1. Are you arguing that German immigrant communities did not benefit from the Canadian state taking land and resources from Indigenous people and using it as an economic resource base for non-Indigenous Canadians including German immigrants?
Sure they did, and plenty of others benefitted as well. For instance, Black Canadians and African Americans benefitted too from a narrow material point of view.
What's your point?
Pants-of-dog wrote:2. It is neither opinion nor part of the definition to point out that settler colonialism is the overriding economic paradigm for relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities in the Americas. It is simply a historical fact.
Much like it is a historical fact that Indigenous people were dispossessed of their land and resources, and that this has been a huge economic problem.
It is also a fact that the living standards for everyone, including indigenous peoples, are far higher than in 1491. Could the latter live even better? Probably yes, but closing off to other cultures would be unlikely to help, as one can attest by studying indigenous peoples that did not
contact outsiders (including non-European outsiders, by the way) that largely live like in 1491. Technological catch up and transfer cannot happen without interacting with other cultures, even if it happens in bad terms.
I also don't see what does anything of this have to do with the definition of cultural appropriation you posted from Wikipedia. It most definitely does not suggest that there needs to be a relationship based on oppression for it to happen, it only states some people find it controversial when this is the case. And quite frankly it's not automatic to see why, as if anything plenty of people may actually find it flattering
to see people from other cultures showing interest in your own and not oppressive. And yes that does include BIPOC. In reality, you're getting offended about what you
perceive as slights against others, without giving them a chance to complain themselves - as if they somehow needed you to do this to protect their hyper fragile feelings (when in reality they are not
the ones suffering from emotional fragility here). I find it ironic because it also ignores their standpoint, another postmodern meme "epistemology".