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CHARBONNEAU – Being first doesn’t necessarily mean we do it best

WE ARRIVED in North America, in what is now Canada, 16,000 years ago. Within a few thousand years, three quarters of the continent’s large animals were gone.

By “we,” I don’t mean we European colonizers, I mean we Homo sapiens.

There were no Indigenous people when we arrived. Not like 70,000 years ago when we came to Europe from Africa. Then, the Indigenous people of Europe were the Neanderthals. We probably treated them much in the way that Europeans treated the Indigenous people of North America: as savages.

Am I equating Indigenous people of North America to the Indigenous people of Europe? Yes. We are all humans, says Yuval Noah Harari in his book Sapiens:

“Yet the real meaning of the word human is ‘an animal belonging to the genus Homo,’ and there used to be many other species of this genus besides Homo sapiens.”

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David Charbonneau is a retired TRU electronics instructor who hosts a blog at http://www.eyeviewkamloops.wordpress.com.

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ArmchairMayor.ca is a forum about Kamloops and the world. It has more than one million views. Mel Rothenburger is the former Editor of The Daily News in Kamloops, B.C. (retiring in 2012), and past mayor of Kamloops (1999-2005). At ArmchairMayor.ca he is the publisher, editor, news editor, city editor, reporter, webmaster, and just about anything else you can think of. He is grateful for the contributions of several local columnists. This blog doesn't require a subscription but gratefully accepts donations to help defray costs.

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