War Canoe

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I'mJason Anson

a Sociology Student

In 2017, I started studying Sociology at Athabasca University towards a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. This website may be of interest and use to politicians, academics, Indigenous people of Canada or anyone else concerned about whether or not progress has been made in this area. Specifically my research focuses on the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action #87 through #91.

Using a macrosociological and microsociological framework for analysis, I am working towards answering the question: Why has only one First Nation person gone to the Olympics in the sport of Canoe in 100 years? To do this, I have been observing and researching this topic since 2011 and I will continue through to the end goal of the 2024 Paris Olympic summer games. The 100 year anniversary since Canada demonstrated the sport of Canoe at the 1924 Paris Olympic summer games. Until then, this website will stay in a construction like zone as my research continues.

SomeUniversity Grades

Storyboard Design/Development: A+

Intro to Sociology II: B+

Research Methods in the SOSC: A-

Social Problems: B+

Docuseries: War Canoeology

The Sociological Imagination

Episode: Intro

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Episode: #87

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Episode: #88

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Episode: #89

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Episode: #90

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Episode: #91

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Government of Canada Progress

On December 15, 2015,Justice Murray Sinclair released the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) 94 Calls to Action. On the same day, CBC reported that "the Prime Minister reiterated the Government of Canada’s commitment to implement the recommendations of the commission.". According to the CBC Beyond 94 website, which tracks the progress of the TRC Calls to Action by a) not started, b) in progress and c) complete. The Government of Canada had completed 10 of the 94 Calls to Action, of which three of them are in the Sports and Reconciliation section below.

TRC #87

Complete

The National Story of Aboriginal Athletes in History

"We call upon all levels of government, in collaboration with Aboriginal peoples, sports halls of fame, and other relevant organizations, to provide public education that tells the national story of Aboriginal athletes in history."

TRC #88

Complete

Long-Term Aboriginal Athlete Development

"We call upon all levels of government to take action to ensure long-term Aboriginal athlete development and growth, and continued support for the North American Indigenous Games, including funding to host the games and for provincial and territorial team preparation and travel."

TRC #89

Not Started

The Physical Activity and Sport Act

"We call upon the federal government to amend the Physical Activity and Sport Act to support reconciliation by ensuring that policies to promote physical activity as a fundamental element of health and well-being, reduce barriers to sports participation, increase the pursuit of excellence in sport, and build capacity in the Canadian sport system, are inclusive of Aboriginal peoples."

TRC #90

Complete

National Sports Policies, Programs and Initiatives

"We call upon the federal government to ensure that national sports policies, programs, and initiatives are inclusive of Aboriginal peoples"

TRC #91

In-Progress - Projects Proposed

International Sporting Events and Territorial Protocols

"We call upon the officials and host countries of international sporting events such as the Olympics, Pan Am, and Commonwealth games to ensure that Indigenous peoples’ territorial protocols are respected, and local Indigenous communities are engaged in all aspects of planning and participating in such events."

My Latest Essays

A microsociological scientific study of Canadian society, including patterns, relationships, interactions and culture in the Olympic sport of Canoe. #WePaddle

CanoeKayak Canada Mainstream/Whitestream War Canoe -vs- Indigenous War Canoe

APTN television series “Samaqan: Water Stories”[4], in the episode about the Tribal Canoe Journeys 20th anniversary that was released in 2014. The youngest of the Campbell Brothers can be seen above in blue.

History of the War Canoe Movement

In order to have a social movement, you need to have a social problem. In my course Social Problems (Socio 290) I wrote my final research paper on The Assimilation of Indigenous Canoe/Kayak, within the past 150 years, in the Maritimes [1]. In that paper I wrote about how the Olympic Institute of CanoeKayak Canada, a mainstream/whitestream sport organization’s “war canoe” racing amounts to a) colonization, b) cultural appropriation, and c) cultural assimilation. It does this by calling their racing canoes and the sport - “war canoes” when white people never went to a war in a canoe and the First Nations people of Canada did. These white teams of athletes paddling “war canoes” then a) name their teams after indigenous words or nations, as seen in the Mic Mac Canoe Club and b) wear stereotypical “Indian” head logos on their team outfits when they have no association with the Mi’kmaq First Nation historically. This mainstream sport of “war canoe” amounts to a collective activity and not a social movement. In a Truth and Reconciliation era, Indigenous communities are trying to reconnect with their culture which in many cases was lost due to the long-term effects of the Canadian Indian Residential School system. The war canoe is a large part of the First Nations people of Canada’s history and as they move forward the mainstream “war canoe” racing system of the Institute CanoeKayak Canada is confusing and inappropriate when viewed in a balanced context .

In the book by Suzanne Staggenborg and Howard Ramos - Social Movements (3rd edition), they write “most social movement scholars would agree that social movements ‘are collective efforts, of some duration and organization, using non-institutionalized methods to bring about social change’ (Flacks, 2005:5). ” [2] . An example of a Canadian Social Movement in a Truth and Reconciliation Era can be seen in 2013 by way of an online petition against the Institution of CanoeKayak Canada: Change The Name from "War Canoe" to C-15 [3]. The petition ran for a set amount of time and its intent was for the Institutions to understand the historical context of “war canoe” racing and how it would not be considered acceptable in a Truth and Reconciliation era. The petition opens with “In June of 2008, Prime Minister Stephen Harper stood in the House of Commons, and on behalf of the Government, apologized to the First Nations people of Canada.” and it reads out the apology and ends with “"Today, we recognize that this policy of assimilation was wrong, has caused great harm, and has no place in our country."”. Yet, we still have assimilation happening in the sport of Canoe and Kayak “war canoe” racing. Where Indigenous youth are encouraged to participate in mainstream “war canoe”. The petition continues with “CanoeKayak Canada and its club members continue to race 'war canoes' amongst the dominant culture. The use of this term (for this type of canoe/race) is insulting and demeaning to most First Nations people. While generations of 'white' people were racing these canoes and calling them 'war canoes' the indigenous people of our country were being segregated, abused, neglected and tortured to rid them of their culture, language and traditions.”


Indoctrination (Examples/Purposes): The Greater Victoria Harbour Authority, CanoeKayak Canada and Right To Play.

Aboriginal War Canoe Race Victoria BC by Bottega Creative

I will summarize the book ‘Rocket Scientist Guide to Money and the Economy’ by Michael Sharp, by quoting, “ ... in the end “it's always about the money.” [1]  I will use the book ‘Accounting for Genocide’, to show how the Federal Government of Canada (and the Partners they fund) use accounting as a tool in the cultural genocide of the Indigenous people of Canada - but through the lens of sport. In the book, Accounting for Genocide by Neu and Therrien it reads “The conquest of the New World - The Americas in general and Canada in particular - could not be perceived by the conquerors as successful without the cultural genocide of the conquered peoples. Aboriginal cultures represented to the European everything “progress” and “civilization “ were trying to leave behind.”. To do this, I will give three examples of Indoctrination. The oxford dictionary says that Indoctrination is “the process of teaching a person or group to accept a set of beliefs uncritically.” [42]  These examples and purpose of Indoctrination include:




TRC Calls to Action

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada

War Canoe Canada

A microsociological scientific study of Canadian society, including patterns, relationships, interactions and culture in the Olympic sport of Canoe. #WePaddle

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