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Idle No More Is Not Just an

Idle No More Is Not Just an "Indian Thing"

Commented Dec 18, 2012 at 06:19:09 in Canada

“Very sadly the racism of Canada is played out in these commentaries all too often. It is sad that some in Canada do not see their racism & ignorance. Canada was invaded. The native people have been under a prolonged genocide ever since. The only choice to standing up is dying off, and that's not gonna happen. The world won't let it happen. Canada, wake up! Join Idle No More. Choose life!”

TwoZeroOZ on Dec 18, 2012 at 13:47:29

“Canada WAS invaded.

Nobody alive today is at fault for that, and the government is not currently doing anything that supports your idea of a "genocide".

In fact, the government is currently spending more on social services to the typical aboriginal than to the typical Canadian, and the typical aboriginal is awarded with more benefits/rights than a typical Canadian(I don't have a problem with either - just pointing it out).

Kapjam is correct, almost every social issue the aboriginals are experiencing are due to corrupt leadership. Not that it's entirely the leaderships faults - the reserve system just makes it too easy. Consider the fact that aboriginal communities (Reserves) must abide by a 60-something section piece of legislation called the Indian Act, while non-aboriginal communities(Municipalities) must abide by legislation ranging from 500-1200 sections long (different depending on the province).”

bujudunton on Dec 18, 2012 at 11:31:18

“Dying off is not the only choice. Assimilation is another option.

Adapt and adopt.”

CommonWealth-SinglePayer on Dec 18, 2012 at 09:27:20

“Thanks for that!

I cannot understand how people can be so cruel to First Nations, especially when our land has become a refuge for the rest of the World's problems.

Most of the major crops eaten are from Turtle Island:

amaranth (as grain)
common beans (pinto, lima, kidney, etc.)
black raspberry
bell pepper
blueberry (not to be confused with bilberry, also called blueberry)
chili peppers
cranberries (large cranberry, or bearberry species)
cotton (long staple species)
custard apple
guava (common)
Jerusalem artichoke
maize (referred to in North America as "corn")
manioc (cassava, tapioca, yuca)
prickly pear (Opuntia ficus-indica)
strawberry (commercial varieties)
sweet potato
wild rice (Indian rice, not directly related to Asian rice)
yerba maté
zucchini (courgette)

And then try to assimilate us via the Evil Residential School System!”

Kapjam on Dec 18, 2012 at 08:41:34

“Wow. That first year native studies course of yours has really paid off.
Canada and the world may not let it happen, but FN leadership is quite comfortable with the status quo.”
The Uproar Over Gap's 'Manifest Destiny' T-Shirt

The Uproar Over Gap's 'Manifest Destiny' T-Shirt

Commented Oct 26, 2012 at 12:52:09 in Style

“I have tried to like & share this article, but it keeps saying "error" being looked into. I can't share it!”
The Uproar Over Gap's 'Manifest Destiny' T-Shirt

The Uproar Over Gap's 'Manifest Destiny' T-Shirt

Commented Oct 26, 2012 at 12:48:38 in Style

“Neo-nazi website ' The Axis' offers pirate Gap "Manifest Destiny" t-shirts for around $20. Neo-nazi website 'Creativity Organisation' offers a slightly different designed black tee with "Manifest Destiny" printed on it in white, which they say predates McNairy's 'design' and may have been his influence. Now it can be seen that this slogan is equivalent to a swastika or any white pride slogan utilised by far-right/neo-nazi racists. That was pretty obvious,nwasnt it Gap? Stupid, stupid people. It is essential that Gap give a public explanation of how this happened as well as an apology to the First Nations people that contains admission of fault,nwhich they have absolutely avoided so far. Terrible shower must run this business.”
The Uproar Over Gap's 'Manifest Destiny' T-Shirt

The Uproar Over Gap's 'Manifest Destiny' T-Shirt

Commented Oct 25, 2012 at 19:23:58 in Style

“"Manifest Destiny"

" The number of Indians who died because of what we called Manifest Destiny has always been a subject of debate among scholars, but I believe that the majority of informed historians and anthropologists now agree that between seven million and eighteen million indigenous people were living in what is today the continental United States when Columbus arrived in the New World. By 1924 there were fewer than 240,000 left; their ancestors had been victimized by centuries of disease, starvation and systematic slaughter...

To my mind the killing of Indians was an even larger crime against humanity than the Holocaust; not only did it take more lives, but it was a crime committed over centuries that continues in some ways to this day... 

But we refuse to think of ourselves as a nation that committed genocide."

Marlon Brando, 
"Songs My Mother Taught Me", 1994.”