We're Canadian EH!
We Canadians are some of the most nicest people you will ever find, but in the past it always hasn't been like that. I as a Canadian am proud of many things and am really disappointed about few things. Some of these few things that make Canadians feel ashamed are such things as residential schools which forcefully took First Nations kids, the camps for Japaneses Canadian immigrants and rejecting Jewish immigrants .
The most shameful event in Canadian history was forcefully taking First Nation children to residential schools and teaching them new ways of living. They were thought to abandon there First Nation roots and take in teachings of the Church. In the 20th century more than 150,000 First Nations children attended residential schools and in recent reports more than 3,000 students died at least. This changed Canada because the racism towards the First Nations increase throughout Canada, many children were killed and left many families thorn forever. Innocent kids died, lived in horrible conditions and never seen there families after being brought to the residential schools. This event left blood stains on Canada's history just like the first event because children who have done nothing wrong died. This is one of the darkest events that happened on Canadian soil because how do kids know right from wrong and were given the ultimate consequence.
During World War II, many Jews were being killed and attack by Hitlers army in many areas of Europe. In orders to save themselves many Jews applied to come to Canada as immigrants . All went the opposite way that the Jewish people wanted. Canada made an awful move by rejecting many of the applications and let many Jews die by German forces. Only about 5,000 Jews were let in Canada at the time. This affected Canada's history in a big way because it was racist towards the Jews because they were rejected immigration to Canada. Imagine the amount of lives, Canada could have saved by accepting the applications. This is was affect Canadian history because the deaths of innocent men, kids, women will always be a stain on our history because we could have saved innocent people.
Lastly, the third event in the 20th century that makes me ashamed is the racism against the Japanese immigrants. The Japanese immigrants were put in camp for 3 years no reason. The government forcefully took anyone of Japanese dissent, and sent them to internment camps. In total the camp had about 22,000 Japanese-Canadians and about 14,000 of them were Canada born, having no or little connection to Japan. Despite the Japanese people helping Canada during the first world war, Canada did not trust them. In one diary entry of P.M Mackenzie Lyon it states :" It is fortunate that the use of the bomb should have been upon the Japanese rather than upon the white races of Europe." (Talking about the atomic bomb) In this statement it clearly shows that racism towards the Japanese people was real regardless if they lived in Canada or not. The Japanese gave up lives during world war 1 to gain our trust, they helped us build the CPR which connected our nation from end to end. But despite the Japanese helping Canada, they still were treated as different. The Japanese people had not done a crime, but were put in camps because of the way they looked. It saddens and sickens me, when a group of people who gave it they're all for this nation are treated like they have done nothing. This affected our nations history because with the blood stains of innocent kids and people, we turned out back on people who sacrificed their lives for this country just because of the way they look. The Canadian government forgot the Japanese's peoples loyalty.
When it comes to a single person or even a country, everyone has a dark past which can't be forgotten. I chose these events because I found these events to be some of the darkest things Canada has done in the past. Canada was no different from any country back then when it comes to people who look different or follow a certain religion. If you were different, you were treated worse than everyone else. Before all the freedom and multiculturalism, there was nothing but racism towards people that were different, but finally that has come to an end today.
But it gets better....
If there' bad times, there's gonna be good times. Not everything in Canada during the 20th century was downhill, but Canada did some of the most revolutionizing society and the way people think/live. Some of the things that makes me proud to be Canadian that happened in the 20th century is free universal health care, women's right to vote and the discovery of insulin.
The most revolutionary event in Canadian history I am proud of is women getting the right to vote. Women have been with men since the beginning of time and have always been treated differently from men, but things took a big turn. In 1917, women had gotten there first opportunity of many more to come to vote. This was another revolutionary move by Canada to be more outstanding compared to other countries. This was an important event for Canada because it made people realize there had to equality between both males and females. Both genders deserves equal rights and opportunities. This would cause a huge change in how society in Canada functioned. Women began to become more independent and work out the home. Canada would be a powerhouse in human rights after this change.
The discovery of Insulin in 1921 was a moment in Canadian history that makes me proud to be Canadian because of the countless lives Insulin has saved. Sir Frederick Banting had discovered this medical medicine and received a noble peace at the age of 32! Till this day, he is the youngest man to receive it in the medicine category. During the time period, many people experienced "sugar sickness" and many would often die due to coma starvation. Without this discovery people who have type 1 diabetes have 100% of dying. But with insulin it rare for people with type 1 Diabetes to die. This made Canada a hero among countries because people during that time did not have proper eating habits and many were treated with diabetes. This was one of the many events that made Canada what it is today, helping people live better lives.
Universal health care was something that made Canada different from every other country. Universal health care is free for everyone, and is government paid with peoples tax. This benefits poor people because some medical care is expensive for them to afford, but with universal health care it allowed many people to get treatment and live a better life. Universal health care was actually introduced by a person who lived in poor conditions and realized that poor people lived in terrible conditions leading to deaths of many. This mans name was Tommy Douglas. Tommy Douglas realized this when he was younger because he required surgery but couldn't afford it. Fortunately the doctor was kind enough not to charge money. I am proud of this great achievement because it benefits not only the rich but the poor. The rich are often paid more attention too because they are more wealth and have a lot of money. With this new health care, equality was also introduced and showed other countries that poor people and rich people are no different and we all deserve equality.
Despite the bad Canada has done, the good things that Canada cannot be forgot and were revolutionary. From free medical care to giving women the right to vote and even the discovery of Insulin, we should take pride in these important events in the 20th century because it made us different from everyone/every country during that time. Free medical care was the first system that benefited all classes of people (rich and poor), giving women the right to vote made equality between each gender closer and finally the amount of lives that have been saved with the discovery insulin. I am a Canadian and I am Proud.
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