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The battle over genocide

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The Truth and Reconciliation Commission released this book on residential schools last year.

Re: Manitoba chiefs say donation gives them a say on genocide (Aug. 6).

Assembly of Manitoba Grand Chief Derek Nepinak "wholeheartedly believes genocide happened and it is happening as we speak." If Nepinak is serious, then he doesn't need a museum, he needs a court.

It wasn't clear from the article why he thinks there is a current genocide against aboriginals, but Nepinak is tendering a poisonous narrative that Canadian society is as bad as history's proven genocidal regimes.

Having made his judgment, what justice does Nepinak think is due?

Michael Melanson

Winnipeg

 

It will be obvious to most people that a condition attached to a donation to an institution such as a museum whereby the donor has the capacity to name, identify or otherwise categorize exhibits is unacceptable. It would be unworkable administratively and unfair to other exhibits or exhibitors. Some may say it is an opening for bribery or ransom.

Most importantly, however, it has yet to be proven that "genocide" as suggested in this case took place.

Before chiefs Murray Clearsky and Derek Nepinak move forward in this round of histrionics and national divisive tactics, they would be well advised to identify those whom they believe to be perpetrators of the "genocide," whether they be governments, government agencies or others, and through irrefutable evidence sue those they deem responsible through our well-established courts of law.

Bill Steele

Winnipeg

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition August 7, 2013 A8

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