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My Bold Idea to Reform Aboriginal Education

My Bold Idea to Reform Aboriginal Education

Commented Oct 17, 2013 at 09:36:47 in Canada Politics

“I did not choose the title of this article, and I think it is somewhat misleading, particularly for the many of you accustomed to commenting on articles you do not read in full. So let me clarify a few things.

1. This article is addressed to indigenous peoples and is specifically not asking for any help from Canadians.

2. I am calling for a summer long, temporary, volunteer-driven series of educational workshops for indigenous people, delivered by indigenous peoples, focusing mostly on our youth. These workshops would be about politicising our youth, providing them with cultural teachings specific to their nation/territory and would link them up to existing indigenous organisations so we can have more integrated cooperation across our diverse nations.

3. I have already explained why I fully reject the First Nations Education Act (in the article before this one) and I gave examples of self-funded, designed and implemented First Nations schools that are highly successful. That is the overarching educational reform I call for: indigenous control over indigenous education, because Canada has failed to delivery adequate education to us since it first gave itself the authority to do so.”
Colonialism in the First Nations Education Act

Colonialism in the First Nations Education Act

Commented Oct 11, 2013 at 08:56:10 in Canada Politics

“If your supposed rush of feelings of support are so easily extinguished, I cannot help but feel you are insincere and of little worth to an effort to create change. Thus the threat of alienating you should not really worry anyone. You are provided with information, and you can do with that what you will; but ultimately it is your choice to decide whether you will support human rights or not. No amount of tone policing on your end can change where that responsibility lies: squarely on your own shoulders.”

IrishMale on Oct 11, 2013 at 12:54:18

“It was a cheap provocation and I replied in anger. Wish I could take it back. Truth is, I'm just learning about these issues and I'm surprised how much animosity there is on both sides.”
Colonialism in the First Nations Education Act

Colonialism in the First Nations Education Act

Commented Oct 11, 2013 at 08:52:39 in Canada Politics

“You cannot bring to bear any fact-based arguments to support yourself, nor challenge the points raised in this article with anything but empty statements; yet you continue to speak. I find that interesting.”

skizziks on Oct 11, 2013 at 10:18:31

“Fact based arguments ?..
What fact based arguments do you think will support tribalism and segregation as vehicles to social equity ?
People like Douglas Cardinal, and John Kim Bell, drew inspiration from their roots, not a destination. When your roots are your destination, then you are going in circles.”
Colonialism in the First Nations Education Act

Colonialism in the First Nations Education Act

Commented Oct 10, 2013 at 14:27:11 in Canada Politics

“You have zero evidence to back up your claim that indigenous peoples are essentially bringing this all on ourselves because we value our languages and cultures and refuse to toss those things away in order to be more like what Canadians supposedly are. On my end? Hundreds of pages of reports and studies and recommendations from auditor generals, judges, lawyers, social workers, researchers, legislators, community workers, unions, academics, international rapporteurs and think tanks, all saying basically the same thing: culture, language and most of all control over education is what makes the essential difference between success, and failure.

(part 2 of 2)”

heros on Oct 10, 2013 at 15:52:56

“A person can function in many Cultures. No one fails nor cannot function in any normal functioning world. The "myth" that is being promoted that Aboriginal Peoples of Canada are failing academically is used often by those in control of the "purse strings". There are many cultures that succeed including many Aboriginal peoples with rich Culture. Time to take those "racist bigots" to task like Minister Valcourt and call them out using stats to demonstrate that languages/culture enhances people intellectually and educationally. From time to time I use a different language in different settings (will continue more languages) and visit different Culture and follow their protocols'. The promotion that somehow First Nations are not intelligent is falsehood that has been projected by many Minister like Bernard Valcourt. There are racial barriers like not funding First Nations children. And making false statements as to how much monies you are giving like those empty "Conservative Ads". Media reads "Millions for Aboriginal Languages" and as a fool I called to be first in line only to be told there needs to be 3 year task force study first. Empty. Falsehood. General Public is made to believe that monies are being abused with in fact monies hardly ever reached the children. Shame and disgusting. The only monies that being abused is by those fat cat Senators: Wallin, Duffy, et. al. and Nigel Wrights of Canada. Shame. Starve the children but get the fat cats to abuse their powers and public monies. scandalous,criminal.”
Colonialism in the First Nations Education Act

Colonialism in the First Nations Education Act

Commented Oct 10, 2013 at 14:26:24 in Canada Politics

“Voluntary apartheid? What an interesting way to completely misrepresent reality.

