Category Archives: Canadian Confederation

Document of learning, PLO B2

Although Canadians are often seen as some of the nicest people to grace this earth, many often fail to see how bad our past truly is. We don’t hesitate to point out the great things that our country brings such as free health care and nature all around us, but we never seem to talk about the damage caused to gain these great features.

Aboriginals lived here before other settlers came, that tends to be common knowledge. What we don’t like to discuss as much is the impact that we had on the Aboriginals. Looking at our Country now, and how we have such great multi-culturalism, you wouldn’t be predicting that we treated Aboriginals like dirt. However, when European settlers came to Canada, their first order of business was to rid the land of any Aboriginal inhabitants. From their perspective, it makes sense. They saw a lesser civilization which was taking up the land that they wanted, so they pushed them out of the way. Although without these acts having been committed, we may not be living in the Canada that we know and love today, but there could have been other options that would have given us the benefits we needed without the same degree of damage. Instead of forcibly pushing the Aboriginals away, we could have negotiated ways in which we could each conform to each other societies, and live out our lives in harmony.

Honestly, I’m disappointed with our country’s past. Although I do not believe that I hold any responsibility for damages committed in the past, I would feel much more comfortable living here had our past been a bit nicer. It almost feels wrong to claim pride in a nation that still had residential schools up until not very long ago. We built ourselves off of a railroad constructed through slavery; the land that we claim to now be an embodiment of strength and freedom in our anthem was stolen from those who lived here before us. Our past is all about fighting, when we now view ourselves as peace keepers. I still take pride in living in a country that I view as one of the best in the world, but needless to say, it stings to know how Canada has been constructed through the punishment of others for our own benefit.

 

However, there’s still more that I would like to know before making any assumptions about the past. We learned about the settlers treating the aboriginals poorly, however I didn’t hear about any peaceful negotiations made between the aboriginals and settlers. Although I know for sure that they treated the Aboriginals poorly, I would still like to learn more about any good reactions that they had. Perhaps there were more attempts made then we learned about, and the force they used later was a result of the Aboriginals not wanting to come to any agreements. Knowing this would allow me to feel more comfortable about our past, with the reassuring knowledge that we at least made SOME attempts at peaceful negotiations rather than going straight to the fighting.

I would also like to look more at how the land control imposed on the Aboriginals effected their resources and population. The Aboriginals were constricted to a very small mass of land, given their tendencies to move around in an effort to hunt buffalo. Because of their land being so restricted, they had less room to do this, and eventually they hunted enough buffalo in their given area that all the buffalo had moved into Canadian territory, where they were not allowed to hunt. I can see this causing the Aboriginal population to drop, due to a lack of resources, however I would still like to look at some sort of official documentation to solidify these thoughts.

Looking at the resource and population of Aboriginals would also be likely to help cover learning outcome B1, analysing Canadian society in terms of gender roles, ethnicity and daily life. Looking at how the resources would affect the population would also require me to look at how the Aboriginals lived from day to day, therefore covering the learning outcome. This would also help cover C2, which is analysing political, economic, social and geographical aspects that lead to the development of Canada’s territories and provinces. Learning more about the Aboriginal’s land restrictions would help me understand how it changed the development of Canada’s provinces. Manitoba was started because of the restrictions being placed on the Aboriginals, and it is still a thriving place today.

 

Our unit on the Canadian Confederation covered a large amount of information, but to me the most prominent is how poorly we treated others in the past. This unit has been an eye opening experience to say the least, and although there are still a few points that I would like to look more in-depth into, I feel as if we’ve covered enough to thoroughly understand the development of our country, and how far we’ve come as a society.

John Graves Simcoe, An Unchangeable Decision

I was not always a grouchy, old, dead man. I used to a powerful officer in the British military, protecting Canada from any possible invaders. At the end of my military career, I became Upper Canada’s governor and led them the best that I could. I made sure that they stayed true to British traditions, since the English were, after all, the one that created them in the first place. However, I was not alive long enough to see what Canada could truly become in person, instead I watched from the heavens with no control. Luckily, Canada was still true to the morals that I left it with for at least a few years.

