Tuesday 25th of May 2009 MICHAËLLE JEAN SUGGESTS A 'UNIVERSITY' FOR CANADA'S NORTH, THE INUIT.

* Commentary: The Genocide of the First Peoples continues to show it's ugly face, but this time in a much more subtle way, let's just say the 'assimilation and education of those poor, poor people en masse' ... Once more, WE THINK we know what will be good for them, and as usual, we are trying to shove it down their throats. Of course, we know what's best for them! And behind closed doors, we decide for ourselves what's to come... Shall we say 'to civilize' the last of the 'savages'? We tried to do that very same thing, and oh, did we try, with the Residential Schools in the not-so-distant past, and unfortunately, it would be no different today with this 'suggested university' for Canada's North. When you look at this country's history, and the one south of us, the tell-tale signs are so easy to read... But for the most part, the population will be saying: "Oh, that is so sweet of her, so kind of her to think of EDUCATING those poor, poor people... The need our help so desperately!" And this is how your government keeps you (us) in the dark... The REAL problem for the First Peoples, one of so many, is the ABANDONMENT, the fact that we have forgotten them, and left them to rot in their own garbage, the First Inhabitants and their IRREPLACEABLE Culture, on that has thrived for Millennia! Alcoholism, poverty, crime, glue-sniffing, and gas-sniffing.. All of these are the leftovers of what we have created for them, since Canada 'was born'... The way we have laughed at them, ridiculed them, spit on their Sacred ways, and walked all over them, but of course we can take ALL of THEIR resources and never give back anything... (sort of like the sport of tree-cutting or clearcutting today) When you teach a kid that he is stupid, that he is worth nothing, that his culture is evidently dying, that he smells bad, and his long hair (the Pride of the Native Culture) will have to be cut immediately, he will start to see himself in EXACTLY that light when he looks at himself in the mirror... Well, the 'Rez' did exactly that, and more. They would take the runaways from these schools, using only one example of hundreds of thousands, and lock them away in a darkened room for 72 hours or more, without food or water, sometimes even beat them to a pulp, or til they would bleed, then laugh at them... All this when they would show the slightest resistance to the ways of the schools, the 'nuns' and the 'fathers'... Especially talking your Native Language... THAT would bring the most severe chastisement! (Shubenacadie Residential School, N.S.) Thank You, Isabelle Knockwood! Then we wonder why, today, they live in their own garbage on the 'reserves', (to stir people's memories, I like to call them concentration camps), and in their own shells of houses... Well, they live as-we-portray-them, that is to say like beasts of burden, cows, oxen, or asses, good-for-nothing, ... you get the idea, I am sure. This is how they see themselves, because they have never known different from us, since they met us in 1492... Just try to take a drive through one of these 'reserves' if you are brave enough... You will feel real out of place, and for a very good reason!! Go and see how they live IN THEIR OWN COUNTRY, right beside us, (also right next to our potential waste disposal sites, too!), thanks to our ignorance, our own culture...

A 'university' for Canada's North constitutes the same 'tradition' and pitiful (also criminal) point-of-view that we conveniently keep alive, the exact same one as the not-so-distant past! I believe the last Residential School closed its doors in the 1970s... but the same attitude(s) continue under a thin veil, one of false-promises and hope, like the recent and appalling 'declaration of apology' that the government used as framework... It was so, because when you are REALLY repent-full or SORRY, you always go one step further in your apology, and that is that you promise to do your best to UN-DO that harm done to the best of your ability and to take steps never to do this again!! Not so in this case. With this apology, the government wrote it (how many lawyers wrote it and profited from it ($$)? ) and brought it forth without even asking the First Peoples if it would be sufficient, or if they would be satisfied with it... As I keep saying, our arrogance and pretension continue, and now, we take the small number of young adults left in the communities and we give them the message that 'we'll go all the way' and finish the slaughter, and tell them indirectly (the worst way of all) that their culture is no longer needed and can do absolutely no good to Canadians, and we'll build you guys a UNIVERSITY instead, to make sure that all the ashes of your ancestors die with no trace... in other words... 'ex-ter-mi-na-tion'. Just a small (other) example of this before I go... Just open your eyes and see how we have managed to prostitute the most Sacred of all items, or people of the First Nations here, and to the south of us... We take THE most Sacred words or names, and turn them into a money-making opportunity: TECUMSEH lawn mowers (with the Indian face on them) The AMC EAGLE 'Nothing runs like a DEERE The GMC truck TAHOE (which means AMEN or All My Relations) The Plymouth SUNDANCE (one of their most Sacred dances) the list is endless...

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