Commentary on the Perpetration of Mythological History About Canada

Dispelling the myths being told by Harper
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  Today is a strange day. I got up thinking today is a day to lay quiet and not criticize Harper or Canada. Then I flicked on CBC news channel and listened to the Windigo in parliament then read the threats against personal freedom in response to home grown terrorism code for anyone the government views as a threat to re-election or perpetrator of a truthful reality. That quickly changed my mind because the situation offers a very clear and valuable teaching opportunity.  And, the bushels of bullshit need to be countered by cold hard fact. The Prime Minister with his Wi ndigo self poorly concealed said today “We are also reminded that attacks on our security personnel and our institutions of governance are by their very nature attacks on our country, on our values, on our society, on us Canadians as a free and democratic people who embrace human dignity for all. The very nature of Indigenous sovereignty and the act of positing the legal existence of this reality puts supporters of Indigenous Sovereignty in the role of attacking the values, the society of the colonial oppressor state. Attack is a word that can mean many things and you will find that it is and will remain undefined by the Government of Canada because it suits their purpose of suppressing dissent against their agenda. The core of the learning for me is the realization that the Windigo's words continue the construction of a history that is heavily redacted and patently untrue. On national television he continues to build a mythology that portrays Canada as us Canadians as a free and democratic people who embrace human dignity for all . Historically and currently this is untrue. To deal with the myth caused by his historical distortion of fact, I offer two links. The first is a review of the book Clearing the Plains by James Daschuk. You may choose to read the actual book. It is an intense read both from the style (it is  written as a scholarly dissertation) and the horrific content. The fact is thoroughly documented that the first prime minister of Canada and his cabinet knowingly instituted policies that resulted in mass starvation of Indigenous People to compel them to move to reserves that were too small and too poorly situated to adequately feed and support the communities. The facts are there. They are in the official records of the country and in the personal correspondence of the perpetrators. The policy of oppressing the Indigenous inhabitants of Turtle Island continued and is documented until as recently as 1996 when the last Indian Residential School was closed. It is clear that the Prime Ministers myth of Canada's history is not consistent with the facts. The current state of affairs in Canada further erodes the mythology the Prime Minister is portraying as fact. Remember the quote us Canadians as a free and democratic people who embrace human dignity for all Canada is currently fighting underfunding of programs for Indigenous children in from of the Human Rights Tribunal, they are fighting Lynn Gehl in the Supreme Court of Ontario over discrimination based on gender in the Indian Act. The Supreme Court of  Canada under the Tsilquot'in decision decided the Doctrine of Christian Discovery still applies in Canada thus denying 3/4 of the land claim made by the Band for land that is unceded. That is, land that was never surrendered by the inhabitants. The next three links below tie into sources that document these truths and counter the mythology of PM Harper. The final straw that moved me to write this was the advertisement for the 150th anniversary of Canada (This occurs in 2017). The final link is to a clip of one of the ads. Again this is a portrayal of the country and the first prime minister that is a direct contradiction to fact. Sir John A McDonald would be tried in the Hague for crimes against humanity if he were alive today.  All of this smarmy bullshit being generated at this time is not limited to the Prime Minister. It is echoed by the leaders of the other parties with the possible exception of Elizabeth May. This should serve as a warning to those Indigenous People who look to Justin Trudeau or Tom Mulcair as the great champions of Indigenous justice. Their words indicate they will throw us under the bus at the first opportunity if it suits their political agenda because they are aiding and abetting PM Harper in perpetuating this bizarre mythology of what Canada was and is. and the positing of iit/article14853747/#dashboard/follows/ wO_FL9HKQRO5ntRS9Lfewr61l
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