September 30th is “National Truth and Reconciliation Day” in Canada. OFIP Chair Peter Larson recently talked to Ottawa Centre MPP Joel Harden about the links he sees between settler colonialism in Canada and the Israeli occupation of Palestinian land. Watch the interview...
The term “settler colonialism” is increasingly accepted in Canada as a way of understanding our past and our current relation to indigenous peoples. It is also increasingly being used to frame the Israel/Palestine conflict.
Ottawa Centre MPP Joel Harden has been on the leading edge of this trend. It has drawn him both admirers and critics.
“I often wear a “Palestine” button on my coat when I go door to door”, says Joel Harden NDP member of the Ontario legislature for Ottawa Centre.
That sometimes leads to difficult conversations. But, he says “it is part of my obligation as a progressive politician to raise difficult issues and to listen to people who have a different view from mine.”
OFIP Chair Peter Larson interviewed Harden in mid-August about whether being a strong supporter of Palestinian human rights has helped or hurt him electorally. His answer is interesting…
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