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Patrick Brazeau: Call For Inquiry Into Missing Aboriginal Women Led To Downfall

Patrick Brazeau: Call For Inquiry Into Missing Aboriginal Women Led To Downfall

Commented Oct 28, 2013 at 19:30:00 in Canada Politics

“eerily similar to the nutrition "experiments" performed at residential schools..when will the conservatives learn that terminology is telling of racist undertones”
Harper 'Tweet' About First Nations Just A Hoax, Spokesperson Confirms

Harper 'Tweet' About First Nations Just A Hoax, Spokesperson Confirms

Commented Oct 22, 2013 at 14:16:33 in Canada Politics

“what spelling error?”

brokenflashlight on Oct 24, 2013 at 12:08:13

“I was wondering that too. I wouldn't call a missing apostrophe a "glaring" spelling error.”
UN Urged To Declare Canada's Treatment Of Aboriginals 'Genocide'

UN Urged To Declare Canada's Treatment Of Aboriginals 'Genocide'

Commented Oct 19, 2013 at 11:58:03 in Canada Politics

“this was a statement giving back story to a debate about genocide and its appropriateness as a relevant term..the woe has passed ,the past still has bearing,lest we forget”
UN Urged To Declare Canada's Treatment Of Aboriginals 'Genocide'

UN Urged To Declare Canada's Treatment Of Aboriginals 'Genocide'

Commented Oct 18, 2013 at 22:56:31 in Canada Politics

“bowdrill actually”
UN Urged To Declare Canada's Treatment Of Aboriginals 'Genocide'

UN Urged To Declare Canada's Treatment Of Aboriginals 'Genocide'

Commented Oct 18, 2013 at 21:43:23 in Canada Politics

“judging the present without understanding the root causes will lead to that attitude..when a majority of your land is taken away, as well as the right to harvest what resources you have left because you need the permission of ottawa..not having the right to vote until the 60s being considered a non citizen unable to own land that has been passed down for generations..leaves a community without the ability to build generational wealth..unable to develop partnerships with companies since assets are considered communal and again permission is needed from ottawa ..who tend to give out reserve resources to those with political clout or the indian agent..who control every aspect of life on reserve, chronic underfunding for basic infrastructure ..so ya blame the victim thinking becomes almost natural..”
UN Urged To Declare Canada's Treatment Of Aboriginals 'Genocide'

UN Urged To Declare Canada's Treatment Of Aboriginals 'Genocide'

Commented Oct 18, 2013 at 21:19:56 in Canada Politics

“in New brunswick the right to vote was not given till 1960 before that we had to give up our status as Fns to vote..Reserves were holding pens used to restrict our movement most reserves were either fishing or hunting camps that we only used seasonally..and yes our movement was restricted and controlled by the indian agent who was the de facto warden who controlled every aspect of life we could not produce or sell goods without written permission , nor could we cut firewood grow a garden have animals without permission which was usually obtained with a bribe..the list goes on this is a huge ethical stain on canadas image..the concentrated attempt to assimilate us by all means available is a direct form of attempted genocide”

Filthy on Oct 18, 2013 at 22:10:56

“So why did people stay on the reserve? What was the lure of remaining a status Indian?”
UN Urged To Declare Canada's Treatment Of Aboriginals 'Genocide'

UN Urged To Declare Canada's Treatment Of Aboriginals 'Genocide'

Commented Oct 18, 2013 at 21:13:09 in Canada Politics

“lol at least i got the internet...”
UN Urged To Declare Canada's Treatment Of Aboriginals 'Genocide'

UN Urged To Declare Canada's Treatment Of Aboriginals 'Genocide'

Commented Oct 18, 2013 at 20:55:11 in Canada Politics

“We criticize our leaders if they pad thier pockets, we have filed suits against them, asked for forensic audits..yet we are obstructed by Indian Affairs who claim its an internal issue because they need corrupt leaders under thier thumb to keep the whole 8 billion dollar Indian Act bureaucracy intact..its a disgrace to those of us who want transparency and accountability and fair opportunities for our people..so easy on the broad strokes..”

Gerry Laarakker on Oct 19, 2013 at 01:05:20

“Then take your story to the press, to your MPs and to whoever will listen. Throw your chiefs out of office, do whatever you have to d, but stop blaming us!”
UN Urged To Declare Canada's Treatment Of Aboriginals 'Genocide'

UN Urged To Declare Canada's Treatment Of Aboriginals 'Genocide'

Commented Oct 18, 2013 at 19:55:55 in Canada Politics

“Aboriginals were segregated ..put on reserves needing the permission of Indian agent to leave until second world war..they were not allowed to vote until the 60s..by then the damage had been mostly done with illegal squatters being granted reserve land by govts, residential schools had forced indocrination into western culture, brutal punishment for anyone speaking thier languages..despite the treaties the royal proclamation, the help in various wars,,the govt still tried to kill the indian and does so to this very day..so yes Genocide is an accurate term”

Filthy on Oct 18, 2013 at 20:24:06

“Reserves were just the land that aboriginals had exclusive dominion over. The numbered treaties gives them hunting and fishing rights to vast areas that they were allowed to hunt and fish on. There was no restriction on Indian movement. In fact in 1857 an aboriginal who wished to leave the reserve, buy private land and pay taxes was entitled to vote. It's in 1875 in BC that you see specific racial exclusions on voting. But those restrictions applied not just to Indians but to Chinese people as well.

