Over the past few weeks, the situation in New Brunswick related to the potential fracking and mining for natural gas within First Nations and non First Nations communities. Rex Murphy, who comments for both the CBC and the National Post, came out last week with an editorial condemning the protesters and suggesting that the language they are using, that of colonialism, settlers, and genocides, is not appropriate. Here are his words:
“Then there is also an even more deplorable effort to frame the interactions between Canadians and Canada’s aboriginal peoples as a genocide — an accusation both illiterate and insulting.”
Murphy suggests by the title of his piece that Canada has been generous to First Nations and that this generosity has been rudely dismissed.
Here is a National Post video of the standoff: http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2013/10/19/rex-murphy-a-rude-dismissal-of-canadas-generosity/#ooid=ozNDcwZzqCFNlZj85MaVf4nWFUD93Rch
In response to this, a blogger by the name of Nick Montgomery responded to Mr. Murphy. Montgomery suggest that perhaps the rhetoric of First Nations protest movements in Canada is very relevant and appropriate.
Here is a CBC video of the standoff: http://www.cbc.ca/player/News/Canada/NB/ID/2413180633/
How are both authors using history to argue their point? What are they missing? Where would you start?