
The Great Grandson of Heredity Chief,
All Grades K-12
To Bring/Important Notes
A willingness to listen with the intent to understand and not ust reply.