Monday, November 5, 2018

UPDATED: Le Dauphin Out Riding the "Apology Range" again

UPDATED:  November 7, 2018  Now we know why Trudeau timed his apology to Canadian First Nations...he's planning to apologize again, this time to Jews who were on a ship that was turned back from Canada prior to WWII. Mea clupa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa!  When will Canada apologize to the indigenous Palestinians for being part of the post WWII United Nations that gave their land to the Khazarians and thereby forced the entire population into the largest concentration camp in history?

Trudeau, bumping along in the saddle

Remember when Trudeau tried to imitate Putin by holding forth in a "Town Hall Meeting"?  Canadians peppered him with embarrassing questions which he dodged, weaved and eventually looked like a dope when he made his famous "personkind" comment.

Now, he's trying to imitate Putin's penchant for horseback riding.  At least he didn't try to do it bare chested.  My opinion is that his private public opinion polls tell him that Canadians admire Putin.  But instead of trying to forge a respectful and mutually beneficial diplomatic relationship with Russia, Trudeau is trying to steal Putin's thunder.

I don't think it will work, especially when Trudeau combines his Putinesque optics with his obsession to apologize [on behalf of all Canadians] for every perceived historical wrong committed on Canadian soil.

Please read the report copied in its entirety from today's "National Post" and I will have more comments to follow:

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CHILKO LAKE, B.C. — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau apologized to the Tsilhqot’in community for the hanging of six chiefs more than 150 years ago in an emotional ceremony Friday that one chief says brought an end to a “difficult journey.”

Speaking to hundreds of the First Nation’s members in British Columbia’s central Interior, Trudeau said the colonial officials of the day erred in inviting the chiefs for peacekeeping talks where they were instead arrested, tried and hanged. He said the chiefs are fully exonerated without any wrongdoing because they were acting as one independent nation engaged in war with another when they attacked a road crew that intruded on their territory.

“Those are mistakes that our government profoundly regrets and is determined to set right. The treatment of the Tsilhqot’in chiefs represents a betrayal of trust, an injustice that you have carried for more than 150 years,” Trudeau said of the incident during the so-called Chilcotin War.

Trudeau said the federal government continues to work with the tribal council to develop a governance agreement by spring 2019.

Chief Joe Alphonse, tribal chairman of the Tsilhqot’in Nation, said the apology was significant not only because it was the first time that a prime minister visited title lands, but because it was made directly to community members.

Trudeau made a “statement of exoneration” in the House of Commons in March and agreed to visit the title lands then.

“For me as chief last March it was a very emotional journey, a spiritual one. It took its toll physically, mentally. So I’ve been through that, I’ve gone through that,” Alphonse said.

“Today it’s about our membership, and our membership all these years not believing that a prime minister would acknowledge that. So it’s a powerful day.”

Trudeau rode into the valley on a black horse, symbolizing the one the historic chiefs rode into what they believed were peace talks. The day also included a smudging ceremony and Trudeau was given a buckskin jacket matching the iconic one his father Pierre Trudeau wore.

The Tsilhqot’in have long disputed the government’s authority to execute the six chiefs as criminals, describing the confrontation as an altercation between warring nations.

When Trudeau read the statement in the Commons, members of Parliament broke into applause, prompting the Tsilhqot’in chiefs to hold up eagle feathers in salute. Trudeau told MPs the chiefs acted in accordance with their laws and traditions and that they are well regarded as heroes of their people.

The deadly confrontation began when a white road-building crew entered Tsilhqot’in territory without permission in 1864.

Five chiefs were hanged when they travelled to the supposed peace talks at the invitation of government representatives. A sixth chief was executed the following year in New Westminster.

The British Columbia government apologized for the executions in 1993 and installed a commemorative plaque at the site of the hangings."

Greencrow Says:  Quite a pivotal moment in Canadian history, that Kangaroo Court and criminal hangings of Indigenous Leaders by the Canadian Government.  Too bad I never learned about it in all the years I studied Canadian History in school and university.  Doubt whether many other Canadians have heard about it either.  It's, no doubt, just one of dozens of similar cases that were covered up and buried [literally] shortly after they occurred.  It's just like they're now trying to do with 9/11 and other false flag atrocities these days.  Anyone know why Canada and other countries are supporting Saudi Arabia's attack on the indigenous Yemenis?  What future Prime Minister will apologize for that down the road?  Or, who will apologize to the Afghanis for NATO's 17-year war against them?  For...what?  For being falsely accused of harbouring CIA asset, the already deceased Osama bin Laden?!  Who's going to apologize to the people of Rossiya for the Canadian government sending armaments to the Kiev Junta--that are now being used to bomb citizens of Lugansk and Donetsk in their beds?

