Cultural Genocide And WhatAbout – Part II

Dear Readers:

Continuing to review this piece by Artem Filippov, concerning the cultural genocide of Canadian Inuits.

Where we left off, Filippov was admirably candid about his purpose of using the Inuit issue as a “WhatAbout” for Westie attempts to stir up Finno-Ugric resentment within the Russian Federation.  For starters, Russia’s aborigenal peoples are not oppressed by the Great Russian majority.  Secondly, even if they were, the West has no right to point out the speck of sawdust in another’s eyeball.  Westies claim they are champions of “Universal Human Rights”, and yet the very notion of (the descendants of Western European colonists) lecturing somebody else about treatment of aborigenes… well, that’s the dictionary definition of HYPOCRISY.

The border between Finland and Russia

Okay, so it isn’t just Western Europeans stirring this up.  Hungary and Finland currently pose as the European champions of Russia’s Finno-Ugric minorities.  Huns, as the descendants of Atilla, perhaps have a right to deem themselves the “elder brothers” of the other Finno-Ugrics.  Since Atilla was a fairly competent nation-builder in his own right.  Finnish pretensions are more hypocritical, since the Finns have territorial claims on the Russian Federation; namely, they would like to get their hands on the Karelian Isthmus and Vyborg.  In other words, if one looks at the map on the left, the Finns would like to move the border down further, past Vyborg.  Looking at the other map, on the right, one sees more of the area that goes from the White Sea down to Lake Onega and further to Lake Ladoga.  This whole area is populated by a mixture of ethnic Russians (around 80%), Finno-Ugric peoples (around 10%), and others (10%).  The lifestyle is rural and sometimes old-fashioned.  From all accounts, these people live together peacefully and intermarry, as humans are wont to do, when left to their own devices.

But What About the Eskimos?

Leaving Atilla and the Karelians behind:  In our mind’s eye let us migrate East East East all the way across Siberia, then walk across the ice of the Bering Strait, into Alaska, and then continue migrating all the way down to the Canadian Northwest.  All those centuries of ice and snow taught us how to survive here!  And life is pretty good … until Mr. Whitey shows up.

Most people are aware of the centuries-old history of colonialism and genocide in the Americas; but they may not be aware that the cultural genocide continues to take place.  In the highly civilized country of Canada, which likes to pass itself off as the model of “good people”.  These are the people, after all, who say “please” and “thank you” and obey all the traffic rules.

[And, just for the record, I personally don’t like the use of the word “genocide” in this context.  It’s a very strong word and should be reserved for physical extermination, like what the Nazis did.  But I don’t really have a better word to offer, just yet, for this type of situation.  Maybe “forced assimilation” or something like that?]

Anyhow, when Filippov talks about cultural genocide, he is  talking about the Inuit people.  These people go way back to the ancient migrations and inhabit at least one third of the territory of modern Canada.  The Inuits are a grouping of some type under the species homo sapiens.  In the race-obsessed United States, they fall under the (census) category of “American Indian or Alaska Native”.  A very broad category which probably covers hundreds, if not thousands, of unrelated groups.  Another categorizer you will see for the Inuits is the term “Eskimo-Aleut”.  More than half of the Inuits live in the Arctic territory of Nunavut.  According to wiki travel:

Karelian girls: “We share certain features with the Inuits…”

Until the end of World War II The Canadian far north was seen as a barren and desolate place, inhabited by indigenous peoples and containing vast mineral resources that have yet to be exploited. At the end the Canadian government began to realize its strategic importance. In 1982, after much debate and arguement it was decided to divide the Northwest territories into Nunavut and the former. On April 1, 1999 Nunavut came into existence.  Nunavut means our land in Inuktitut, the language of the Inuit.

Like the Finno-Ugric peoples, the Inuit seem to have acquired the bad habit of inhabiting areas rich in mineral wealth.  What are the odds?  Travel-wiki goes on to educate us about the speech of these hardy indigenous peoples:

A textbook of the Inuktitut language.

The official languages of Nunavut are Inuktitut, Inuinnaqtun, English and French.  Inuktitut is the first official language, and is spoken by nearly 70% of the population as a first language. Inuktitut is the traditional language spoken by the Inuit people…  English is widely spoken; around 25% of the population speak English as their native language, and most of the rest speak it as their second or third. (…)  Around 8% of the population of Nunavut do not speak English or French, hence in the more remote places an Inuktitut phrasebook may be necessary.

The language issue is important, as we shall see later, in Filippov’s accusation of cultural genocide.  It would not be cultural genocide to simply educate all children in the use of several languages other than their native one.  What Filippov means by “cultural genocide” is the deliberate attempt to force children to lose ties with their native tongue.  When this happens, then another human language just dies out.  And with the language, dies the culture.  Hence, cultural genocide.  QED.

[to be continued]

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