#ChoralMarch: March 18th, Land of the Silver Birch, La Choraline

“Land of the Silver Birch” is a Canadian folk song from the 1920s, whose authorship seems to be disputed. Wikipedia asserts:

The lyrics are sometimes erroneously attributed to Pauline Johnson, perhaps in confusion with her well-known poem, “The Song My Paddle Sings”

This article from the Toronto Star on a controversy about a school board apologising for its supposed racism (and being sued for this apology by the teacher who programmed it)   describes how it is often ascribed to Johnson, herself of Native Canadian First Nations heritage. Various activists are quoted who, while seeing the song as a bit simplistic and romanticised, nevertheless do not find the “racist” characterisation fair.

 

 

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