Cliffy, as an immigrant, who arrived in Canada knowing not a single word of English or French, I can tell you that your struggles were nothing compared to mine. After all, your struggles had nothing to do with surviving in a strange world.
Unlike you, I was always comfortable with what the white settlers did and accomplished in North America, because my people people have been conquered by the Tatars, Turks, Austrians, Germans and Soviets, and learned that to bitch about history that can not be changed does not obligate me to hold a life long grudge and it does not obligate the aforementioned peoples to feel guilty.
I met a wonderful Canadian girl 43 years ago, married her and we are still happily married.
Besides her, I found that most Canadians were caring and accommodating people who accepted me as I was, with my thick accent, notwithstanding, I suspect, because I always treated people the way I hoped and expected to be treated.
Neither myself nor my ancestors were responsible for whatever real or perceived wrongs the aboriginal peoples might have suffered, so I refuse to feel guilty as a "whitey'. If I did I would be politically correct and to me that the absolutely worst thing anyone could ever call me.
By your yardstick, I am probably one of the 'foreign elements'. If that makes you feel better, I readily accept your accusations that "whitey's" are the reason and cause of all the ills of the world. I hope that you will also accept the FACT that 'Whitey's inventions allow the people you seem to be beholden to to use guns, snowmobiles, modern clothes and food, trucks etc.
I compliment you for showing your compassion for aboriginal people. I was beaten, robbed and left for dead by aboriginal people in my first year here as an immigrant. I learned not to write all native people off because of that. Neither did I ever called them anything similar to your 'whitey' comment.