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Historical society says BC must change name to shed ‘murderous’ history

“Columbia” is derived from Columbia Rediviva, a U.S. schooner that landed on Vancouver Island in 1792 in what Moran called “the hallucination of discovery.”




A Canadian historical society that gets hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal cash subsidies said BC should be renamed as a way to purge its colonial past, says Blacklock’s Reporter.

“It’s not British; it never was,” Canada’s National History Society wrote in the August issue of its taxpayer-funded periodical.

“Re-examining the past is not easy,” wrote Mark Reid, editor of Canada’s History magazine.

“It creates uncomfortable feelings and reveals difficult truths.

“The discovery this spring of the remains of 215 First Nations children at a Kamloops, B.C. Residential School was a jarring reminder of just how little most non-indigenous Canadians know about the history of not only residential schools but also indigenous peoples in this country.”

The History Society received $796,867 in federal subsidies last year including $212,499 from the Department of Canadian Heritage to publish its periodical, according to accounts. 

The article complained the province “gets its name from a colonial power and a murderous American sea captain” and was “a European legal fiction which led that land not occupied by Christians was vacant.”

“Thirsty for control over the land and driven by a desire to remove the power of indigenous peoples, those who asserted first British, then Canadian legal authority, used that authority as a weapon against Indigenous peoples through layers upon layers of statutes and legislation,” said the article, written by Ry Moran, an associate librarian at the University of Victoria and founding director of the National Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

“We continue to live in a province where every child’s birth certificate is inscribed with the name British Columbia,” wrote Moran.

“Each and every vehicle license plate is marked with the words.

“These names direct us to a history of bloodshed and violence that is deeply enmeshed in our collective history, one that is shared, one that remains submerged, but one that has already required repentance, apology and contrition. If this indeed is the history we bear within the name of our province, then must we not ask, what actions must follow these apologies?”

“Columbia” is derived from Columbia Rediviva, a U.S. schooner that landed on Vancouver Island in 1792 in what Moran called “the hallucination of discovery.”

Moran described it as “a ship captained by an American fur trader whose brief visit to our shores brought about the destruction of the entire Nuu-chah-nulth community and wrought murder and up down the coast of present day B.C.

“How many of us who live in the province are reflecting on what is wrapped up in the words that identify both the territory that we inhabit and the name that we call ourselves, British Columbians, as a collective?”

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard and the Vice-President: News Division of Western Standard New Media Corp. He has served as the City Editor of the Calgary Sun and has covered Alberta news for nearly 40 years. dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com

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  1. Lee

    August 2, 2021 at 5:18 pm

    This article seems to be written by someone who is looking for change and stirring up the pot in order to do so. Their own agenda perhaps?
    There’s already enough of our history being obliterated right now. We need to know of our past and keep it as the past, and learn how to never repeat it again.
    To think the Government readily offers our tax dollars for such gibberish is sickening.


    July 13, 2021 at 10:12 pm

    No! Absolutely not. Super Natural Beautiful British Columbis it will always be to me who grew up in some of the most beautiful valleys in Canada. Now despoiled by the sino invasion. Super Natural Beautiful British Columbia stays Super Natural beautiful British Colubia.
    FO Cancel culture. Go read the myth of indigenous utopia so you will see all was not whiteys fault. Here ya go: The Myth of Indigenous Utopia
    “Canada’s original inhabitants demeaned their foes using vicious quasi-racial stereotypes, mutilated, tortured to death, and cannibalized enemies, enslaved members of neighbouring groups, massacred competitors for land and resources and exterminated entire ethnic groups (as in the genocidal annihilation of almost all the Huron by the Iroquois in 1649).”

  3. Baron Not Baron

    July 11, 2021 at 10:38 pm

    Do they perhaps want to re-baptize the province of BC as the province of Stalin? What is wrong with BC? The Brits have modernized the entire world. Anyways.. the BC lower mainland would be suited just fine, considering the amount of imbecile marxists, residing there.

    The city I was born in was named Stalin from 1950 to 1960.. after World War 2, during the criminal communist regime – which stayed until the 2000s (officially ended in 1989).. and known by few, it turned into a blend of communists and WO conspirators that today have control at all levels – most of them are foreigners, not Romanian Orthodox Christians!!

    The ones “proposing” this change in BC don’t want good for the people.

  4. L P

    July 10, 2021 at 9:16 pm

    I suspect this sudden massive push for collective inherited guilt is intended to delegitimize our provincial governments. I don’t take Moran at face value as the University of Victoria hasn’t been a serious academic institution for over 20 years now, and as a member of the TRC Moran can hardly be described an impartial researcher. He is an activist with a political agenda.
    My suspicion is the goal of that agenda is to make the Western provinces appear illegitimate and unlawful creations. The intent of this is to preempt any attempt by the prairie provinces to separate. The Liberals know their policies make Western separation inevitable, and they have no intention of allowing that. By making the people believe the western provinces are evil, colonial creations to be dismantled and disbanded, they give themselves an excuse to not recognize a provincial referendum on separation.

