This article below is typical of many, but the reply to the article, posted below the article is awesome. By the way - this is in Canada http://www.ottawasun.com/News/Columnists/Harris_Michael/2007/03/23/3812370.html Natives Left Out Again
March 23, 2007
For a man who likes to lecture the Chinese on social justice and human rights, Stephen Harper has brought down a strange budget.
When Chief Angus Toulouse walked into the CFRA studio this week to react to the federal budget on behalf of the Assembly of First Nations, he had the air of a shell-shocked soldier.
The hope of Kelowna had been supplanted by the cold arithmetic of Stephen Harper's political calculations. In that world, the people who mattered came from Ontario, Quebec and Alberta, not Oka, Membertou, or Eskasoni.
The budget spoke of supporting families, seniors and needy provinces, but not Native families, Native seniors or desperately poor reserves. Once again, the confirming handshake of a New Deal for Native people, this time known as the Kelowna Accord, turned into wind blowing through grass.
Now Stephen Harper is disputing that there ever was a formal deal made between the federal government, the provinces and Canada's indigenous peoples that binds his government.
Chief Toulouse found it particularly galling that Jim Prentice, now the minister of Indian and Northern Affairs, had once declared that Native poverty was the most serious social crisis in the country and that the Conservative party intended to address it. He spoke those words while endorsing the Kelowna Accord and its $5-billion package to bring medical services, education, and infrastructure to Canada's often isolated reserves. Of course, in those days, Mr. Prentice was an opposition MP full of idealism, resolve and compassion. Now he has power -- and a different story.
With just enough money to sustain "the misery" as Phil Fontaine put it, Chief Toulouse told me that the next act in this national disgrace may well unfold at the barricades manned by youthful Natives tired of the duplicity, obfuscations and lies of the federal government. I could almost hear the vitriolic e-mails piling up in my computer, accusing Natives of loutishness, bellicosity, a refusal to adapt to the modern world, and a towering sense of entitlement.
One man wrote that he had worked with Natives all his life and was "tired of babysitting them." Why all the "handouts" to a people who refused to work? His answer? Cut them off completely and "quit crying about what happened years ago."
Would he say that, I wondered, to a Jew, a Black, or a PoW? Even stranger, he didn't bother to say exactly what did happen all those years ago. Bigots rarely do. What happened is that we stole an entire continent from indigenous peoples without compensation and then consigned them to ghettos where we decided how they would live, unless, of course, they decided to be like us. Then there were residential schools where they could be beaten and brainwashed into assimilation.
Everywhere else in the world, human beings cling to the land with striking ferocity when they consider it theirs and their passion is understood. Consider Israel, Palestine, the divided Ireland, Taiwan, and yes, Canada too. But when it is Native people trying to enforce their claim to the land, and doing so under the terms of the proclamation of 1763, they are lazy, ungrateful troublemakers.
Walking home after the day was done I looked up at the Parliament buildings, standing imposingly on Algonquin land and a sacred site at that. It seemed singularly graceless, I thought, to deal the Natives out of the budget when you were 140 years behind in your rent. The url and reply below covers all the bases and I couldn't have said it better myself. http://warwicknews.blogspot.com/2007/03/leftard-of-day-michael-harris-ottawa.html
Friday, March 23, 2007
Leftard of the Day: Michael Harris, Ottawa Sun
Rarely do I read a column by Michael Harris which doesn't make me despise the man even more and this one is no different.
This guy is everything I hate about snotty leftards who are too stupid to know that what they claim is fact is no more fact than fairy tale. Just because you have a delusion doesn't mean that reality will morph itself to suit your opinion.
I am sick to death of idiots like this guy.
Natives are not starved of cash from the federal pimp daddy. The dept. of Indian affairs (or whatever they call it now) spends more than $16,000 for every man, woman and child living on the reserves. Add to this all the other transfers and spending and it should be clear to anyone with an IQ higher than a retard that money is not the issue. The system itself is the problem. To fix this problem, we have to back up a whole bunch of steps to correct Mikey's delusional sense of the past.
