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Dispelling The Myth of Slavery In Canada

Blacks always enjoyed a higher standard of living in Canada than in Africa.

Unlike Africa and Asia, where to this day in 2024, millions of people are forced into slavery every year, THERE HAS NEVER BEEN SLAVERY IN CANADA! This short essay will dispel the myth that  there was ever slavery in Canada. 

But first, a very short history of Canada is needed. For those who do not know, Canada became a  country in 1867. Remember this date, it is an important moment in our history. This was centuries after  Europeans came to North America to explore this land. These explorers eventually settled here, started  families, and began their march to nationhood. As they settled, they were no longer nomads, these  people lived “on” the land, not, “off” the land. They created permanent settlements, not outposts, and built cities where none had existed before.(1) These future EruoCanadians adapted to a new land and created a new way of life. Their thinking evolved as they interacted with the land and that gave them a different outlook from the homeland of their ancestors and separate from the nation developing to their South. EuroCanadians took many characteristics of our ancestors and built the most desirable country in the world to live in — and abandoned other characteristics that did not suit us. 

The history of abolition (of slavery) actually precedes the formation of Canada as a country. “British  abolitionists had actively opposed the transatlantic trade in African people since the 1770s.”(2) This  was almost a century BEFORE Canada became a country. And then, “The Slave Trade Act 1807”,  officially prohibited the slave trade in the British Empire.(3) That is, more than half a century BEFORE Canada became a country the trade in slaves was officially prohibited in the British Empire, of which Canada was a part. And finally, the “Slavery Abolition Act, 1833” ended all forms of slavery in British  Empire, including British North America (the future Canada). This was more than three decades PRIOR to the official formation of Canada as an independent country. Slavery was entirely abolished in the British Empire long before Canada became a country. There is only one conclusion and one truth: THERE HAS NEVER BEEN SLAVERY IN CANADA. 

In the modern world, some groups willfully and conveniently conflate British/French North America  with “Canada”. But this is not true. Canada evolved out of British/French North America, emerging as its own country. Equating “Canada” with the first European explorers is a false history used to connect  Canada to a negative aspect of history it does NOT own and a responsibility it does not have. The  purpose is to create a sense of “victim-hood” and tie that to Canada. And, typically, reparations are  expected to flow from that sense of victim-hood. But, since there never was slavery in Canada, there is no victim-hood to be shouldered here. Quite the opposite! For more than half a century Canada has had “affirmative action” programs designed to give those of non-EuroCanadian character access to “equal  opportunity”. Of course, this has meant that the best candidate is not always the one that gets hired, but that is another story. Unfortunately, our weak and woke politicians prostrate themselves on the alter of political correctness and submit to the propagation of this false history. 

Occasionally, we can learn from non-European’s. A great example is from Japan where they have  addressed the culpability of today’s generation in respect of their nation’s actions in the Second World  War. As Shinzo Abe (a former Prime Minister) said, “our generation has nothing to apologize for, because we were not the perpetrators of those deeds […] we must not let our children, grandchildren,  and even further generations to come, who have nothing to do with that war, be predestined to apologize.”(4) Canadians, especially EuroCanadians, have the same situation within our history. Though we can acknowledge there were wrongs in the past, those wrongs have nothing to do with Canadians of today or Canada as a country. But the Liberal government (and other politicians) have erred in its spate of apologies for historical actions of the past. Canadians of today have no personal  connection to the history that came before they existed and we owe no reparations to that history. 

References

(1) For a thorough discussion of this topic, see Ricardo Duchesne’s book, Canada In Decay

(2) Canadian Encyclopedia, https://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/slavery-abolition-act 1833

(3) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slave_Trade_Act_1807

(4) Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, August 14, 2015, 12:56 PM 

https://foreignpolicy.com/2015/08/14/shinzo-abe-regrets-but-declines-to-apologize-for-japans-wwii actions/

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