Last month, A Tribe Called Red cancelled a planned performance at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. The musicians say it was “because of the museum’s misrepresentation and downplay of the genocide that was experienced by Indigenous people in Canada by refusing to name it genocide.” The word genocide was coined by Raphael Lempkin in 1944 to describe the systematic murder of European Jews. But the word genocide isn’t only used to describe the Holocaust. Do you think we should use the word genocide when talking about colonization in the US? What does the word genocide mean to you?
Simon Moya-Smith (Oglala Lakota), correspondent for Indian Country Today Media Network
Sheldon Spotted Elk (Northern Cheyenne) – author of NCAI resolution to create a National American Indian Holocaust Museum
Dr. Brendan Lindsay, assistant professor of California History at Sacramento State University