First off, I refer to anyone who throws around the "racist" slur against anyone who questions the wisdom of throwing more money at a failure of a system an asshole. Yes Mikey, I think you're an asshole for your attacks at anyone who dares question your "wisdom."
I'm sick of people like you. You and people who share your mindset infest the media like maggots on a steaming pile of shit. You pretend that since you claim some fairy tale to be true that it becomes fact. You assume that anyone who questions your fairy tales to have belligerent motives allowing you to disregard those who would debate you on the merits (or lack thereof) of your delusions. Your snotty attitude is insufferable. I can tolerate stupid people so long as they realise they are stupid and don't claim to know more than everyone else. I can't tolerate stupid people who think they're fricken geniuses.
First off, when Europeans came here they certainly displaced the natives and took over. Why is this considered an unforgivable injustice? Is this somehow out of the ordinary? Is this an ahistoric event? Only a fool would think so.
"Natives" or "Indians" or whatever PC label they have this week are not a homogeneous population. They are a collection of competing groups or "tribes" in the same way we have the tribes of Europe, Africa, Asia and everywhere else on earth. Second, boarders and land are not static anywhere. Europe and its various groups are not the same now than they were even 50 years ago, never mind thousands.
In Ontario, the Hurons were conquered by the Iroquois before the Europeans took over from the Iroquois. So then why are we paying the Iroquois for the land that isn't indigenous to them and if fact, was stolen from the Hurons? This competition and displacement is as common here as it was everywhere else. Natives are not different than the rest of humanity. But you see where this leads? Who owns the land? Who has "rights" to it? The quick and easy is that we all do.
I am as "native" to this land as a Huron or Iroquois. Why? I was born here and this is my home. To state that I am not because I don't share a race with the Huron or other "tribe" is the racism. You, Michael, are the racist here - not me. You, Michael, are the one in favour of apartheid in Canada - not me. The historical injustice wasn't that there are Europeans here but that the natives were kept apart from them. The injustice was that they were not assimilated into the Canadian population like every other group since then. This is what happens when cultures merge. It happened when the Saxons were taken over by the Normans. It happened when the Zulus ventured south and colonized all the lands of southern Africa displacing and enslaving the "native" tribes. It happened until the Europeans were too racist to assimilate the natives they colonized. It isn't the colonization that was the problem but the separation afterwards. Britain has been "colonized" many times over. There is no issue with this because everyone was assimilated. There are no Druids or Vikings or Saxons or Romans or Normans in Briton today - just Britons. The problem is that assimilation of the natives didn't happen here. I don't mean total assimilation. The Irish in Canada still have a sense of their history and culture as the Chinese do, the Somalis do, the Chileans do... The natives can keep their sense of history without the destructive social pathologies that lead from segregation.
The root of the "native's" problem is that they were not granted equal citizenship then and are not required to live by the same rules as everyone else now. A racist "treaty" that sets up different systems of governance and rights based on race is Apartheid and it was wrong in South Africa and it's wrong here, too. Further, it does the "natives" more of a disservice here than it ever will to the taxpayers who are charged with the untenable financial responsibility of perpetuating a racist regime at great public expense. The root of native misery is their enfeeblement and reliance on the government instead of themselves.
Natives have been poisoned by the lies of their leaders as much as the lies of our government (and the enablers of lies known as journalists and professors who shill their myths and their forked-tongue lies to the next generations.) The natives have been told that they are owed something, that they lost something and that their plight is not their responsibility but those of another race. Sounds much like a lot of other grievance mongers. You mention the Jews but a more appropriate analogy would have been the Palestinians and their monstrous leadership. The root of Palestinian suffering is their leaders, their Mullahs and their Arab neighbours compounded by a criminal education system that teaches racist, anti-Semitic hate (generously funded by Canadian Aid money...)
