Long view of history

Resistance has been present since the beginning of colonization. It hasn’t always been visible to a mainstream audience, but it was always part of the legacy of the colonized. For generations involved in the struggle now, it is important to realize they are part of an inter-generational struggle. The battle they are fighting isn’t new – it is part of a 500-year-old struggle. And chances are our children will have to continue the fight long after we’re gone. Understanding that our contribution is a small part of a bigger strategy can put everything into perspective. All we can do is play our part the best way we can and make sure that the generations after us are prepared and empowered to do the same. This activity encourages you to take a long view of history and reflect on your role in it.

Watch the following segment from The Uprising

Learning objective

You’re able to apply a long view of history.


Post a message to your great-grandchildren in which you share your dilemmas about the present and hopes for the future. Share your reflections based on the following topics:

  • Dilemmas you face now that you would like your great-grandchildren to be aware of.
  • Things you would like to achieve for your great-grandchildren.
  • Insights you have gained from the struggle you would like to share with your great-grandchildren.