We stopped in at the Xatsull Heritage Village near Soda Creek, BC, Canada. My heart broke to hear how they were denied their language and culture. It took only a generation or two for their heritage to be lost.
You may know that I am from New Zealand, and fortunate to have a dual heritage - both Maori and European. As a Maori I feel fortunate that we have the Treaty of Waitangi.
Indigenous people have many challenges that they face. Knowing and understanding your heritage is important. It gives you that sense of yourself, that building block from which to grow. I am thankful for what I have and wish the same for everyone.