An editorial by Mel Rothenburger.
LANGUAGE IS NOT the boss of us.
We follow its rules when they suit us. We change language through common use and misuse. The English of today is much different than it was 100 or 200 years ago.
This week, we’re changing the definition of “genocide.” Up until now, the word has referred to the deliberate and systematic destruction of a racial, cultural or political group.
The final report on the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls uses the term “Canadian genocide” to describe the subject of the inquiry.
The term has stimulated a national debate on whether use of the word is accurate.
Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops and newspaper editor. He publishes the ArmchairMayor.ca opinion website, and is a director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.