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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP10 Aug 2020 9:19 p.m. PST

"The great fact stands boldly fortli that Canada has never fought the Inilians, and she will not begin to do so now, declares the Westminster Review. Never has Canada had an Indlan war; au Indian massacre Is unknown in the annals of her history. She is too poor tu seek glory by slaughtering the natives born of her soil, and too proud to defame her character or stain her esculcheon. Contrast with this the pollcy of the United States, that is nearly alv-ays fighting its red men. Indian wars are very expensive matters to deal with. The small episode of last year, beginning with the messiah craze and ending with the tragedy at Pine Ridge agency, covering but a few weeks, cost the United States government $2,000,000 USD, beBides the lives lost, and, in addition, unsettled the natives throughout the country. It is to the credit of the Canadian Indiana that, although sorely temjted. the messiah craze had no charms for thom. There was in Canada, It is true, Riel's flrst rebellion, that cost Canada $7,000,000 USD and the lives of some of her noblest eitizens. But that was not an tr.dian uprising. Nevertheless it taught both the white men and the red men a lesson. It taught Canada that it would be cheaper to ration all the Indian tribes than to have another rebellion, and it taught the Indians the prowess of the authorities, and this was emphasized by the trips given the Indian chiefs to Ontario, where they beheld tekens of the power, wealth and glory oí the white men."
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Rdfraf Supporting Member of TMP11 Aug 2020 9:37 a.m. PST

Wasn't there a war with the Cree nation in the 1880s

IronDuke596 Supporting Member of TMP11 Aug 2020 11:37 a.m. PST

Wow! There are so many typos and misspellings in the quote that I won't even bother to check the link.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP11 Aug 2020 11:54 a.m. PST



Tony S11 Aug 2020 2:22 p.m. PST

many typos and misspellings in the quote

It's an OCR scan of a Michigan newspaper article of 1869.

We may have not used bullets, but our treatment of the indigenous was no less disgusting than the US. A horrible chapter in our history.

Jeffrey P12 Aug 2020 10:22 a.m. PST

There was the fighting known as the Riel Rebellion in the far west, when the Metis resisted military expansion by the government. Does that count?

rmaker12 Aug 2020 3:33 p.m. PST

And, of course, all the stuff before Confederation gets swept under the carpet.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP13 Aug 2020 12:40 p.m. PST



Glengarry515 Aug 2020 3:40 a.m. PST

The Riel Rebellion hadn't happened yet when the article was written.

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