For example, Canada practiced genocide acts against natives and blacks; there were also many immigration acts which were in favor of white Europeans (Pulkingham,2010). All these examples provide evidence of a nation founded on a belief in European and white supremacy. “Racism in Canada has been institutionalized as deeply as rooted in the UnitedStates,” writes, Stanley .R. Barret who continues to say that the only difference in both countries is that, in Canada, they have tried to cover it by putting a more polite face. In Canada manifestations of racial and ethical prejudices between many multicultural
Louis Riel was without a doubt, a national hero because he stood up for Metis rights, was responsible for the formation of Manitoba, and he called attention to the Canadian Pacific Railway. Some may see Louis Riel as a villain because of his initiatives taken against the Canadian government: he was the leader of two major rebellions in the years of 18-69-1870 and 1885. The first rebellion was The Red River Rebellion in 1869, when there was a need from the Metis people for help because they feared that they would lose their land to the settlers and they had enough of being taken advantage of. Land speculators and surveyors at the time laid out new square townships and disregarded the strip lots the settlers were used to having. Rupert’s land was purchased without any consolations with the settlers in the area.
When the Canadian Pacific Railway was under construction, funding was taking from the Indian Budget. This lead to many treaties not being upheld, leaving many Metis left in starvation. Riel once again fought for Metis rights, demanding the Canadian government uphold these treaties and feed the
The treaties created were not fulfilled even though they guaranteed Indian privileges and protection from intruders, thus driving the Natives to exile. This was a time to assist the “common man”, but in turn it only hindered the ability of the general
Despite the documentary many Europeans were killed during these massacres as well as Indians. The director not showing the Europeans being killed is a form of selection of detail. This takes away our traditional views of Indians from the old Cowboy and Indian movies where Indians kidnapped women and children and the white people were there savior. When the Europeans settled in America they tried to recreate Britain in this land but the climate, plants and animals were totally different so they were upsetting the natural ecosystem of the land. Whereas this is what the Indians had successfully not done by harvesting only what they need.
As a nation, America should be proud of the first people that lived there, and should embrace Native Americans as a part of our history. However, this has not always been the way that America looks at Native Americans, as this country went through a time in the late 19th century when we wanted to eradicate their entire population, and take all their land for ourselves and our westward expansion. Because of these selfish, inhumane ideas, terrible things like The Trail of Tears happened, and if Indian tribes were not being killed, they were being converted by force. One of the things that suffered along with the Native American cultures and tribes, was their languages. These beautiful, sophisticated
Book Review – Lakota Woman By Mary Crow Dog Since the American government passed laws to push for progress and to help ‘civilise’ the Native American peoples, Indians have suffered as they can no longer practice their cultural customs or speak their native languages and yet are considered to be less than human in the eyes of the White Americans. In the book “Lakota Woman” by Mary Crow Dog these White American ethnocentric views are highlighted from experiences in Crow Dog’s life and are compared to the degree of ethnocentrism displayed by the Indians to keep their culture in defiance of the White Americans plans for them. Growing up on an Indian reservation Mary Crow Dog experienced the ethnocentrism
Both aspects go hand in hand to ensure a smooth procedure within the federal system. However, the introduction of the Quiet Revolution had started to drag down the economy of Quebec, which affected Canada as a whole. It seemed obvious that the Quebecois were more interested in becoming a “progressive, socio-democratic, and pacifist” society, while English-Canada adapted to globalization by focusing more on social and economic choices. By end of the 20th century, many French arguments relied on the fact that the federal government had only achieved a budget surplus because it effectively cut budgetary transfers to its provinces, which resulted in the provinces not being able to finance management. This was evident through Chretien cut in transfer payments under the CHST in 1993 so that provinces could pay special attention to the health and education system.
According to Kraut, “The elderly who carried in their heads ancient histories, cures and crafts were often wiped out quickly, taking with them generations of a tribe’s collective understanding of the world and itself” (Kraut 17). It made them lose their expertise: hunting and gathering. Few Native Americans who survived the genocidal disaster had to naturally assimilate into the European culture to survive or fight to the death against the white invaders. Besides, their society fell into ruin. Shamans, conjurers, medicine men, or anyone who had claimed special power lost respect and authority because their traditional therapies were not effective in curing the infectious diseases.
Our external identity is genetically passed down from our parents and is basically what you see on the outside in terms of gender, hair and eye color and so on. Internal identity is more complicated, in that it comes from a number of diverse areas of life such as, family, peers, teachers, community and media. Not being able to speak or understand a language effectively excludes a person from a group or nation, and may make that person feel like a second class citizen. This occurred when the Europeans first came to Canada and encountered the First Nations People. Neither spoke the others’ language and chaos ensued and wreaked havoc on the First Nations People, who are still dealing with those repercussions today.