Media Coverage/Reaction to the Canadian Historical Association’s Canada Day Statement Recognizing the Genocide of Indigenous Peoples in Canada

Published on September 17, 2021

Compiled by Steven High, President of the Canadian Historical Association (17 September 2021)

A number of our members have asked the Canadian Historical Association to compile the media coverage/public reaction to the Canadian Historical Association’s Canada Day Statement into one place given its pedagogical and historiographical value. This listing does not include the social media footprint and no doubt missed some things.

« Déclaration au sujet de la fête du Canada : L’histoire de la violence envers les peuples autochtones justifie pleinement l'utilisation du mot « génocide ». Société historique du Canada. Publié le 30 juin 2021. https://cha-shc.ca/nouvelles/declaration-au-sujet-de-la-fete-du-canada-lhistoire-de-la-violence-contre-les-peuples-autochtones-justifie-pleinement-lutilisation-du-mot-genocide-2021-06-30

Canadian Historical Association. Canada Day Statement: The History of Violence Against Indigenous Peoples Fully Warrants the Use of The Word “Genocide”. CHA Website. 30 June 2021. https://cha-shc.ca/news/canada-day-statement-the-history-of-violence-against-indigenous-peoples-fully-warrants-the-use-of-the-word-genocide-2021-06-30

Publiée en Anglais sur Active History. 1 July 2021. http://activehistory.ca/2021/07/canada-day-statement-the-history-of-violence-against-indigenous-peoples-fully-warrants-the-use-of-the-word-genocide/

Publiée en français sur Histoire Engagée: « Déclaration au sujet de la fête du Canada. L’histoire de la violence contre les peuples autochtones justifie pleinement l’utilisation du mot « génocide ». » https://histoireengagee.ca/declaration-au-sujet-de-la-fete-du-canada-lhistoire-de-la-violence-contre-les-peuples-autochtones-justifie-pleinement-lutilisation-du-mot-genocide/

Steven High, “History of violence against Indigenous peoples is genocide.” Montreal Gazette (1 July 2021). https://montrealgazette.com/opinion/opinion-history-of-violence-against-indigenous-peoples-is-genocide

Steven High, « Le mot « génocide » est justifié » Le Devoir (le 2 juillet 2021). https://www.ledevoir.com/opinion/libre-opinion/615138/le-mot-genocide-est-justifie

Jacques Rouillard, « Le « génocide » des Autochtones » Le Devoir, le 6 juillet 2021 https://www.ledevoir.com/opinion/idees/615969/le-genocide-des-autochtones

« Les pensionnats autochtones : Entrevue avec Marie Wilson et Catherine Larochelle » Radio Canada, le 6 juillet 2021  https://ici.radio-canada.ca/ohdio/premiere/emissions/bien-entendu/segments/entrevue/362270/autochtones-pensionnat-culture-genocide-marival-enfants-morts

Josée Legault, « Le réveil tardif, brutal, mais essentiel du Canada » Journal de Montréal, le 7 juillet 2021 https://www.journaldemontreal.com/2021/07/02/le-reveil-tardif-brutal-mais-essentiel-du-canada

Joseph Facal, « Génocide culturel ou génocide tout court? » Journal de Montréal, le 8 juillet 2021 https://www.journaldemontreal.com/2021/07/08/genocide-culturel-ou-genocide-tout-court

Crystal Fraser, “Nous ne connaissons manifestement toujours pas toute la vérité sur les pensionnats autochtones,” Le Monde, le 9 juillet 2021. https://www.lemonde.fr/idees/article/2021/07/09/crystal-gail-fraser-nous-ne-connaissons-manifestement-toujours-pas-toute-la-verite-sur-les-pensionnats-autochtones_6087632_3232.html

Martin Crevier, « Raphael Lemkin et le concept de génocide », Le Devoir, le 8 juillet 2021. https://www.ledevoir.com/opinion/idees/616443/raphael-lemkin-et-le-concept-de-genocide

Karine Duhamel and Adele Perry, “A season of historical reckoning,” Winnipeg Free Press (12 July 2021). https://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/analysis/a-season-of-historical-reckoning-574813912.html

Crystal Fraser, Tricia Logan and Neil Orford, “A Doctor’s Century-Old Warning on Residential Schools Can Help Find Justice for Canada’s Crimes,” The Globe and Mail, 17 July 2021. https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/article-a-doctors-century-old-warning-on-residential-schools-can-help-find/

John Lutz, “B.C. at 150: An Unsettling Past, But a Chance for a Better Future,” Times Colonist, 20 July 2021. https://www.timescolonist.com/opinion/op-ed/b-c-at-150-an-unsettling-past-but-a-chance-for-a-better-future-1.24343960.  

Ophélie Doireau, « Il est temps de dire « génocide » » La Liberté (le 21 juillet 2021). https://www.pressreader.com/canada/la-liberte/20210721/281612423419015. [ entretien avec Daniel Sims ].

Department of History, York University: Statement on the unmarked graves at former residential schools. 21 July 2021. https://www.yorku.ca/laps/hist/wp-content/uploads/sites/210/2021/07/Residential-Schools-Statement.pdf

U of T Mississauga Statement - https://www.utm.utoronto.ca/historical-studies/historical-studies-statement-condolence-and-commitment-action

Editorial Board, “Apology is essential to reconciliation process” Winnipeg Free Press (28 July 2021). https://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/editorials/apology-is-essential-to-reconciliation-process-574954262.html.   

