Making the situation worse is the fact that the global market for seal products has decreased steadily for years, while Canada continues to up the quota on seals to be killed. The European market has all but collapsed at this point, and very few countries beyond Norway, Sweden, and a few others have any use for the pelts or oil that is harvested from the seals, while a handful of Asian countries will use the penises for aphrodisiacs, because nothing is sexier than the dong ripped from a helpless little flipper kitten.
Aboriginal Healing Foundation
Ask any Canadian what the darkest moment in Canadian history is, and you might hear something about Celine Dion. Stop talking to that Canadian, for they are dimwitted. Instead, find a Canadian who can tell you about the absolutely abhorrent history of aboriginal residential schools.
The first residential schools in Canada were opened in 1876. Their purpose was to take Native children from their families so they wouldn't absorb any of that pesky Native culture and tradition, and instead could be raised like the good little white kids the government wanted them to be. Yes, there was in fact a time when white people thought they could just force nonwhite people into whiteness. The schools were often run by Christian churches, usually Roman Catholic, and were basically unfathomable horror shows for the children forced to attend them.
Your school serves tasteless pizza; theirs committed literal cultural genocide. A toss-up, really.
Over the years -- the last school wasn't closed until 1996 -- over 150,000 First Nations, Metis, and Inuit were forced into these schools. Upwards of 3,000 (and possibly over 6,000) of those children never left. Children at these schools were made to give up their ancestral languages and speak only English. Many underwent forced sterilization and extensive physical and sexual abuse. In addition, forcible enfranchisement was par for the course, which meant any trace of Nativeness was to be scrubbed from the student, body and soul. They would read and speak English and no longer be considered Native, but proper British citizens.
Department of Indian Affairs
Instant soulless husk -- just add tea and torture!
Mortality rates at these schools were as high as 60 percent over five years in some cases, due to healthy children being housed with others who had tuberculosis. Many of those who made it out alive suffered long-lasting effects such as PTSD, anxiety and personality disorders, and depression. It was a massive load of shit that was instituted by the Canadian government. They've since tried to apologize, but Hallmark doesn't really make a card to cover the systemic abuse of an entire culture.
For more reasons to never go to Canada, check out 5 Stories That Prove Police Are Just as Terrifying in Canada. But then again, see why Chris Bucholz swears by Canada in 15 Reasons Canada is better than your country.
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