  5. Lee Morrison

    July 10, 2021 at 2:04 pm

    There was a time when “Canada’s History” was a scholarly publication called “The Beaver”. As a history buff I have been a subscriber for many years. Recently I have noticed several minor errors which I attributed to financial difficulties and the cost of editorial oversight. However, the reported blathering of Mark Reid, who one would expect to be a neutral scholar, is extremely disappointing. I recently renewed the subscription that I have had for about 20 years. I shall not make that mistake again.

  6. K

    July 9, 2021 at 3:19 pm

    Holy s*** it doesn’t end, does it? Lunacy.

  7. Left Coast

    July 9, 2021 at 9:56 am

    Ry Moran, an associate librarian at the University of Victoria . . . is bat-chit krazy!

    So a “Librarian” proves he is far from a deep thinker!

    Mark Reid is another loser . . . getting excited over 100 year old graves.

    These FACTS never entered into their little leftist brain . . .
    “In 1906, Dr. Peter Bryce, the chief medical officer for Indian Affairs, wrote that “the Indian population of Canada has a mortality rate of more than double that of the whole population, and in some provinces more than three times.””

    So an indian child was 3 times more likely to die on the reservation than in the “white” man’s city.

    “In 1909, Bryce and a colleague examined 243 students at seven schools in southern Alberta. Bryce found a “marked” presence of tuberculosis among all age groups. In some schools, “there was not a child that showed a normal temperature” and “in no single instance in any school where a young child was found awaiting admission, did it not show signs of tuberculosis.” In other words, they brought the disease to school.”

    Victoria a Govt Town is full of uninformed clowns like these two!
    Mark is a great fiction writer . . .

  8. Steven

    July 9, 2021 at 9:36 am

    A taxpayer funded Canadian National Historical Society wants to change the name of a province because of it’s history? Huh? Lunacy of the tall foreheads or cancel culture? Take your pick.

    I’d say no to a name change British Columbia (BC).

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BC drops more COVID fines under pressure from Justice Centre

On Tuesday, the JCCF announced that five more “public health” tickets issued to its clients have been dropped by Crown Prosecutors in BC.




BC officials have dropped five more COVID-19 related tickets in response to pressure from the Justice Centre.

The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF) is funded by voluntary donations and represents its clients free of charge.

On Tuesday, the JCCF announced five more “public health” tickets issued to its clients have been dropped by Crown prosecutors in BC.

Three tickets totalling $6,900 were issued to a health care worker named Nadine Podmoroff, who organized three outdoor events in Castlegar and Nelson.

Podmoroff said, according to JCCF, that leading up to the Dec. 21, 2020 event she was in contact with Castlegar RCMP who gave her the green light to proceed without being ticketed as long as the laws were followed.

Policed “monitored the event throughout and said we behaved peacefully,” said Podmoroff, who added RCMP did not issue any tickets until two days after the event when they arrived at her home and issued a ticket of $2,300.

Podmoroff organized two additional outdoor rallies shortly after, for which she was also ticketed.

JCCF filed a Notice of Constitutional Question on Nov. 5, 2021, challenging the validity of the tickets issued to Podmoroff. On Nov. 15, 2021, the Crown dropped two tickets challenged by the notice, as well as an additional ticket issued to an unnamed individual who spoke at a protest with Podmoroff.

Podmoroff has one remaining ticket from Dec. 21, 2020 which JCCF is attempting to have dropped.

“The scientific data unequivocally shows outdoor public gatherings are not, and never were, a public health risk,” said Jay Cameron, litigation director at JCCF.

Additional tickets issued to JCCF’s clients for protesting or holding in person religious services have also been recently dropped in BC, according to the organization, which is in the process of having dozens of more tickets dropped in the province — such as a church in Fort St. John that was fined for recording a Zoom service in its building with staff present.

“The Justice Centre will continue to defend BC citizens against the Government’s unjust violation of their Charter rights,” said Cameron.

BC-based non-profit the Canadian Society for the Advancement of Science in Public Policy’s (CSASPP) Executive Director, Kip Warner, among others involved in combating state overreach, speaks highly of the JCCF.

“The problems Canadians are facing are across the country and are best met with areas of responsibility allocated to different competent campaigns,” Warner told the Western Standard.

“For that reason Alberta’s JCCF and BC’s CSASPP have a complimentary, productive, and professional working relationship.”

Reid Small is a BC-based reporter for the Western Standard

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Liberals axe mandatory minimum sentences for many firearms crimes

“Conservatives believe that serious, violent offences that are committed with firearms deserve mandatory prison time. It’s shameful that the Liberals think we should be weakening firearms laws in Canada,” said Rob Moore in a statement.




The Liberal government is moving again to eliminate the mandatory minimum prison (MMPs) times handed to people convicted of some gun crimes.

A proposed Liberal bill would affect 14 Criminal Code sections and six drug-related offences.

The gun offences that would see MMPs dropped include possessing a restricted firearm with ammunition, weapons trafficking, discharging a firearm while committing an offence, reckless discharge of a firearm, and extortion and robbery with a firearm.

It follows a similar bill the party introduced February that died without being passed when the election was called in August.

It would remove MMPs from 13 firearms offences and one for a tobacco offence.

MMPs would remain for murder, treason, impaired driving and sexual offences, as well as a some firearms offences.

“With Bill C-5, we are turning the page on the policy of the former government. It is a policy that in the end did not discourage crime or make our justice system more efficient or more fair,” Justice Minister David Lametti said.

“All the approach did was imprison too many indigenous, black and marginalized Canadians.

“Indigenous adults represent 5% of the general population but account for 30% of federally incarcerated inmates. That’s double where it was 20 years ago.”

The legislation also would repeal MMPs for all six offences to which they apply under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, including possession, trafficking and the production of substances classified under Schedules 1 and 2 of the act.

“This measure will allow for more effective rehabilitation and integration by allowing individuals to keep their job, to care for their children or family members or to seek counselling or treatment for substance and addictions abuse,” Lametti said. 

“Think about your own kids. Perhaps they got into trouble at some point with the law. I bet you would want to give them the benefit of the doubt or a second chance if they messed up. Well, it is a lot harder to get a second chance the way things are now.

“And that’s particularly true if you are a young person who happens to be indigenous or black.”

Conservative justice critic Rob Moore was less than pleased with the proposal.

“Conservatives believe that serious, violent offences committed with firearms deserve mandatory prison time. It’s shameful that the Liberals think we should be weakening firearms laws in Canada,” said Moore in a statement.

“This bill is soft on crime and puts communities and victims at risk.”

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Indigenous leaders welcome ‘Elders Wisdom Panels’ recommended by Allan Inquiry

Stephen Buffalo, President & CEO of Indian Resource Council, wants the premier to formally accept the Allan report in the legislature and Energy Minister Savage to give a mandate to elders panels.




Indigenous leaders are calling on the Alberta government to implement vital First Nations recommendations from the Allan Inquiry’s Final Report, including the establishment of Elders Wisdom Panels.

The statements were issued in a press release by the Indian Resource Council which was founded in 1987 by chiefs following the recommendation of a task force that was established to study the role of the Crown in the management of First Nations oil and natural gas resources.

The IRC now represents more than 155 oil and gas producing First Nations across Canada.

“Commissioner Steve Allan has defined a vital instrument — Elders Wisdom Panels — for opening a novel path to relationship development, establishing common purpose and the cooperative and constructive economic foundations for reconciliation,” said Stephen Buffalo president and CEO of IRC.

“We call upon Premier Jason Kenney to advance a motion of acceptance in the Alberta Legislature of the Allan Inquiry Final Report’s six recommendations. Energy Minister Sonya Savage should then work with Chief Littlechild and other respected elders to formulate the terms and mandate for Elders Wisdom Panels, including the implementation of regulations that require Elders Wisdom Panels as constructive intermediators for all substantive resource developments.”

In his report, Steve Allan noted that $102 million had gone from nine U.S. foundations to indigenous environmental initiatives from 2003 through 2019.

Allan said elders panels could “breach the divide, not only within and between First Nations communities, but also to advance greater understanding among all Canadians of First Nations issues, as well as the responsible stewardship of Canada’s natural resources.” 

Bearspaw First Nation, part of the Stoney-Nakoda Nation in Alberta, has been involved in resource development and natural gas for nearly 70 years. Chief Darcy Dixon believes the Allan report and elders panels could facilitate more development.

“The Allan Inquiry provides solid recommendations for resolution of conflicts among indigenous groups, energy developers, environmental groups and governments. For too long we have been handicapped by the Indian Act and a government bureaucracy that restricts our ability to create strong economies for ourselves and to become true business partners. Elders Wisdom Panels would certainly help bring about mutually beneficial agreements, as well as a greater level of mutual understanding,” he said.

Former Grand Chief Wilton J. Littlechild, a lawyer and one of three commissioners of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, also gave his endorsement.

“Commissioner Steve Allan’s recommendations must not be ignored,” said Littlechild, who added the panels could help Canada fulfill its obligations under the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

The Ermineskin Cree Nation, located 80 kilometers south of Edmonton, has been involved in oil and gas for more than 60 years from the Bonnie Glen Field at Pigeon Lake. Chief Randy Ermieskin believes economic development and reconciliation go together.

“Reconciliation begins when indigenous people grow their own economies for financial security and stability and have meaningful participation in the greater Canadian and international marketplace. First Nations themselves also need to come together to joint venture and partner in large projects, many of which are in the energy sector. We are a force that is not going away,” said Ermineskin.

Mac Van Wielingen, Founder of ARC Financial Corp and incoming chair of the Business Council of Alberta, believes the indigenous aspects of the “large and comprehensive” Allan report have received too little attention.

“The public discussion to date has focused narrowly on foreign funding of opposition to Canadian oil and gas development… [but] the Allan Inquiry Final Report has many other constructive recommendations,” said Van Wielingen.

“Canada’s resource sector is ideally placed to accelerate indigenous reconciliation through partnership, education, training and economic development that advance multi-generational self-reliance and shared prosperity. Elders Wisdom Panels will help bridge the opportunity gaps and build the structural conditions for economic and social sustainability among all Canadians.”

Harding is a Western Standard contributor based in Saskatchewan

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