LETTER: New statue would counter colonialism on Main St.

In an act of political malfeasance, a dozen heritage extremists on County Council have abandoned a quasi-democratic consultative process they created, to come out of the colonial closet to champion the British Christian Empire, symbolized by the statue of Sir. John A. Macdonald on Picton’s Main Street.

Many of the political, social, and religious problems creating gridlock today are rooted in colonialism, and are traceable to JAM, who was rewarded for serving the self-interested British Empire first, before serving Canadians.

As we study British Christian colonialism we discover three social delusions used to shape and control Canadian thinking, and that have harmed millions of indigenous peoples and, by extension, all of us. Canada’s true history was concealed for generations by supremacist historians and editors to provide political cover for endless crimes committed against humanity in the pursuit of political power.

Three social delusions, namely: British Christian Supremacy, Christianity posing as a benevolent religion and the notion government protects us proactively were used to support the British-made state they called “The Dominion of Canada”. In 1982, Ottawa dropped the “dominion” part to conceal the criminality of racial and social domination.

Nevertheless, indigenous Canada succeeded in using Canada’s justice system repeatedly to expose the criminal nature of physical, spiritual, and legal terrorism imposed by post-colonial governments on generations of indigenous children, to control the land wealth of their communities.

The TRR reveals the long dark history of government mistreatment of hundreds of thousands of indigenous children, resulting in the deaths of 6,000 innocents, at the hands of Christian supremacists in Residential School prisons. Every possible means of: humiliation, isolation, starvation, deprivation and beatings were used against unprotected children who were forced to accept the enemy’s god into their innocent heart, and surrender their souls forever. This process of human degradation destroyed millions of indigenous lives, culminating in today’s epidemic levels of child suicides in first nations’ communities.

Last June, about a thousand Canadians who have transcended their cultural conditioning, came to Picton as part of the unstoppable Black Lives Matter movement, to launch the process of holding British Christian colonialism accountable. The silent message in front of the Macdonald statue was easily understood by ethical Canadians as “a time for glasnost”, or political truth telling in Canada.

Council reacted by putting Prince Edward County directly in the epicenter of the rising storm under the pretext of adding “some balancing words”.

I suggest the entire public library behind the Macdonald statue would not be enough, to verbally balance hundreds of years of colonial crimes. However, the right image can convey a balancing message more effectively than billions of words.

An indigenous writer recently suggested a statue of a first nation’s child could restore ethical balance to the streetscape, and lessen the negative impact of the Macdonald likeness on the community.

A statue of a little native girl, with a raised hand to express her “indomitable” spirit, would provide the appropriate ethical counter point to the presence of colonialism on Main Street, symbolized by the three memorials to British colonial violence. It would represent the 6,000 innocent and courageous native children, taken from their communities to face destructive religious persecution by British Christian supremacists, who terrorized them until they were martyred for their indigenous beliefs.

These 6,000 are Canada’s highest heroes, and exemplify the best in Canadians. They did not turn to violence, or impose their will or beliefs on anyone, as they stood up quietly for their personal sovereignty and spiritual integrity. As ethical Canadian heroes, they deserve the highest public recognition on the top steps of Parliament, and in all public places.

It would finally humanize Picton’s Main Street, by showing public compassion to the victims of colonial destruction and enslavement, and a sincere move towards reconciliation.

Steve Staniek

Prince Edward County