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JimBobPete
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11:36 PM on 12/10/2012
Only the NDP is willing to tackle this very important issue head-on and to the satisfaction and just outcome for Canada's aboriginal peoples. After all, they are the true defenders of Canada's lands and bodies of water.! Vote NDP. - Vote for social justice. - Support the aboriginal people.!
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11:41 PM on 12/10/2012
I would agree - but Mulcair took a lot of free trips to ...
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11:47 PM on 12/10/2012
(Ok - 'a lot' was unproven. I apologize. Very hard to categorize. Let's just say ''trips')
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AcunningDisguise
magnus gigas caput
02:28 AM on 12/11/2012
Same old same old split the vote we get more Harper.... Canadians just won't learn.
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pleblian
One smart as meɪtər futūtor
11:17 PM on 12/10/2012
As an person who could claim aboriginal status, and who has family, both close and distant in the indigenous population, I've yet to see what "culture" this movement is trying to hold on to. From what I see, it's the tribal leadership that's benefitting from the these treaties, and NOT their people...

The stone age is gone people, time to grow-up and join the rest of the world...
11:40 PM on 12/10/2012
Tell that to the Indigenous people deep in untouched parts of the world. I recall reading a story about an Indigenous child killed, because loggers wanted to cut down wood. But yes, the stone age is gone, time to grow up! ;)
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pleblian
One smart as meɪtər futūtor
01:03 AM on 12/11/2012
Yep...
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Kapjam
08:35 AM on 12/11/2012
Really? You think there is a comparison between the current FN people in Canada and people in untouched parts of the world?
I recall reading a story about indigenous people killing one another.....
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ejais
11:47 PM on 12/10/2012
I take it you are not aware of traditional way of life or the impact that is going to happen now that the waters have been signed away. If you have to ask what this movement is trying to hold onto then I really feel some sadness for you because you have no idea what happens to your own people in the past why it is relevent to hold onto what little we have left. Grassy Narrows and White dog should be a good reminder. If protecting the mother earth is a crime and consider stone age I really would like to know what will we have left for our children to grow up with the rest of the world.
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Faniel Darmer
12:13 AM on 12/11/2012
You totally owned that one Ejais. So right.

To suggest that showing concern/advocating for nature is "stone age" is the height of idiocy.
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Denis OBrien
11:03 AM on 12/11/2012
Sadly, I think that what we are leaving for our grand children will be the next stone age.
10:54 PM on 12/10/2012
YES!!!
This is GREAT and long overdue.
Now if Canadians would just get out there along with the FNs we'de all be doing what we should have done on the last omnibus bill. Whem it was our opposition parties asking for our hel.
This time,The FN has it started for us so all go Canada.
HARPER CANNOT BE ALLOWED TO KEEP PUSHING US AROUND ,"INSECRET"??
I hope the Queen does show up and straighten out our crooked GG once and for all.
Harper even thinks he has her buffaloed!
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10:53 PM on 12/10/2012
Hummmmm...The natives are getting restless ?
I guess we should feel free to ask our 'elected officials' - selling off the country - and K******illin.g our brothers and sisters overseas - about the physics that explain ninne illeven. (And they should show work)
11:06 PM on 12/10/2012
HP used to ban one-trick ponies like you.

Now you guys are the star attractions, keeping reasonable and intelligent people from joining the conversation.
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11:13 PM on 12/10/2012
Dave. Everyone loves a Harley.
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Acegikmo
11:17 PM on 12/10/2012
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11:24 PM on 12/10/2012
Inside job ?
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Faniel Darmer
10:50 PM on 12/10/2012
I am not native, but they have my full support!
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10:54 PM on 12/10/2012
Inside job ?
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10:48 PM on 12/10/2012
These protestors were seeking government recognition for TWO reasons: respect and environmental stewardship. I haven't met any person who doesn't want respect. Most of the comments suggest that Canadians have very little respect for Aboriginal people, so it makes sense that Aboriginals would want the government to lead by example and show the people a respectful compromise. As for their claims that the government needs to consult with Aboriginals before making environmental decisions, I support them. The Canadian government has been making huge economic decisions that are having a massive impact on Canada's biodiversity. I too want to be more informed.

There's a lot of frustration and talk of government corruption in Canada, but people are too comfortable to do anything about it. If Aboriginals or Quebecois want to set an example for others to follow, they have my respect for ACTIVELY working for what they believe in.
10:42 PM on 12/10/2012
Time for ingiginous people to strike hard at the feds especially at Harper.
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Acegikmo
11:19 PM on 12/10/2012
Ingiginous??????
11:45 PM on 12/10/2012
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Hafingnetonne
A few words
10:30 PM on 12/10/2012
One famous feather brandished by one Manitoban MP E.H. did a similar job a couple a of decades ago. Never underestimate the endurance of our aborigines.Long fuses may lead to sudden explosions of fury never seen in Canada.
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All Seeing Guy
Center of the storm
10:34 PM on 12/10/2012
I would hope that some aren't willing to throw away public support and credibility by engaging in un-called for FLQ style violence.
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Hafingnetonne
A few words
11:32 PM on 12/10/2012
The Elders won't allow it but the younguns may not have the inclination to listen more. We are at a crossroad and in all probability the Government will react only once nasty steps may have been made. Like you I hope that Mr. Harper will lend more hearing to their plea avoiding a nasty outcome nobody will be prepared for.
10:23 PM on 12/10/2012
How's that cradle-to-grave care working out for the average native Canadian? High sui/cide rates, rampant drug ab/u/se, hopelessness, despair, no incentive to do a damn thing, 90-95% unemployment.

