Thursday, April 20, 2006

Dear aboriginals: You've come a long way, baby.

The history of Canada's treatment of aboriginal Inuit has some pretty shameful episodes:

Simeonie Amagoalik's anger still burns more than 50 years after he and his family were taken from their homes and dumped on a frozen beach in the wastes of Canada's High Arctic...

In August 1953, federal officials took 34 Inuit from Port Harrison (now known as Inukjuak) in Hudson Bay and put them on a boat north. One month and 1,390 miles later, the group was split in two and deposited on two remote islands.

The Inuit found it hard to survive in an unfamiliar, freezing world with few of the foods they were used to and no schools, stores or churches. As years went by, the anguish caused by the relocation triggered major social problems.

Lucky for Canada's aboriginals, things are so much better today. I'm betting they can all sit around and laugh about it now, right?


huitzilin said...

I guess I'd better brush up on the history of my neighbors to the north. This sounds like an episode from US history, one of those that don't appear in the textbooks. It disappoints me to see that Canada has such a sad side in its past, as well.

Anonymous said...

Don't be too surprised, Lori. Canadian history is full of shit like that.

Anonymous said...

As is common knowledge, the victors get to write the history books. I was gobsmacked when I read the original BNA Act and what the language of the time said. Of course schools don't go to the original documents. There is commentary that is gospel and that is what is taught. We are such a kind loving nation. NOT