“Salvation Rejected”: The MS St. Louis was a Jewish refugee ship fleeing Nazi Germany in 1939. Canada denied entry to its passengers, forcing all on board to return to the horrors of the Holocaust.
“Land Protector”: Wet’suwet’en territory is sovereign land that the Canadian Government does not have legal permission to access, yet the CGL pipeline construction continues without consent.
“Acadian Expulsion”: Between the years of 1755-1764, over 11,500 Acadian citizens were forcefully removed from the Canadian Maritimes by the British Military.
“Sled Dog Massacre”: Between the years of 1950-1970, thousands of Inuit Sled dogs were slaughtered at the hands of the RCMP to weaken Northern Indigenous communities. The Canadian government has denied this ever happened.
“Chinese Exclusion Act of 1923” For 24 years Canadian citizens of Chinese descent had their human rights drastically reduced, such as the right to vote, to own land, to hold prominent jobs, and much more. All Chinese immigration was also halted.
“Two Row Wampum Belt Treaty”: This is the first known treaty between European settlers and North American Indigenous in 1613. The two rivers symbolize European and Indigenous life flowing symbiotically side by side; a fate which was never met.
“Grise Fiord” To assert sovereignty of the North during the cold war in 1953, Canada displaced eight Nunavik families into the high Arctic under false pretences. The families survived because they were able to track the migration patterns of the beluga whale.
“Internment”: Canadian Citizens of Japanese Ancestry were forced into internment following Pearl Harbour. The camps were funded by the sale of the possessions of those imprisoned, survivors typically had no resources to rebuild their lives.
“Postcards”: The idealized perception of Canada often overshadows the reality of forced assimilation at the hands of the government and religious institutions. Systematic cultural genocide continues to be a reality in this country.