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I assume that light-skinned people around here, in Canada, don't think of indigenous people when they hear that part of the anthem -- which, I expect, often is interpreted as another way of saying that this country belongs to descents of Anglos and Europeans. (I mean, who is the "our" in that part of the anthem, exactly?)

Of course, it would be ridiculous to use the word "native" in Canada without referring to indigenous people, but..
I really think that's how people would tend to approach the anthem.

Does any nationalism anywhere hold up if much history is taken account? I doubt it.

Here's a stencil spraypainting of the message
"Oh Canada, our home ON native land" -
http://www.flickr.com/photos/tobanblack/2769692138/

That stencil is part of a set that was spraypainted around here in London, Ontario last summer. (I wasn't involved.)

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And here's a post about some "on native land" graffiti out West, in Vancouver -
http://tobanblack.net/blog/?p=448

That post is about other people's photos. (I was less than a year old when I was last in B.C.)

Thanks, TB, especially to the link of the great photos. You always bring something interesting and thoughtful when you comment on posts. I wish we lived closer so that we could have real-time conversations about all sorts of things.

Cheers, -J

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