Canada and US's treatment on Native Americans - differences and similarities

Aug 2015
333
Korean in Canada
So both Canadians and Americans treated Native Americans quite cruelly, and I have heard that Americans have treated them worse than Canadians overall. Is that true, or would both Canada and America be considered equally cruel to the Native Americans?
And if not equally cruel, what would the differences be in how they were treated, mostly government-wise?
I've read that Canada has an organization called "Assembly of First Nations" that has a self-governing Native American system; does US have a similar thing?
Also I've read that the a law called "Royal Proclamation," which gives more rights to Native Americans, is still recognized in Canada as a legal basis for the recognition of rights of First Nations, but this is no longer the case in America. Does that mean Native Americans in Canada are treated better than those in US?
 
Aug 2014
1,832
Huntington Beach CA
In British Columbia, where treaties were NOT made with Native Americans, First Nations have received extensive rights to public lands under a Canadian Supreme Court decision similar to the Mabo decision in Australia, which I believe was a precedent for it. In other words, "we didin't take this land, so it's still yours". This decision is probably the biggest reason that First Nations have been able to block tar sands oil pipelines across B.C.
Canadian treatment of Native Americans seems to have been a lot more peaceful, although Native American reserves in Canada until recently seem to have been a lot smaller than American reservations.
 
Aug 2015
333
Korean in Canada
Oh that's a pretty good information. Thanks. Especially helpful since I was looking for information especially on First Nations' treatment in BC, since I live here.
It is interesting that interactions differed among different locations even in one country.
 
Aug 2012
1,733
Colorado
All American Indians gained full citizenship and voting rights in 1924, although a strong majority already had the rights of citizenship for some time. In contrast, Canadian aboriginals were not allowed to become citizens until much later (1950's), and were restricted from voting until much later (1960's).
 
Aug 2012
1,733
Colorado
Canadian treatment of Native Americans seems to have been a lot more peaceful, although Native American reserves in Canada until recently seem to have been a lot smaller than American reservations.
Canadian treatment of aboriginals has been much more regressive. Even as recently as this July the United Nations called Canada's treatment of the First Nations "a crisis" and a human rights "failure", echoing similar statements also made by the UN two years ago in 2013. However, America being America means that American transgressions are under the world microscope while Canadian transgressions fly under the radar. Even in my own personal experience living in both Canada and America, many Canadians will casually make disparaging comments about the First Nations that you would rarely if ever hear in modern day America.
 
Aug 2014
1,832
Huntington Beach CA
Canadian treatment of aboriginals has been much more regressive. Even as recently as this July the United Nations called Canada's treatment of the First Nations "a crisis" and a human rights "failure", echoing similar statements also made by the UN two years ago in 2013. However, America being America means that American transgressions are under the world microscope while Canadian transgressions fly under the radar. Even in my own personal experience living in both Canada and America, many Canadians will casually make disparaging comments about the First Nations that you would rarely if ever hear in modern day America.
Perhaps that's because Canada has a smaller population and more Canadians are in contact with Native Americans than Americans are. (Even in Colorado, the only part of the state --and I grew up there--where white people come into much day to day contact with Native Americans--is Durango and Cortez. And you'll get no disagreement from me that there is a lot of racism against Native Americans in that part of the state. The movie Billy Jack (worth seeing on Netflix) was set in Farmington NM.
Plus Canada has not until recently had large populations of non-whites or non-Europeans, wheras the United States has African Americans.
It's difficult to say that Canada's treatment of Native Americans has been worse than the US, when we consider the US's genocidal period from 1812 to 1878. Did Canada have an equivalent to that?
There are certainly bright spots in the US, such as the way Alaskan land claims were settled to give Native Americans corporation rights and the way Native Americans have been able to open casinos, enabling some of them to make quite a bit of money. But we still see South Dakota child welfare removing Native American children from homes for some of the most spurious reasons including trumped up drug charges See Native Foster Care: Lost Children, Shattered Families : NPR in numbers similar to Australia or Canada's "stolen generations". And police shootings of Native Americans per capita may be on a par with African Americans and much less noticed because they happen in rural areas. So it's hard to say that Canada's record is worse than that of the US.
 
May 2015
326
California
Canadian history is a lot like American history. Lots of atrocities, but not as well known, since Canada isn't as big a player on the world stage. I put together a timeline of the worst of Canada once for comparison. A lot of the early parts have to do with it's treatment of Native Americans, and even some of the later parts since discrimination didn't get much better until the late twentieth century.

