October 26, 2016

“Feather-headed professor” claims canoe is a symbol of colonialism and oppression

Brian LilleyArchive

To me and millions of Canadians, including our Prime Minister and his father, the canoe is merely a symbol of our country but according to an academic interviewed on CBC Radio, this is a symbol of colonialism that we must “re-think”.

Watch as I share some clips of an interview conducted back in March with Misao Dean, an English Professor at the University of Victoria.

The interview went unnoticed for quite some time until a British academic heard it, shared it and mocked it as the epitome of idiocy. Now the internet can’t stop talking about it.

And no wonder, but I guess this is what spending too much time in a university will do to you.

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commented 2017-02-14 19:26:13 -0500
Right on Stephen E. I don’t think she will move back to Europe any time.
commented 2016-11-04 12:06:19 -0400
My grandfather would have said “This woman is completely head f*cked!” Grampa didn’t waste a lot of words when he gave his opinion on things.
commented 2016-10-29 09:14:43 -0400
So is it cultural appropriation when First Nations drive a GMC or even a Cadillac, use a radio (two way or boom box), use our medical system, fly a plane or be a passenger in a plane, watch TV or have a TV network, use a motorised boat, use a rifle, invest money or use money, build a casino, enter Federal or provincial politics (after all, they want to be considered a separate nation), use electricity, oil or propane, use a Ski-Doo, wear a suit, and so on. If they want to get picky, so can everyone else.

Other parts of the world use canoe type water craft. So what is her point?

BTW: Everyone should be ignoring the troll Ms Jay. If it is high noon, she will say it isn’t. She will do anything to get a rise out of people here.

From Wikipedia: Psychological characteristics of trolls
“Researcher Ben Radford wrote about the phenomenon of clowns in history and modern day in his book Bad Clowns and found that bad clowns have evolved into Internet trolls. They do not dress up as traditional clowns, but for their own amusement, they tease and exploit “human foibles” in order to speak the “truth” and gain a reaction. Like clowns in make-up, Internet trolls hide behind “anonymous accounts and fake usernames.” In their eyes they are the trickster and are performing for a nameless audience via the Internet."
commented 2016-10-28 21:39:07 -0400
Unbelievable. The U of V who hired this moron “professor” needs to put her in a canoe and give it a firm shove westward.
commented 2016-10-28 18:55:46 -0400
This is hilarious. In less than 4 years, I’ll be canoeing in Central or South America, or Thailand. I will not have to listen to this any longer. Goodbye Canada. Just too funny………..
commented 2016-10-28 17:33:44 -0400
Everything is a symbol of repression to somebody. Surely calling someone “feather headed” called also be construed as “racist” !!
commented 2016-10-28 03:03:36 -0400
It’s the rabbit poo I tell you Robert Hope… It’s the rabbit poo!…
commented 2016-10-27 20:46:20 -0400
This doesn’t surprise me . Two of my kids went to UVIC but did science degrees, not the artsy fartsy waste of time and money that today’s universities are famous for producing. My daughter came home from UVIC one day in her 1st year and was furious with the school. They made it manditory that all 1st year female students had to take a Woman’s Studies course which cost $500 . My daughter said it was a total waste of her time and money. One of the class lessons was that ’ all girls have been abused by their fathers and denial is the first sign ‘. Also ’ if a woman walks into a room and men look at her , that’s abuse. If a woman walks into a room and men ignore her , that’s abuse’.
The intellectual manure that comes out of places like UVIC could go mushrooms .
commented 2016-10-27 16:04:22 -0400
Great! Now I have to go out and buy a canoe.

And yes, Jay – I’m conservative, I support the Rebel.media and I know how to paddle a canoe.
commented 2016-10-27 14:23:24 -0400
Disclaimer, it was four on the floor but still hilarious. kids in the hall made fun of us as well. Both are worth a look for people not staring at their navel.
commented 2016-10-27 14:20:17 -0400
I’m sure this twit, Misao Dean, would be totally triggered by the Canadian comedy show The Kids in the Hall’s character- Mr Canoe Head. Extraordinarily funny and totally Canadian. Get over it you SJW loser.
commented 2016-10-27 13:54:31 -0400
I never thought of the CANOE as a symbol of our country – I mean as a symbol of our history, sure…
Along with moose, grizzly bears, loons, maple leaves, pine trees, feathers and coffee pots, there are canoes on my shower curtain as well…
For me the canoe is a cheap, quick and easy way to get across the lake, and canoe camping is the best.
I just really object to these feather-headed ‘experts’ always telling me what I’m supposed to think…especially when it’s so delusional!
commented 2016-10-27 12:47:45 -0400
I have to wonder if Jay has both oars in the water.
commented 2016-10-27 11:55:01 -0400
The word canoe comes from the Carib kenu (dugout), via the Spanish canoa. But the canoe has been around much longer than that. Constructed between 8200 and 7600 BC, and found in the Netherlands, the Pesse canoe may be the oldest known canoe. Excavations in Denmark reveal the use of dugouts and paddles during the Ertebølle period, (ca 5300 BC – 3950 BC).
Australian Aboriginal people made canoes using a variety of materials, including bark and hollowed out tree trunks.
So, who appropriated the canoe from whom? I would suggest to this professor that she research before spouting off! If, as she states, it is a symbol of colonialism, who “colonized” the Netherlands and appropriated this symbol?
I would like to think that the “canoe” in Canada is one of the great contributions that First Nations gave to the European explorers who ventured to their shores. Rather than seeing it as a symbol of colonialism, I would prefer to see it as a symbol of the great technological ability of the native people whose ingenuity and creativity allowed them a relatively fast method of transportation in trasversing the great waterways of our beautiful country.
commented 2016-10-27 11:51:41 -0400
@jay Kelly:

