The of those days. Today, it was

The
film was about the Algonquin community, who once lived with vast territory they
occupied in harmony and their territory was located in north of Montreal and
Ottawa, along both sides of Ottawa River, dividing Quebec and Ontario. The film
took me to the past, when Europeans in 16th century invaded into
Algonquin territory and occupied all their land pushing them out of their own
places and how gradually their aboriginal traditions were undermined and their
natural resources plundered by Europeans. They had wandered place to place for
shelter with no resources, sometimes in the temperature of minus 30 degree Celsius
in winters, which could even make me shiver, if I start imagining their
situation of those days.  Today, it was
estimated that 9,000 Algonquin are left, living in about 10 communities facing
adversities, poverty and human rights abuses. All in all, I feel that whatever
has happened to Algonquin community should have never happened to them and will
never happen to anyone else in future because living without resources is very
challenging and difficult. For the time being, these Aboriginal communities are
facing the threat of their very existence in this world. Indigenous people are the native and first owner of
this land and despite having first right over the natural resources and land,
they do not have resources and facilities they deserve. Today, they are facing
hardships, poverty, illiteracy and they do not know what their rights are. They
become an isolated community to which no one wants to deal with and help them
out from worse situation to a good one.  Understanding
the core differences between indigenous and western worldviews is an important
component in achieving cultural harmony and respectful relationships. I believe
that indigenous people and communities should be treated as respected partners
and this will require initiative from government and other authorities to
provide space, research and other services to help communities in achieving
their needs, visions and goals.