Keep in mind that any white male who didn't have property and pay taxes on it couldn't vote. To this day, a white male who doesn't own property, can't be appointed to the Senate. So we're talking about a system that was repressive to all men first off, and arguably only slightly MORE repressive to aboriginal men.

Ontario's racist laws didn't apply to enfranchised Indians - those that had already left the reserve, bought property and were paying taxes. Those aboriginals could vote.

For a long time in North America, it was argued that if you didn't pay taxes, you had no right to have a say in government.”
UN Urged To Declare Canada's Treatment Of Aboriginals 'Genocide'

UN Urged To Declare Canada's Treatment Of Aboriginals 'Genocide'

Commented Oct 18, 2013 at 19:40:53 in Canada Politics

“wow "paid many times over for the land" ..our land valuation in canada is measured in trillions of dollars..so we can settle this easy enough.. return the land that is defined in the treaties as First Nations and we will take care of ourselves perhaps even donate some back through equalization payments so you can continue your corporate welfare schemes,fund Sun News and the like..deal?”

Gerry Laarakker on Oct 19, 2013 at 01:19:36

“"our land valuation" Yeah, that's the ticket. I've got some monopoly money you can have.”

jjanveau on Oct 18, 2013 at 21:12:39

“I believe the point here really is the inability to take care of self. I have lived in very close proximity to reservations for 40 plus years. I have seen it, I have lived it....sad state of affairs.”
Ring Of Fire Negotiations: Bob Rae Must Turn Legacy Of Failure Into Hope For Future

Ring Of Fire Negotiations: Bob Rae Must Turn Legacy Of Failure Into Hope For Future

Commented Oct 7, 2013 at 17:38:58 in Canada Business

“I assume you are inferring that the finances of Attawipiskat and Idle no More are somehow connected..if so.. it does show the power of media to blur the lines between two distinct issues”
Ring Of Fire Negotiations: Bob Rae Must Turn Legacy Of Failure Into Hope For Future

Ring Of Fire Negotiations: Bob Rae Must Turn Legacy Of Failure Into Hope For Future

Commented Oct 7, 2013 at 16:03:57 in Canada Business

“This is a well balanced article that grasps the complexity of FN issues and recognizes there are no easy fixes..Kudos..As for the relentless ideological smugness of the "the past is not our problem" crowd..I almost admire your perseverance ..the zeal with which you post your comments on any and all First Nation article is a testament to the power of deep seated racism cloaked in a pull yourselves up by the bootstraps pioneer dialectic..the we are all immigrants here not only the current batch of settlers but the bering strait crowd as well..so no inherent claim to land is valid...Well i just wish to remind some people of the foresight of those FNS who did sign treaties that explicitly guarantee their claim to vast stretches of this land and that we the descendants of those treaty signatories will be the ones who have say in the pace of developments on treaty lands..that despite the genocidal and assimilative policies of past governments we have survived and educated ourselves and have maintained different value systems that we will ensure are respected and followed..Values that put the long lasting health of the environment over short term monetary gain .Yes we need jobs and to develop wealth from shared resources but if we cannot minimize the risk then development wont proceed ...so lets work together to find best practices that meet the needs of the present without impairing the futures..”

lillianvoter on Oct 7, 2013 at 23:34:57

“Excellent post. Thanks for writing it.”
Pope Resigns: Benedict XVI To Step Down, Cites 'Advanced Age' (VIDEO, LIVE UPDATES)

Pope Resigns: Benedict XVI To Step Down, Cites 'Advanced Age' (VIDEO, LIVE UPDATES)

Commented Feb 11, 2013 at 15:03:18 in Canada

“Idle No Mores power shows more and more everyday ....”

skinned on Feb 11, 2013 at 17:51:41

“I don't see the connection. I bet he doesn't either.”
#Ottawapiskat Twitter Hashtag: What If Capital Were A Reserve?

#Ottawapiskat Twitter Hashtag: What If Capital Were A Reserve?

Commented Jan 14, 2013 at 20:51:13 in Canada Politics

“in #ottawapiskat TwozeroOz would be a cheerleader going "RA ra Ra white is right brown is wrong" racial purity is our song..”