The chiefs and band councilors seem to have a pretty good thing going, though, with their exorbitant tax-free salaries and expense accounts. Viva Las Vegas!
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10:28 PM on 12/10/2012
Dave. Inside job ?
You never seem to answer that one.....
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Waldrun
The right is so wrong
10:16 PM on 12/10/2012
Wow I really didn't realize what a pathetic bunch of bigots Canadians could be. These unjustified, illegal and just plain wrong land grabs and divestments of the First Nations People are an affront to all the people of Canada and threaten the environment we all share. Couched in a "budget" bill these illegal rewritings of treaties put into law years ago are but a first maneuver by the Harper government. This tactic could be used to take rights away from us all without any kind of legal or legislative debate or review. This is government by proclamation and decree, not democracy. This is dictatorship.
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All Seeing Guy
Center of the storm
10:24 PM on 12/10/2012
Yeah anyone who disagrees with me is also a pathetic bigot. I like cats. Why are all dog people bigoted against cats!?
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YankeeCanuck
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11:03 PM on 12/10/2012
I loooove cats!
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agsterino
Less stuff . . . more meaning
10:04 PM on 12/10/2012
There is no one single place on this planet that was not "settled" then overtaken. It depends on who overtakes whom that matters.

The land is basically worth nothing, it is what you do with it that matters. We are all emigrants from somewhere, it just is a matter of timing.

The amount of money derived from the land is the value placed on the land.
The culture of a country is what the population determines it to be. There is always people coming from poor situations into better situations.

Everyone, including native Americans came here for a better life. Once here, everyone wants to call it their own and tell the newcomers how to live. More and more cultures that started out with wide enormous spaces have to realize the land shrinks as the population grows.

As Darwin stated, adapt to survive.
We all are saddened when we see "progress" changing our past neighbourhoods. Everyone
The trick our memories play on us has us remember all the good things, and forget about the tragedies that are avoided now because of progress.
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Heather Blackett
10:12 PM on 12/10/2012
That's a very warm and fuzzy version of genocide.
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All Seeing Guy
Center of the storm
10:14 PM on 12/10/2012
In the words of Trudeau, "There's always going to be bleeding hearts, all I can say is go on and bleed".
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agsterino
Less stuff . . . more meaning
10:34 PM on 12/10/2012
Humans are who they are.It is all about timing, whether you are the overtaker, or the overtaken.
10:45 PM on 12/10/2012
The land is worth nothing unless it's developed? Only if you think that the survival of mankind isn't worthwhile and then it's doubtful that the bacteria and insects that will survive would place much value on money. Undeveloped land gives us the fresh water we need and the trees absorb our CO2. The undeveloped mountains, canyons, deserts oceans and Arctic and Antarctic ice moderate our climate and bio-diversity ensures our survival.
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Faniel Darmer
10:54 PM on 12/10/2012
Yes. You so killed that one!
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agsterino
Less stuff . . . more meaning
03:52 AM on 12/11/2012
No Duff, that is not at all what I meant.  The value is determined as to how it is used.  An acre on the Queen Charlotte Island might be the most intrinsic  value to you, but as to that acre's money value, it is not anywhere close to the money value of an acre in downtown Toronto.(I personally value the coastal island acre much higher)
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09:52 PM on 12/10/2012
Don't these people work? Oh wait ... nevermind ...
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Winterseeker
For the trees...we need them, not vice versa.
10:03 PM on 12/10/2012
Depends, what is your definition of work? They have been tending this land sustainably in way we haven't even begun to understand thousands of years later. So perhaps leave the assumptions behind and look at the issue holistically, this is more than just money - it is the right to land taken away (as in many parts of the world) with not even a semblance of compensation, respect, sharing of resources or values...
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agsterino
Less stuff . . . more meaning
10:15 PM on 12/10/2012
Nice pastoral thought, but slavery, war, stealing land, taking over land, constant land disputes, over killing buffalo ...

We are all human and different people settled different areas, got defeated or obliterated, and someone else took their place. The welsh were stuck with the Vikings, French , Germans and however else invaded them. Native Americans did not get wiped out by invading hoards that slaughtered anyone in the way. Now the folks that are here are enraged that there are so many immigrants taking over our country.

Circle of life, adapt and change or keep moving to unsettled areas. The North Pole will be a seaside resort soon. Humans are soooooooo insignificant in comparison.
11:15 PM on 12/10/2012
The myth of first nations as environmental stewards is nothing but pure malarkey.
09:14 PM on 07/28/2013
I don't think they have to work. I f they work it right they live off the government, they get a "treaty cheque" every month and don't pay anywhere near the taxes that the rest of us employed taxpaying Canadians pay. How else can they get those big trucks to drive around in.?
09:36 PM on 12/10/2012
YAWN
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09:39 PM on 12/10/2012
Inside job Dave ?
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09:41 PM on 12/10/2012
Inquiring minds - are... getting a bit 'restless'
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