Acknowledging our privilege is uncomfortable because it is a challenge of the power we hold and benefit from in society. Feeling uncomfortable, I would argue, is a small price to pay for the damage we as colonizers have done and continue to do on Aboriginal lands. I challenge people to reflect upon the ways that they experience privilege in society and take an active role in acknowledging and combatting these power structures. I challenge people in New Brunswick to look critically at the intersecting issues of race, class and colonialism present in the debate over shale-gas exploration. This is not only a debate of environment versus economics, but over thousands of years of colonization, pain and unchecked privilege. It is time to have these conversations, and I for one am glad that this debate is opening the door for these conversations to be had.
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