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‘Enough Of Us Hating Ourselves’

“Europeans and those from other continents who immigrated legally to Canada and their descendants, have a right to live here equal to that of any ‘indigenous’ person.” 

“It is surely time for a serious, non-partisan, open-minded public policy discussion of the subject of ‘indigenous people’ {‘descendants of Siberian settlers’}. I believe there is a very strong consensus that everyone wishes them well; most people acknowledge that the native people have some legitimate grievances and want to address them, and almost everyone acknowledges that official policy in this area has been unsuccessful. And a great many people are tired of the issue and impatient for a change in the ambiance of ever-greater expense and more militantly-expressed native grievances.  Continue reading ‘Enough Of Us Hating Ourselves’

‘What Happened To The ‘Neutrals’?’

This is the tribe that occupied southwestern Ontario until the 1650s, when fellow Iroquois tribes from what is now the U.S. rendered them extinct. In modern terminology, they were ‘victims of genocide’ {although they were far from passive}: ERBLWhatHappenedToTheNeutrals800x800

“It is 1625… and I have just stepped into the few recorded pages of the Iroquoian ‘Neutrals’. What I saw, riveted my attention.

“I was not prepared for the total nakedness of these people. Their skin was saturated by blood scarring, with charcoal-pierced tattoos of snakes, monstrous beasts and “Oki” spirits. They were the tallest, finest-bodied people among the Huron, Petun and Five Iroquois Nations. There were no hunchbacks, club feet or one-eyes in the villages. Unlike the other Iroquoians, there was no specific style of hair… no head-dress… but curls were not allowed. Continue reading ‘What Happened To The ‘Neutrals’?’

‘The Lachine Massacre’

The Canadian people, and most certainly Canadian children, are almost continually subjected to Aboriginal Industry propaganda, a pillar of which is the historical narrative whereby murderous, thieving Europeans impose ‘genocide’ and violence on the innocent, saintly and otherwise virtuous aboriginal inhabitants. While not wishing to belabour the point, we still feel compelled to occasionally present some historical balance: 

ERBLTheLachineMassacre800x800“In the evening of August 4, 1689, the night of the Lachine massacre, a violent rainstorm hovered above the Saint Lawrence and the Island of Montréal. Lightning flashed repeatedly across the sky and deafening thunder resounded above the seventy-seven houses of the community of Lachine.

“As the Canadiens slept in their isolated farms, fifteen hundred Iroquois stepped ashore, undetected by the sentries who had sought shelter against the fierce storm. Hidden by the night, warriors fanned out in small bands and readied themselves to attack isolated farmhouses.

“They lurked on the edges of the woods, away from the dogs who might have given warning. These men dressed only in loincloths, their faces painted in grotesque shapes meant to frighten their victims, waited for the light of dawn to pillage the community.  Continue reading ‘The Lachine Massacre’

‘The Chilcotin Massacre’

“I have cousins in several Indian bands and am proud of that connection, and am equally proud of my ancestors who came from all over Europe seeking a better life. But it wasn’t an easy road… ERBLRewritingHistory--TheChilcotinMassacre800x800My great-great grandfather…was murdered by Chilcotin (Tsilhqot’in) Indian bandits in 1864. It’s been a bone of contention with me that Donald McLean’s killers were hailed as heroes by latter-day Chilcotin politicians who demanded an apology from the B.C. government for their trial and execution.

“It vexes me even more that they got what they wanted from Christy Clark in 2014. Many years ago, when I attended an assembly of Chilcotin chiefs held to demand that apology, I stood up and suggested that a good first step toward their goal would be for them to first apologize for the murder of my ancestor by their forebears.

“This wasn’t viewed kindly at a meeting designed to stoke up fire among the converted, and I was branded a ‘racist’ Continue reading ‘The Chilcotin Massacre’

‘Scapegoating the Residential Schools – 1’

ERBLScapegoatingTheResidentialSchools800x800-1‘Scapegoating the Residential Schools’

{Part 1 of 4}:

“I was never lonely there. When I went home on holidays, I was always lonesome for the school. The staff was very supportive of the students, and there were always lots of activities organized. Besides sports, there was choir, piano, even a first-aid course. I even remember the staff reading stories to the younger children.”

“In the week following the Chretien government’s apology to natives for residential schools,

{‘Apology #1’, January, 1998: https://www.itk.ca/historical-event/statement-reconciliation }
news media characterized the historic institutions as “brutal”, “miserable”, “genocidal” and “horrendous”.

“They were repeating vaguely recounted and unchallenged testimony to a royal commission, which concluded that the poorly-funded and allegedly-abusive schools bear large responsibility for the woeful present plight of many Indians.

“In none of the media coverage was the possibility raised that the schools were on the whole beneficial, and widely supported by the Indians who attended them and those who voluntarily sent their children to them. Nor was the possibility admitted that the Indian leaders who now revile the schools might be motivated by the prospect of federal compensation. Continue reading ‘Scapegoating the Residential Schools – 1’

‘The Course of History…’

“It was not a contest between Indian cultures and European civilization, but rather one between Indian cultures and all the civilizations of the Old World taken together.

ERBLTheCourseOfHistory800x800“Because the peoples of Europe, Asia and Africa had been in contact with each other for millennia, European civilization had incorporated within itself the advances of other civilizations past and present, including Babylonian astronomy, Jewish monotheism, Greek philosophy, Roman law, Indian mathematics (the decimal system), and Chinese technology (printing, gunpowder, the compass).  Continue reading ‘The Course of History…’