Entries by Chelsea Vowel from 08/2012

The Truth Is, Attawapiskat Was Never Financially Mismanaged

| Posted 08.02.2012 | Canada Politics

On August 1, the Federal Court released its judicial review of the appointment of a Third Party Manager in Attawapiskat. Over and over again, the Federal Court states that financial mismanagement was not the issue, and never had been. The fact that the public dialogue about Attawapiskat was almost wholly concerned with allegations of such mismanagement, demonstrates just how intensely events can become hijacked by misunderstandings.

Why "Free Houses for Indians" Is a Myth

| Posted 08.07.2012 | Canada Politics

One of the most prevalent and enduring myths out there is that aboriginal peoples receive "free houses." I think it's useful to acknowledge that there are different understandings of whether native housing is a right. Part of learning about issues like housing, or education, or treaties is in understanding that aboriginal peoples do not necessarily agree with the Canadian state about how things were, are, or should be.

Can You Tell this First Nations Act From The '60s Version?

| Posted 08.23.2012 | Canada Politics

Recently, the government has proposed the First Nations Property Ownership Act (FNPOA). I think that people need to take another look at the 1969 White Paper and ask themselves if anything really has changed. In fact, the introduction is the same in both papers (save for some PC language changes). So pardon me if I'm skeptical in the extreme of a plan that was virulently opposed by First Nations when it was first proposed in 1969, and let's call it what it really is: White Paper Lite.