The North Okanagan could see a billboard designed to make people think about the truth behind Canada’s indigenous history.
Two billboards depicting the Okanagan/Syilx peoples have gone up recently near Lake Country and the South Okanagan.
Dixon Terbasket with the Rethink150: Indigenous Truth campaign says as we mark Canada Day we
need to think of a painful 150 years for aboriginal peoples.
” A big amount of truth not told about what happened to the native people, the indian people, the indigenous people, aboriginal, first nations whatever you want to call us. So we wanted to say something, remind people there’s a lot of history that’s untold and unspoken here.”
Artist Crystal Przybille created the billboard.
Terbasket says he hopes people come up with their own thoughts about it, but ask questions.
The billboard details the arrival of colonists and how life for indigenous people unraveled.
“The atrocity. We got the oil going on there. We have extraction. We got one of those oil derricks. We have a smokestack going there and then we have a building – the cities represented there and of course you see the church.”
The church representing the residential school horrors.
Dixon Terbasket says he hopes it fosters thought and questions.
“We want you as a Canadian citizen to understand and learn your history. You know, people b ring multiculturalism into it and everybody thinks that’s okay.”
He says apologies are great but action speaks louder than words.
As the campaign moves ahead, people are helping buy purchasing items like t-shirts, buttons, bumper stickers.
” And we’ve been just selling. People have been been supporting us and buying these items. we have a donation on the rethinking site. I noticed people are donating money and that’s just great.”
Terbasket says anyone willing to help can find more information on their Facebook page – Rethink 150:Indigenous Truth.
He says her needs about 600 dollars and a billboard that could be available to have the sign put up in the North Okanagan.