That indigenous peoples have managed to hold on to our languages and cultures despite active, legislated attempts to rid us of both in an attempt to create 'equality among citizens' (when not using doublespeak, this means cultural genocide through forced assimilation) is a miracle of tenacity. First Nations were literally, not metaphorically, starved onto reserves. Modern funding arrangements ensure that they are now being starved off of them by maintaining on-reserve services at poverty levels only.

First Nations occupy one half of one percent of all land south of the 60th parallel...a meager pittance of land that Canadian and corporate interests nonetheless continue to forcefully encroach upon in order to reach billions of dollars of resources which flow into Canadian, not First Nation, coffers.

The results are clear: when indigenous peoples are able to control, design, implement and deliver their own systems of education, indigenous students are just as successful as their non-indigenous peers. When this does not happen, we have the kinds of drop out rates that mark Canadian educational delivery as the utter failure it is. The solution to this is not to clap your hands over your ears and chant, "la la la not listening, stop the voluntary apartheid!"

(part 1 of 2)”
Colonialism in the First Nations Education Act

Colonialism in the First Nations Education Act

Commented Oct 10, 2013 at 09:25:32 in Canada Politics

“Rather than being ignored, post-secondary funding was explicitly addressed in my article: "Post-secondary funding, available only to Status Indians and Inuit, has been historically inadequate to meet funding needs, and has created a backlog of 10,589 students between 2001-2006 who were denied funding. (page 34)" Non-Status Indians and Metis are not eligible for any funding at all. Even with abysmal high school graduation rates, the Status and Inuit students who do make it that far are not guaranteed post-secondary funding and many are turned away because the need is greater than the funds available.

The lack of parity in funding between Aboriginal and non-Aborignal students needs to end, and funding for libraries, technology, professional development, sports and recreation, vocational training and school boards (which is currently funded for non-Aboriginal students, but is NOT funding received by schools in Aboriginal communities) must be implemented.There has been no concrete commitment by the architects of the First Nations Education Act to do any of these things.”

IrishMale on Oct 11, 2013 at 12:01:08

“I'm not disputing any of that, and let me say I agree it's counterintuitive to think that the FNEA can be drawn up without heavy FN involvement and still expect strong outcomes. It's also nonsense to think that FN kids can be educated to the same level as rural Canadian kids with a lower level of per-student funding. Money doesn't equate to outcomes but a lack of it certainly can hold them back.

As someone with a strong voice for the FN community, I wonder if you could comment on a related issue. As an urban white Canadian, I'm not exposed to the difficulties than Aboriginals face on a daily basis. What I get is mostly is from the news, and from what I can gather the primary issue holding back real reform is a perception problem. The perception I'm referring to is "when it comes to Aboriginal issues, there's no reason to think that more money will result in better outcomes". So there's a resistance to support more spending on FN issues because there's little expectation that more money will solve the problem.

I'm not saying this is perception is fair, or accurate. But I'm sure that if the Aboriginal community focused on combatting this perception, rather than focusing on "what is owed", then we would see much more support for the necessary increases in spending.

Do you agree that this perception problem lies at the root of Canadian resistance to increased spending?”
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First Nations Won't 'Get Over' Your Ignorance

Commented Sep 5, 2013 at 17:01:35 in Canada Politics

“Ah yes, the super creepy cyber-stalking crap from a site called "Environmentalism is Fascism". Lazy stalking too. The author targeted indigenous women in particular in his ranting, hate-filled blatherings, sparing a little energy for the men but really laying it into us females. Lac Ste. Anne, as the name says, is a lake. And on that lake are a number of native and non-native communities, including the Metis community of...Lac Ste. Anne. It's been there since 1841. There are Cree and Stoney reserves right by the lake too. I guess they didn't get polled when cyber-stalker William Walter Kay did his shoddy research on Onoway.

The rest is just as full of logical errors and assumptions except for this: I have absolutely devoted my education and professional career to Indigenous communities, and if that is me being part of the so called 'Aboriginal industry', then I wear that label with pride. Thanks for noticing!”
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First Nations Won't 'Get Over' Your Ignorance

Commented Sep 4, 2013 at 20:05:53 in Canada Politics

“They are in the minority. Of course the curriculum is open enough to allow these conversations to happen, but they are not mandatory, and teachers are not given the tools they need to teach these things. Teachers have plenty on their plates, and doing the necessary research to bring these kinds of things into the classroom is not going to be easy without serious support. That means curricular reform, resource development and teacher training.”

