As white women we need to do much much better, to set aside our "white gaze," and embrace social justice work in order to reverse the habitual power relationships. Luckily for us, we have models to follow through solidarity and the Allyship framework, and it is only by placing ourselves behind the most oppressed and moving them forward will true progress be made. Dismantling the white superiority construct and the intersectional oppressions will allow the sovereignty of the original Earthkeepers of Turtle Island to be reclaimed. Relinquishing our privilege is not such a difficult thing, and our own liberation cannot be achieved without the liberation of all!
You can learn more about the First Nations/Settler interface and other empowering insights in the pages of Whatever Works: Feminists of Faith Speak ~ available through Amazon or The Girl God.
Pegi Eyers is the author of "Ancient Spirit Rising: Reclaiming Your Roots & Restoring Earth Community," a new book that explores strategies for intercultural competency, healing our relationships with Turtle Island First Nations, decolonization, recovering an ecocentric worldview, rewilding, creating a sustainable future and reclaiming peaceful co-existence in Earth Community.