Time is no excuse for our past sins

The prevailing attitudes of an era do not exonerate past wrongdoings. As a Canadian child, I was taught to celebrate the Fathers of Confederation, in particular John A. McDonald, our first prime minister. As a Catholic child, I was taught to celebrate the missionaries who helped to build and educate this country, who opened the first hospitals and schools. Later on, as a student in the UofA Women’s Studies department, I was taught to celebrate the champions of women’s rights, people like Canada’s Famous Five — Nellie McClung, Henrietta Muir Read More …