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> Why “The Dominion of Canada”?
The Canadian Legal Fiction of Original Crown
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Why "The Dominion of Canada"?
By Tonya Gonnella Frichner
The Old World idea of property was well expressed by the Latin word dominium: from dominus, and the Sanskrit domanus (he who subdues). Dominus carries the same principal meaning (one who has subdued), and is extended naturally to signify ‘master, possessor, lord, proprietor, owner.’
Dominium takes from dominus the sense of ‘absolute ownership’ with a special legal meaning of "property, right of ownership" (Lewis and Short, A Latin Dictionary, 1969).
Dominatio extends the word into "rule, dominium," and ... "with an odious secondary meaning, unrestricted power, absolute dominium, lordship, tyranny, despotism." Political power grown from property — dominium — was, in effect, domination. (William Brandon, New Worlds for Old, 1986, p.121.).
State claims and assertions of ‘dominion’ and ‘sovereignty over’ indigenous peoples and their lands, territories and resources trace to these dire meanings, handed down from the days of the Roman Empire, and to a history of dehumanization of indigenous peoples. This is at the root of indigenous peoples’ human rights issues today.
Source: Excerpt, "Impact on Indigenous Peoples of the International Legal construct known as the Doctrine of Discovery, which has served as the Foundation of the Violation of their Human Rights," UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, February 3, 2010.
article was written for and first published in Issue #69 of
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may also be interested in this back Issue of Press for Conversion!
This issue (#68) deals with (a) the WWI-era mass internment of Ukrainian Canadians (1914-1920), (b) this community's split between leftists and ultra right nationalists and (c) the mainstream racism and xenophobia of so-called progressive "Social Gospellers" (such as the CCF's Rev.J.S. Woodsworth) who were so captivated by their religious and political beliefs that they helped administer the genocidal Indian residential school program and turned a blind eye to government repression and internment during the mass psychosis of the 20th-century's "Red Scare." (Click here to read this issue online.)
Read the introductory article here: "The Canada Syndrome, a Captivating Mass Psychosis"