1500-1867 In 1500 Canada's Native population is roughly 500,000. By 1867 it's 100,000.
1600s Beaver Wars- French Canadians war with the Iriquois.
1600s Anglo-French Conflict
1628-1833 Slavery
1688–97 Second Indian War
1702–1713 Queen Anne's War
1722–1725 Father Rale's War
1744–1748 King George's War
1749–1755 Father Le Loutre's War
1754–1763 7 Years War
1755-1764 Canada deports 11,500 French speaking Canadians known as Acadians to France. Thousands of Acadians died in the expulsions, mainly from diseases and drowning when ships were lost. Their confiscated land is distributed under grant to the New England Planters.
1763 – 1766 Pontiac's War
1775 – 1776 American Revolutionary War
1792 3,000 freed Canadian slaves are sent back to Africa. Known as the Nova Scotia Settlers, the English speaking blacks are all transplanted to Sierra Leone where they can mingle with their own kind.
1793 The Slave Act of 1793 is passed with the intent to gradually end slavery in the coming decades, but Canadian slave owners just sell their slaves to American plantations rather than free them.
1812 Warred with America, burned the White House
1842 Patrick Kelly and Samuel Moore, the first two men in Canada historically recorded as having been criminally convicted of sodomy for what the court records clearly describe as consensual sexual activity, arrive at Kingston Penitentiary. Both men were sentenced to death, although their sentences are commuted on August 22; Moore is released from prison in 1849 and Kelly is released in 1853.
1857 The Gradual Civilization Act is passed by the Legislature of Upper Canada, permanently disenfranchising all Indian and Metis peoples, and placing them in a separate, inferior legal category than citizens.
1870-1948 100,000 British orphans are sent to Canada as indentured servants.
1876-1996 Canadian Indian Residential School System exposed children to tuberculosis, forced labor, routine sexual assault, and general cultural genocide. In 1907 Dr. Peter Bryce, Medical Inspector for the Department of Indian Affairs, tours the residential schools of western Canada and British Columbia and writes a scathing report on the "criminal" health conditions there. Bryce reports that native children are being deliberately infected with diseases like tuberculosis, and are left to die untreated, as a regular practice. He cites an average death rate of 40% in the residential schools.
1880-1885 Lieutenant-Governor Edgar Dewdney cuts rations to indigenous people in an attempt to reduce government costs. Between 1880 and 1885, approximately 3,000 Indigenous people starved to death in the North-Western Territory/Northwest Territories.
1885 Chinese Immigration Act of 1885 mandates a $50 head tax on every Chinese immigrant to discourage them from entering Canada.
1886 Anti-Chinese riots in Vancouver as Canadians assault Chinese railroad workers in their tents.
1897-1958 Ontario Female Refuges Act: women could be arrested and held for years without trial for the crime of dating outside their race.
1899-1902 Boer War- Canada's military joined the British and made themselves a party to war crimes such as Kitchener's scorched earth policy and concentration camps that killed thousands of women and children and unnumbered, uncounted black bystanders in South Africa.
1900 Chinese head tax increased to $100.
1903 Chinese head tax increased to $500.
1907 The Anti-Oriental Riots erupt as the Asiatic Exclusion League leads 8,000 people through Vancouver's Chinatown and Japantown vandalizing property and beating the residents while shouting racist slogans.
1908 Continuous journey rule imposed by Order in Council. The “landing money” required of Indians was also increased from $50 to $200.
1911 Prime Minister Sir Wilfrid Laurier "His excellency in Council, in virtue of the provisions of Sub-section (c) of Section 38 of the Immigration Act, is pleased to Order and it is hereby Ordered as follows: For a period of one year from and after the date hereof the landing in Canada shall be and the same is prohibited of any immigrants belonging to the Negro race, which race is deemed unsuitable to the climate and requirements of Canada."
1914-1920 About 4,000 Ukrainian men and some women and children of Austro-Hungarian citizenship were kept in twenty-four internment camps and related work sites – also known, at the time, as concentration camps. They are kept long after WW1 is over as forced work gangs.
1914 The Komagatu Maru arrived in Vancouver, having sailed from China with 376 Indians aboard, who were refused admittance to Canada. Between 1914 and 1920 only one Indian was admitted to Canada as an immigrant
1918-1920 Canadian Prohibition makes booze illegal for white people. It'll be illegal for First Nations members until 1951.
1923 Chinese Immigration Act of 1923 stops Chinese immigration altogether.
1928 Sexual Sterilization Act is passed in Alberta, allowing any inmate of a native residential school to be sterilized upon the approval of the school Principal. At least 3,500 Indian women are sterilized under this law.
1930s Canadians only allowed 4,000 Jews into Canada out of some 800,000 that applied.
1930-1935 28,097 immigrants deported for being unemployed.
1933 A large race riot between Jews and anti-semites erupts in Christie Pits Park Toronto. Local synagogues were set ablaze, swastikas were painted around town, and many Jews were beaten.