Make no mistake: No native alive today lost their continent. No native today can claim Canada is theirs and not mine and every other citizens. Every native today who claims a loss is living in a past they aren't a part of. Their ancestors lost something. So did the ancestors of just about everyone who ever lived. Losers whine about what happened long ago and use it as an excuse for failure. Natives need to eliminate this wart on their soul and take back their individual rights while rejecting group victimhood and identity politics. They do themselves harm in resisting their own best interests. They don't call welfare a trap for nothing.
Mikey also foolishly mentioned "black" people. If you decry the plight of black people, why demand Apartheid here for natives? Sounds like a bit of bad logic but least you're consistently illogical.
As for PoW's I won't even dignify something so stupid with a response.
But I have a better analogy: Russians. Russians suffered from 70 years of economic and political terrorism from their government. They were denied the right to self-determination through the communist system. Natives share this system. The Reserves are places where you are at the mercy of the Chiefs who lack accountability and have powers that make the corruption of many third-world nations look tame. There is no secret ballot so reprisals are common. When the Chief and his cabal of insiders have the power to give or take everything you rely on from welfare to housing to social services, and they also get to see how you vote, they have the power to crush dissent. You don't own your home and rely on the state for everything in the same way that the Russians did. Neither have control over their lives or their destiny because the state/chiefs have usurped the individual. On most reserves financial audits are rare, incomplete or non-existent so theft or waste of funds that are meant for the average native is not uncommon.
Without ownership you have nothing. Without political and economic accountability, you have nothing. The same misery and social pathologies (diabetes, alcoholism and substance abuse, depression, suicide and the like) that you see on native reserves you also see in the Russian people. It will take generations to undo the damage caused by communism (that is, if they weren't going backwards under Putin.) The same will be said of our "Bantu" homelands we refer to as reserves after (or if) we eliminate them.
It's well known that you suck the life out of people when you eliminate their purpose. Welfare kills people. Reserves are the cruellest type of welfare as it makes you chose between living away from your friends, family and all you know to get ahead or stay behind and languish in dung heaps that are often hundreds of miles from the nearest job. Reserves compound this problem by concentrating the walking dead in one place like a slum or ghetto that also happens to be segregated from other communities. Isolated reserves are economically infeasible and cruel places and all the money in the world is wasted until the entire idea of race-based entitlement and treatment is eliminated. You do natives a grave disservice by demanding more of the status quo on top of the damage already done.
Natives can't go back to living like they did prior to 1492 any more than the British or Japanese or Congolese can. To suggest that it should be state policy to keep natives trapped in the past may keep the votes coming for the liberals, it may keep the chiefs in power, but it is destroying the native people.
The history of humanity is filled with conquerors and the vanquished. Boarders and people change constantly. There are a reason why natives have names like "Mohawk warriors." The various competing groups of natives fought and killed in their competition for land and resources. They are not, nor have ever been a race of little innocent children. They are all fully human with the same characteristics as the rest of us. The myths perpetrated by the stupid suggesting that native life was some sort of Garden of Eden-like utopia where the natives were all happy and singing in the fields is a particularly feeble - not to mention racist - fairy tale. The "noble savage" myth was racist. Those who perpetuate it today are racist. To say that the Indians have the right to have their people frozen in time but the Druids or Pics or Vikings don't is also racist. Suggesting that Canada's system of racial Apartheid based on historical fantasy should be eliminated is not racism Thinking that the natives are different and need or deserve special treatment is racism.
It will be hard as hell to reverse this injustice against us all (and the natives the most) under Canada's Apartheid. It most likely won't be accomplished in my lifetime. It's a shame as another couple of generations of natives will be destroyed while we wait. In the mean time, if you want improvements to the lives of natives, you have to stop penalizing them for living outside of reserves, you need to boost accountability and democracy on the reserves and you need to stop educating natives in the ideology of victimhood. More money is not the answer. Well spent, you'd only need a small fraction of what it being pissed away for no positive results.
posted by Warwick @ 3/23/2007