NTodd on Sep 5, 2013 at 04:29:35

“By the way, I wanted you to know that I'm glad I took the time to read your article in its long version. It is a masterpiece of expository prose. The shortened version does not do it justice.”

NTodd on Sep 5, 2013 at 04:19:07

“I think you might be impressed with what's happening here in Saskatchewan. There's certainly room for growth, and education is about continuous improvement, but I have seen substantial progress, particularly toward the recognition of the importance of treaty rights and obligations, the integration of First Nations content into all fields of study, and intensive professional development of teaching staff on First Nations issues.”
#IdleNoMore: A Movement of Platitudes?

#IdleNoMore: A Movement of Platitudes?

Commented Dec 29, 2012 at 16:08:35 in Canada Politics

“Specific demands in English: http://ipsmo.files.wordpress.com/2012/12/idlenomore_handout.pdf
In French: http://ipsmo.files.wordpress.com/2012/12/idlenomore_handout_francais.pdf
In Spanish: http://ipsmo.files.wordpress.com/2012/12/idlenomore_handout_espanol.pdf

Specific long term plan laid out in 440 recommendations by the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples back in 1996: http://apihtawikosisan.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/RCAP-Vol5-ApxA-2.pdf

Those who claim that Idle No More doesn't have clear goals, aren't listening. Glad to help.”

hp blogger Ike Awgu on Dec 29, 2012 at 17:07:37

“Hey Chelsea!”
Media Bites: #IdleNoMore Is Low on Specifics

Media Bites: #IdleNoMore Is Low on Specifics

Commented Dec 27, 2012 at 14:21:21 in Canada Politics

“For those who need documentation on how things are 'getting worse' or rather, have been awfully bad for a very long time, the five volume Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples report goes into more detail than you probably will ever need and it's all available online: http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/webarchives/20071115053257/http://www.ainc-inac.gc.ca/ch/rcap/sg/sgmm_e.html

Even better, this report details a 20-year plan for tangible changes to improve the situation. This information has been available since 1996 but is no doubt completely new to many. Enjoy!”

ijij on Dec 27, 2012 at 21:58:20

“since this report was published in 1996, it really isn't so helpful if we're concerned about progress or lack thereof during the last sixteen years.”
Izok Corridor Deal: Harper's Cabinet Mulls Massive Chinese Resource Project In Arctic

Izok Corridor Deal: Harper's Cabinet Mulls Massive Chinese Resource Project In Arctic

Commented Dec 27, 2012 at 12:26:02 in Canada Politics

“This is not Harper's land to make deals with.”

KingConCrusher on Dec 27, 2012 at 12:34:26

“I guess you didn't get the memo.”
I'm in a Life-Threatening Abusive Relationship...With My Government

I'm in a Life-Threatening Abusive Relationship...With My Government

Commented Dec 13, 2012 at 08:48:11 in Canada

“The bulk of native children who are taken from their homes, are not taken because of abuse. They are taken because of crowding, characterised as 'neglect': http://apihtawikosisan.com/2012/04/21/the-stolen-generations/. There are many children who are removed because too many people are living in the same house. So here you see the intersection of a number of factors...inadequate housing and poverty leading to the removal of our children and the hindering of reunification. Injury on top of injury on top of injury.”

NecktopPC on Dec 13, 2012 at 14:03:00

“Adding insult to injury!”
I'm in a Life-Threatening Abusive Relationship...With My Government

I'm in a Life-Threatening Abusive Relationship...With My Government

Commented Dec 13, 2012 at 06:41:51 in Canada

“Ah yes, like the 'rest of [you]' do, all on your own. Guaranteed the existence of a publicly funded school and then funded adequately all through K-12. This is not something many First Nations have access to. Guaranteed access to adequate health care. This is not something many First Nations have access to (the NIHB, which First Nations people must go through to access healthcare is notoriously difficult to go through and is currently completely crashed). The 'rest of [you]' who do not have your children removed at numbers that far exceed those taken during the Residential Schooling period, generally for no other good reason than they live in crowded conditions...crowded conditions caused by the lack of infrastructure funding that ALL OTHER people in Canada receive. Guaranteed access to potable water when there are First Nations communities who have had to boil their water before drinking for over a decade. Yes, the 'rest of [you]' have done it all on your own, with no help, and no added advantage for centuries.”

