- When Canadians see something, they don’t like they just remove to get it out of their sight. Just like in the story they just remove the totem pole and but it in the basement. I think that the totem poles continuing to return in the story is a metaphor for the first people fighting back saying that they’re not going to leave because just like in the story with the totem poles, the First people came to Canada first so why should they have to leave. I feel that even in the end it’s not a true resolution that works for both sides. They just decide to ignore the totem poles and eventually forget about them. So, is this how Canadian history treated the First Peoples? History has shown that we have just ignored the first nations and have just taken or removed from what is theirs.