The Assimilation of Indigenous Canoe/Kayak, within the past 150 years, in the Maritimes.
- Mary Lofthouse writes “the ingenuity of its designers from aboriginal craft to the legendary 19th century Peterborough fabricators.”.
- Rick Zroback writes “This superb vessel allowed the first nations people to coexist in their natural environment and the European fur traders to enjoy the other six wonders of Canada.”
- Robert Thompson writes “we learned to canoe, but we also learned to sing the songs the voyageurs sang to keep the rhythm of their paddling together, and a bit about the history of how the English, French, and Native cultures connected”
- Doug Barnes writes “The construction materials have changed, but the design of the canoe has remained unaltered for the last four hundred years.” However, makes no mention to the Indigenous people of Canada and the canoe.
Canadians do not know a lot about the “racing canoe” and many times people ask me, is it even an Olympic sport? Cultural Assimilation is an unpopular concept in today’s “politically correct” society - but it continues to be promoted by our Government and various organizations. “Why is this so important to address, especially amid much larger concerns like land loss, clean water, racism in policing, and other deeply rooted systemic abuses.” While the war canoe/racing canoe seems unimportant and trivial in the larger scheme of these social concerns, it speaks very clearly to how entrenched is our racism, with attitudes and policies that eradicate, diminish, and ignore the historical significance of something so important to indigenous people. If this can happen to the canoe - then how many other areas have we already assimilated this culture into the dominant culture framework. This is exactly why people should pay attention to this issue.
- Canada 1st Birthday - July 1, 1867
- CanoeKayak Canada founded as The Canadian Canoe Association - 1900
- Canada demonstrates Canoe Racing to the Olympics in 1924
- Canada demonstrates the Colonial War Canoe at the Olympics 2012
- Canada’s 150th Birthday - July 1, 2017
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Do you agree that "War Canoe" Racing is a Social Problem in Canada?
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