Everett-Green starts with the usual sneer at confederation for being a matter of talking (you know, democracy, parliamentarianism, reason, due process, all that) and therefore boring.
Canada was accomplished by talking, which was why I and my classmates found the story so dull. Real history, for us, was the bloodier national narratives of other countries.He then moves on to dismiss as cynical -- and even as a surrender to Stephen Harper's military vision of history -- the curators' determination to link confederation to events of the previous thirty years (armed conflict, civil strife, cultural confrontation, political deadlock).
It’s easy to see the former prime minister’s shadow over the current Confederation exhibition at the Canadian Museum of History, the institution he refashioned in 2013The part of his review that has caught the most attention -- how I learned of it, actually -- is his observation that there is not much in it about indigenous peoples.
Museum of hist's Confed exhibit missing indigenous roots - This is why we need renewed discussion of #cdnhistory 1/2 https://t.co/jQJZrTBDgV— Thomas Peace (@tpcanoe) December 9, 2015
though Everett-Green also tells us, "What is accurate about the absence of indigenous people from this show is that it perfectly mirrors the imagined reality of those who wrote our first constitution." (Update, December 15: Everett-Green's piece has been updated online to confirm there is more indigenous material in the exhibition than he had originally suggested.)