TwoZeroOZ on Dec 13, 2012 at 22:03:00

“It has been pointed out to you quite a few times that the typical aboriginal person receives the same amount of per-capita funding from combined provincial/federal sources, as every other Canadian.

Last time this was pointed out to you, you rebutted with "Well someone from Toronto receives Federal, Provincial, and Municipal funding, so it's more!".
Which is ridiculous, because Toronto is not comparably sized, and the municipal funding obviously comes from itself.

The fact is, a similar sized municipality in the same province receives IDENTICAL education/health funding from combined provincial/federal sources as its counterpart reserve does.

I have a feeling you will not respond to this post.”
I'm in a Life-Threatening Abusive Relationship...With My Government

I'm in a Life-Threatening Abusive Relationship...With My Government

Commented Dec 12, 2012 at 15:31:35 in Canada

“More like fighting the hypocrisy of such a request from governments embroiled in the most disgusting cases of corruption you can imagine...the Auditor General has again and again attested to the mountain of paperwork submitted by each First Nation annually. The information is there, and in triplicate. Now who will hold their own governments to the high standards expected of First Nations? Or is outrageous corruption just 'business as usual' in Canadian politics?”
I'm in a Life-Threatening Abusive Relationship...With My Government

I'm in a Life-Threatening Abusive Relationship...With My Government

Commented Dec 12, 2012 at 15:25:40 in Canada

“The number of 'rich Indians' in existence has been so exaggerated in the Canadian consciousness as to be funny...if the myth weren't so sad.

There is a lot going on here. If you want to get a sense of where it's going wrong, and why, you don't get to just accept tired stereotypes about corrupt Band leaders. Start with the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples, whose 444 recommendations have been all but ignored by all governments in power since the report was released: http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/webarchives/20071115053257/http://www.ainc-inac.gc.ca/ch/rcap/sg/sgmm_e.html

Look to Auditor General reports on a wide range of issues, giving the Canadian government a failing grade again and again for its inefficiency, and its failure to implement the AG's recommendations (scroll down for a list of reports specific to First Nations issues: http://apihtawikosisan.com/aboriginal-issue-primers/legal-links/).

I think the better question is...why don't Canadians know this stuff yet? These are not reports put out by First Nations, these are reports created at the behest of the Canadian government, paid for by the Canadian taxpayer...and left to gather dust.

Solutions abound and have for decades. What is lacking is political will...and the Canadian government won't have that until Canadians demand it of them.”

HarleyOpenRoad on Dec 13, 2012 at 08:56:06

“FirstNations people need to work for a living, just like everybody else. The sense of entitlement isn't helping anyone, as proven over and over by the human tragedy existing on practically every reserve.

Every time another cheque is written, the problem gets worse.”
I'm in a Life-Threatening Abusive Relationship...With My Government

I'm in a Life-Threatening Abusive Relationship...With My Government

Commented Dec 12, 2012 at 15:20:19 in Canada

“No one is saying that only indigenous peoples are standing up for the environment. What Aaron Paquette did say is that it was indigenous people protesting Bill C-45 in particular, which has the potential to seriously negatively impact the environment for everyone here. We are asking all these groups to stand in solidarity with us...everyone on these lands has a stake in what is happening!

As for the suggestion that we not focus on government...my lord. Who passes the legislation that protects, or leaves vulnerable our lakes, rivers and streams? Who makes the deals which allow gigantic corporations to exploit the resources? Whose job is it to protect this country with sound decision making, in all our interests!? It should never, ever be the corporations, and they should NOT be our focus.

