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05:46 PM on 01/15/2013
The Indian Act should be scrapped, it is the most racist piece of legislation we, as a country have. It was written to force Indians to assimilate , give up land, and destroy their culture, well that hasn't worked. Land ownership is another brilliant idea as it would allow government and big business the ability to pay peanuts for oil and mineral rich land to impoverished reserves, absolutely brilliant!
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Filthy
06:14 PM on 01/15/2013
You don't have to pay for mineral rich lands. You just stake them and extract the minerals and pay the government their cut. You own your land, but you don't own the land underneath it or the sky above it. If I don't actually displace you or affect your land I might not even have to pay you at all. If you were sitting on a million bucks worth of diamonds and I got the mineral rights first I wouldn't owe you a cent. That's the legal reality for all Canadians. Aboriginals however usually get to negotiate directly with corporations like DeBeers, they stipulate hiring quotas, environmental oversight and negotiate dispute resolution mechanisms all to their liking. They don't have a provincial or municipal government getting in their way, so they have greater autonomy over their natural resources than you or I would, or off-reserve aboriginals would.

Greater autonomy over land leasing was the idea of aboriginals, not rich white oil drillers intent on stealing land.
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06:15 PM on 01/15/2013
Sorry, correction - wouldn't owe you a cent - not sent.
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Liban CZ
Straight as an arrow.
05:39 PM on 01/15/2013
I have a piece of land, if I find the gold there, it belongs to the government, crown they call this.
This is sort of fine with me, but if same law applies to the native people, the first people in this land
called Canada, IT MUST BE CHANGED! period.
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05:55 PM on 01/15/2013
yes it is not their land to own the gold; Canada is just reverse renting to appease, and the rent costs a lot for Canada...even though they own it.
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jarnakak
fava beans and sweet breads are for sissies
06:28 PM on 01/15/2013
get informed.
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jarnakak
fava beans and sweet breads are for sissies
06:27 PM on 01/15/2013
the oil and minerals in land claims settlement areas do not belong to first nations or inuit (these are 'owned' by provinces and territories). you turning green is very unflattering especially when it's so uninformed.
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Liban CZ
Straight as an arrow.
09:04 AM on 01/16/2013
FIRST PEOPLE, have that right in my books.Old colonial law, can be changed.
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dostros
05:39 PM on 01/15/2013
We don't treat anyone like "everybody else". Women, French Canadians, immigrants, businessmen, children, the handicapped, politicians - everyone has protections that make things fair(-er). so quit with the populist headlines.
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teeleecee
I'm not who I think you think I am.
06:09 PM on 01/15/2013
You have an interesting argument. The only people who are not treated equally are heterosexual white males. They are treated like garbage, supposedly because of "privilege". This may be true of some, but it's not true of all. Men are being oppressed, particularly white men, in North America. Like that statement or not, it is true. They cannot compete in jobs when all the applications say in bright bold print: "We welcome applications from disadvantages groups such as women, the disabled, aboriginals, and minorities." I believe everyone should be treated fairly and white men (white people) should not be stigmatized for things that happened years ago. Quotas, special considerations--it's just another way of saying, "white guys need not apply." It serves no one to hire people just because they need to "be representative." Bankers excluded--there are enough white men in that category, thanks.
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okgranny
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03:01 PM on 01/16/2013
NONsense! Have you taken a good look at the all fat white men making up the illegitimate federal government lately?
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TwoZeroOZ
06:19 PM on 01/15/2013
But those all have rational reasons behind them; like you said, to protect them.

Aboriginals, however, have extra rights and benefits for the sole reason that their genetic lineage has been in Canada longer than the rest of us. By that logic, I should have more rights than a new immigrant (which is ridiculous).
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dostros
08:01 PM on 01/15/2013
Think of Aboriginals in BC. They live in tiny communities far from big cities. They see the modern world on TV, but they don't benefit from any but the most basic of modern amenities. They are isolated. They had a way of life for thousands of years and have had only a few generations to adapt and fit into the roles that Europeans expect for them. Their spiritual beliefs that were the cement of their societies were shaken by the white man, and disappointment, prejudice and booze replaced it. Only recently have they been offered a fair chance at succeeding in our society. If you've ever been to Fort Simpson, Hazelton, Haïda Gwaï as I have, you'd have a better understanding of what the First People's are up against. Of course, most on this page just want everybody to assimilate into some boring "multicultural" mush, where ancestry and heritage is left for Saturday night hall dances and where everybody speaks English and just tries to make a buck, have sex, eat and die.
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Blodo
Time to build a better world
05:38 PM on 01/15/2013
Yes x 1,000,000. The Indian Act is the cruelest, most regressive piece of legislation this country has ever created. Okay, we can phase it out over a few years. Bring in a transition plan to soften the impact. But phase it out we must. The status quo is unconscionable and serves only those who have become adept at playing the system, i.e. federal bureaucrats and native and non-native politicians. The current racially-based policies that flow from the Act have created a de facto apartheid situation in our country. Is it any wonder that there is a good degree of anger and frustration on both sides?

The Canadian taxpayers are sick of seeing their government funneling money into an endless black hole with barely anything to show for it. The vast majority of First Nations people look at the lack of basic services on their reserves, the sub-standard education their children receive, the lack of real democracy in the chief and council system, and wonder how on earth this situation ever came to be.