David Webster, « Optons pour la transparence en ce qui concerne les génocides » Le Devoir (le 31 juillet 2021). https://www.ledevoir.com/opinion/idees/621786/idees-optons-pour-la-transparence-en-ce-qui-concerne-les-genocides

Ian Mosby & Erin Millions, “Canada's Residential Schools Were a Horror,” Scientific American (1 August 2021). https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/canadas-residential-schools-were-a-horror/

Dan Snow, “Confronting A Difficult Past: The Tragic History of Canada’s Residential Schools,” HistoryHit Blog. 2 August 2021. https://www.historyhit.com/confronting-a-difficult-past-canadas-industrial-schools/

Daniel Heath Justice and Sean Carleton, “Truth before reconciliation: 8 ways to identify and confront Residential School denialism” The Conversation (5 August 2021).  https://theconversation.com/truth-before-reconciliation-8-ways-to-identify-and-confront-residential-school-denialism-164692

Christopher Dummitt. “The Canadian Historical Association’s Fake 'Consensus' on Canadian Genocide,” Quillette (10 August 2021). https://quillette.com/2021/08/10/the-canadian-historical-associations-fake-consensus-on-canadian-genocide/.  

Tristan Hopper, “Historians oppose statement saying Canada is guilty of genocide” National Post (11 August 2021). https://nationalpost.com/news/canada/historians-oppose-statement-saying-canada-is-guilty-of-genocide

Open Letter [original publication venue]. Historians Rally vs. "Genocide" Myth,” The Dorchester Review (12 August 2021). https://www.dorchesterreview.ca/blogs/news/historians-rally-vs-genocide-myth. [ il y a une longue discussion sur Twitter les 12, 13 et 14 ]. 

Ian Milligan & Thomas Peace, “It is Time to End the History Wars,” Active History (12 August 2021). https://activehistory.ca/2021/08/it-is-time-to-end-the-history-wars/. [ cet article a déclenché une menace de procès contre les auteurs par le rédacteur en chef du The Dorchester Review ].

Christopher Dummitt: “The Canadian Historical Association’s fake 'consensus' on Canadian genocide” National Post (13 August 2021). https://nationalpost.com/opinion/christopher-dummitt-the-canadian-historical-associations-fake-consensus-on-canadian-genocide

 “Open letter to the Council of the Canadian Historical Association and the Canadian Public” Shekon Neechie: An Indigenous History Site, 13 August 2021.  https://shekonneechie.ca/2021/08/13/open-letter-to-the-council-of-the-canadian-historical-association-and-the-canadian-public/

« Pensionnats autochtones: la Société historique du Canada tente de museler le débat » Journal de Montréal (le 14 août 2021). https://www.journaldemontreal.com/2021/08/14/pensionnats-autochtones-la-societe-historique-du-canada-tente-de-museler-le-debat

Barbara Kay, “Historical association's genocide statement 'brazenly unscholarly'” National Post 16 August 2021. https://nationalpost.com/opinion/barbara-kay-historical-associations-genocide-statement-brazenly-unscholarly

Issac Teo, “Historians Explain Their Objection to Charge of Genocide Against Canada on Treatment of Indigenous Peoples,” The Epoch Times, 17 August 2021. https://www.theepochtimes.com/historians-explain-their-objection-to-charge-of-genocide-against-canada-on-treatment-of-indigenous-peoples_3949302.html

Tom McMahon, “Canada Needs the ‘Every Child Matters Act’”, The Tyee (20 August 2021). https://thetyee.ca/Analysis/2021/08/20/Canada-Needs-Every-Child-Matters-Act/

Steven High, “Recognizing Genocide in Canada” Canadian Historical Association website. 20 August 2021. [Response to National Post and le Journal de Montréal which they refused to publish. Sent to membership] https://cha-shc.ca/news/recognizing-genocide-in-canada-2021-08-20

Steven High, « Reconnaître le génocide au Canada », Société historique du Canada. Publié le 20 août 2021 https://cha-shc.ca/nouvelles/reconnaitre-le-genocide-au-canada-2021-08-20. [ Réponse au National Post et au Journal de Montréal qui ont refusé de publier ce texte. Également envoyé aux membres ].

Marie-Michèle Sioui, « La commission sur la liberté académique a invité un historien qui falsifiait ses recherches, » Le Devoir, le 24 août 2021 https://www.ledevoir.com/societe/627111/liberte-academique-la-liberte-illimitee-pour-les-idees-controversees

Liam Kennedy, “The White Man’s Burden Reinvented” History Reclaimed Blog. https://historyreclaimed.co.uk/the-white-mans-burden-reinvented/.  

Alan Lester, “History Reclaimed but from what?” University of Sussex. Snapshots of Empire, 15 September 2021. https://blogs.sussex.ac.uk/snapshotsofempire/2021/09/15/history-reclaimed-but-from-what/.

Erin Millions and Mary Jane Logan McCallum, “Toppling Colonialism: Historians, Genocide, and Missing Indigenous Children,” Prairie History 5. 

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