As Robertson Davies stated, “ Canada is not going to have a national literature in the mode of those European lands where a long history has bound the people together, and where a homogeneous racial inheritance has given them a language, customs, and even a national dress of their own.” 2 We need to look at the work of Canadian authors who have come here from different backgrounds. Connecting with our multicultural student body is really important! As Canadians, we are lost in a sea of international influences – we hardly know who we are. And we do this without realizing it. ‘What is a Canadian?
The execution of Louis Riel was a huge defeat for the Metis. Louis Riel was also a Canadian politician , a founder of the province Manitoba. He was the eldest of 11 children. Louis started the rebellion when he noticed that with the arrival of anglophone settlers racism had became
The more Canada neglects to listen to Aboriginal voices, the more it contributes to the continuation of colonialism in Canada. Although the Aboriginal people of Canada had to go through, “One hundred and twenty years of neglect and malnutrition. One hundred and twenty years of physical, mental and sexual abuse. One hundred and twenty years of cultural genocide” (King, 2015), Canada still has not properly apologize. By taking responsibility Canada should not only provide recompenses, but at least treat Aboriginal
Ali Kazimi, who wrote a documentary on the Komagata Maru told the Toronto Star, “that Canada for the first 100 years of its existence had what was effectively a ‘white man's’ policy” ( Tharoor, Trudeau's apology). Canada’s law that was placed had 2 requirements a $200 fee and a travel rule, which had to be met if you were to travel to Canada. Knowing that Canada stopped Asians immigrants, trying to get into the country, the activists of Punjab and other parts of Asia, so they focused on trying to get back into Canada by the Komagata Maru. They believed they could change Canada's rule since both India and Canada were under the British empire at the time.
The Canadian Pacific Railway was built to help make this happen, but the North-West Rebellion broke out. This rebellion took place in today’s Saskatchewan and Alberta The North-West rebellion was mainly fought by the Metis peoples, directed at the Canadian government as they felt that Canada was not protecting their rights and their land to the extent they agreed through treaty. Big Bear was the head chief of the Metis people, he was striving for a United Cree Nation and to discuss the agreement on treaty six and see if they could adjust it. Big Bear felt that they were not given enough as it was their land originally and they should be able to take what they want. The Metis and Aboriginals were only given about 640 acre of land through treaty six.
Some Canadians have a strong feeling about the things that are decided by the local government and that is the rights to express their own opinions. “We have a history of peaceful dialogue and dissent in Canada. I’m certainly hopeful that tradition will continue"(Rabson). Jim Carr commented about the angered anti pipeline movement and particularly the first nation communities, many of them mis-interpret the comments as a threat against all protesters. But the point of the Natural Resources minister that we have the freedom to express a different view from
Modernity has been mainly characterized by its imperialistic policies and colonizing endeavors, which while creating the current legal organization of the world have largely marginalized the many indigenous groups who originally occupied the conquered lands (Andrews and Walton 600). Although post-modern societies have seen an increase in the awareness of these matters, American-Canadian author Thomas King has dedicated his work to throwing light on issues still not tackled. In his short story “Borders”, King tells the adventure of a Blackfoot mother and her child, who try to cross the border to the U.S. but refuse to declare their nationality. It is through his masterful choice of narrator and the careful depiction of the mother’s struggle to maintain her Blackfoot identity that the author conveys the many difficulties First Nations face in their effort to keep their heritages alive. The narrator of the story is a twelve-year-old boy whose candid view of the events allows the reader to appreciate the struggle to maintain an individual identity in the face of a globalized world.
The Queen, the POGG provision was applied solely because Canadian survival was at risk. This proves that the rules were so vague and ever-changing over the application of POGG powers that even the Supreme Court of Canada and JCPC disagree on the usage and interpretation. When both branches of the judiciary cannot come to an agreement about a power that is expansive and impactful as POGG, it only makes the case stronger for abolition of the POGG clause. Instead the judicial branch continued to enforce laws through the perspective of 1867 onto the Canadian
When he offered to pay for the trip and still was turned down, he knew his position was untenable” (Macleod, 2005). French had tried to bring change to the leaders of Canada but was denied, even if did not succeed in changing the government’s position, French showed the characteristics of a transformational leader by identifying the Northwest Mounted Police were achieving setting up a policing force in western Canada and needed to be allowed to continue
The thought process of the Federal Government was that if these children with such young and impressionable minds were to practice something aside from their Native traditions and beliefs that it would cause those traditions to go extinct. It took over one hundred years for the last residential school to shut down in Canada and an additional twelve years after the previous school had closed for the residential school survivors to receive a formal apology from a representative of the Canadian Government. Moreover, around the 1880’s the Canadian Federal Government introduced a Residential School System with the intention of exterminating an entire population of people within Canada. As said by Duncan Campbell Scott the Deputy Minister of Indian Affairs, “I want to get rid of the Indian problem… Our objective is to continue [the residential school system] until there is not a single Indian in Canada that has not been absorbed into the body politic and there is no Indian question, and no Indian Department.” (Restoule). All the residential schools are being fully funded by the federal government but were operated by various religious institutions where the nuns and priests were considered the student’s temporary
Initiative should be taken by the provinces and the Canadian government to come up with a solution to the problems that the senate constantly faces. Without reform, the senate cannot possibly be a voice for regional interests and an accurate representation of Canadian society. In order to understand why reform of the Canadian senate is important, it is also important to understand it is necessary for the Canadian senate to be a