Desperate to put food on the table or make some sort of progress in the alien “white world” the zoomers may find a willing person (“token”) from native community to support their scheme, as "don’t you know, so and so is on board with our project, so that makes it 100% alright!" And of course the Settler interlopers and cultural tourists would not think of helping the First Nations community as a whole, or fighting in the trenches, or conducting allyship or solidarity with First Nations struggles, as that is way too far beneath them. Rallies, marches, mobilizing and political actions are no place for fashion statements, artistic expressions, great music or food - and getting their “hands dirty” with social activism would only tarnish the exotic representation of Native People they are so carefully constructing to bring in the business.
Never mind that the First Nations community is still in the throes of recovery from 500 years of cultural genocide, oppression, displacement, racist microaggressions and land theft, that’s just so “all in the past!” Let's just keep quiet about that, for when it comes to obnoxious white privileged opportunists and snake-oil sellers, it’s truly about “me-me-me!”
Pegi Eyers is the author of "Ancient Spirit Rising: Reclaiming Your Roots & Restoring Earth Community," a brand-new book that explores strategies for intercultural competency, healing our relationships with Turtle Island First Nations, decolonization, recovering an ecocentric worldview, rewilding, creating a sustainable future and reclaiming peaceful co-existence in Earth Community.