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  1. Phil Umpherville
    January 13, 2019

    The takeover of “the new world” by foreign powers will never be justified. But it happened, much to the suffering of the “first nations”. It can be speculated that had the English powers not fought for ownership, it would have been the french, spanish, russian, or some other great power that would have predominated. All the statues, statutes, laws, religion etc. cannot change what happened. It was done. The most powerful won. The unfortunate “first nations” lost. The human struggle continues. We cannot rewrite it. We cannot change it: We are where we are. The only thing that really matters is what we do now for a better future. But don’t ask the lawyers…they’ll side with whosever side they’re on. Wasn’t MacDonald a lawyer? He was born in Scotland, which is still struggling to gain its independence (at least by some). What about Julius Caesar? Wasn’t he a lawyer ?
    Are we going to continue to depend on the “colonizers” for everything, apologize for all the evil they did to us, refuse to participate in their evil empire and insist they stop being so proud of their sordid accomplishments? Where will this all end. Are we so perfect ourselves? What do we know of ourselves and our histories? What are we willing to admit? How do we match up to “the white man?”

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    • Hammerson Peters
      January 13, 2019

      Some excellent points there. In this age of relative prosperity, it’s popular to criticize European colonists for attempting to improve their lot and that of their families at the expense of the First Nations. Even a cursory glance at Canadian history, however, will show you that various First Nations did exactly the same thing to each other. Conquest is an inseparable part of the human experience, and when things inevitably go south, we’ll doubtless return to the war path again.

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