1933 Another Sexual Sterilization Act is passed in British Columbia. Two major sterilization centres are established by The United Church of Canada on the west coast, in Bella Bella and Nanaimo, in which thousands of native men and women are sterilized by missionary doctors until the 1980’s.
1939 Canada turns away the MS St. Louis and it's 937 Jewish passengers, who would return to Europe where 1/4th of them died in concentration camps.
1940s-1960s Duplessis Orphan Scandal: several thousand orphaned children (most of whom had been "orphaned" through forced separation from their unwed mothers) were falsely certified as mentally ill by the government of the province of Quebec, Canada, and confined to psychiatric institutions. Labelled as mentally deficient, many of these children were subjected to a variety of drug testing and used in other medical experiments.
1942-1946 22,000 Japanese-Canadians are interned in camps, their property sold, and 4,000 deported to Japan.
1943 During the fighting at Leonforte in July 1943, the Loyal Edmonton Regiment killed captured German prisoners.
1945 April 14th, Canadian troops burn down civilian houses in the German town of Friesoythe.
1950s The anti-communist politics resulted in an immigration climate permissive of former Nazis and they accepted 40,000 German people into their ranks, many of whom were war criminals.
1950s The Cotroni crime family makes it's home in Montreal, Quebec.
1953-55 Government forcibly reloactes a tribe of native Inuits to a barren wasteland in the high arctic region.
1960 Canada grants First Nations the right to vote in federal elections.
1962-1970 Dryden Chemicals Company dumps 10 tons of mercury into the English-Wabigoon River, destroying local sources of drinking water, causing an outbreak of Minamata disease, polluting the fish (the main diet of the locals), and destroys the fishing industry that employed most of the people in the area.
1964 The first Tim Hortons is founded in Hamilton, Ontario and soon becomes the largest restaurant chain in Canada.
1964-1970 Africville, a black slum of Halifax is bulldozed. It's tenents are evicted and relocated using the cities garbage trucks.
1965 George Klippert, the last person in Canada ever to be imprisoned for homosexuality before its legalization in 1969, is arrested and charged with four counts of "gross indecency" after admitting to a police investigator that he had consensual sex with men.
1967 Commercial production of oil from the Athabasca oil sands began in 1967. It has since become a major source of pollution and greenhouse gases.
1967 Victor Ernest Hoffman kills 9 members of the Peterson family, 7 of them children.
1968 Celine Dion born in Quebec.
1970 the Rizzuto Crime Family breaks off from the Cotroni crime family and takes over organized crime in Quebec.
1974 India detonates it's first nuclear weapon built with Canadian supplied materials.
1975 The Aquarius bathhouse in Montreal is firebombed. The perpetrators are never found or arrested. Three customers die in the resulting fire.
1976 Police crackdowns against gay bars in Montreal's Stanley Street gay village, widely perceived as mayor Jean Drapeau's attempts to "clean up" the city in advance of the 1976 Summer Olympics, lead to riots.
1979 Meatballs becomes Canada's most successful film of all time.
1988 the Canadian-United States Free Trade Agreement is ratified, disolving the Great Ice Wall in the North and allowing the White Walkers to descend.
1989 The Heritage Front, a Canadian neo-Nazi white supremacist organization is founded.
1989 In Montreal at Ecole Polytechnique Marc Lépine, armed with a semi-automatic rifle and a hunting knife, embarked on a shooting spree throughout the school, killing fourteen women and injuring ten other women and four men before killing himself.
1991 The Red Green Show airs on CBC television.
1992 In Montreal at Concoria University Dr. Valery Fabrikant shot and killed four of his ex-colleagues and wounded a fifth before being subdued by two people he took hostage and being arrested by police.
1993 Montreal wins the Stanley Cup, proceeds to loot and riot.
1994 Vancouver riots when they lose the Stanley Cup.
1994 Justin Bieber born in Ontario.
1995 The band Nickelback forms in Hanna, Alberta.
1995 Paul Bernardo the "Scarborough Rapist" and "Schoolgirl Killer" and his wife Karla Homolka are convicted of numerous rapes, murders, and tortures. Due to a plea bargain where she testified against her husband, Karla was released in 2005.
2005-2007 Canadian troops either torture Afghani prisoners themselves or hand them over to other forces knowing they will be tortured in violation of the Geneva Convention.
2006 The Aryan Guard is founded in Alberta, Canada.
2007 Robert Pickton, pig farmer, charged with the first degree murders of 26 women; allegedly confessed to 49 murders; convicted of 6.
2008 Prime Minister Stephen Harper shuts down parliament.
2008 Canadians kill 217,800 seals in 2008. More seals are killed in Canada every year than anywhere else in the world. According to the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, seals must be at least two weeks old before you may crush their skulls with a club.
2009 Vancouver gang war is sparked over competition in the drug trade between local gangs after Mexico cracks down on it's cartels.
2010 Toronto elects mayor Rob Ford to smoke crack and represent 10% of Canadians.
2011 Canada withdraws from the Kyoto Protocol.
2011 Canada's elections are marred by widespread election fraud, voter suppression, and calls were made to dissuade voters from casting ballots by falsely telling them that the location of their polling stations had changed.
 
