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aboriginal Canadian 1. Does "aboriginal Canadian members" in the provided context mean "Canadian soldier"? What does "aboriginal" want to add to it? 2. Does "about the ownership of remembrance" in the last line of the context mean "about the ownership of history" that is "who has the right to recount what has happened in the past"? Context: In 1993, during Operation Deliverance in Somalia, two aboriginal Canadian members of the airborne regiment had tortured and killed a Somali teenager named Shidane Arone. Kearns based her paintings on media accounts in Toronto. The pieces created no problems until two of the three that the Canadian War Museum had acquired went on display when its new facility opened in May 2005. Former members of the airborne unit and aboriginal veterans launched a public campaign to remove the paintings as unrepresentative of either the airborne unit or aboriginal soldiers. The debate raised important issues about the ownership of remembrance.
Aug 25, 2018 11:48 AM
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In Canada, aboriginal refers to the Native Ameridians were here before the European settlers. The old, racist term is Indian. The preferred term is "First Nations" member, community, or tribe. The common, non-racist term outside Canada is aboriginal. Collins dictionary: https://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english/aboriginal
August 25, 2018
I think the answer to your second question is correct, but in this context it would also mean a version of history or events, as seen and/or experienced by different people or by their predecessors. The word 'aboriginal' usually refers to a person who is a descendant of the original or indigenous inhabitants of a region or country.
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