Essay by glennsandHigh School, 10th gradeA-, March 2008

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A great man once said, "Love thy neighbor as thyself…" Unfortunately in Canada, that is not the case. For many years, hostility has existed between the two largest ethnic denominations in our country, the French and the English Canadians. Both have tried to undermine one another in aspects of religion, language, culture and politics. To understand the cause of this continuing bitter saga, one must take a journey back in time. Throughout the course of Canadian history, there were many occasions wherein the French and English Canadians have clashed but three major historical events tore the relationship into pieces. It all basically started with the Red River Rebellion which angered the English Canadians because they found Riel as a threat to the British Empire. Then a couple of years later, a war has started in 1914 which then led to the conscription act of 1917 which angered and forced the French into fighting in the war.

Half a century later when things were looking good between the French and English Canadians, the October Crisis had hit which angered both the English as well as the French Canadians. Even though the feud between Canada's original ethnic groups, the French and the English started long time ago it still continues today with no sign of change towards peace and forgiveness.

The Red River Rebellion, led by Louis Riel, was one of the first major events that created the rift between the French and English Canadians. In 1869, when the Hudson's Bay Company sold the vast territory known as Rupert's Land to the Canadian government, the Métis were worried. The Métis descended from the intermarriage of Europeans with indigenous peoples and they possess elements of both cultures. They feared that the government would disregard their ownership of the Red River Settlement because...