After a wave of controversy this week, Canadians changed their post about homeland that was not aired before every game at the Bell Center.
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The new text was revealed on Saturday night on the scoreboard during a match in which the hubs cut off the wings of the Red Wings. The old version was partially removed after the controversy was raised until the National Assembly last week.
Read at the beginning of the old message, “The Montreal Canadians want to recognize the Kanien’keha: ka, also known as the Mohawk Nation, for their hospitality in the traditional and unused territory we meet today.”
The new proclamation begins: “Theohistic: K / Montreal has historically been known as the meeting place of the first people. Montreal Canadians would like to pay tribute to these people by recognizing that their amphitheater is in the unconventional traditional aboriginal territory.
Indigenous historian Medaric Seoi has criticized the changes in a message aired on Canadian Saturday.
“Basically, we are backing down under the pressure of nationalist historians who have shouted loudly and clearly that this is not true. Journal M. Sioi.
But is Montreal an unseen traditional aboriginal area? This was not easy, the historian concluded.
“When Montreal was founded in 1642, there were no aborigines, but they went exclusively with those European diseases. [les colons] Who came to explore this area, ”said Medoric Seoi.
False message according to others
Many historians have questioned the existence of mohawks in Montreal during the French colonial period in the 17th century. This is the case of Frederick Bastian.
“First, in the days of New France, there was no session of territory here. Second, again, the Mohawks were not in Montreal. Third, there were already Iroquois, but they were not there when Montreal was established,” he said.
Ian Lafrenier, the minister in charge of home affairs, declined to comment on the Canadians’ new post on Saturday night. Our request for an interview with Paul Wilson, Vice President, Public Affairs and Communications CH Group, was not answered.
– With Mary-Pierre Roy