We Canadians love to see ourselves as the nicest people on Earth. We say sorry for holding the door open for too long, and we stop cars to let a squirrel cross the road. However, looking back on our history it is evident to see that we we’re not always the nation of the nice that we are now viewed as. As shown by an article on our history of slavery, you can easily see that although we eventually righted our ways, we we’re once just as corrupt as any other nation on this planet may have been. Looking further into this event, we we’re not even the ones that decided to end slavery. It was the slaves themselves who began to end the terrible oppression they were being put through.
“Enslaved Africans fought against being taken and held captive in Africa, fought against enslavement while in slave ships and during their confinement before sale and once they were sold. It was through these acts of resistance that some slave owners had to reconsider the slave system, the independence of Africans and why they would not accept this status. Their resistance brought into question the ways in which people thought about Africans—they were bright and capable and not content with slavery.” (BlackHistoryCanda, Abolition of Enslavement)
I decided to look into this article since it goes against everything that we believe in today. We are now a country that is proud to support multiculturalism, and we take pride in not judging people by the colour of their skin, or which place of the Earth they came from. I feel it is important for people to understand this part of our past since it shows that although we were never perfect, it also shows how far we’ve come as a nation. Relating to the question I posed in my previous post, this is a great example of us working towards a world that is better for everyone to live in, rather than just trying to improve our technologies so that we can get faster downloads and view cat videos in a higher resolution. Although this event does not include working towards a more eco-friendly lifestyle, which I outlined in my question, it does show that we have been able to work towards making our world a better and safer place to live in. With any luck, people can look back on our history of slavery and learn that it IS possible to make a significant change in our living conditions, even if you feel like you are given the same respect as a slave. Those slaves that were looked down upon ended up being the ones to make a truly drastic change Canada and North America.
This article also ties in with the PLO B1, which focuses on Candian society in terms of gender and ethnicity. African slavery plays a large role in this, since not only was it affecting how people of dark skin were being treated, it also affected how the rich could live their daily lives when they had the support of slaves to facilitate their living. The African slavery had a large impact on how Canadian society from years past is different from what it is like today.