Canada’s Aboriginal Problem

This is a little bit of a touchy problem because of politics not because of lack of facts. In fact, the facts point to a truth that the aboriginal community would rather not make it to the public eye. Problem is, that this truth will likely be hidden because the general populace in North America doesn’t have much of a critical eye. I mean, just look at the so called “news media.”

At any rate, this post is because of this article which is light on facts, and heavy on opinion. In fact, it even points people to learn the “facts” from an activist website. Not exactly uncommon in North America and is indicative of the downfall of the education system here.

This article references a problem with residential schools that some aboriginals were sent to: this practice ending sometime in the 1970’s. Something which has been well documented including several movies on the matter. In fact, I remember learning about this in high-school almost two decades ago. But, not just this. We went over much of the abuses that aboriginals had to endure from colony to Canada. So, how the aboriginals think that Canadians don’t know about is just plain ignorance.

But, let’s reference some of the things that are in this specific article.

One prominent academic calls what happened a genocide

This should be read as one prominent academic that can’t be named. Surely, if the facts are in the favour of this statement, that the academic in question wouldn’t mind being named. Or is it that the author of the article is just saying this “being sure” that there exists at least one academic with these leanings. Poor journalism to say the least.

NOTE: Further down in the article Roland Chrisjohn is mentioned as the academic in question. But, he also uses “our” to reference aboriginals in Canada. Not exactly an unbiased source. Especially since he has been pursuing this for… some time now. But, mentioning that so early in the article wouldn’t exactly lend to its credibility. Best hide that fact until “we” can get people to believe in “our” political message and won’t notice. Oops. Someone did.

Now, for the first time, the mainstream population will be learning a lot more about what was done in its name.

As referenced above, this is just a lie. We already know about it. In fact, there is courses dedicated to this at many Universities and lately Universities have be creating degrees in such matters. Brandon U has an “First Nations and Aboriginal Counselling” and the U of Winnipeg offers a degree in “Aboriginal. Governance”. Not to mention other Universities rushing to out politically correct each other.

largely marginalized one million native population and the rest of the 32 million people in Canada.

This quote almost want to make me cry. Yes, one million might seem like a large number. But, when one does some simple arithmetic we find out that the aboriginals comprise of only about 3% of Canada’s population. Yet:

Canada spends around C$10 billion a year on the aboriginal population, many serious problems remain.

Gee I wonder why. Could it be that the aboriginals live off hand outs and just have to scream loudly to get more? Could it be that the current system allows them to sit on there asses doing nothing because they are just “medicating themselves”? But, of course:

Native leaders say the destructive legacy of the schools helps explain the lamentable living conditions, poor health and high crime levels that many face today.

“I think Canadians will have a better appreciation of why we have become so stereotyped — that we’re lazy, or losers, or drunkards, or whatever. (This) resulted from a very destructive, oppressive colonization of aboriginal people,” said Chief Robert Joseph.

C$1.9 billion ($1.9 billion) settlement between Ottawa and the 90,000 school survivors

Being oppressed or abused IS NO EXCUSE FOR LAZINESS! The Jews had an attempt on there very existence during a time in which some of the aboriginals of Canada were sent to school. And after that (not to mention a history prior), they have rather made a success of themselves. In fact, Jews run some of the more powerful organisations on this planet. Furthermore, this is less than 10% of the total aboriginal population of Canada. So, even for those that think that this is a reason for laziness, how does that justify the other 90%?

Point of fact, aboriginals get “rights” under law in Canada that many Canadians would kill for. That being free education, better health care, dental, etc, etc, etc. Try telling that to the African Americans south of the border and try to get away with this BS. Or better yet, try telling that to the Canadians that struggle to find money for education, or are pretty much the same place economically, etc. No-one is helping them or having commissions or any such thing. They are made to fare for themselves.

Oh, and it’s so very nice to have a Duncan Campbell Scott taken completely out of context. Because, when reading the article one gets the image of a guy twisting his mustache scheming. Do we have any evidence that this is the case? Or is it a case of good intentions gone horribly wrong in many cases? Wouldn’t know from the article because this so called “journalist” is being rather “activist.”

Roland Chrisjohn at the University of St. Thomas in New Brunswick says Ottawa must first admit that taking children from their parents and giving them to outsiders constituted an act of genocide.

This is laughable and Roland Chrisjohn needs a dictionary. For this to be the case, not only the children need to have been taken, but the whole of there society as well. Not to mention that, I at least, take exception to this use of the word. Want to know about what genocide really is, just go to Darfur or look at the history of the Jews.

“Residential schools were about destroying our political systems, destroying our religious systems, destroying our communities, our cultures, our livelihood … they largely succeeded,” Chrisjohn said.

And he continues… The aboriginals were actually very primitive in all these regards. They had a basic tribal system which isn’t even remotely close to what politics is today, nor did they have much of a culture beyond there religion (which was as well rather primitive). Also, what livelihood? They fished for food, etc and nothing more. Livelihood implies business which didn’t really exist. At least, not before the Europeans came over and introduced such things.

This is the same nonsensical “logic” that is used to say that the government is still trying to destroy aboriginal culture telling them were they can or cannot fish, etc. I feel like knocking them on the head and saying, “Hello! It’s called arsenic. It… will… kill… you.” But, of course, many eat the fish and swim in the water anyway and then complain when bad things happen. Yah, we told you that’d happen. Why did you do it again?

Though there own hand many tribes are also killing the fishing industry. They do this by over fishing the fishing grounds which is detrimental for many non-aboriginal fishing communities that fish the same grounds. But, of course its all for traditional purposes. Quite frankly, until I see evidence of aboriginals hunting with .30-06’s or diesel powered fishing boats a couple hundred years ago, I’m calling BS on this one. The aboriginals want be traditional, then be traditional. But, of course, the downfall of the fishing grounds can’t be there fault. It’s the governments fault.

There is some truth to that though. But, not in the way that the aboriginals think. They should be restricted by the same laws as everyone else regardless of culture. Want an example of Canada “oppressing” another culture for the good of the environment? You just have to look at the Chinese Canadians and the poaching of black bears. