‘A Racism Of Intelligence’

“It’s seen as lacking sensitivity to question ‘traditional knowledge’…
Science puts everything into question.”

“Quebec deputy minister Patrick Beauchesne wrote that Ottawa’s intention to systematically place ‘indigenous’ {‘primitive’} knowledge on equal footing with scientific data

“could prove problematic in cases where ‘indigenous’ knowledge and science are found to be in contradiction”.

“He said criteria should be established to evaluate the accuracy of the ‘traditional knowledge’…
{Sensible fellow. So few of them left…}

“…When the letter recently became public, it provoked an outraged reaction from Quebec ‘indigenous’ leaders, an apology from two Quebec cabinet ministers and, this week, an accusation of racism from a University of Ottawa law professor {Of course…}.

“In a letter published Monday in ‘Le Devoir’, Thomas Burelli and seven of his colleagues at the university said it was “offensive” of Quebec to attempt to favour science in a “hierarchy of knowledges”.

“Burelli said in an interview Tuesday that the Feb. 6 letter from Quebec deputy minister Patrick Beauchesne reflects a

“racism of intelligence. It is saying we think there is a form of intelligence that is superior, that of science. They are methods developed by the West and so they must take precedence over ‘indigenous knowledge”.

{This supposedly-learned professor seems completely unaware of social evolution. It’s not about ‘West’ vs. ‘Indigenous’, but ‘Modernity’ vs. ‘Primitive civilization’. it’s hard to believe that someone this clueless would be admitted to a university – never mind being hired!}

“The same day ‘Radio-Canada’ first reported on the Beauchesne letter, Quebec environment minister Isabelle Melançon and ‘Native affairs’ {segregationist} minister Geoffrey Kelley wrote to apologize to Ghislain Picard, Quebec regional chief of the Assembly of ‘First Nations’ {‘communities of descendants of Siberian settlers’}. They said they were “aware and sorry” that Beauchesne’s letter had

“raised, as written, many questions among the Aboriginal population” {?}.

“The ministers stressed that

“Quebec recognizes Aboriginal traditional knowledge”
and invited Picard to meet to discuss collaboration on
“‘new’ {Old, really ‘old’} ways of doing things”.

“The same day, federal environment minister Catherine McKenna declared her intention to push ahead with the legislative changes.

“We will advance our commitment to {one-way} ‘reconciliation’, and get to better project decisions by recognizing ‘indigenous’ rights, and working in partnership from the start”,
she tweeted.
We will make it mandatory to consider ‘indigenous’ traditional knowledge alongside science and other evidence.”

“Quebec’s Innu chiefs accused Quebec of making

“insulting remarks on the value and relevance of ‘First Nations’ traditional knowledge”
and of seeking
“to limit the role of ‘First Nations’ in projects.”

“In an interview this week, Picard rejected the provincial ministers’ offer of a meeting and said their apology was not enough to assuage ‘indigenous’ anger.

“We’re {All of ‘you’?} still very much upset”,
Picard said.
“There’s no need to meet. Traditional ‘indigenous’ knowledge is already a recognized fact {as an earlier stage of social evolution}….Quebec has isolated itself from a notion that has been widely recognized, nationally and even internationally.”

“‘Bill C-69’, which received first reading in the House of Commons on Feb. 8, would require that before a project subject to a federal assessment is approved, traditional knowledge of the ‘indigenous’ peoples of Canada provided with respect to the project” be taken into account — though it provides no definition of “traditional knowledge

“Yves Gingras, Canada Research Chair in the history and sociology of science at the Université du Québec à Montréal, said the questions raised by Beauchesne were legitimate. He said the bill as written requires ‘traditional knowledge’ to be taken at face value.

“It’s seen as lacking sensitivity to question it”,
Gingras said.
“No. Science puts everything into question.”

“He raised the example of a Supreme Court of Canada decision last year. The court rejected an attempt by British Columbia’s Ktunaxa ‘First Nation’ to block a ski resort because of concerns the development would drive away the Grizzly Bear Spirit, central to their religious beliefs. Under the proposed environmental legislation, the belief in a spirit’s presence would be considered traditional knowledge that could scuttle a future project, Gingras said. 

