An excellent article.
The difference between how the Europeans viewed land as opposed to our First Nations peoples could not be more dramatic. To that European , land and the ecosystem was something to be dominated , remade and owned all for self interest and profit. This part and parcel of that Dominator model.
The First Nations peoples saw themselves as belonging TO the land rather than the land belonging to the individual and were to be its caretakers for those that came after.
I always find it so ironic that the Age Of Enlightenment started in Europe around 1750 and around that time the true world spanning Empires out of Europe began to spread their "ideals" across the Globe.When it comes to the environment and the very nature of LIFE itself , our First Nations peoples have always been more enlightened. What came out of Europe was anything but.
As soon as those first pilgrims got off the boat, they began writing about what a paradise they had entered into when compared to the squalor that they had left behind in Europe. As soon as they got off those boats they began to claim that God had provided them this "Paradise" and they began to remake it in the image of the squalor they had left behind in Europe.