All Canadians need to hold this government, and all governments to come to account.”

agsterino on Dec 13, 2012 at 01:52:15

“Please give that a little more though as you are so off the rails if you do not think corporations are your enemy.  I am holding them guilty as they are the ones controlling government decisions far more than the population.  Why do you think the government makes those decisions?  Because the government panders to them.  You have it backwards.  We have to stop corporations from having power to influence the government.  As in your words, My Lord!  Open your eyes and see you buys votes?  We are being run by a corpocracy.  I have more concerns about economic and environment and the plight of the people in poverty due to ....  Read my past comments and see how you are merely not understanding how money and power and greed work.  So get off your duff and stop inflaming situations by thinking a wizard in parliament   randomly makes decisions? Get YOUR focus on who is influencing the government decision makers!  As for making that remark about my entitlements ... Get your big girl pants on and come to the table with solutions, not excuses.”
I'm in a Life-Threatening Abusive Relationship...With My Government

I'm in a Life-Threatening Abusive Relationship...With My Government

Commented Dec 12, 2012 at 14:45:38 in Canada

“I am quite happily witness to the untruth of that statement, as settlers become aware of the movement and send us their support in thought, word, prayer, and action. I only hope to see that grow.”

Shahanshah on Dec 21, 2012 at 00:12:40

“You and me both know you are not a full blooded native, that is quite apparent from your Caucasian phenotype, would you please let me know when you plan on getting all European genetics removed from your body and sent "back" ?

until then, stop using the word "settler" to describe some of your own ancestors.”

Another Pesky Canadian on Dec 12, 2012 at 22:09:19

“Fanned for voicing your beliefs.”
I'm in a Life-Threatening Abusive Relationship...With My Government

I'm in a Life-Threatening Abusive Relationship...With My Government

Commented Dec 12, 2012 at 14:26:13 in Canada

“You make claims and back none of them up. Perhaps one of the biggest obstacles facing any sort of movement is all of the people shouting myths from the sidelines?

Education is sorely needed.”
I'm in a Life-Threatening Abusive Relationship...With My Government

I'm in a Life-Threatening Abusive Relationship...With My Government

Commented Dec 12, 2012 at 13:48:39 in Canada

“These are claims often made, rarely proven. In the case of Attawapiskat, much attention was turned to the accusations of mismanagement...claims which were found to be groundless by the Federal Court.

Montreal has been embroiled in a scandal of epic proportions as decades long corruption has been revealed...a city in bed with the Mafia! And yet no one calls for Montreal to be put under Third Party Management? If Montrealers all faced the kind of living conditions seen in places like Attawapiskat, what would you do? Accuse first, help second?

The federal government does not truly work with any First Nations people, leaders or otherwise...and that is the point.”

TwoZeroOZ on Dec 12, 2012 at 15:15:01

“The claims were not found "groundless", they were found to be unproven, as in there was no direct evidence to prove the mismanagement of funds.

All of the accounting audits that Attawapiskat had completed found massive holes in their accounting records, and all cited "poor record keeping" (Last I checked, these documents were freely available on their own website). Is it simply a coincidence that possible evidence of mismanagement wasn't able to be found because of "poor record keeping" by the band leaders? I doubt it.

During the Attawapiskat crisis, 2 attawapiskat band members actually came on to HP to tell their stories, and both blamed band leadership for their mess. How do you reconcile that fact?”
I'm in a Life-Threatening Abusive Relationship...With My Government

I'm in a Life-Threatening Abusive Relationship...With My Government

Commented Dec 12, 2012 at 10:56:48 in Canada

“Concrete suggestions are always welcome...”

bglyons on Dec 12, 2012 at 15:27:16

“You are right in saying this has gone on far too long. I would suggest, however, that protests and rallies are not the answer. Protests and rallies get 15 minutes of fame and then people forget about them. Remember Oka? Many people don't. This is a political issue; not a race issue and we need to move away from the "he said she said" approach in dealing with it. Pionting fingers and making this a race issue takes the foucs away from the real problem. You know that people of all colours are both behind your cause and against your cause - it's not a race thing. Please don't get me wrong - the situation with First Nations is horrible, embarassing, and shameful and our government needs to held accountable for all of it. But staging protests and ranting about racism - no matter how legitimate those rants are - will not hold the government accountable. It never has - you know this. The responses to these things from government will only be in the from of rhetoric. You know this from many decades of experience. Your people need to realize that the answer is (sadly) in the politcal realm. Indigenous people are the fastest growing segment of Canadian society and your people have the potential to become politically very powerful IF you recognize that governments respond to basically two things: lobbying from the corporate world, and votes.”

agsterino on Dec 12, 2012 at 14:24:54

“What happens if some of those concrete solutions are not too popular with the folks in your own community in charge of distributing funds and deciding what to invest in for the future?