However, things quickly began to go downhill. Canada united as a nation, which was something that I had longed for for years. But with the unity, they began to look at the possibility of splitting off from Britain. I had been gone for too long, and all of the values that I left them with were being thrown out the window. With my recent death, there were no warnings that I could send to them.

Not only this, but the minorities that I had fought for were also turning tail on me. Aboriginals refused to join forces with Canada, even after all of my attempts to show them kindness and the prosperity that Canada could lend to them. but alas, they were indefinitely stubborn

However, it is true that I did set up the aboriginals in a location that would allow them to be stepped on by America. I used their borders as a line of defense between Canada and America, however I still had full intent to welcome them into Canada with open arms after our squabbles with the Americans were finished. Even after our most persuasive arguments, they were still too stubborn to join us. They argued that should the French split off from Canada to join them in a minority superpower, they could overcome any feat. Still we could not bring them to their senses.

I did not wish to crush them! But in the current situation, they were speaking gibberish and had no clue as to how dangerous of a situation they were putting themselves into. They were even under the absurd impression that Canada wished to wage war on them. This was not the case! Although I agree that Canada shouldn’t have been very happy if they did not bond with us, there was no chance that a war would be fought, especially if I were still in command.

But alas, petty arguments with the aboriginals eventually came to an end, and I saw the most dire of situations in Canada’s future. They were striving for independence more than ever, even after all that Britain had done for them. I could not believe what I was seeing, and worst of all there was nothing that I could do. I longed for the opportunity to reach out one last time and show the Canadians the dire future that awaited them should they leave Britain, but alas, any thoughts I had would have been in vain. Canada split off completely. The one thing that I did not want to see happen to my beloved Canada had come true all too soon. I had failed as my previous job as governor. All of my efforts were fruitless. I felt anger. I felt emptiness. I felt as if my entire life were for nothing. I did not want Canada to fall, but in that moment I felt no pride in what they had done. I could not tell if I had failed them, or if they had failed me. Either way, the Canada that I used to know was dead, this fragile nation meant nothing to me now.

Anything that I had to say now were just lost words, there seemed to be no turning back at this point for the nation that I once loved. There was no future for Canada now, only destruction and sorrow as far as I could see. Why did they have to leave? What reason could they possibly see that made them abandon Britain? TO me, our politics were fair, we were strong and proud, we were supportive and gave everything we could to Canada. Still, it was not enough for them. My heart is shattered, and of all people to lead them I see that the bag of filth who calls himself John A. MacDonald has become their leader. Residential Schools, more like aboriginal only prison. I would have warned them about his lies in the past, should I have still been alive.

In the end, all of my efforts were futile. I did not wish to see Canada this way, but I can only hope that at least my legacy will be carried out the way that I would like it to. I wish to be know as a hero of Britain, advocating for British government and support, fighting off those who wish for independence, and showing them the fault i their ways. I was fair, I supported minorities, I opened trade routes across Canada and boosted their economy. But in the end, I will likely only be know as a scoundrel who wished for the worst in Canada, a lousy politician who wished to see Canada be crushed under the boot of Britain. Time will only tell how my legacy will be carried. In a last ditch attempt to show the world my true intentions, I will leave a speech, in case any heavenly power could send my words back to earth.

I am John Graves Simcoe, British military Officer, and Governor of Upper Canada, and I leave you with my parting words:

Young men often strive to abandon their parents, however these wishes do not tend to last long. Such will be the case with Canada, or at least I hope it will be. Britain built them from the bottom up, and still they fought to leave. Why they did I still fail to comprehend. Time will only tell if their efforts pay off.

I spent my entire life fighting for Canada. I won wars for them, protected their fronts, did everything that I could to ensure that they stood strong. After I was too old and frail to battle for Canada, I took a political stance with them in the Upper section so I could continue to lead and protect this fragile nation. I spent years governing over upper Canada, did everything I could to protect them from outside forces, and I fought for minority rights until my dying breath. But then the independence fighters appeared, battling for a cause so foolish, yet they could not see their own flaws. How could I have been so foolish, to think Canada would not eventually abandon my home country, Britain.

It was Britains resources and politics that started Canada. It was Britain that protected them while they grew. It was Britain that gave support to Canada to ensure that it would stand strong as a new land in this world. And then they abandoned us.

