Is It A Rare Commodity?

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Goodness is a rare commodity in the world. Even high school history courses focus on the crimes, wars, torture and depression, not the peace, selflessness and miracles. Still, pretending the dark, deceitful past does not exist is a common act when discussing history in Canada. The First Nations people bear the brunt of this ignorance, as very little of their suffering, at the hands of the government is acknowledged. Due to the abuse and neglect from the Canadian government, the First Nations people faced and continue to face a depletion of culture and serious mental health issues. In the First World War, First Nations people dealt with inconsiderate and racist policies. For the following decades, children were forced into the abusive,…show more content…
All of this was done without the First Nations people’s consent, even though the Indian Act demands First Nations consent to use reserve land. But when the First Nations people pointed it out, the government removed that clause from the Indian Act. The values they fought long and hard for, the values they had chosen to be respected in the Indian Act, were just meaningless words to the government. A simple change in in a document demolished the First Nation’s people reassurance their culture would live on. If the government wanted to change something about their lives, they would just change the paperwork and do it, there was no security. Nothing was written in stone, not even complex legal documents. This constant state of uncertainty was not comforting, especially with their past experience with enlistment. Just three years prior, the Aboriginal people faced an unofficial enlistment policy that created mass confusion. This unofficial enrollment policy encouraged recruiters to turn First Nations men away, and not sign them to a battalion. The Minister of the Militia, Sir Sam Hughes, spoke on why mass numbers of Aboriginal men were being refused, he declared that First Nations men were turned away for their own safety. Mr. Hughes informed the public that the German troops would not see the Aboriginal men as equals, and so they would not extend the same courtesies that are expected in war to
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