I’ll deal more with this later.
Was Canada once a land of savages? And is saying so tantamount to racism? Many people would answer no, and yes. That’s why Dick Pound, the high-profile Olympics figure, is in a heap of trouble for describing the Canada of four centuries ago as ” un pays de sauvages.” He was talking to a reporter from La Presse about the Beijing Olympics and the issue of human rights. “We must not forget that 400 years ago, Canada was a land of savages, with scarcely 10,000 inhabitants of European descent, while in China, we’re talking about a 5,000-year-old civilization,” he said.
More bullshit of the dominant cultures “superiority.” Anything to make them feel better about the Pipeline and the Caledonia land dispute.
The Dominant culture was so much more “civilized,” they put the Indigenous children in holes in the ground who had been kidnapped and forced into Boarding Schools.
The horror of the genocide in Canada’s Indian Residential Schools became public, as the locations of 28 mass graves of Indian children were revealed.
An unknown number of Indian children died in captivity at Indian Residential Schools in Canada.
The murders included children killed in electric chairs. Some of the bodies were incinerated in the school furnaces, while others were buried in mass graves.
Much of our romanticism, of course, is fuelled by guilt. We robbed and mistreated aboriginal people for a very long time, and most of us feel terrible about it. Yet, Ms. Widdowson believes this denial of reality is extremely damaging. It dooms hundreds of thousands of native Canadians and their descendants to lives that remain isolated from the modern world, without the skills and aptitudes they need to make their way in an increasingly complex society. The message they get is that they need not, and should not, change.
But a neolithic culture cannot possibly give them a future. And it’s time for us to face that. “The existing policy direction is so harmful,” she says. “Aboriginal people are people like everyone else. They deserve to interact with the modern world like everyone else.”
Needless to say, Ms. Widdowson, who currently teaches at Calgary’s Mount Royal College, has been accused of hating aboriginals, and much else. “It doesn’t mean that you’re a racist or a colonialist if you recognize that there’s a culture gap,” she says. “But to say that aboriginal people were just as sophisticated as the Europeans – that’s just nonsense.”
Here’s some truth to balance it out.
Even the most aggressive and warlike of the Native American empire – building cultures (i. e., the Aztecs) never came close to the systematic murder and destruction seen at the hands of various Saharasian butcher – kings (e. g., Attila the Hun, Genghis Khan, Ivan the Terrible, Joseph Stalin, Adolf Hitler, Mao Tse – Dung, Pol Pot, ect.). In fact, the overwhelming percentage of New World Peoples, even after all the trauma and destruction which followed Columbus, maintained significant elements of their peace – oriented matristic cultures, all the way into the 1800’s.
“To say that aboriginal people were just as sophisticated as the Europeans – that’s just nonsense” Widdowson says. “Sophicated” means more violent and Christian Fascism. I’ll be more eloquent later, but fuck this.