‘Symbol Of Colonialism’

“Forget Halloween costumes and yoga, there’s a new symbol of cultural appropriation—the canoe. 

“According to Misao Dean, ‘Professor of English’ at the University of Victoria {of course}, the canoe can be a symbol of ‘colonialism’, ‘imperialism’ and ‘genocide’ due to history. She also accused the canoers of ‘cultural appropriation’ because they are primarily ‘white’ men and have a ‘privileged’ place in society. 

“In a radio interview for ‘CBC Radio’ {of course}, which wasn’t picked up by the Internet until several months later, she claimed

“we have a whole set of narratives that make the canoe into a kind of morally untouchable symbol, something that seems natural, that seems ordinary, and seems to promote values that we ascribe to.”


“But I think if you look a little further, that narrative obscures or erases another narrative—and that narrative is about, to be blunt, it’s about ‘theft’ and ‘genocide’”, the ‘professor’ said.

“Dean continued to explain why she thinks Canada picked the canoe as a symbol, claiming it has to do with benefits to particular groups—particularly ‘white’ men— who pushed the canoe.

“‘CBC Radio’ host Jim Brown then asked a question:

“Should we look at the canoe as a non-controversial symbol or should we look at it as a symbol of ‘colonialism’?”

“To which the academic replied:

“Absolutely a symbol of ‘colonialism’. It seems to me that this narrative we tell ourselves about the canoe about how canoeing makes us in touch with nature, how canoeing makes us in some way guiltless of the terrible things that the Canadian government and Canadians in general did to ‘First Nations’ people.”

“Naturally, people weren’t convinced by Dean’s argument. Frank Furedi, a well-known anti-PC professor at the ‘University of Kent’ in Britain, called it an “Epidemic of idiocy as cultural appropriation becomes a fundamental sin of moral illiterates” for thinking the canoe is cultural appropriation and evil. 


“Either way, somebody should break the news to Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau about this. It’s 2016, after all.”

–‘Canoes reek of genocide, theft and white privilege, professor claims’,
Lukas Mikelionis, Heat Street, October 25, 2016 

Feature IMAGE: Toronto Star 


(Jonathan Hayward - Canadian Press)
(Jonathan Hayward – Canadian Press)

CBC: ‘Is the canoe a symbol of Canada, or of colonialism?’

“Ah, the Canoe.

“One of the seven wonders of Canada. To some, a symbol of our connection to the natural world, a representation of our reverence for history, a tool of exploration and discovery.

“To others, like Misao Dean, Professor of English at the University of Victoria, the canoe can be a symbol of colonialism, imperialism, and marginalization.

“Dean is the author of the book “Inheriting a Canoe Paddle: The Canoe in Discourses of English-Canadian Nationalism”. In this interview, Dean asks us to consider the canoe, and what it really represents in Canadian society, and whose symbol it is. To Dean, the story Canadians tell themselves about the canoe is one of European colonialism, while ignoring the role the canoe played in displacing and harming ‘indigenous’ {‘Siberian settler’} people. She notes that hobbyist canoers today are a pretty specific group.

“Certainly the majority of wilderness canoers are people who have a ‘very privileged place’ in society {Like CBC hosts?}. They’re frequently highly-educated people. They’re almost completely ‘white’. {What research substantiates this racist generalization??? Oh, of course – research is just a ‘European colonial construct’, right, ‘Professor’?}

“Dean says that in the wake of the {Partial} Truth and {One-way} Reconciliation Commission, ‘non’-‘indigenous’ {96% of} Canadians should rethink the canoe. And they can do it every time the dip a paddle in the water…” 

AUDIO: http://www.cbc.ca/radio/the180/why-the-canoe-might-not-be-the-glorious-symbol-of-canada-you-think-it-is-1.3477103?autoplay=true

–‘Is the canoe a symbol of Canada, or of colonialism?’,
CBC Radio – ‘The 180’, March 06, 2016


Pierre Trudeau (Canadian Press)
Pierre Trudeau (Canadian Press)

COMMENTS {Before CBC banned them – You can see why: The comments are far more intelligent than the program}:
“As soon as the ice is out of the lake, I am going to head to the cottage and burn down my boat house so myself and my family will no longer be tortured by those symbols of colonialism — like my canoes, kayaks and worst of all, my Laser sailboat, that other symbol of colonialism. Those Euros arrived on sailboats back in the 15th century, after all. Once I am done that, I will head back up the hill behind the cottage and torch my outhouse, so I can destroy that ultimate symbol of colonialism…..the toilet seat.”
“And don’t forget shoes. Did you know colonialists wore shoes? Shoes are a symbol of colonialism.”
“Academia has become a sit-com. A not-really-funny, sad-in-a-car-crash-sorta-way sit-com.”
“Professor Dean’s clumsy attempt to paddle upstream in order to bolster her reputation, while also appearing to be a champion of ‘First Nations’ rights, fails on both counts. The premise of canoes as colonialist tools is yet another example of Canadians tripping over their own feet to make another unnecessary apology.

“When as a boy, when I dipped my canoe in the cool waters of Algonquin or Killarney parks in Northern Ontario, I had no feeling of stepping on the toes of ancestors. Nor should I — I was born there! … I have equal right to paddle, swim and otherwise experience nature without guilt or debt. I can paddle a canoe, a kayak, an aluminum boat or a hand-hewn raft with impunity, not by privilege, but because I simply choose to do so.

