I've been thinking a lot these past weeks about what Canada means to me. It was fun putting together a bunch of photos that represent that for myself. The first two are collages of my own photos and the last two are random photos I found online that symbolized this place for me. 

I feel there is a lot of division- at least with myself- as to what this country stands for, is and represents today. I feel it was much clearer when my parents were growing up. 

Currently there is a movement going on called "idol no more". I don't know much about it but yesterday posted the following to views I found online- on facebook. They are quite contradictory. 

I hope it's not too offensive but I've definitely heard both arguments in person and tend to nod my head with each. Clearly I need to get a firm grounding with where I stand on Canadian topics. Though, I also know a lot of people who seem to be giving up hope on the idea of the country. We don't understand it anymore. 

Currently, when I look at the best parts of it- these photos are what I think of. 

"Canada's First Nations Debate - Globe & Mail.

Now this could stir up a bit of a debate...but it is food for thoughts regarding comments from a reader in the Globe and Mail. It's a short history lesson on natives. 

This land does NOT belong to them. Why do some people keep saying that it does? 
Is it because that's what they want you to believe? Well then the marketing campaign must be working. 

Let's get this straight... 

1. These people's ancestors did not just appear in North America magically out of thin air one day 50,000 years ago. They came in waves across the land/ice bridge from Asia. What's more these waves in many case were not related groups of people. They came from various places around North Eastern Asia and were from different genetic strains....in other words the "natives of North America are not a homogenous group of people and more importantly.... They are immigrants too, like millions of immigrants today. 

2. The idea that the "natives" were peaceful caretakers of the land or benevolent tenants couldn't be further from the truth. The various tribes warred on each other constantly. They were violent. Want proof? Ask the Huron's...oh that's right you can't. The Iroquois wiped them out. How about slavery that was rife among the first nation tribes until the Europeans came over and freed the slaves and put an end to this "valued cultural tradition"? Is slavery peaceful and humane? 

3. The idea that we "stole" this land from them is also ridiculous. A more technologically advanced and numerous culture invaded and conquered. This is exactly what has been happening since the dawn of humanity all around the globe. To say we "stole" their lands is just plain wrong. That is akin to saying the Saxons should return England to the Angles. Or maybe we should launch a campaign to have Roman descendants give Italy back to the Etruscans. 

It is a nonsensical notion driven by the politically correct bleeding hearts on the left and some intellectually deficient liberals, and it will continue to cost this country needless and wasted billions and billions until we get some backbone and turn off the taps. 

Are these people in trouble? Yes. Do they need help? Yes. 
Are they responsible enough to look after themselves and efficiently spend the billions the tax payers give them? Certainly not. 

The only way to fix this situation is to bring them into society as equals. They should be getting jobs and paying taxes like the rest of us because in reality, they are no more special than any of the other hundred or more cultures that call Canada home. 

Turn off the taps. Do away with this "traditional use" and "cultural" nonsense. Educate their children to become modern citizens, instead of finding their identity and source of pride in some folks who occupied the land 15000 years ago. Let them stand or fall on their own account." 

Then to counter this I found this short piece online as well- by Naomi Klein- 

"... All Canadians should offer our deepest thanks that our indigenous brothers and sisters have protected their land rights for all these generations, refusing to turn them into one-off payments, no matter how badly they were needed. These are the rights Mr. Harper is trying to extinguish now."

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