{This Isn’t Religion, It’s Madness’:
“This is, after all, and as it appears, almost a ‘Monty Python’ parody:
someone reveals after four years that the Almighty had indicated to him that the rites of a thousand people would be desecrated if a recreational project — that has been endlessly debated for 24 years, will give the complainants employment and is on formerly commercially-exploited territory — is allowed to proceed. This is because it may be within earshot of some grizzly bears whose collective sacred spirit will be affronted…”
https://endracebasedlaw.wordpress.com/2016/06/01/this-isnt-religion-its-madness/ }

“Burelli sees no problem with incorporating such knowledge into an impact assessment.

“Let’s pay attention in this. Instead of mocking it, which is very insulting”,
he said.
“If we look at the question of the bear spirit according to our scientific criteria, obviously it will be put aside. But if we seriously take it into account {?}, if we talk to people who believe these things, we will maybe be very impressed.”
{What a clown…}

–‘Quebec deputy minister gets pushback after questioning place of Indigenous ‘traditional knowledge’’,
Graeme Hamilton, National Post, March 27, 2018 – Updated March 29, 2018 

Feature PHOTO: Coastal ‘First Nations’


“Last month, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met with Bill Nye… In Trudeau, Nye saw a kindred spirit; the prime minister’s government has loudly and often touted itself as vastly more deferential to science than its conservative predecessor — or, for that matter, President Trump…

“Yet that commitment to scientific truth sits in tension with the other marquee promise of Trudeau’s term — aboriginal reconciliation. In order to herald the new era of respectful coexistence with Canada’s ‘indigenous’ population that Trudeau purports to want, his administration must make concessions to aboriginal belief systems that exist as explicit alternatives to what some now call “Western science”…

“The tension is best encapsulated in Trudeau’s ‘Bill C-69’, a complex piece of legislation designed to ‘revise’ {‘complicate and slow down’} the process through which the Canadian government grants approval to natural-resource projects such as pipelines, dams and mines — a matter of great importance amid growing stagnation in Canada’s energy sector. In the words of Trudeau’s environment minister, the revised law

“will make it mandatory to consider ‘Indigenous’ traditional knowledge alongside science and other evidence”

when assessing future projects, a move that the legislation rationalizes with the greater {one-way} ‘reconciliation’ goal.

Traditional Indigenous knowledge”, which usually includes the historic observations, collective memories, generational teachings and spiritual beliefs of aboriginal communities, is a complex anthropological discipline {?}, but it is not science. As the minister’s words suggest, ‘Bill C-69’ treats it as something distinct and apart from “scientific information and data”, and it is listed as an independent variable for Ottawa regulators to contemplate alongside things such as “economic feasibility” and “environmental effects” when scrutinizing project proposals.

“Some might reply that aboriginal knowledge can surely be a kind of anecdotal science, or at the very least, be incorporated into a larger scientific system of evidence gathering and deliberation. Yet such thinking is specifically rejected by advocates of traditional aboriginal knowledge. When Quebec’s deputy environment minister suggested traditional ‘indigenous’ knowledge could be best used to assist or complement scientific data, he was blasted by aboriginal policy experts for perpetuating a “hierarchy of knowledge” and

“the history of justifying inferiority in relation to Western societies”.

“Traditional aboriginal knowledge can certainly be criticized on substance. Scholars Frances Widdowson and Albert Howard {see below}, whose 2008 book, “Disrobing the Aboriginal Industry”, offers harsh criticism of ‘reconciliation’ policies, dismiss the concept as wisdom “by terminological fiat”, since traditional knowledge — which Bill C-69 empowers, but does not define — can be seen to purport relevance merely by existing. Its arguments often take the form of what science-minded ‘progressives’ {‘reactionaries’} such as Payette or Nye would scorn as superstition, mythicism or naturalistic fallacy in other contexts, yet for the greater social good {???}, such reactions must be suppressed…

“Last year, Julie Payette’s predecessor as Governor General was forced to apologize after saying, in the context of celebrating Canadian immigration, that aboriginals

“were immigrants as well, 10, 12, 14,000 years ago”

— a mainstream archaeological conclusion that nevertheless contradicts traditional ‘indigenous’ creation myths. A few months later, two Supreme Court judges sided with the Ktunaxa ‘Nation’ in their legal claim that their freedom of religion would be violated if a ski resort was allowed to be built in British Columbia’s Kootenays region, where they believe the Grizzly Bear Spirit lives.

