Scott Gilmore and the “Imaginary Indian”
Scott Gilmore and the “Imaginary Indian”
It is rare that more than a week or two go by without one of Canada’s usual suspects offering up another in a long line of flawed analyses of Indigenous failure for mass consumption.

“The country’s large newspapers, TV and radio news shows often contain misinformation, sweeping generalizations, and galling stereotypes about Natives and Native affairs… The result is that most Canadians have little real knowledge of the country’s Native peoples, or the issues that affect them.” – Canadian Association of Journalists, to the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples (RCAP, 1996).

I woke up on January 27 to an odious piece about La Loche by Scott Gilmore suggesting northern Aboriginal communities should leave their homes and move south. I probably only saw the article because it was being eviscerated rather handily on Twitter. As a Métis woman, I try my hardest to avoid reading this sort of thing, but it is rarely possible to filter it all out. Only a few days earlier, Conrad Black had in his trademark bilious fashion, waxed eloquent yet again about Indigenous pre-Contact inferiority and barbarity as he rushed to the defence of the good name of Sir John A. MacDonald. It is rare that more than a week or two go by without one of Canada’s usual suspects offering up another in a long line of flawed analyses of Indigenous failure for mass consumption.

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