Indian Act Didnt Work So Lets Get Rid Of It
By Anthony J. Mountjoy | Tue, 16 Aug 2016 17:00:00 EST
I've learned a lot from conducting several discussions with average Indians. Not the elite political band leaders but regular every day people who live in the same streets and play the same video games and smoke the same weed as the rest of us. I asked what they want, what they don't want and is it too late to come together as promised all those years ago when our ancestors formed this great collaboration called Canada.
They want the Indian Act torn up and they don't want a new deal. What they want is to be a significant part of a unified Canada. I asked them to compare two possibilities and implored them to tell me honestly after passing the peace pipe which they prefer.
The first possibility is an independent country, say if we amicably carved off the top half of Canada and off they go to form with our willing help a new government. The second; modifications to our Parliamentary customs that guarantee a third of the house to the various Indian Nations in return for abolishing the entire reserve and band system.
Many feel the best aspects of the band system can be applied privately in cross-cultural social justice programs and that they can build industries based on their unique heritage and insights into resolving conflict and reforming offenders. They want to be Canadians, but they want equity. There were three primary movers in the formation of Canada. The French, the English, and the Indians. We made a deal back then and it did NOT turn out well. They want to take their rightful place as equals in peace; brothers and sisters in Canada ready to compete with the open market. New government money won't fix the problem.
Multiculturalism makes great promises but serves few beyond the huge labour operations and their cooperate masters. Pluralism is constrained by heritage and specific history so our people buy into their country and the cultural consideration costs stay steady. It makes money having such focus, there is clear production. Everyone knows the rules when history isn't a moving target. All signs in French and English...and Cree. Why not?
How's the labour market based globalist approach working out for ya? Do you like entire towns suddenly filled with people that have no real buy in or love of Canada, yet more wealth and opportunity than 99% of Indians have every had? It's unacceptable and we hope many of you are also tired of the false choices routinely presented by leaders on all sides primarily trying to protect their fiefdoms.
It's time to consider the end of the Indian Act and the reserve system in favour of an integrated united Canada; inoculated against cultural invasion though a reaffirmation of our unique pluralism and shared heritage over multiculturalism and global trade interests that push it. Merci!
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