By Bonnie Reilly Schmidt
Drawing on first-hand bills from forty-five female and male RCMP officials, information reviews and archival assets, historian and previous plainclothes RCMP officer Bonnie Reilly Schmidt bargains an in-depth look at the heritage and propaganda of this iconic establishment. Silenced is the compelling real tale of ways girls reworked not just their position within the RCMP, yet our very concept of what it capacity to be Canadian.
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870), and Henri-Raymond Casgrain (1831-1904), who stressed the role of the church in guiding the development of New France. Ferland, a priest who later taught Canadian history at Laval University, had in the course of his religious duties visited Indian bands in Quebec and Labrador, but although he devoted almost fifty pages to discussing native cultures, these experiences did not noticeably lessen his ethnocentric prejudices. He believed that Indians had long been sunk in depravity and were victims of their own brutal passions and degrading vices.
On the other hand, he praised Indians as brave, hardy, faithful, generous, gentle, intelligent, noble, and full of good sense. He also lauded the harmony of their domestic and community life. These positive qualities were even attributed to the Iroquois, although those who remained in New York State were often identified as enemies of New France and of Roman Catholicism. Charlevoix did not describe in lingering detail acts of torture, cannibalism, and atrocities committed against Europeans. The Lachine massacre, for example, was treated factually, and without flourishes intended to arouse the reader's indignation against the Iroquois.
Such views reflected the growing pessimism about human nature that had undermined the faith of the middle class in reason throughout western Europe after the French Revolution. Dainville also may have calculated that an emphasis on Indian warfare and bloodshed would appeal to his French-Canadian readers. He stressed that missionaries had been forced to suffer greatly to convert even the Hurons, whom he described as a capricious, ignorant, and fierce people. Dainville included a section on contemporary native Americans, stressing that their character remained the same, despite the changing circumstances in which they lived.