Instead of apologizing on behalf of all Canadians [when no one is to blame we're all to blame] for these ancient political decisions....why doesn't Trudeau name some names?  What individuals in the Canadian government of the day and/or elite/corporate class and/or British banksters were responsible for making the order to arrest, try and hang the Chiefs?  I would like to know what individual steps were taken, by who and why. I would like to know, in particular, who was paying the road workers who trespassed onto indigenous property.  Is that too much to ask?

And, finally, as my mother used to say...talk is cheap...especially apologies...when you're still doing the same thing, over and over even to the present day!

Trudeau, quit apologizing...and thereby laying the blame for the actions of past colonialists on all ordinary Canadians...in the end, it's not going to save your sorry @$$.

6 comments:

Reading between the lines said...

A very good article you write this day.All so very true.I have to wonder if the history books in schools are going to include some real history and when are they going to stop lying about right and wrong behavior.At my age , I will most likely never see it.

greencrow said...

Hi RBTL:

I consider this apology to be in the same league with Trudeau's infamous trip to India last year...just an elaborately staged photo-op...complete with costumes and props.

They dragged this sorry episode from Canadian history, which was never taught in non-native Canadian history classes, out of mothballs to work around their imaging process re Trudeau...on a horse, in a buckskin jacket...in a "healing ceremony". As part of my specialized training in order to work with first nations populations as a social worker...I took enhanced culture and history courses. Even in those many courses, I never heard this story of the hanged chiefs. I'm sure it occurred it's just that Canadians did not know about it...until it was time to weave it into yet another virtue signalling imaging project for Trudeau.

Meanwhile, most First Nations communities have told him unequivocally that they are against the Trans Mountain pipeline...but he pledges to go full steam ahead on that anyway.

Penny said...

One apology Trudeau et al should make is to all the home children they brought here- little white slaves to work and be abused- I'm a descendant of one of those
More then 100,000 children were stolen from England and brought here to work and work and work (They don't know they actual numbers because they didn't keep really good track of their child trafficking) Nothing new under the sun eh GC?

https://canadianbritishhomechildren.weebly.com/

"That virtually all of the Home Children sent to Canada, alone and separated from others, as they were, have reacted to their fate the same way, withdrawing into themselves, and remaining silent about their past, "building a wall around themselves", as one Home Girl put it, is bitter and conclusive proof of the severity of their trauma"

My mom has told me, her Dad, my grandfather never spoke of it.
My Grandmother told me my Grandad said it was very bad, awful.
He was 8 when sent here as a slave.



No government has ever apologized for it because
1-the children were white anglos and
2" there has never been a demand for it"- which means it's not politically expedient to do the right thing

Canadians don't expect their government to apologize for every sad event in our history," sic (Jason) Kenney told reporters. "We have laid out some criteria for that, and the reality is we haven't seen a demand or an expectation for that." "This is not something that has really been on the radar screen. I haven't in my 12 years as an MP heard anyone ask for that," Kenney"

That's bullshit. They don't want attention drawn to it because it doesn't fit the narrative of bad white man vs everyone else.

greencrow said...

Hi Penny:

Yes, all this apologizing by Trudeau is a slippery slope. So many past transgressions to apologize for and so little time. Just out of interest, Did you ever hear about the incident where the chiefs were hung in BC?


My hunch is that it was some international corporation that sent the road workers into the First Nations territory and that the government of the day was being used to clear the "Indians" off the land. That part of the story is still "hidden history". It would be useful for Canadians to know the full story...and not just be manipulated by the optics...which is all Trudeau is capable of doing.

Penny said...

"Did you ever hear about the incident where the chiefs were hung in BC?"
No, I'd not heard of this incident.

Are you aware of the horrible plight of the 'home children'?
It's amazing to me how little Canadians are aware of it. Though nearly 20 percent of our present day population is descended from these children.
There was actually a documentary on not too long ago- One hour. Didn't do the topic justice- I cried.

greencrow said...

Hi Penny:

Thanks for letting me know that you'd never heard of the incident. I pride myself in knowing a bit more Canadian history than most Canadians [I was a history major in undergraduate university] and was somewhat embarrassed to not have heard about such a pivotal episode as described in the photo shoot of Trudeau's apology.

I HAVE heard a bit about the "home children". Were they not orphans who were sent to Canada during the war to do field and other manual work in replacement of those who went off to fight? That is the story I seem to remember. Of course, it was really the usual trafficking of children that has gone on for time immemorial.