Dismantling the Doctrine of Discovery:
From Wrongs to Rights
Everything has a beginning, a
genesis, its “birth” so to speak.
And so it is for the Doctrine of
Discovery. It almost sounds like
an adventure, this Doctrine of
Discovery – a journey to discover,
seek, and learn new and wonderful
things. Yet the reality is anything
but wonderful – it is the opposite
of all that is just, ethical, and
moral. The genocide committed
under the Doctrine of Discovery
(also referred to as the Doctrine of
Christian Discovery or Doctrine
of Dominance) must be brought
into the light for all to see. Great
Indigenous scholars like Steven
Newcomb, Tamara Starblanket,
Vine Deloria Jr, Arthur Manuel, and
Sharon Venne have written about
the Doctrine of Discovery bringing
attention to its brutal global impact.
I invite each reader to research the
information provided in this article
as a part of one’s duty to live morally,
and to help all our children walk
toward a future of peace.
Excerpted from Wrongs to Rights.
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