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No past, no future—How Canada’s historical amnesia is dooming our democracy

The so-called “Laurentian Consensus” is in eclipse and something different is emerging in its place. A rootless, post-national culture is one where historical tradition is obliterated, leaving us inhabiting identity-defined communities and virtually incapable of finding nuance in any public debate.

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Paul W. Bennett argues that “historical awareness is essential to the health of democracy,” historical tradition and nuance no longer present in public debate. What do you think about the erosion of historical awareness and how Canadian history can be revived in public discourse?

15th December 2023 at 7:19 am
Gregory Lang

An excellent article.
i know that have been studies on civic engagement in relation to education in civics, but has anyone examined the relationship between teaching history and engagement?

Our history, good and bad, is our history and we must embrace it, but we have to study and understand that history to make the distinction. I think it is ignorance that leads to cancelling, when we should be correcting the narrative to move forward.


15th December 2023 at 8:03 am
Paul H

SANKOFA! An appropriate concept for Canadians to adopt.

15th December 2023 at 9:40 am

Agreed. The threat of this has been hovering over Canadians for a couple of decades now. And now that it’s being treated seriously, it’s probably too late. Social capital (trust is another example) takes generations to build and once broken/lost is almost impossible to rebuild.

15th December 2023 at 9:59 am
Richard Courtemanche

Isn’t this what the evil NWO oligarchs expect with the complete complacency of Schwab’s favorite mentees, our Prime Minister and our D/PM? We should start pointing the finger at who rather than what! These saboteurs and traitors should not be exempt from the law, and other leaders should unite and fight before Canadians are condemned. Unfortunately, the media is hampered by corrupt politics.

15th December 2023 at 8:50 am

The problem with Canada is that the only ‘good’ are things Aboriginal. All others are just plain bad and have done nothing but bad things. Aboriginal culture is hailed as the ultimate good. It’s all a crock and is contributing to widespread malaise.

15th December 2023 at 8:41 am
Kip Cobbett

Nobody should be surprised. Our prime minister proudly announced in 2015 that Canada was a post national country.

15th December 2023 at 1:23 pm

An excellent article. Let’s hope that academics and others influencing the formation of education in Canada take note of it.

15th December 2023 at 8:55 am

A podcast discussion on this would be nice as a series.

15th December 2023 at 7:20 am

I couldn’t agree more and would go one step further. Podcasts that take the time to provide the historical context, informing and educating listeners on the pressing issues that dominate policy discussions across our nation.

15th December 2023 at 8:44 am
Earl Chinchilla

What is Colonialism – Settler? Thefact the land was occupied successfully by Indigenous people you wanted to erase with no social consciousness? Losing iur history? The Indian Act, reserves and residential schools should have been left out of history to preserve who’s identity? If you would have stuck to the facts we wouldn’t be in this mess…secondly it’s not anti semite to request women and children not be bombed dead. Conservatives have a problem indeed

15th December 2023 at 1:54 pm
Iván Győző Somlai

My best absorption of our history was in high school in Montréal: well-informed teachers, modest class sizes and opportunities to listen and discuss in class. Decades later, I find that –looking back—that was just a teaser. Our history is fascinating, complex and certainly in catch-up mode regarding the many peoples indigenous to this land. Once cannot come to sufficiently understand history without knowledge of its people; and the latter comes only by trying or coming to understand the people who make up, work in, serve and govern this country.
Now many subjects, aside from history, have evolved to become more onerous, complicated and considered necessary. Thus there need be a serious analysis of what need be squeezed into a limited school calendar, which subjects must be fundamental for all, whether the calendar need be expanded (i.e. longer school day, or longer school year or…), if students could have some flexibility in selecting particular subjects, and of course the generating of an adequate number of well-qualified teachers.
It may also become evident that the totality of history cannot possibly be transmitted only in school; certainly anyone interested could continue pursuing the topic at university too. The need for and improvement of increased historical understanding cannot be made by monodisciplinary specialists alone; this must be a holistic, interdisciplinary effort involving subject specialists, administrators, government and civil society. Particular history ‘upgrading’ could also be availed to those interested via accredited extra classes availed through libraries or other agencies.

17th December 2023 at 6:34 pm
Bruce Westmoreland

Hiding and running from the past as far as I’m concerned, never solves anything. But I digress education in all essential studies seems to be failing in the name of wokeness.

16th December 2023 at 8:32 am