‘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. 

“The federal Ministry of ‘Indigenous’ and Northern Affairs spends approximately $10 billion per year and there are substantial expenses in this area in some other departments, and by provincial and territorial {and municipal, and regional} governments. There are about 1,500,000 ‘indigenous’ people, of all descriptions, in a Canadian population of some 36 million. ‘Indigenous’ people are about two to three per cent of the populations of Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island, five to seven per cent in Newfoundland, Alberta, and British Columbia, around 15% in Manitoba and Saskatchewan, and rather more than 50% in the three territories combined.

“Despite the fact that many hundreds of billions of public dollars have been spent with constructive intent in Canada in this field since the Second World War, and for decades Canadian courts have generally been very sympathetic to the petitions and legal demands of native groups and individuals, it is not discernible that their condition, quality of life, or socio-economic levels of achievement have progressed much. Everyone regrets this and very few people claim to have much idea of what to do about it. It is a highly-sensitive issue and any discussion of it is fraught with the explosive danger of being construed as racist, reactionary or misanthropic. I am none of those and I think that most people can agree that any analysis of this subject must begin with a recitation of facts, some of which conflict with conventional wisdom and the habitual case advanced by nativist militants.

Most of the ‘indigenous’ were nomads. They did not occupy this country in the conventional sense, though it is easy to think otherwise when almost every ceremonious official begins all public remarks with a reference to the native group that was traditionally, in pre-European times, at or near the place where they are speaking. They did not build many structures intended to be durable, and mainly lived in tents which they moved frequently (or igloos). The exceptions were fairly-rudimentary wooden structures, which is why the location of unsuspected burial grounds creates such controversy when raised as evidence of an ancient settlement. The natives were themselves immigrants, across the Bering Straits between Siberia and Alaska….

“The ‘indigenous’ people were extremely skilled in various handicrafts, and as woodsmen, hunters, and warriors; they were physically remarkably strong and nimble and had a life expectancy approximately equal to Western Europeans at the time of contact. But the claim that the civilization the Europeans found in what is now Canada was in any other sense competitive with that of Western Europe is nonsense.

Aboriginal Chiefs,1867 (Photo–Archives Canada (F. Dally))

“For all its failings, this was the Europe of Shakespeare, Descartes, Galileo, Michelangelo and Leonardo. Many of the things we think of as touchstones of an advanced technological society — agriculture, written languages, metallurgy and knitted fabrics and materials — were largely or entirely absent. Even the wheel was not to be found.

“It is also bunk that the Europeans invaded and usurped an ‘indigenous’ “nation” or group of nations, in the manner that is now often implied, similar to how Nazi Germany invaded Poland or the Netherlands. The country was very sparsely populated and no native group or authority purported to govern anything larger than mainly itinerant bands or tribes, or to have borders or any concept of national space and jurisdiction.

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.

“Frequently-made allegations of attempted genocide against ‘indigenous’ people by Canadian governments rest on one written command by the agitated British general Jeffery Amherst during the Seven Years’ War that perhaps a communicable disease could be put in some blankets distributed to rebellious Indians, but nothing came of it, and the incident did not occur in, and has nothing to do with, Canada
{See: http://freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1417518/posts }

The claim of ‘cultural genocide’, an attempted transposition of the concept of physical extermination — as in Nazi death camps — to education, is also fraudulent. As I have written here and elsewhere before, it is scandalous that the present federal chief justice would fasten the prestige of her position to such a monstrous defamation {!}

{‘THE POSITIVE SIDE OF RESIDENTIAL SCHOOLS’: http://endracebasedlaw.net/the-positive-side-of-residential-schools/
‘SCAPEGOATING THE RESIDENTIAL SCHOOLS – 1′: http://endracebasedlaw.net/scapegoating-the-residential-schools-1/
‘SCAPEGOATING THE RESIDENTIAL SCHOOLS – 2′: http://endracebasedlaw.net/scapegoating-the-residential-schools-2/
‘SCAPEGOATING THE RESIDENTIAL SCHOOLS – 3′: http://endracebasedlaw.net/scapegoating-the-residential-schools-3/
‘SCAPEGOATING THE RESIDENTIAL SCHOOLS – 4′: http://endracebasedlaw.net/scapegoating-the-residential-schools-4/ }

“It was misconceived and unevenly administered and much horror and great sadness resulted. But the alleged desire of Justin Trudeau to ask Pope Francis for an apology is an outrage {!}. The churches involved were carrying out government policy. And the national inquiry into missing and murdered Aboriginal women is itself another flawed exercise. There are 164 missing Aboriginal women, and there have been, since 1980, about 1,100 Aboriginal women murdered, and about 90% of those murders have been solved — a similar proportion to the success of homicide investigations for non- ‘indigenous’ women. The plight of Aboriginal women is tragic and distressing, but we already know many of the reasons behind it, and could begin meaningfully addressing them today while sparing us the expense and delay of an inquiry that has been dysfunctional from the very outset.

“This federal government should stop truckling to this Anglo-French-Canadian self-hate, which is a blood libel on French and English-speaking Canadians. It should restore the ‘Accountability Act’ of the Harper government and impose a reasonable standard of conduct on the most autocratic native leaders. A referendum should be held among native people offering a series of generously-funded options, from assisted integration in the society of the whole country to continued separateness {? No…}, but with assurances of responsible local government and meaningful employment, even if in useful forms of workfare. And there must be some theory of eminent domain for the national interest in matters like the ‘Kinder-Morgan’ pipeline, with equitable compensation where appropriate.