Jay, do you get paid to type that crap or are you just that fu’king stupid?
commented 2016-10-27 11:23:21 -0400
You’re not well in the head there vajay jay.
I would bet your not invited to family functions anymore.
commented 2016-10-27 11:19:39 -0400
Read your Canadian history lady ,unlike the States there was no genocide in Canada .Since the ice age til the Treaties were signed in the late 1800’s – 23,000 Indians – presently over 1,000,000 status Indians (before the Metis gained status). Also read the journals of Esprit Grosseliers who was kidnapped by the Iroquios while duck hunting in the 1500’s – starvation and disease took a heavy toll every winter.
commented 2016-10-27 09:49:48 -0400
commented 2016-10-27 08:57:44 -0400
“Jay Kelly has officially ‘tipped’ his canoe.”

His canoe tipped long ago and his paddles disappeared downstream. Now he is just swimming in circles even though the water is only knee deep.
commented 2016-10-27 08:46:29 -0400
There is a definite agenda in academic SJWs….it is to see all joy experienced by whites as “white privilage” and kill that joy with guilt trips and shame on you. But your path to redemption lies in a wearing a hair shirt of taxation aimed at “paying” for your “sins” and banning all activities that might give you a sense of joy and well being.

Anyone who agrees with this professor should let one of the people they have oppressed pee on them…I am sure they will both feel much better.
commented 2016-10-27 05:05:18 -0400
The problem with Jay Kelly is that he has a Little Canoe.

Another university airhead trying to change the world to conform to their twisted idealistic view. We already have a PM that is doing that. This stupid woman should stop sniffing the magic markers.
commented 2016-10-27 04:06:43 -0400
Jay Kelly has officially ‘tipped’ his canoe.
commented 2016-10-27 03:54:42 -0400
So idiotic at this stage. Rebel readers are used to diatribes by Rebel writers who must make some distinguishing mark for themselves, one way or another.

Many Rebel readers have not been in a canoe, ever. Even though the canoe is a distinguishing characteristic of our country.

The Rebel makes fun of the multitude of those who have not been in a canoe. The Rebel says that those who have not been in a canoe are ignorant and probably “foreign”.

The truth is that most of us have indeed been in a canoe. We learned to paddle, we heard the quiet waves lapping on the side.

Rebel writer Brian Lilley should explain himself.
commented 2016-10-27 02:53:59 -0400
This brain fart take on history is all easily explained by the fact that all the water fountains at the University of Victoria, for years now, have been contaminated by all that rabbit poo permeating the water table… But you would have to be living in Victoria, and familiar with recent news events, to understand the verity of that thesis…
commented 2016-10-27 02:18:35 -0400
“Feather-headed professor?” I hope that’s not some slur referring to a chief’s headdress because that would be racist and cultural misappropriation or whatever. Anyway we can rethink about canoes til the buffalo come back but in the end “at this point what difference does it make?”
commented 2016-10-27 01:41:28 -0400
Constructed between 8200 and 7600 BC, and found in the Netherlands, the Pesse canoe may be the oldest known canoe. Excavations in Denmark reveal the use of dugouts and paddles during the Ertebølle period, (ca 5300 BC – 3950 BC).
commented 2016-10-27 01:37:58 -0400
My native buddy growing up drove a Chevy.
commented 2016-10-26 23:45:10 -0400
Ne interesting to hear what a candid First Nations representative would say about this. There are 94 TRC recommendations, let’s ask Justice Murray Sinclair, should the Canoe be banned?
commented 2016-10-26 22:39:36 -0400
I wonder how much better-off the Natives would be if the MUSLIMS got here first.
You would either be slaves ,Muslim or dead.