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Friday, June 23, 2006
Media creates Racist Trail
A piece of road in Calgary was slated to be called Metis Trail but at the last minute some members of the city council are working to reverse the decision. Rick Bell writes:
So much for all the chatter about Calgary ridding itself of the backwater image. In this case, few want to say it.
It’s too ugly. The R-word. Racist.
But how else do we explain the reaction to city council naming and then the stopping of the naming of a new far northeast ex-pressway Metis Trail because some of the locals are riled the piece of pavement near their neighbourhood would carry a so-called “Na-tive name”? (Calgary Sun)
Racism? The perception of what us breeds are like is held in the mind and perpetuated by media types like Rick Bell. They pick and choose the colours. Rick and other media types should take a browse through some of the pictures at the Metis National Council website.
Another telling statement by Calgary Mayor Dave Bronconnier who states in a counter argument that the name is not historically relevant don’t hold water and adds:
“I think when you look at the history of Alberta, the history of Calgary, it sends a strong message and signal that First Nations people are important.” (CBC)
Yep, yep, yep…. I wonder if Phil Fontaine will catch that. Remember the “just another indian” phrase clip taken from a Western Standard story? Phil Fontaine wrote a letter that was published in the WS proclaiming that Colleen Klein was not an indian, she was metis and there is a difference.
I may not like many things Phil says or does just out of principle but he did have a point. There is a difference. What is ironic is that groups like the Assembly of First Nations which hold a high profile in the media stereotyping circus drag along the metis like a little brother which inadvertently stereotypes us in the process.
This serves to make us all just another indian - whether Phil likes it or not..
The media is greatly responsible for the continued aboriginalization of the metis and I wish many times that they would just shut the hell up and treat us all like men. Instead they jump at the opportunity to whore us out as something to be pitied just to sell a few papers. (c/p)
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I'm not sure where this is going, but here is a partial list of the major expressways in Calgary:
Anyone see a pattern here (Aside from all of them being called "Trail")?
Hmmm... I wonder if Phil was lobbying in the background for the name change?
Posted by: Another Sean | 2006-06-23 12:17:59 PM
McLeod Trail,Bow Trail, John Laurier Blvd, Stephen Avenue, Brisbois Drive, so what?
Do we have to use French terms like Boulevard or Avenue all the time?
Is it inconcievable that we actually had trails at one time and we kept the term as part of western culture?
Have you ever heard of the Great Divide Trail?
Who said Métis is a race?
Who said Mestiço is a race?
Who said Mulato is a race?
I suppose mules are a species now?
Why am I asking all these questions?
Posted by: Speller | 2006-06-23 1:22:06 PM
"Who said Métis is a race?"
The government who else? Follow up post tomorrow
Posted by: Darcey | 2006-06-23 3:52:06 PM
"Who said Métis is a race?"
"The government who else? Follow up post tomorrow."
Posted by: Darcey | Jun 23, 2006 3:52:06 PM
The government? Why, that's just rascist!
And One Law to Rule Them All!
Posted by: Speller | 2006-06-23 4:52:41 PM
If they wont accept "The Metis Trail", then rename it after something else. My suggestion: The Ross Ellis Trail, after the legendary WWII colonel of the Calgary Highlanders (with apologies to the KOCR). Or "The Nicola Goddard Trail" after a local hero who died fighting terrorists in Afghanistan.
Or how about "Veterans' Trail" honoring all our veterans from WW1, WW2, Korea, the Cold War and the War on Terror.
Posted by: Scott | 2006-06-25 12:19:21 PM
Knickers in a twist!
Who the 'h' cares whether it is called Metis trail, Trail Mix, or Mange la Merde Trail!?
What a definition of a bore! Someone who talks about himself when I want to talk about myself!
I say we call it the Zion Trail and be done with it!
Posted by: Lady | 2006-06-25 3:16:47 PM
The National Energy Policy Memorial Trail
Posted by: Scott | 2006-06-25 7:37:33 PM
Can't you just be a human being first. I could care less about your bloody ancestry. Metis, native, who the fuck cares? Get off your asses, get a job and quit complaining.
Posted by: Johnny Eubanks | 2007-02-09 9:50:48 AM
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