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Nov 2015
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Perhaps that's because Canada has a smaller population and more Canadians are in contact with Native Americans than Americans are. (Even in Colorado, the only part of the state --and I grew up there--where white people come into much day to day contact with Native Americans--is Durango and Cortez. And you'll get no disagreement from me that there is a lot of racism against Native Americans in that part of the state. The movie Billy Jack (worth seeing on Netflix) was set in Farmington NM.
Plus Canada has not until recently had large populations of non-whites or non-Europeans, wheras the United States has African Americans.
It's difficult to say that Canada's treatment of Native Americans has been worse than the US, when we consider the US's genocidal period from 1812 to 1878. Did Canada have an equivalent to that?
There are certainly bright spots in the US, such as the way Alaskan land claims were settled to give Native Americans corporation rights and the way Native Americans have been able to open casinos, enabling some of them to make quite a bit of money. But we still see South Dakota child welfare removing Native American children from homes for some of the most spurious reasons including trumped up drug charges See Native Foster Care: Lost Children, Shattered Families : NPR in numbers similar to Australia or Canada's "stolen generations". And police shootings of Native Americans per capita may be on a par with African Americans and much less noticed because they happen in rural areas. So it's hard to say that Canada's record is worse than that of the US.
Very intriguing. I read the links and This should get way more attention in the media. It's so rare to hear the voices of natives and what they have to say, but we need to hear from them more
 

