Literature Of Native Canadians



Introduction: Literature offers a strong and passionate voice for
the past. The literature of the Native Canadian is a voice we, the people
of Canada, can no longer ignore. There is little to be gained by dwelling
on the past. Nevertheless, there is much to be realized by accepting what
has passed, with all of its mistakes and dust we might otherwise wish to
hide under the carpets. English literature, since at least the sixteenth
century, has a firm grounding in Canadian history. As a white Anglo Saxon
Protestant, we can see where we came from, who we are, what we are and,
maybe most importantly, why we are the people that comprise this enigmatic
Canadian continent. But what if you aren't ...

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themselves and
with no loyalty to the Almighty God. This untamed, human was called ‘
savage' and, ignorantly, despised for their commitment to no one but
themselves. With Christianity as their guide, the European settler managed
to almost destroy that culture for no other reason than it was different
than its own. The historical record of the literature of those two cultures
serves as the proof that Christianity was at the center of the cruel
treatment the European showed the Native Canadian.

Systematically, through war, genocide, legislation and ‘wayward
Indian camps' the people were broken, their culture decimated and their
souls eventually converted to the word of God. Literature contributes to
this destruction in two ways: 1) by perpetuating and adding to the
fallacies that existed about the native Canadian and; 2) by serving as an
extensive record of the injustices served the native Canadian by other
Canadians. The natives have their own literary record of the ...

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assuming for their own. The
Canadian government believed that the Indians were incapable of dealing
with people of European ancestry without being exploited. Therefore, the
government had to protect the person and property of the Indian from
exploitation by the European, which meant that the Indian was to have
special status in the political and social structure of Canada.1 They also
had a duty to protect the Canadian from the ‘uncivilized' ways of the
Indian and, when protection and civilization were achieved, assimilation
would already be in place. The special status was assigned to the Natives
through a series of legislation called the Indian Acts and, which acted as
the backbone for ...

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