A Canadian English professor says that because canoers are generally white men, the boats are a symbol of ‘colonialism, imperialism and genocide.’
Misao Dean, who teaches at the University of Victoria, made her remarks during an interview with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
“Certainly the majority of wilderness canoers are people who have a very privileged place in society,” she said. “They’re frequently highly educated people. They’re almost completely white.”
“We have a whole set of narratives that make the canoe into something that seems ordinary,” she also stated. “But I think if you look a little further that narrative obscures or erases another narrative – and that narrative is about, to be blunt, it’s about theft and genocide.”
Dean went on to suggest that all non-indigenous people rethink canoeing.
Judging by those statements, it seems Dean is a bit fuzzy on the actual history of canoes.
While canoes are prominent in indigenous history, as Andrew Cross mentions in the tweet below, people from virtually every culture used some sort of canoe throughout history.
— Andrew Cross (@Andrew_P_Cross) October 26, 2016
So much for Dean’s moral pandering on behalf of indigenous people.
Even academics chided Dean for her asinine comments, to which the self-proclaimed ‘old-school feminist’ cried ‘oversimplification and anti-intellectualism.’
It's a vessel for travel on water. Your posturing is silly @DeanMisao
— David Torske (@DavidTorske) October 26, 2016