Monday, October 27, 2014

How Some Canadians View Our Aboriginals

An Illustration on how some Canadians view the First Nations: 
This kerfuffle from out in BC (http://www.electriccanadian.com/history/first/attitude.htm) featuring printed rantings around aboriginal entitlement is intriguing. 

One wonders why the newspaper felt it had to 'apologize'. Although not particularly factually accurate or always fair, the rant does nevertheless contain several useful points of push back against the heavy guilt that First Nations and their apologists too often try to impose on all non-aboriginal residents for the state many natives find themselves living in today, whether or not our personal ancestors got here in time to inflict any remembered historic injustices.

It is unfortunate that attempting to counter the idea that pre-contact  Canadian society was supplanted by an evil culture is so difficult to do in the public space. There are few debates more politically correct than the one on indigenous peoples' entitlement. http://goo.gl/uv05t5 This kerfuffle from Vancouver Island featuring printed rantings around aboriginal entitlement is intriguing.

One wonders why the local newspaper felt it had to 'apologize'. Although not particularly factually accurate or always fair, the rant does nevertheless contain several useful points of push back against the heavy guilt that First Nations and their apologists too often try to impose on all non-aboriginal residents for the state many natives find themselves living in today, whether or not our personal ancestors got here in time to inflict any remembered historic injustices.

It is unfortunate that attempting to counter the idea that pre-contact Canadian society was supplanted by an evil culture is so difficult to do in the public space. There are few debates more politically correct than the one on indigenous peoples' entitlement.

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