mark87

Ad Honorem
Jan 2014
2,079
Santiago de Chile
Canadian history is a lot like American history. Lots of atrocities, but not as well known, since Canada isn't as big a player on the world stage. I put together a timeline of the worst of Canada once for comparison. A lot of the early parts have to do with it's treatment of Native Americans, and even some of the later parts since discrimination didn't get much better until the late twentieth century.

1500-1867 In 1500 Canada's Native population is roughly 500,000. By 1867 it's 100,000.
1600s Beaver Wars- French Canadians war with the Iriquois.
1600s Anglo-French Conflict
1628-1833 Slavery
1688–97 Second Indian War
1702–1713 Queen Anne's War
1722–1725 Father Rale's War
1744–1748 King George's War
1749–1755 Father Le Loutre's War
1754–1763 7 Years War
1755-1764 Canada deports 11,500 French speaking Canadians known as Acadians to France. Thousands of Acadians died in the expulsions, mainly from diseases and drowning when ships were lost. Their confiscated land is distributed under grant to the New England Planters.
1763 – 1766 Pontiac's War
1775 – 1776 American Revolutionary War
1792 3,000 freed Canadian slaves are sent back to Africa. Known as the Nova Scotia Settlers, the English speaking blacks are all transplanted to Sierra Leone where they can mingle with their own kind.
1793 The Slave Act of 1793 is passed with the intent to gradually end slavery in the coming decades, but Canadian slave owners just sell their slaves to American plantations rather than free them.
1812 Warred with America, burned the White House
1842 Patrick Kelly and Samuel Moore, the first two men in Canada historically recorded as having been criminally convicted of sodomy for what the court records clearly describe as consensual sexual activity, arrive at Kingston Penitentiary. Both men were sentenced to death, although their sentences are commuted on August 22; Moore is released from prison in 1849 and Kelly is released in 1853.
1857 The Gradual Civilization Act is passed by the Legislature of Upper Canada, permanently disenfranchising all Indian and Metis peoples, and placing them in a separate, inferior legal category than citizens.
1870-1948 100,000 British orphans are sent to Canada as indentured servants.
1876-1996 Canadian Indian Residential School System exposed children to tuberculosis, forced labor, routine sexual assault, and general cultural genocide. In 1907 Dr. Peter Bryce, Medical Inspector for the Department of Indian Affairs, tours the residential schools of western Canada and British Columbia and writes a scathing report on the "criminal" health conditions there. Bryce reports that native children are being deliberately infected with diseases like tuberculosis, and are left to die untreated, as a regular practice. He cites an average death rate of 40% in the residential schools.
1880-1885 Lieutenant-Governor Edgar Dewdney cuts rations to indigenous people in an attempt to reduce government costs. Between 1880 and 1885, approximately 3,000 Indigenous people starved to death in the North-Western Territory/Northwest Territories.
1885 Chinese Immigration Act of 1885 mandates a $50 head tax on every Chinese immigrant to discourage them from entering Canada.
1886 Anti-Chinese riots in Vancouver as Canadians assault Chinese railroad workers in their tents.
1897-1958 Ontario Female Refuges Act: women could be arrested and held for years without trial for the crime of dating outside their race.
1899-1902 Boer War- Canada's military joined the British and made themselves a party to war crimes such as Kitchener's scorched earth policy and concentration camps that killed thousands of women and children and unnumbered, uncounted black bystanders in South Africa.
1900 Chinese head tax increased to $100.
1903 Chinese head tax increased to $500.
1907 The Anti-Oriental Riots erupt as the Asiatic Exclusion League leads 8,000 people through Vancouver's Chinatown and Japantown vandalizing property and beating the residents while shouting racist slogans.
1908 Continuous journey rule imposed by Order in Council. The “landing money” required of Indians was also increased from $50 to $200.
1911 Prime Minister Sir Wilfrid Laurier "His excellency in Council, in virtue of the provisions of Sub-section (c) of Section 38 of the Immigration Act, is pleased to Order and it is hereby Ordered as follows: For a period of one year from and after the date hereof the landing in Canada shall be and the same is prohibited of any immigrants belonging to the Negro race, which race is deemed unsuitable to the climate and requirements of Canada."
1914-1920 About 4,000 Ukrainian men and some women and children of Austro-Hungarian citizenship were kept in twenty-four internment camps and related work sites – also known, at the time, as concentration camps. They are kept long after WW1 is over as forced work gangs.
1914 The Komagatu Maru arrived in Vancouver, having sailed from China with 376 Indians aboard, who were refused admittance to Canada. Between 1914 and 1920 only one Indian was admitted to Canada as an immigrant
1918-1920 Canadian Prohibition makes booze illegal for white people. It'll be illegal for First Nations members until 1951.
1923 Chinese Immigration Act of 1923 stops Chinese immigration altogether.
1928 Sexual Sterilization Act is passed in Alberta, allowing any inmate of a native residential school to be sterilized upon the approval of the school Principal. At least 3,500 Indian women are sterilized under this law.
1930s Canadians only allowed 4,000 Jews into Canada out of some 800,000 that applied.
1930-1935 28,097 immigrants deported for being unemployed.
1933 A large race riot between Jews and anti-semites erupts in Christie Pits Park Toronto. Local synagogues were set ablaze, swastikas were painted around town, and many Jews were beaten.