I am bias for sure. I would employ a FN person over another person with the same qualities. Why? Because success and accountability for one's own actions without using being victimized as an excuse for not succeeding is the most important role model to everyone, but especially to the FN culture who are almost held back because of the former Victim entitlement view which in truth is a killer of person success and responsibility.”

YankinCanada on Dec 12, 2012 at 11:22:06

“and tweeted”

YankinCanada on Dec 12, 2012 at 11:21:07

“Shared on FB.”

YankinCanada on Dec 12, 2012 at 11:20:42

“I too fully endorse the First nations and I believe that IdleNoMore is strong and wouldn't change it. I would like to see First Nations, GreenPeace, Doglake and other orgs come together under a banner, not permanently but cohesively, strength in numbers with common goals. The issues that are age old must also be brought into the main stream and this is a good start here.”
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Can You Wear Native Fashion Without Being Offensive?

Commented Nov 27, 2012 at 12:27:20 in Canada Style

“It's a shame your experience with being native has been negative. That is not everyone's experience, however. Your experiences cannot and do not define all of us. If you refuse to listen to anything we have to say on the matter because of your negative experiences, that's understandable...but it does make it impossible for you to make an informed decision on the issues.”
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Can You Wear Native Fashion Without Being Offensive?

Commented Nov 26, 2012 at 11:06:53 in Canada Style

“Did you click on the first link in this article? It discusses how the Navajo have trademarked their name, just like Apple has trademarked its name. Ideas may be universal, but certain expressions of them are protected by copyright, trademark, and patent law. If you have a problem with that, then I would hope your complaints would be aimed more generally rather than merely singling out indigenous use of the same. Nonetheless, this topic is not focused on trademarks or patents or copyright, but rather on what is, and what is not cultural appropriation. You are of course free to engage in cultural appropriation if you so choose. You are not free to do so without comment.”
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Can You Wear Native Fashion Without Being Offensive?

Commented Nov 26, 2012 at 11:03:30 in Canada Style

“It seems odd that you'd make such a statement, when so many people are working extremely hard on all of those big issues. In fact, most of what I write about focuses on those challenges. You can check the rest of my articles on Huff-Po for a sampler, or you can see more here: http://apihtawikosisan.com/aboriginal-issue-primers/. A white woman in a warbonnet is not more important than these issues, but all of these issues are linked. The discussion about cultural appropriation has allowed us to bring a wider set of issues into the mainstream consciousness, so I'm not really sure who you think you're being lumped in with here.”

hp blogger Chelsea Vowel on Nov 27, 2012 at 12:27:20

“It's a shame your experience with being native has been negative. That is not everyone's experience, however. Your experiences cannot and do not define all of us. If you refuse to listen to anything we have to say on the matter because of your negative experiences, that's understandable...but it does make it impossible for you to make an informed decision on the issues.”
huffingtonpost entry

Can You Wear Native Fashion Without Being Offensive?

Commented Nov 26, 2012 at 10:59:28 in Canada Style

“It's only hypocritical if you don't actually understand the issue, which most certainly seems to be the case. Links were provided in the article above to help clarify the issue, but perhaps they were missed. There is a short-version article which deals specifically with headdresses here: http://apihtawikosisan.com/hall-of-shame/an-open-letter-to-non-natives-in-headdresses/, and there is a long-version article which goes into more detail about what is, and what is not cultural appropriation: http://apihtawikosisan.com/2012/01/30/the-dos-donts-maybes-i-dont-knows-of-cultural-appropriation/

Comparing cowboy boots to headdresses is apples to oranges, and those articles will help you understand why.”
huffingtonpost entry

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

Commented Aug 24, 2012 at 20:54:44 in Canada Politics

“You seem to be under the misapprehension that native peoples are complaining about ancient history. It might be a good idea for you to learn a little bit about contemporary issues facing indigenous peoples in this country before you tell anyone to get over anything.

Though given your truculence, that seems unlikely.”

dont believe everything on Aug 26, 2012 at 13:39:38

“nice try lady. since when is calling a spade a spade considered truculence ? i like how you write your blogs to always position yourself and your people as the victims. would you like to build that time machine finally and go back to when the europeans came to our land in the first place ? instead of complaining and constantly living in the past, why dont you get it through your head that no one can change what happened, all we can do as canadians is move forward and to do so as small groups claiming special rights and consideration is not only laughable, it should be illegal. you want to preserve your heritage, whos stopping you”
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