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Press TV | 04Aug2013 | Joshua Blakeney
Canadian Museum refuses to
label aboriginal suffering genocide
The Canadian Museum of Human Rights is
the birth-child of deceased media mogul Israel Asper. It is due to open
in 2014 but the museum’s curators have already come under criticism.
There is a perception that the museum will emphasize the suffering of
certain ethnic groups over others. And this belief was confirmed this
week when it emerged that the centuries long attempts to destroy
Canada’s aboriginal communities will not be referred to as “genocide”
in the museum.
Legal experts observe that Canada’s residential school system which
seized children from aboriginal families and forced them to study in
Catholic and Anglican schools is consistent with this definition of
Critics accuse Zionist historians and curators of treating Jewish
suffering as unique and more worthy of remembrance than the suffering
of other groups. Hence Jewish suffering gets referred to by such
ethnic-exceptionalists as a "Holocaust" with a capital "H" while
aboriginals struggle to get their massive suffering recognized "a
Ukrainian Canadians have also butted heads with the museum’s curators.
Many Ukrainian-Canadians, like aboriginal Canadians, feel their
historic suffering is being underemphasized by the museum’s curators
for political and ideological reasons.
Joshua Blakeney, Press TV, Calgary
Bradley Wabi-Mukwa: Aug 4, 2013 7:18 PM
The term “Final Solution” was not coined by the Nazis, but by Indian
Affairs superintendent Duncan Campbell Scott:“It is readily
acknowledged that Indian children lose their natural resistance to
illness by habitating so closely in these schools, and that they die at
a much higher rate than in their villages. But this alone does not
justify a change in the policy of this Department, which is geared
towards the Final Solution of our Indian Problem.” - Duncan Campbell
Scott - 1910. Dept of Indian Affairs, Ottawa, Canada. Scott was
describing planned murder when he came up with the expression, since he
first used it in response to a concern raised by a west coast Indian
Agent about the high level of deaths in the coastal residential schools.
The Beothuk people of
Newfoundland were wiped completely from the face of the earth. The
Mi'kmaq were also hunted almost to extinction by the European
immigrants. Just 10 years ago, the scalping laws were still on the
Canadian law books in Nova Scotia, CBC covered the story, it spelled
out exactly how much you'd get paid for bringing in a Mi'kmaq man's
scalp, a woman's scalp, and a child's scalp.
Joe blo: Aug 4, 2013 7:14:30 PM
We have the same problem here in the US... We have no shortage of
Jewish holocaust museums but try to find a museum which emphasizes the
the fact that the United States once had a policy of extermination
targeting the Native American indians... IT DOESN'T EXIST!! Hitler
wasn't the only genocidal monster, there were many others before him.
But what does it matter... the Shoah business is on its last legs
anyway. There are no more Nazi "butchers" left to round up and today's
youth simply doesn't care about what happened a lifetime ago. And why
should they? Trying to find a job in this economy is distressing
enough. Maybe if the US would take that $2 billion-plus that they send
to Israel every year and put it into a jobs program for our youth,
they'd have the spare time to ponder about the atrocities of WWII.
Opinion: Aug 4, 2013 12:11 PM
I thought Canada was a peaceful
country, shame on government, thanks to Press TV for such a valuable
that could open many debates.
Roman Serbyn: Aug 4, 2013 12:10 PM
If only the CMHR had taken the right approach from the beginning for
the CONCEPTUALIZATION OF THE MUSEUM: 1. Human RIGHTS not human wrongs
in the epicenter of the museum; 2. Canadian experience as the anchor
around which to develop the history of a) human rights and b) their
violation. Its not too late to correct the misguided programming even
now, but is there the understanding and political will to do it???
lily: Aug 4, 2013 10:22 AM
SHAME ON THE CANADIAN GOVERNMENT AND ALL OTHER GOVERNMENTS FROM AROUND
THE WORLD THAT DO NOT WANT TO RECOGNISE THE ABORIGINAL PEOPLES OF THE
WORLD. THEY THINK THAT ABORIGINALS ARE SAVAGES BUT IT'S THEM THAT ARE
WORSE. THE CANADIAN MUSEUM WHEN IT'S FINISHED SHOULD BE BOYCOTTED.
See also Palmeter