They thought they were doing it their way. The Ontario liberals changed their constitution. They made it just as stupid as the conservative’s constitution. They learned nothing from the other party’s experience. Oh well, those who fail to learn from history are just going to repeat it.
The Ontario liberals solved one problem and created two more at their recent convention in Hamilton. They might be of the ‘Woke’ generation but I am not all too sure what they have awoken to. I assume that when people are ‘awoke’ to the sins of their forebears, they just find a statue to knock down and they are absolved of their sins. Being neither a Catholic, who believes in absolution, nor one to believe in the passing of the sins of the fathers to their sons, I have nothing to freak out about.
I think I have mentioned it before over the years, of the time Senator Keith Davey and his wife were at the Aberfoyle, Ontario flea market. Keith bought a front page of the Saturday Globe, dated April 2, 1898. He said the picture of Sir Oliver Mowat showed him exactly where my big nose came from. Of course, he had always laughed at my being related to Ontario premier Oliver Mowat. I had mentioned it in a political brochure one time and he never let me forget it. That preserved and framed front page hangs over my computer desk today.
To add to that story, a friend of my wife and I, recently claimed her position as a status Indian, who lives here in Barrie. Her last name is Mowat because she was also removed from her family as a child and was adopted by a branch of the Mowat family. Hers was not a happy childhood and, out of respect for her, I do not make jokes about us being collateral cousins of some sort.
I have known many Canadian aboriginals and Metis over the years. But she was the first one I asked about the error in referring to Canadian aboriginals as ‘indigenous.’ The original meaning of ‘Indigenous’ was ‘from here.’ Aboriginals in the Americas are a long-ago import from Asia. They came by ice-bridge across the Bering Sea. They came across the Pacific by boat. Indigenous, they are not. They might have got here 10,000 to 15,000 years ahead of the Europeans but when the Europeans arrived, they were mainly nomadic peoples living off a bounteous land. They warred against each other and stole their enemies’ women. I don’t think the Europeans did much to help.
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