It's time to break the log jam and ensure that First Nations can join everyone else as true and equal partners in building this great country. One nation. One set of laws. One people. Now.
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05:50 PM on 01/15/2013
Yup, But I will believe it when I see it. When I see everyone paying taxes, and working towards the betterment of the country and themselves, when laws address each person equally, without excuses, when there are indications of self help, yeah. sure. We'll all hop onto the wagon. Apathy is never ever going to improve anything.
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05:56 PM on 01/15/2013
This is Harpers Goal to repeal the dreaded Indian Act and create his own.
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NTodd
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05:33 PM on 01/15/2013
So the corporatist shills known as the Canadian Taxpayers Association weigh in on First Nations' sovereignty. Boy, they're sure crawling out of the woodwork today.

I love the rightwing spin that's evolving: "We want equality for everyone!" (Especially if that means we can avoid our obligations — negotiated AS equals — known as treaties.)
"We want to HELP these people become SUCCESSFUL" (which of course translates to imposing a Fraser institute style ideology without asking them if that's what they choose).

People saying this kind of stuff all have their own agendas, and it doesn't have much to do with what native people want or deserve.
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Dionysius101
Resistance is Futile, You will be ASSIMILATED.
05:31 PM on 01/15/2013
We have a unsustainable economy devised by a foreign government and implemented through the Canadian gov. so it will fail eventually.

So lets steal even more off the Natives and put it towards the UN-payable debt? How about let's just give them the whole damn country because that is how big the debt is. Every person born in Canada with a Birth Certificate is collateral to this debt. You are slaves to the debt and your offspring as well.

The Natives should not be subject to the tyranny nor should they be responsible for your debt designed to steal land, resources and liberty of every man, woman and child.

Rid the debt that burdens you and stop passing the buck.

By the way, The Canadian Taxpayers Federation is just another special interest group of the Right, not to improve life nor liberty but to swing public opinion through propaganda. BS on the BS on the BS.
05:26 PM on 01/15/2013
This will be interesting. remember Meech Lake? I agree with the premise of the CTF, but getting there will be complex if you need some kind of provincial approval. What has gone before has been a dismal failure, keeping First nations folks in a treadmill of dependancy and government waste.
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Nothing is forever.
06:22 PM on 01/15/2013
The chicken bone in the throats:: some kind of provincial approval . WELL called.
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05:22 PM on 01/15/2013
Taxpayers Federation is big on analysis and opinion. Whats their opinion/analysis of the huge overhead costs of AANDC? How many of the 5000 job positions are redundant? What are the wage and travel expense's of their manager level employee's? With all the cut backs to federal employee.s why has this department been left untouched?
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Molarii
Democracy really needs it's pillars to be defined
05:17 PM on 01/15/2013
It is a legitimate question that needs to be debated not just with tax federation, but with all Canadians and First Nation.

To discuss exclusively only with the tax federation is anti democratic..

All Canadians needs to be involved and have a say about OUR nation.
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NTodd
Aude Sapere
06:03 PM on 01/15/2013
The Canadian Taxpayers' Association doesn't really care about democracy. Same goes for the Harpercrats. They're two peas in a pod.
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Molarii
Democracy really needs it's pillars to be defined
06:27 PM on 01/15/2013
Finally we agree on something, NTodd! ;)

Imo, there needs to be debate not just amongst certain politicians or orgs, but with all people be it they are non natives, and natives, all together to discuss what both want and come to an agreement if possible.

In the End, we are ALL Canadians and together democratically, we can come to a consensus to contribute to Canada and be fair for all..
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turkeylurky
Just keeping it real.
05:15 PM on 01/15/2013
""We need a new approach, one that treats all Canadians the same and connects aboriginal people with jobs and opportunities.""

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Damn straight..
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05:05 PM on 01/15/2013
"The federation made many enemies among First Nations leaders when it published a list of high salaries going to chiefs and pushed for legislative changes" drama much? Their superficial analysis based on no or shoddy research is what annoys me (although oddly I do find myself agreeing with them when they demand openness and transparency from federal MP's and Senators who keep their expenses hidden from the tax paying public)....
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05:01 PM on 01/15/2013
But then they'd have to pay tax on their land......
04:54 PM on 01/15/2013
This is another way of saying, "let break our agreement with them, break our contract, change the deal, take their land, take their resources, not pay them as agreed,...because it is TIME..what ever that means" So, maybe its time to change RRSP's. It is time to take them...now, change the law, change the deal. And it is time to change CCP and have people retire at 80 yrs of age, or not at all. Just change the deal. Hell, lets change all contracts at anytime we don't like them anymore. Result . We become a third world country, like Somalia. Nice.
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turkeylurky
Just keeping it real.
05:14 PM on 01/15/2013
"Hell, lets change all contracts at anytime we don't like them anymore."

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Ummmmm, you do realize that one of the primary objectives of the INM movement is to change the existing agreements and treaties between the Federal Gov't and the FNs so they can get more of the resource revenue?
12:21 AM on 01/16/2013
You do realize that many First Nations are doing that unilaterally and don't need top-down changes they haven't been consulted about or agreed to?
05:21 PM on 01/15/2013
So can we assume you think this is all working just fantastically?
11:00 PM on 01/15/2013
No, and good  question. The changes are masked to have the government get our of their obligations to our native peoples. That is my view. Thanks.
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