“There are many splendidly motivated and very qualified experts in this field, native and non-native. The governments should avail themselves of them and end this long slide into deepening victimhood unjustly laid at the door of the whole population of Canada. Almost all Canadians are altruistic and want treaties that have been violated to be honoured with compensation {on BOTH sides}. But they are tired of grovelling to complainants, many who are not blameless in their own condition, and of courts even accepting to hear such nonsense as the claim that Ktunaxa ‘Nation’ of 800 people would suffer religious persecution by the departure of the spirit of the grizzly bear from a mountain in the Kootenays if a ski area were built on part of that mountain, and that they had been inadequately consulted under the ‘Charter of Rights and Freedoms’ after 25 years of intense good faith negotiation. 

{This Isn’t Religion, It’s Madness{June 1, 2016}: https://endracebasedlaw.wordpress.com/2016/06/01/this-isnt-religion-its-madness/ }

“In this as in some other matters, Canada must behave as the mature and well-motivated country that it is, and condemn efforts to portray John A. Macdonald, chief founder of the country and a great statesman even in the era of Lincoln, Bismarck, Disraeli, and Gladstone, as an evil racist.

{Trashing Canada’s First Prime Minister{January 12, 2016}:
https://endracebasedlaw.wordpress.com/2016/01/13/trashing-canadas-first-prime-minister/ }

“As Michael Ignatieff used to say (rather ineffectually):

“Rise up Canada; generously but firmly”.”

–‘Aboriginals deserve a fair deal, but enough with us hating ourselves’,
Conrad Black, National Post, August 4, 2017

Feature PHOTO: A family of Slavic immigrants photographed around 1911. (Library and Archives Canada)

http://nationalpost.com/news/canada/conrad-black-aboriginals-deserve-a-fair-deal-but-enough-with-us-hating-ourselves/wcm/5183bd8f-e97e-43cb-9596-8cb5f85033e5

From 2014:
Conrad Black — who, aside from anything else, is an historian noted for his voluminous research — has released his newest book, “Rise to Greatness, the History of Canada from the Vikings to the Present”, and is under attack for his accurate portrayal of ‘Indian’ life when Europeans arrived. His response:

“With trepidation, I will violate the advice of Napoleon (first) — and in a civil context and slightly different words, the Duke of Wellington — not to disturb an opponent when he is busy making a mistake.

“Some early reviews of my just published “Rise to Greatness, the History of Canada from the Vikings to the Present”, have, predictably, tried to review me rather than the book… No one has disputed that it is a rigorous and substantiated promotion of a more flattering view of Canada and Canadians than has ever been advanced in any serious work of history before…

“Where I suspect the critics may be preparing and loading siege cannon, and bringing Napoleon and the Duke of Wellington’s maxim to mind, is on my treatment of the native people. I made it very clear that I admired their skill as craftsmen, artists, woodsmen, hunters, their physical prowess, and that they have been treated shamefully, and that we must work much harder than we have to make amends. I gave appropriate attention to those native leaders who played prominent roles in Canadian history, such as General Brock’s ally Tecumseh, the Shawnee leader, and John A. Macdonald’s ally against Louis Riel, Crowfoot, the Blackfoot chief. But where my compulsive opponents are twitching at the temptations of bellicosity is in defence of the civilization of the native peoples at the time of the arrival of the Europeans in North America in the 16th and 17th Centuries.

“Here, I take leave of the Emperor and the Iron Duke, and advise my old adversaries:
‘Don’t do it’.

At the arrival of the Europeans, the original inhabitants of North America shared a Stone Age civilization; they had not discovered the wheel, had barely begun the cultivation of crops or the construction of even primitive permanent buildings, and devoted almost all their energies not required by hunting to constant and purposeless warfare, featuring the torturing to gruesome death of women and children.

Their talents were great and they were often impressive and handsome men and women. They have many just grievances that remain unredressed, but they were millennia in arrears of the civilizations of Europe and would have benefitted tremendously from progress, had that progress been introduced in a far-less-destructive way.

“It is a fine thing that talented novelists such as Chateaubriand with his “beaux sauvages”, James Fennimore Cooper (“Last of the Mohicans” and “The Deerslayer”), and some able contemporary writers should romanticize these native societies; this is excellent literature. But it is fiction, and I am writing history.

“The ‘CBC’ unearthed someone to claim on its website that I was motivated in my reflections on the native people by snobbery and economic condescension. If he wants to stop playing ‘trick or treat’ and write that I am a racist, which is what he was implying, it will be my pleasure to sue him and the outlet he uses for his vitriol, for defamation, as I have successfully sued many others.

“No element of mere controversy should retard the progress of Canada’s recognition of the immense proportions of what this country has achieved these 400 years since Champlain founded Quebec. From a handful of Frenchmen and not many thousands of natives, to one of the 10 or 11 most important of the world’s nearly 200 states; one of the most prosperous, peaceful, and tolerant countries on Earth; the only trans-continental, officially bicultural, parliamentary confederation in the history of the world. Canada has endured the death of fewer than 200 people in civil strife in its autonomous history, and has only participated in four wars in that time — all just, and all victorious.

“Canada is a country of great accomplishment and infinite prospects. Let us celebrate that and how, by the solidity of our people and the high quality of many of our leaders, we got here. Back-biting can be left to other days and less distinguished issues. But if you can’t resist and want to engage over the bucolic glories of the ‘first nations’ when the white men arrived, be my guests, but have no illusions about the figurative scalping that awaits you.”

–‘A word of reply to my critics’,
Conrad Black, National Post, December 6, 2014

http://nationalpost.com/opinion/conrad-black-a-word-of-reply-to-my-critics/wcm/ccd67502-7d6a-4bdf-92aa-18450c57a7da

https://www.amazon.ca/Rise-Greatness-History-Vikings-Present/dp/077101354X

http://penguinrandomhouse.ca/books/227886/rise-greatness#9780771013553

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