National Identity and the Conflict at Oka: Native Belonging by Amelia Kalant

By Amelia Kalant

Via readings of literature, canonical heritage texts, reviews of museum screens and media research, this paintings explores the old formation of myths of Canadian nationwide id after which how those myths have been challenged (and affirmed through the 1990 standoff at Oka. It attracts upon historical past, literary feedback, anthropology, reviews in nationalism and ethnicity and post-colonial conception.

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The Durham Report spurred on French Canadian responses that borrowed from and mirrored assimilationist presuppositions, not the least of which was the virtue of culturalracial homogeneity. 68 But Garneau’s liberal nationalism and that of the republican Rouges rebels quickly lost ground to a conservative clerical nationalism that was promulgated by a reinvigorated Catholic Church in the 1840s. The Church’s69 version of French Canadianism replaced the terms of liberal citizenship with the metaphors of blood and race, and gave to the French Canadian nation a divine origination that English Canada lacked.

30 There is, says Debray, first of all, a delimitation in time, or assignation of origins, in the sense of an Ark. 32 Place becomes the parent: father/mother land. 33 A specific place was therefore made inseparable from a nation’s character, and is the source of distinct life and spirit. 35 So the state makes the nation visible to the world as a political, mature, agent, but the nation has cultural ‘roots’ that provide the state with an already-given organic sustenance. This appearance of the state may entail a “re-birth,” such as the French Revolution, through which the nation assumes its new form.

89 That settled Canada is contrary to nature would become an important leitmotif throughout the 20th century. Regional geographies—the Rockies, the Prairies, the Maritimes—unite the North and South rather than the East and West. Canada’s cities, mostly strung along the border, looked/look lost in the country’s vastness but appeared understandable as America’s northernmost outposts. S. 92 As Watson observed, the unnaturalness of Canada was not matched by a similar critique of America. “British Columbia is separated from the North-West by the Rocky Mountains, but so is California separated from the western states by the Rockies.

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