Welcome New Canadians, Welcome to Western Canada, you can build a future here.
Now for the bad news. You are West of Canada. Canada proper (Ontario and Quebec) has never wanted the West and North to be anything other than a colony of Canada. You are in one of those colonies.
Here is some history you won't hear on CBC, CTV, Global, the Canadian government controlled, bought and paid for media.
Canada took Western Canada by force in 1870 and the relationship has not improved much since.
Keeping Western Canadians under Canadian colonial control has meant using violence and the threat of violence. It has also meant disenfranchising Western Canadian populations with immigration.
The first to feel the power of immigration by Canada was Manitoba.
After Canada crushed Western resistance they flooded their new colonies with immigrants from Canada.
The beginning of 1870 saw Manitoba with a mix of cultures and peoples. That mix included groups historically referred to as Indians and Mixed Bloods (usually Scottish or British and Indian), as well as settlers like Louis Riel Sr.
Within ten years the largest single group in Manitoba would be Canadians, from Ontario.
The census of 1881 shows that 30% of the 66,000 Manitobans were Ontario born. The next largest group was Manitoba born, mostly settlers, at 18,000.
Immigration changed Rupert's Land from a British holding with British expectations of rights to a Canadian holding with Ontario expectations of rights.
Those Ontario expectations included democracy and fair treatment as an equal member of Confederation, something Canada will never accept when it comes to their colonies.
By the end of the 1870's Canada had a new problem in Western Canada: Western Canadians.
In the 1880's Western newspapers, edited by people from Ontario, were printing grievances familiar to Western Canadians of today.
Edmonton Bulletin October, 25, 1884 in a letter to the Montreal Gazette expressed these grievances in their hope that: "....we may look to see the country at large and particularly the North-West progress at an incomparably more rapid rate than under the old plan of looking upon this part of the country (Western Canada) as separate from and in antagonism to the rest (Eastern Canada) , of decrying it (Western Canada) on every occasion, and especially of objecting to the expenditure of public money in it even the most necessary public works, as a waste of funds that belonged by rights to the Eastern provinces. "
It is important to understand that these grievances were being expressed by settlers from Ontario, from Canada proper. At first few wanted to separate.
By 1883 many were beginning to see that separation may be the only option.
The Farmers Union meeting of Dec 19, 1883, gives us an example of how early independence was being called for. At that meeting of 1883 Charles Stewart presented a resolution calling for Manitoba's secession from Canada and the formation of a new Western Confederation. Editorials from the time show he was not alone.
Canada continued to ignore Western concerns which lead to the actions taken at the Lindsay School House near Prince Albert.
There on May 14, 1884 Western Canadians from Ontario joined with French and English half-breeds in setting out their grievances and appointing a delegation to visit Louis Riel in Montana.
Those actions lead directly to the Rebellion of 1885.
Canada presents Western resistance and later rebellions as a matter of race. Those of "lesser races" are not seen as being worthy of equal rights. This is why Canada is so keen to make it appear that only "Indians" or "Metis" were resisting, only racists and bigots. That was not true in 1870 and it is not true today.
What is true, and has always been, is Canada's response to "discontent". First send troops, then send immigrants.
By the 1890's Canada would be actively encouraging immigration from outside of Canada. From Iceland to the Ukraine and many countries in between and farther beyond. Through out the 20th century New Canadians from around the world would flood into Western Canada with fresh hopes and dreams.
They too would come to see that Canada viewed them not as proper Canadians with equal rights but as colonists of Canada whose taxes flow to Eastern Canada, not to return.
Each new wave of immigrants would arrive, thankful Canada let them in, only to be treated as colonists of Canada.
Those many waves of immigration from around the world, failed by Canada, makes the Western Independence movement the most inclusive in Canada
The Western Canadians being attacked by Canada's policies includes your province, your peoples, your family. You are Western Canadian.