I was happy to see Canada unite under on land, but I did not ever dream that they would fight against Britain, their own creators, to gain their independence. I do not wish to see Canada fall, but now that they are no longer tied in with the English, I fear that their fate of destruction is inevitable. Worst of all, in my heavenly position, there is nothing I can do to stop them.

 

And should you wish to see my side of the matters through the Canadian Confederation, I will leave you with the rest of my notes that I compiled over the course of my life in death.

Act of Union

A Personal Reflection

John Graves Simcoe #2, reflecting upon the Act of Union

Upper and Lower Canada have merged, and my thoughts are conflicted on this topic. I support them merging, due to the fact that it will help support the minorities, and preserve their culture, but I also cannot bear to see Canada leave England. After all the work that I had put in to making sure that Canada stood strong, to see it break off and make a half-baked attempt at independence would leave me broken. I established Canada under the hope that it would receive support from England, allowing it to thrive and have ample protection. Without the English on their side, they would be nothing. It is of the utmost priority that they do not leave, but I cannot stop them due to my death. However, as a single, united nation, they will be able to advance much faster. More land will allow for more resources, and more resources will lead to faster advancements in their technologies. Even the aboriginals could become part of this growing nation, should they be willing to help the Canadians gather together the necessary resources.

It is key that when they are a united province, the Canadians can agree on one political stance. Should there be Independence and Loyalist fighters locked in combat, they will soon cause the province to crumble, allowing Americans to swoop in and take over. With any luck, the English will have some motivation to move into Canada, helping it become stronger and have better bonds with England. Although they may think they can get along on their own, they NEED the support from the English. Without them, Canada would be unprotected, and have much slower technological advances, leaving them vulnerable to invaders. As a military officer I know the importance that they are well protected, since as a new land, the rest of the world will be eager to make an attempt to take over. English immigration would strengthen Canada’s numbers, and improve it’s chances of standing strong in this advancing world.

Although I cannot predict the future, I can only hope that Canada holds up against the waves of time, and that they will stay under the wing of the English for as long as possible. The English can protect and help them, ensuring that they will not fall to any opposing forces. Although they may be a unified province, they are still not strong enough to stand on their own. Maybe one day they can break off from us, but for now I pray that they do not.

John Graves Simcoe, a reflection

Years have gone by, yet it still feels as if those battles were just yesterday. I was not always an old man, dying on his bed without a thing to do. I was once a great officer of the British army, conquering land and evading death day in and day out. But those years are behind me now, now the only thing left for me to do is to reflect upon all of the days I have lost.

I wasn’t always a commanding officer, I started off as a lowly infantry unit. After attending the Oxford University I pursued the military career that my father, a ship’s captain commanding sixty guns, had wanted me to take up. In the 35th regiment of foot I took up arms to serve the Queen. I was not with that regiment for long, as I became the captain of the 40th Grenadier regiment in due time. Those years of battle served me many victories, but what I truly wanted was to aid the slaves overseas. I was going to form a loyalist group to help free them, but I was taken away from my pursuits when I was offered command of the Queen’s Rangers. With that trusty group, we were nearly able to kill future president George Washington, but alas, I gave the order to spare him. It was then that I became a Lieutenant-Colonel back in England.

Once my years in the military were over, it was time that I looked towards the future of politics. I had my sights set on Canada, and with due time I became the Lieutenant Governor of Upper Canada. This position was vital for me, as it was my actions that were to decide what would happen with the portion of land that I looked after. With the American’s directly below us, I knew that war would eventually break out. To avoid this, I began creating a state comprised of Indians between America and Canada, to act as a buffer for us should the Americans decide to attack. However, it did not work in the end, the Indians were crushed by the Americans. Luckily at that point, America had no plans to attack Canada just yet, and within the time that I had ruling over Upper Canada I was able to set up fur trade routes around Lake Ontario, to ensure that Canada would hold strong in the years to come.

This is all behind me now, I’ve had to retire back to England. The 1800’s are within sight, perhaps I will survive to see another century. Until then, I can only wait and hope that the Canada I left will hold strong and free.