If reconciliation is to work, it has to be a real TWO-WAY coming-to-grips with history … not just an orgy of hate against the white Europeans who founded this great nation and helped shape Canada into a country now the envy of so many in the world.
In Victoria, egged on by Mayor Lisa Helps (who famously took office in 2014 publicly declaring she would not swear allegiance to Her Majesty the Queen) , the spineless City Council voted to take down a statue of Sir John A Macdonald, arguably the most important founding father of Confederation.
Because a native leader asked them to do so.
This is just the latest in certainly what seems to be a national campaign by First Nations activists, backed by what I see as far left self-hating agitators, to literally TEAR DOWN wherever they can the personages and symbols of Canada’s EUROPEAN (white) past.
Earlier this year, Halifax regional council voted to remove the bronze monument commemorating Lieutenant General Edward Cornwallis, the military officer who founded Halifax in 1749.
“The decision comes after increasing controversy over Cornwallis’s so-called scalping proclamation that offered a cash bounty to anyone who killed a Mi’kmaw person,” reported the CBC.
Terrible .. yes! By today’s standards. But remember, that was in the 1700s … when the Mi’kmaw were warring against England …and Halifax.
“A wave of Mi’kmaq attacks began immediately afterwards. At Chignecto Bay, Mi’kmaq fighters attacked two British ships while two others were seized at Canso. At Halifax, Mi’kmaq attacks began on settlers and soldiers outside the fortified township, beginning with the first of several raids on the longhouse lumbering settlement at Dartmouth across the harbour. Five were killed in the initial attack and one escapee came to bring the news to Cornwallis,” explains the account in Wikipedia.
Where does it stop? Remove …or burn … the history books that praise the accomplishments of our European explorers, founders, leaders?
If we negate/tear down every accomplishment/symbol of Canadian history because native activists protest, what will be next? Tearing down plaques/statues/street names our heroes from the First and Second World Wars because they bombed cities with civilians? Or how they treated our Japanese citizens or turned away Jews fleeing Nazi persecution and death?
History allows us to look back, reflect and see where we could have done better. BUT we should/must not acknowledge ONLY the failings.
Let’s keep it real: it’s true the society and leaders of yesterday fell short by our standards today … not just in how they treated the Indians, but also the Chinese, the Jews, the Japanese, East Indians, Ukrainians, Italians, blacks, women, gays etc.
However, through it all they also accomplished the almost impossible, bringing together and laying the foundation for a GREAT, DEMOCRATIC country … sea to sea … stretching 5,780 miles wide…or, as they say these days, 9,306 km.
And if our political leaders today are going to try to eradicate the symbols of those accomplishments by Canada’s historical figures because of societal blemishes of their times … they should start looking at the TRUTH of native societies back through history as well.
Starting with the Totem Pole in Victoria’s Beacon Hill park.
“The park is notable for a few human-made features, as well. Most prominent is the world’s fourth-tallest totem pole, a 38.8-metre (127 ft) work carved by Kwakwaka’wakw craftsman Mungo Martin, and erected in 1956 and was when built, the world’s tallest,” it says in Wikipedia.
Back in THEIR history, the encyclopedia says, were indeed SLAVE holders … a terrible thing to do by our standards TODAY … and remember, that’s the standard we are supposedly now applying to judge symbols relating to the past.
Is it really proper to keep a totem in any way honouring the Kwakwaka’wakw … a tribe with a history of Slavery???
If Sir John A came down … shouldn’t also the Beacon Hill totem … following the logic of the modern day Indian activists, their far-left radical allies and our spineless politicians?
What we have now is a one-sided reconciliation farce: natives demand and left-wing politicians, who are afraid to stand up for TRUTH … bad and good … instead give in and ERADICATE symbols of our European-based history? But we say/do nothing to condemn/reject and dishonour the historic failings of warring, murderous, slave-keeping native tribes/leaders or any other groups/societies with sordid records in their past, but who now proudly help make up Canada.
And it’s too bad we lack experienced or impertinent media reporters or their assignment editors informed or brave enough to ask politically incorrect … but worthy questions challenging the one-sidedness of “reconciliation” or the repudiation of only ONE side of our history.
The real solution should be to educate: leave the statues … but have signs beside each explaining the truth about the individual, contributions AND flaws, and the historical context of the times.
But if not … then our politicians must take a look as well at our natives’ historical record, in terms of cruelty and brutality … one band to another, one settlement to another, one people to another before honouring THEIR history/chiefs.
And what better place to start than the history of the peoples HONOURED by that totem in Victoria’s Beacon Hill park … and then, maybe even the “human rights” record of those tribes/bands whose totems are CELEBRATED in Stanley Park as well.