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The Genocide Canada Wants to Hide

The Genocide Canada Wants to Hide

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History is written by the victors. Often it's wrong, sometimes twisted out of shape so bad it bears little resemblance to the truth.. Here is one major example where the history was so complicated the truth is being uncovered only now. Find author Bill Allin at http://billallin.com
History is written by the victors. Often it's wrong, sometimes twisted out of shape so bad it bears little resemblance to the truth.. Here is one major example where the history was so complicated the truth is being uncovered only now. Find author Bill Allin at http://billallin.com

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Published by: Bill Allin on May 23, 2010
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The Genocide Canada Wants to Hide
If we sell you land, you must remember that it is sacred, and you mustteach your children that it is sacred and that each ghostly reflection in theclear water of the lakes tells of events and memories in the life of mypeople.-Chief Seattle, Suquamish chief, the statement commonly believed to havebeen part of a speech delivered in 1851The English and French in what is now the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador did not buy the island of Newfoundland from theBeothuk Indians. They chose instead to slaughter them. Some stories claimthat white men hunted the Beothuk for sport. Others say that the Frenchbrought Mi'kmaq Indians to the island from Nova Scotia to kill the Beothuk.Either way, the last surviving Beothuk,Shanawdithit, died in 1829, driving toextinction that last member of a tribe of native people whose skin colourreportedly gave the native people of North America the label "Redskins."That is the way the English wrote their history of Newfoundland. Of coursethey blamed someone other than themselves for driving to extinction a tribeof gentle people who likely migrated from mainland Labrador when Jesuswalked the earth.No doubt genocide was involved. But did the Beothuk really go extinct? In away, they didn't, any more than the Aztecs of Mexico whose descendantslive in the Yucatan and Central America today. Mi'kmaq were not imported toNewfoundland, as history states. They cohabited the island, likely forcenturies, with the Beothuk. They intermarried.Only today are the Mi'kmaq of Newfoundland being recognized by theCanadian government as actually existing as a cultural group. History bookssaid they had left the island. History stated clearly, and this was taught inCanadian schools for years, that once the last Beothuk died no more Indians(known as First Nations in Canada) lived on Newfoundland island.History was wrong. History was written, as most history was, by theconquerors. However, a few people who lived on Newfoundland taught theirchildren that they were in fact Mi'kmaq people, not descendants of Englishsettlers. Most Newfoundlanders who have Beothuk and Mi'kmaq blood intheir veins grew up believing that their parents were white people. to theirgrandparents, it was a safer way to survive. Only a small number knew thetruth.While many Francophones in Canada still hate "the English" for stealing theirland, neither regrets the extinction of the Beothuk or (likely) the deaths of 

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Haha what a load of bullshit. you really need to get your facts straight buddy.
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Thanks for your comment Samuel. Let's not forget the almost successful assimilation in Newfoundland, to the extent that most Mi'Kmaq there didn't even know they had that heritage until recently.
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Yes, Brian, and no one can be absolutely certain why. What is more amazing though is why we do not teach what kids need to know to avoid getting into the kinds of problems that become personal and social problems. They are easily avoided too. We don't teach emotional or social skills, we just let kids struggle as we try to cram stuff they will never use again into them.
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Agreed, Brian. That's what our school systems are designed to produce. But that is 19th century thinking. The 21st needs much more because we don't have a social structure to teach kids what they learned in school, in church and in their communities and homes in the past.
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duponthumanitem social based problems are only hard to solve because we don't teach social skills. Schools that try--often in private, with their "discipline problems"--are rare. It's clearly non-traditional for a school, thus the establishment wants it to be avoided.
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This may change the way you think.
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Thank you Cln. Indeed, it take a village of people surrounding a child to riase that child. Each person plays a role, whether they accept the responsibilities and obligations of that role or not. It may take a world to teach the village what needs to be taught.

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