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A tangental question: Did any individuals benefit from Residential Schools?
A tangental question: Did any individuals benefit from Residential Schools?
Subject: Sir John A. McDonald
Aboriginals, Ethics and Sir John A. MacDonald (and just about everyone else at the time)
Let's look back 300-400 years. What if the "Indians"� in the North America won the "Indian wars"� and repelled the "Settlers?"� What would we see if we were able to look around?
We would see thousands of "Indian Monarchies and tribes"� (in N/Am.) complete with ongoing disputes over/claims to "hunting grounds"� and
We would see ongoing "Indian Wars"� between these "monarchies and tribes"� complete with killing, burning, torturing and enslaving the losers. Whether you call it "Tribalism"� or "Racism" wouldn't make much difference. And this would include a lot of murdered, enslaved or missing women.
We would see a population in North America about 2% of what it is today�hunting and fishing do not support dense populations like cities. Where there was agriculture, the regional population might be as high as 10% of what it is today.
There would be no reading or writing or math or records. No efficient (scaleable) transmission of learning. There would stories told by the victors�the very thing we're accused of today. The Church ran Western Europe for 1,000 years because the "scribes"� (left behind) could read and write, and learn from records, and therefore knew more about farming than farmers. (The church was killed by the printing press)
The birth rate for "Indians"� would be very high, much as it is today but the infant death rate would be many (6x�10x) times higher. Life expectancy of a
20-year-old, would be about 40-50 years instead of 60-70.
There would be very limited movement beyond the hunting grounds. There were no horses. Although tribes had seasonal hunting and fishing patterns, and moved around with the seasons, there would be no routine and substantial travel patterns.
For this reason, each tribe would have characteristic immunities and disease sensitivities. This is why so many of them died between 1490 and 1700. They died because they didn't have well developed immunity profiles in comparison with Europeans.
And for this same reason, many of them could not talk with each other. They had distinct dialects. The outcome, "war"� was obvious. We avoid a lot of war by talking.
We would see weapons and fishing tools characteristic of what we call "the stone age."� There was no tin, no copper and certainly no steel. Creating tools and weapons was time-consuming.
Given these characteristics, their territories (North America) would have been predictably visited and attacked again and again by more mobile and technologically advanced neighbours (just as tribes came across the Bering Strait 50,000 years ago and moved in on the peoples already there).
Technologies and economies that support denser populations will always win.
Conclusion: There was a lot of "unethical" or "immoral"� on both sides. We're all human. There was however no "mmorality"� in how things "turned out" or who won. It's just blunt force economics. Horses are faster than run. Steam engines are faster than horses. Planes are faster than trains. Rockets are faster than planes. And a bicyclist will always lose in collision with a car. Physics.
We're challenged today by the same dynamics. Morality has nothing to do with it. Whether we learn and evolve, or choose to fail and complain remains to be seen. My money's on the latter. Sadly.
Air travel was not created by the railways and this has nothing to do with ethics.