{Ktunaxa ‘Nation’ Council Society:
?Akisq’nuk ‘First Nation’, {a ‘nation’ of 275 people} (2017)
?aqam ‘First Nation’, {a ‘nation’ of 395 people} (2017)
Lower Kootenay ‘First Nation’, {a ‘nation’ of 244 people} (2017)
Tobacco Plains ‘First Nation’, {a ‘nation’ of 206 people} (2017) }

“In 2014, an Ontario judge ruled against hospital authorities in declaring an aboriginal mother had a right to pull her cancer-stricken daughter from chemotherapy treatment and use traditional medicine instead.

{Did racism kill Makayla Sault?{January 22, 2015}:
“Although the decision {to refuse conventional treatment} was initially challenged by the Brant Children’s Aid Society, Makayla’s file was set aside because “we have to recognize the traditions and the community of ‘First Nations’ people”…
In all likelihood, had she not been an aboriginal girl, she would not be dead.”

Traditional Healing?{November 14, 2014}:
“One problem with a race-based society is that it eventually permeates all walks of life. Here’s another example of the differential treatment of children according to heritage…”

Race Based Medical Care?‘ (Sacrificing a child’s life to ‘First Nations’ ‘medicine’) {October 19, 2014}:
“Death knows no culture. And whatever one’s skin colour or religion, an 11-year-old child shouldn’t be permitted to wind up in a box because of her parents’ ignorance… Yet, {aboriginal} Justice Edward seems to put ‘First Nations’ folklore on some cultural…plane on which the laws of cancerous cell mutation somehow do not fully apply…
The mother of the girl has not appeared at the court proceedings and says she does not recognize the Canadian judicial system.”
https://www.facebook.com/ENDRACEBASEDLAW/photos/a.336196793149227.59519.332982123470694/551239351644969/?type=1 }

“The notion that Canada’s ‘indigenous’ peoples deserve policy restitution for centuries of abuse and neglect…animates much of the Canadian Left at the moment, from the Prime Minister on down. Yet it is also an agenda that will inevitably require humbling sacrifice by members of that same political faction — namely, secular, ‘white’ ‘progressives’ {‘reactionaries’} accustomed to insisting that the modern scientific method is the only valid tool of determining truth or falsehood, and judging with mockery and contempt anyone who claims otherwise.

“Such is the looming conflict of any ‘progressive’ {‘reactionary’} party that purports to be both furiously technocratic and endlessly open-minded: To what extent can a governing coalition survive that favors investing billions on science while insisting that science is but one valid belief among many?

“Canada will soon find out.”

–‘How Justin Trudeau is sacrificing science in the name of aboriginal peace’,
J.J. McCullough, April 13, 2018

“Manifestations of this “knowledge” include giving offerings to the land, holding potlatches, and thinking in a cyclical fashion…

“Two underlying assumptions can be discerned about the nature of traditional knowledge vis-a-vis science. The first is that the existence of traditional knowledge is dependent upon the undefined qualities of the person who allegedly holds it. All that is explained is that is is impossible for certain people…to have this “knowledge. Secondly, traditional knowledge has a “world view” that is rooted in native spirituality.

“Unlike physical science, ‘traditional’ knowledge’ assumes that all objects in the universe are governed by spiritual forces that cannot be seen by a ‘white’ man…
This makes it incompatible with modern research, since scientific methodology attempts to verify hypotheses by using evidence that is open to evaluation.

Scientific understanding does not rely on the alleged “spiritual qualities” of a scientist, or processes that are visible only to people of a certain racial ancestry. ‘Postmodern’ rhetoric like “cultural context” and “cyclical thinking“, however, acts to mystify the true character of traditional knowledge, preventing the implications of its use in public policy from being understood.”

–‘Education: Honouring the Ignorance of Our Ancestors’,
Frances Widdowson and Albert Howard,
from “Disrobing the Aboriginal Industry” (2008)

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