“Humans have, and will always be, a part of a natural global resorting. We come, we go, we are playing, staying, failing and then trying again. It’s not colonialism, it’s science, it’s evolution and it happens everyday, even in the world we watch on TV today. Fighting for symbols in this space is a waste of time and energy and draws us backward, into ancient arguments of less enlightened times.”
“Among many other risible points, the good professor seems to equate proper spelling with colonial abuse. I wonder: what is the quality of spelling in her book? Does she require her students to spell properly? She also says many canoeists are high income (and good spellers), which in the context of her interview suggest a very bad thing. A search of the public sector salary database provided by the ‘Vancouver Sun’ reveals the professor is comfortably ensconced on the sunshine list, at well north of 100k {As probably is the CBC host}…”
“Mealy-mouthed nonsense of the sort you’ll only hear from a social studies professor. We honour ‘First Nations’ people by using the canoe, embracing it as part of our shared culture, and spreading it all over the world. She is wrong when she says “Certainly the majority of wilderness canoers are people who have a very privileged place in society”. There have been many, many people, native and white, not always highly educated, over the decades who have lived in the bush off the land by fishing and trapping and so forth. They have most certainly used canoes.”
“The uselessness of a university education has never been more evident.”
“There’s something very trollish about this piece!”
“Talk about political correctness. I can now go to my grave saying I’ve heard it all.”
“Is there any other country – other than Canada – on the planet that engages in such non-stop, self-pillorying? Apparently in all the annals of human social history – some 10,000 years – Canada is the ONLY country to have displaced aboriginals. Quelle Horreur.

“The history of humanity is the movement of peoples across the land – most of which involves groups with slightly better technology displacing those with lesser. I have never heard of the inhumane and deadly depredations of Finns upon displacing those poor, put-upon Lapplanders… but that is what happened.

“Now I am hearing that the use of canoes by nature enthusiasts is actually the appropriation of a native tool – by educated, affluent white males of the ‘dominant settler culture’ – is exploiting natives further.

“Please give us all a break. We have done everything in our power to self-eviscerate the culture that built the Canadian nation. We have crawled through miles of broken glass and razor blades (metaphorically) and pulled our colonizer forelocks until our hair is falling out.”
“Can the CBC do a investigative report on who’s funding this complete nonsense? I find it personally offensive that people are paid to say “it’s white males!” If white men were even half as monstrous as the CBC makes them out, they would burst into flames when hit with sunlight or holy water.”
“Lost count of of the reasons this is ridiculous…”
“Wow, talk about white privilege. The irony was overwhelming. This piece confirms my theory that there are highly educated women out there whose whole purpose in life is finding and destroying any small amount of joy there is left in the lives of ordinary white guys. Guilty! Guilty! Guilty! I reject you, Misao Dean.”
“Is the CBC a symbol of Canada, or of self-flagellation journalism?”
“Relax, Prof — sometimes a canoe…..is just a canoe.”


Besides the overt censorship of any Canadians who disagree with CBC’s racist approach to aboriginal issues, see also:

“Our ‘national broadcaster’ — supposedly dedicated to fostering Canadian unity — has instead created the segregationist ‘CBC Aboriginal’.

“Response in their ‘Comments’ section was so opposed to their one-sided coverage that the CBC has now banned comments altogether on ANY CBC postings concerning aboriginals! And these clowns blame Canadians, rather than their own reactionary bias, for the diminished audience”:
–‘CBC Blames Canadians’ {September 9, 2016}:


“As most Canadian sports fans are aware, the Toronto Blue Jays are playing the Cleveland Indians in the American League championship. And, of course, nothing can happen in Canada any more without a ‘contribution’ from the Aboriginal Industry – this one, incited by the CBC”:
–‘CBC Race-Baiting Yet Again’ (Sports/Cultural Appropriation) {October 17, 2016}:


“An incident in Saskatchewan has resulted in the death of a young aboriginal male, and a local farmer has been charged with second-degree murder. Aboriginal activists and race-baiters have been having a field day accusing the Caucasian farmer of racially-motivated murder. The irresponsibility of these accusations goes without saying; yet, media outlets – particularly the CBC – continue to provide a platform for this propaganda”:
–‘Race Activists Stir The Pot’ {August 24, 2016}:


“Now we have the President of the ‘Indigenous’ {‘Siberian settler’} Physicians Association of Canada’ validating yet another unfair accusation of ‘racism’, in order to justify his claim of systemic ‘racism’ against aboriginals in the health care system.

“The CBC uses an example of an incorrect medical diagnosis, where an aboriginal’s stroke symptoms were mistaken for drunkenness and ‘racism’ has been claimed. The fact that the misdiagnosis an unfortunately common occurrence immediately undermines the ‘racism’ claim. The association President knows this but fails to call the CBC on it, while he generalizes – without ANY examples – about racism in the Canadian health care system”:
–‘CBC Playing Race Games’ {August 17, 2016}:


“We can go on treating the Indians as having a special status. We can go on adding bricks of discrimination around the ghetto in which they live and at the same time, perhaps, helping them preserve certain cultural traits and certain ancestral rights. Or we can say you’re at a crossroad — the time is now to decide whether the Indians will be a race apart in Canada or whether it will be Canadians of full status.”
–‘TRUDEAU AND GOSNELL’ {June 20, 2015}:
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