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Historian says Canada uses police force to ‘protect the economy’ instead of dealing with Indigenous concerns – CTV News

by ahnationtalk on February 25, 202058 Views

February 24, 2020

TORONTO — In the wake of Ontario Provincial Police moving in to arrest Mohawk protesters at a railway near Belleville, Ont., Monday morning, a historian who studies colonial violence says that this latest use of police force is a sign that Canada, despite its goals of reconciliation, looks like it is repeating the mistakes of its past.

“As a historian, I’m disappointed,” Sean Carleton told CTV News. “We often talk about learning from the lessons of the past, so that we don’t make the same mistakes, and here we are.”

He added that if things continue in the direction of more police intervention, he’s “really concerned that reconciliation, if it’s not dead already, is certainly on life support.”

The Mohawks of Tyendinaga have had camps set up near a railway in their territory for nearly three weeks, protesting in solidarity with Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs in B.C. who are embroiled in a struggle with RCMP and workers attempting to put a pipeline through their lands that hereditary chiefs say they have not consented to.

Read More: https://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/historian-says-canada-uses-police-force-to-protect-the-economy-instead-of-dealing-with-indigenous-concerns-1.4826206

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