TwoZeroOZ on Jan 14, 2013 at 21:59:51

“Yeah, that's it. My anti-racism rant is apparently racist in itself... Right...”
Idle No More On HuffPost Live

Idle No More On HuffPost Live

Commented Jan 3, 2013 at 22:11:33 in Canada British Columbia

“This is the consequence for the PMO, who could of nipped this in the bud with an early meeting. Now the movement has grown in size and complexity and many more voices and issues are clamoring for resolution. The fact that it has rippled across the indigenous world speaks volumes of the importance of this movement..That the failed attempts of colonial powers to claim by divine right the resources of the world has been exposed and will be resisted..And no longer will our people sit idly by..”
Why Canada Still Needs the Assembly of First Nations

Why Canada Still Needs the Assembly of First Nations

Commented May 13, 2014 at 09:35:25 in Canada Politics

“who is forcing anyone..every First Nation has the ability to follow its own customs..traditional monarchy??”
Why Canada Still Needs the Assembly of First Nations

Why Canada Still Needs the Assembly of First Nations

Commented May 8, 2014 at 10:32:27 in Canada Politics

“Great points Graeme..i have no answer only suggestions..perhaps a form of proportional representation..perhaps we need to dismantle pan indian orgs and go with smaller more diverse regional authorities..”
Why Canada Still Needs the Assembly of First Nations

Why Canada Still Needs the Assembly of First Nations

Commented May 7, 2014 at 13:39:58 in Canada Politics

“the conversation on reform for AFN has begun..like said above this is a time to show the world what consultation means to us..from a small nation of 6 bands we would like to hear how our voices are meaningfully included. perhaps several layers of authority, but only one vote at end for each nation represented...mohawks one vote Miqmaq one vote Cree one Vote etc..with each nation working hard to achieve consensus prior to vote time..”

MezKitsu on May 11, 2014 at 10:42:06

“Indigenous people need sovereignty, not slavery. I would rather die than vote. Voting is a Western system and it doesn't work. I support my people's traditional monarchy, not the barbaric system of majority rule that is destroying this planet. Stop forcing indigenous people around the world to take part in Western government and instead recognize our own governments.”

hp blogger Frank Busch on May 7, 2014 at 18:19:16

“Since the Cree make up 1/3 of the First Nations population, we should control 1/3 of the voting power. The Ojibway would control 1/4. The Mohawks would come in at 1/25 according to the RCAP. All others would come in at less than 3% of the population. We would have Cree and Ojibway GC's forever. (I'm not saying that's a bad thing, it just might be a little harder to get buy in from the rest.)”

tgc1974 on May 7, 2014 at 15:08:31

“"only one vote at end for each nation represented...mohawks one vote Miqmaq one vote Cree one Vote etc.."

Could that work in reality? I don't know enough about the subject to discuss it with any degree of confidence, so I only pose the following as thoughts, not assertions.

From what I understand, there are subdivisions of nations, which would make consensus-building incredibly difficult. For example, getting the Plains Cree and the Woodland Cree to agree to one leader to vote for could be impossible because the differences between the two groups.

And because I assume they would try to come to this consensus by listening to the different bands within the nations, what happens if some bands are mixes of two or more different nations, so how would their voice be counted?

Also, if the nations are different sizes, would all of their voices count equally? Are there some nations that are represented by a very small number of people? As an example, I think of the Blackfoot, that only had about 25 000 people in Canada and the US in the mid-90s, as opposed to the Cree, who had about 13 times that many people in the mid-90s (sources: http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/blackfoot-nation/ & http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/cree/). Should the two nations' votes carry the same weight?

I don't mean this as an attack on your idea, as it seems like one worth considering, especially since something needs to change if the AFN is to be effective. They are just thoughts that came to mind.”
The Ecological Human

The Ecological Human

Commented Mar 6, 2014 at 08:01:23 in Canada Living

“be part of the great reminding...take long walks in wild spaces and come back and tell its story..”
Bill Hicks: 20 Years Gone

Bill Hicks: 20 Years Gone

Commented Feb 27, 2014 at 09:11:46 in Comedy

“"Then forget me.."”
Bill Hicks: 20 Years Gone

Bill Hicks: 20 Years Gone

Commented Feb 27, 2014 at 08:58:03 in Comedy

“"What ya reading for..?" nice tribute to an iconic voice...”
huffingtonpost entry

Why the Freedom to Read Matters

Commented Feb 24, 2014 at 08:40:41 in Canada Impact

“I am glad i had the freedom to read this well written piece ...kudos to Ethan”
Elsipogtog Protest: Shawn Atleo, First Nations Chief, Vows Support

Elsipogtog Protest: Shawn Atleo, First Nations Chief, Vows Support

Commented Oct 26, 2013 at 19:39:38 in Canada Politics

“if we lost, we lost well with valid and constituitionally protected rights and treaties that ensures we will punch above our weight class when it comes to resource development..and seeing as how court threw out injunction be prepared for more ...”
Elsipogtog Protest: Shawn Atleo, First Nations Chief, Vows Support

Elsipogtog Protest: Shawn Atleo, First Nations Chief, Vows Support

Commented Oct 26, 2013 at 13:19:34 in Canada Politics

“post confederation maps drawn by white cartographers..read some peace and friendship treaties read royal proclamation ..understand those lines were imposed arbitrary that we had our own maps and sense of territory”

colpy on Oct 26, 2013 at 18:58:50

“You lost.  Deal with it.  This is a democracy now, we occupy the land outside of the reservation, and all have equal say.

Native protesters have no right to block traffic, to utter threats, to destroy public property.  I sincerely hope the law will be enforced with enthusiasm from now on.”
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