Originally posted by Michèle DuCharme
Canadian Natives listening to the Prime Minister of Canada Stephen Harper during an official apology
The history of the Indian people for the last century has been the history of the impingement of white civilization upon the Indian: the Indian was virtually powerless to resist the white civilization; the white community of B.C. adopted a policy of apartheid. This, of course, has already been done in eastern Canada and on the Prairies, but the apartheid policy adopted in B.C. was of a particularly cruel and degrading kind. They began by taking the Indians’ land without any surrender and without their consent. Then they herded the Indian people onto Indian reserves. This was nothing more nor less than apartheid, and that is what it still is today(1).
Update: For those who are interested you can also read an entire series by the Globe and Mail called Canada’s Aparteid.
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