1933 Another Sexual Sterilization Act is passed in British Columbia. Two major sterilization centres are established by The United Church of Canada on the west coast, in Bella Bella and Nanaimo, in which thousands of native men and women are sterilized by missionary doctors until the 1980’s.
1939 Canada turns away the MS St. Louis and it's 937 Jewish passengers, who would return to Europe where 1/4th of them died in concentration camps.
1940s-1960s Duplessis Orphan Scandal: several thousand orphaned children (most of whom had been "orphaned" through forced separation from their unwed mothers) were falsely certified as mentally ill by the government of the province of Quebec, Canada, and confined to psychiatric institutions. Labelled as mentally deficient, many of these children were subjected to a variety of drug testing and used in other medical experiments.
1942-1946 22,000 Japanese-Canadians are interned in camps, their property sold, and 4,000 deported to Japan.
1943 During the fighting at Leonforte in July 1943, the Loyal Edmonton Regiment killed captured German prisoners.
1945 April 14th, Canadian troops burn down civilian houses in the German town of Friesoythe.
1950s The anti-communist politics resulted in an immigration climate permissive of former Nazis and they accepted 40,000 German people into their ranks, many of whom were war criminals.
1950s The Cotroni crime family makes it's home in Montreal, Quebec.
1953-55 Government forcibly reloactes a tribe of native Inuits to a barren wasteland in the high arctic region.
1960 Canada grants First Nations the right to vote in federal elections.
1962-1970 Dryden Chemicals Company dumps 10 tons of mercury into the English-Wabigoon River, destroying local sources of drinking water, causing an outbreak of Minamata disease, polluting the fish (the main diet of the locals), and destroys the fishing industry that employed most of the people in the area.
1964 The first Tim Hortons is founded in Hamilton, Ontario and soon becomes the largest restaurant chain in Canada.
1964-1970 Africville, a black slum of Halifax is bulldozed. It's tenents are evicted and relocated using the cities garbage trucks.
1965 George Klippert, the last person in Canada ever to be imprisoned for homosexuality before its legalization in 1969, is arrested and charged with four counts of "gross indecency" after admitting to a police investigator that he had consensual sex with men.
1967 Commercial production of oil from the Athabasca oil sands began in 1967. It has since become a major source of pollution and greenhouse gases.
1967 Victor Ernest Hoffman kills 9 members of the Peterson family, 7 of them children.
1968 Celine Dion born in Quebec.
1970 the Rizzuto Crime Family breaks off from the Cotroni crime family and takes over organized crime in Quebec.
1974 India detonates it's first nuclear weapon built with Canadian supplied materials.
1975 The Aquarius bathhouse in Montreal is firebombed. The perpetrators are never found or arrested. Three customers die in the resulting fire.
1976 Police crackdowns against gay bars in Montreal's Stanley Street gay village, widely perceived as mayor Jean Drapeau's attempts to "clean up" the city in advance of the 1976 Summer Olympics, lead to riots.
1979 Meatballs becomes Canada's most successful film of all time.
1988 the Canadian-United States Free Trade Agreement is ratified, disolving the Great Ice Wall in the North and allowing the White Walkers to descend.
1989 The Heritage Front, a Canadian neo-Nazi white supremacist organization is founded.
1989 In Montreal at Ecole Polytechnique Marc Lépine, armed with a semi-automatic rifle and a hunting knife, embarked on a shooting spree throughout the school, killing fourteen women and injuring ten other women and four men before killing himself.
1991 The Red Green Show airs on CBC television.
1992 In Montreal at Concoria University Dr. Valery Fabrikant shot and killed four of his ex-colleagues and wounded a fifth before being subdued by two people he took hostage and being arrested by police.
1993 Montreal wins the Stanley Cup, proceeds to loot and riot.
1994 Vancouver riots when they lose the Stanley Cup.
1994 Justin Bieber born in Ontario.
1995 The band Nickelback forms in Hanna, Alberta.
1995 Paul Bernardo the "Scarborough Rapist" and "Schoolgirl Killer" and his wife Karla Homolka are convicted of numerous rapes, murders, and tortures. Due to a plea bargain where she testified against her husband, Karla was released in 2005.
2005-2007 Canadian troops either torture Afghani prisoners themselves or hand them over to other forces knowing they will be tortured in violation of the Geneva Convention.
2006 The Aryan Guard is founded in Alberta, Canada.
2007 Robert Pickton, pig farmer, charged with the first degree murders of 26 women; allegedly confessed to 49 murders; convicted of 6.
2008 Prime Minister Stephen Harper shuts down parliament.
2008 Canadians kill 217,800 seals in 2008. More seals are killed in Canada every year than anywhere else in the world. According to the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, seals must be at least two weeks old before you may crush their skulls with a club.
2009 Vancouver gang war is sparked over competition in the drug trade between local gangs after Mexico cracks down on it's cartels.
2010 Toronto elects mayor Rob Ford to smoke crack and represent 10% of Canadians.
2011 Canada withdraws from the Kyoto Protocol.
2011 Canada's elections are marred by widespread election fraud, voter suppression, and calls were made to dissuade voters from casting ballots by falsely telling them that the location of their polling stations had changed.
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