That's what I've been wondering about this past week, since it was Canada it's Reconciliation Week and schools and all the media are talking and teaching us about Aboriginal people and how repopulation affects them. While I'm not really the one doing these harms to indigenous people or the next generation, and the only reason I chose to immigrate here is for a better education system in Canada, so my take on this is respect and acknowledgment but nothing direct Compensation obligations.
Totally agree. It's not an obligation but a choice
I guess we have to do a land acknowledgement because nevertheless we are technically operating on their lands. But the new immigrants are not the one to blame because they neither did the terrible things, nor violated the treaty. It's like if someone murdered a person and you happen to be the murderer's attendant. Are you the one to blame for killing and need to compensate the victim? I don't think so.
Our school requires us to honour the indigenous community. I think it is a moral and choice based on compassion. However, it is true that we live on land that orginally belong to the indigenous community but taken away by the settlers. However, I do feel reserved to be cheesy about it.
After all, I choose to do so because of my empathy, not because I am making a mistake and need to compensate.
As a new immigrant in AU, I sympathize with what happened to the indigenous people. But I don't think I should do somethings for it. And I know the first people of my ethnic who came to this land were treated no better than the indigenous. Maybe it's not up to us to make the change and make the effort.
I think no. I think it is the obligation for the governments, but not necessarlily everyone within.