Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Happy Canada Day!

canadaWell here we go again...It is time to celebrate the birth of "our" nation.  This is a day when Canadians on mass practice revisionist history blissfully over as many beers as they can keep down.  While in the process of celebration very few stop to think about the fact that this nation would not exist without the murders of millions of aboriginal peoples.  In fact to this day they are greatly marginalized in "our" society.  They are over represented in our prison population, and many still live today in abject poverty.  So essentially what we are celebrating is nearly destroying aboriginal peoples in the quest for land and conquest.

    Canada day is further made problematic in that it is a reminder that this is a world of divisions.  Borders are a social construction that are divisive to mankind.  Countries function in such a way that they exclude others for the purposes of exploitation. In the interest of "Canadian" people the government engages in unfair trading practices, exploiting others simply because they inhabit a different region of the globe.  In the interest of the "Canadian" people industry continues to pollute the earth in order to keep the "Canadian" economy afloat.  In the interest of the "Canadian" people soldiers are engaged in a neo-imperialistic war in Afghanistan.

    When you celebrate Canada day, take a moments pause and think to yourself what it would mean to celebrate a globe day.  A day when all of the peoples of the earth could unite in equality and freedom.  Think about the land that you are standing on, and who it really belongs to, and what the actual cost was to humankind for you to be standing where you are.  Celebrate humanity, and not a country built on exploitation, near genocide of a people, and false ideology.


Ebony Intuition said...

Great post..Too bad many people don't realize who's land they are really standing on an claiming as their own.

Majik said...

I fully understand your point of view. Although it is a morbid picture of what happened possibly before confederation. Canadians used to be colonials of the British empire and it was under their rule that a lot of these disputes began. As far as whose land we are really standing on, my question is does land really have an owner other than the creator?

You do make some very good points about the losses of aboriginal peoples in theses lands. However your view on a global day seem very totalitarian and lends credence to the North American Union movement.

It is possible for all of us to unite as one people but there are far too many political and social barriers that we need to cross before that can happen. As for celebrating Canada Day, please don't forget the many people whose backs the nation of Canada was formed on.

Thank you for sharing your opinion with us.

Renee said...

please don't forget the many people whose backs the nation of Canada was formed on.
I have not forgotten whose backs this country was built on this is exactly why I question the need to celebrate. We cannot stand back and blame the British because we were a colony at that time. Who are we to blame for the inequalities that exist today?
My view on a Global day is about celebrating our similarities rather than focusing on our differences. As long as we continue to see ourselves through a strictly cultural and or racial lens we will forever perpetuate a difference that of course leads to inequality.

julie said...


I didn't know that Canada has so many Aborigines in prison.

What is that about?

The greatest power for women in the world and you treat Aborigines this way??

That's pretty f'in bad.

Renee said...

@julie its just like everywhere else...Natives are over represented here, blacks in the states, and in Europe those of middle eastern descent. The group that faces the "most" oppression is always over represented in prisons/

Queers United said...

america is also founded on taking land from natives. well the only plus is your country is liberal, ours is a wingnut land

GallingGalla said...

I'm not sure how eliminating nation-states would reduce the exploitation of less-privileged people by the privileged.

Looking over the North American Union proposal, it seems that it is pretty much a mechanism for increasing exploitation of poor Mexicans and indigenous people, since it would make it even cheaper to ship goods made by those exploited people to the US and Canada. Not to mention the huge environmental costs of creating these massive 1200-foot wide corridors, the number of people who would be evicted by massive "eminent domain" condemnations, etc.

Renee said...

I consider nation states as a tool of capitalism. Eliminating them alone does not remove the injustice. The system itself must be dismantled. My pointis that we use borders to create others and thus have a justification for starving people. They don't deserve good treatment they are not one of ours sort of mentality.

GallingGalla said...

Thank you for clarifying.