Title: “English Genocide in Nova Scotia”

Author: Janet Hudgins

Published: Nonviolent Change Journal  Vol. 34, No. 3 (Spring 2018), Available at http://www.nonviolentchangejournal.org/NCF18.pdf; Indigenous Policy Journal Vol. 29, No. 1 (2018), Available at http://www.indigenouspolicy.org/index.php/ipj/article/view/558/547


Many countries committed appalling inhumanities during colonization, but I am concerned with the English crown’s genocide committed against the French Acadians and First Nations’ Mi’kmaq in Nova Scotia, and which it adamantly refuses to concede. By the 20th Century, English monarchs had colonized twenty-three per cent of the world’s people, twenty-four per cent of its real estate,[1] and was credited with the murder of at least 37,000,000 of those whom it controlled during its tenure as the largest and longest colonizers in history.[2] But, if one state presumes to occupy another state and annihilate its peoples, it must in the same breath justify its position by creating the long-term dissemination of the communication of fiction: propaganda. The English enlisted its most acclaimed and thought-provoking scribes in the country to hone this disinformation, and operated under its aegis for centuries. I went to school in Nova Scotia but learned nothing of the scalping bounty, or the scorched earth strategy, or the residential school in Shubenacadie, or the white, Anglo settlers who arbitrarily supplanted the Mi’kmaq and the Acadians. Instead, it was England’s relentless, remorseless rhetoric of its superiority. Several works on genocide have been published but none take the carnage committed by the English in Nova Scotia into account and this essay should expose the realities of the crown’s atrocities there. [1] British Empire. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Empire [2] See list end of manuscript. Not included are persons in situ of all English occupied nations.

About the author: Based in Vancouver, Canada, I’m a lifelong activist writing for many NGOs as well as short stories, non-fiction, and a creative non-fiction on East Coast colonial history, Treason, The Violation of Trust. I’ve taken two degrees in the last decade: Creative Writing and Political Science but, now retired for many years, I’m often a student of MOOCs in politics, international relations, language and piano jazz.

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