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Yes, that will come

28 Feb

Here, various kinds of public events, whether a museum tour, or a municipal government council meeting, or a ribbon-cutting ceremony opening a new whatever, all start with an official, solemn intonation by some politician or bureaucrat along the lines, “We acknowledge that the land we are meeting on today is the traditional territory of Hokepatusi people.”, and if the land wasn’t handed over by treaty, “the unceded territory of the Hokepatusi.”

I believe such things have actually already begun now Stateside – pretty sure I have read about them, maybe even reported them here; we can surely expect to see more of such in America as time goes on.

Bad American ideas often start as bad Canadian ones, first.

Sorry – and I mean that. 😉

P.S. When the reaction comes, I want to see ‘land acknowledgements’ continue, but in a different way:

“We acknowledge this land upon which we are meeting today is the traditional territory of the Canadian people, obtained from its previous holder the Hokepatusi by the age-old right of conquest, in which the British / French utterly humiliated them in battle, and then wrested it from them officially by forcing them to sign away via treaty.”

Now THAT’S a territorial acknowledgement I WANT to see! 😉

 

12 responses to “Yes, that will come

  1. electricangel

    February 28, 2021 at 1:08 pm

    Native ancestry really is the ultimate Trump card. Black lives shouldn’t matter half as much as American Indian lives. Those guys are really due reparations.

     
    • Will S.

      February 28, 2021 at 8:13 pm

      Maybe so, but it’s precisely because there are so few of them that they’ll never have the clout as a block vote to fight for them and get them…

       
  2. feeriker

    February 28, 2021 at 4:12 pm

    [S]ignificant bad ideas damaging the US always seem to have been beta-tested in Canada first.

    I was under the impression that Airstrip One was the default Beta Testing lab for our bad/stupid ideas-turned-law/public policy.

     
    • Will S.

      February 28, 2021 at 8:16 pm

      Not as much as we have been; we are far closer to you culturally than the Brits were; even in the actual business world, products have always been tested here first. e.g. McDonald’s Pizza, was tried up here first. I think New Coke came out up here first. Various movies, albums, etc. released here first.

      So Canada has always been a marketplace first test run place for America – and also in bad ideas.

      Again, my apologies.

       
      • feeriker

        March 1, 2021 at 2:13 am

        So Canada has always been a marketplace first test run place for America – and also in bad ideas.

        Again, my apologies.

        No apologies needed. After all, “we” down here don’t HAVE to accept the bad/stupid ideas – but we do. Routinely. That’s on us. 😊

         
      • Will S.

        March 1, 2021 at 2:27 am

        Heh; great point! 🙂

         
  3. feeriker

    February 28, 2021 at 4:18 pm

    Native ancestry really is the ultimate Trump card. Black lives shouldn’t matter half as much as American Indian lives. Those guys are really due reparations.

    Down here in the Lower 48 I think that Stage One of reparations was to give any tribe that could furnish even semi-legitimate proof that it was an actual indigenous tribe a gaming license so that they could steal back as much paleskin money as they could get their hands on.

    On a completely different (but related note): I’ll happily recognize Indigenous Nation sovereignty over an area once the Indigenous population (of whatever tribe) demonstrates that a preponderance of its people are fluent in the tribe’s native tongue as their first language. AFAIAA, only the Navajo or the Sioux (maybe also the Cheyenne) would pass this test. With most other tribes the majority would be hardpressed to utter a single syllable in their ancestral tongue.

     
  4. feeriker

    February 28, 2021 at 4:23 pm

    “We acknowledge this land upon which we are meeting today is the traditional territory of the Canadian people, obtained from its previous holder the Hokepatusi by the age-old right of conquest, in which the British / French utterly humiliated them in battle, and then wrested it from them officially by forcing them to sign away via treaty.”

    Now THAT’S a territorial acknowledgement I WANT to see! 😉

    Or a much less PC version of the same:

    “We acknowledge this land upon which we are meeting today is the traditional territory of the Canadian people, obtained from its previous holder the Hokepatusi by the age-old right of conquest, in which the British / French utterly humiliated them in battle, and then wrested it from them officially by forcing them to sign away via treaty. We hearby issue an open invitation to their descendants to COME AND TAKE THE LAND BACK IF THEY’RE ABLE TO DO SO BY FORCE OF THEIR OWN ARMS. Complete victory to the winner by right of conquest!

     
    • Will S.

      February 28, 2021 at 8:16 pm

      Ha! Perfect! 🙂

       
    • Will S.

      February 28, 2021 at 8:17 pm

      Μολών λαβέ, MOTHERFUCKERS! 😉

       
  5. fuzziewuzziebear

    March 1, 2021 at 9:26 am

    For a long time, people have been governed by the simple advice of “the less said, the better”. If we go back fare enough, the land belongs to dinosaurs.

     
    • Will S.

      March 1, 2021 at 10:09 am

      😀

       

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