|Inuit taken to Germany by J. M. Jacobsen. Lived in zoo.L-R: Ulricke, aged 24, holding Maria; Tobias, aged 20; Abraham, aged 35; Sarah, Aged 4.All died of smallpox in Europe.|
It is chilling.
What kind of people capture other human beings, take them across the sea, away from all they know, house them in a zoo and watch them die?
Jason Kenney says Alberta's new Social Studies curriculum is all about "politically correct" themes such as colonialism. He says the new programme reeks of "social engineering". He thinks Alberta's Social Studies teachers should concentrate on Canada's military history.
These people were abused. Their rights were stripped away. Their treatment was nothing short of barbaric. And then they died.
They died because of colonialism and ethnocentrism. They died because of the actions of our forefathers.
Mr. Kenney can wrap himself in the flag if he wants. He can strut around full of jingoistic patriotism and willful ignorance in order to rally his supporters. He can promote Canada's "military history" to the exclusion of other more far reaching Canadian realities.
Nothing he says will negate the truth. Canada was founded on colonialism. It would not exist if not for colonialism. Colonialism is not a "politically correct" theme. It's a sometimes ugly reality that impacts the way of life of every single Canadian today. That's why it is taught.
I am not sure what Mr. Kenney thinks education is for.
Is it to "socially engineer" a society of ignorant people who blindly support the status quo?
Or is it to help the next generation to understand their world so they can make informed decisions for a better tomorrow?