A school counselor practicing from an assimiliationist
perspective embraces the notion that to be truly American, a group must conform to mainstream morals, ethics, values, attitudes, and philosophies about the goals and purposes of life.
On the other hand, I am reminded by colleagues and friends that to continue to elide my Metis identity is to forget that my family engaged in practices of repression as a response to colonial assimiliationist
pulls, as well as to allow this government-mandated project of assimilation some measure of success.
Repeatedly, our attention is drawn to the brutal policing of Aboriginal people--from the enforcement of discriminatory and punitive laws during colonial and assimiliationist
eras, to more recent practices such as over-policing in country towns and the use of paramilitary forces in urban settings.