In portraying the meeting of equals [Indigenous peoples and European invaders/settlers], the RCAP’s [Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples ] version of history implies that the eventual predominance of the European newcomers was due to evil intent and bad faith. But telling the story like this is like trying to stage Romeo and Juliet without the romance of the two star-crossed lovers, or Hamlet without the death of his father. It leaves out the main thing, namely the civilization gap between the Indians and Inuit, on the one hand, and the Europeans, on the other. None of the aboriginal societies of Canada were civilized in the sense in which the term is used here (36).
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