Coming to us from Justin Trudeau’s leftist nation to our North, Canadian Professor of English Misao Dean takes umbrage with the well known imperialist symbol – the canoe.
“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.
The Professor, in a CBC Radio interview, was asked if he canoe was a non-controversial symbol, or one of colonialism. She 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.”
And thus we now need add the lowly canoe to the long list of things in our lives that are “ist”; namely, capitalist, imperialist, colonialist, racist, sexist, culturalist, etc. But honestly, since Native Americans brought us the canoe, how on earth does it become a symbol of colonialism used by privileged “white men of a certain age?” I have no rational answer for that, but someone needs to warn Justin Trudeau that he and his family are doing a No No.
Thrilled to let you know we’re going to need another seat in our canoe: Sophie is pregnant! #threeisthenewtwo