Odious Events

Odious Events

Even in the United States recently there seems to be at least marginal support for the removal of statues and other insignia that would seem to support the confederate south and its hateful policies towards others. A place where, as enacted by White women, Eugenics would be used in an attempt to insure that the “white race would not be diminished by virtue of a white person procreating with a non white person”.

Don Iveson seems in the most peculiar way interested in addressing reconciliation with indigenous people, hate and further supporting people that suffer from mental health conditions. Considering that, It just seems a little odd that he would not support the removal of artifacts that represent times of profound hate in our city and province.

Suffrage was never about all women. Suffrage was a device enacted at first in the confederate south of the United States to insure white supremacy and privilege. To suggest for a moment that Emily Murphy or Nellie McClung were in any way acting in the interested of all women is absurd.

Emily Murphy (Park)

Her solution (Emily Murphy) to these social issues was Eugenics. Murphy supported selective breeding and the compulsory sterilization of those individuals who were considered mentally deficient. She believed that the mentally and socially inferior reproduced more than the “human thoroughbreds” and appealed to the Alberta Legislative Assembly for forced sterilization. In a petition, she wrote that mentally defective children were “a menace to society and an enormous cost to the state…science is proving that mental defectiveness is a transmittable hereditary condition.” She wrote to Minister of Agriculture and Health, George Hoadley that two female “feeble-minded” mental patients already bred several offspring. She called it “a neglect amounting to a crime to permit these two women to go on bearing children”.

Due in part to her heavy advocacy of compulsory sterilization, thousands of Albertan men and women were sterilized without their knowledge or consent under the Sexual Sterilization Act of Alberta before its repeal in 1972.

Nellie McClung (Park and School)

More recently, she (Nellie McClung) has attracted criticism for her support of Eugenics and Alberta’s Sexual Sterilization Act (1928); like many of her fellow reformers, such as Emily Murphy, McClung publicly supported the sterilization of “mental defectives.”

Frank Oliver (Park and Community)

Oliver’s legacy includes drafting a law forbidding blacks from immigrating to Canada and using his newspaper to successfully lobby for having the Papaschase Cree removed from their Treaty 6 Reserve territory south of Edmonton.  By 1911, Oliver’s Immigration Policy called for tighter controls on immigration. Oliver was staunchly British, and his policies favoured nationality over occupation. By 1911, he was able to assert that his immigration policy was more “restrictive, exclusive and selective” than his predecessor’s.

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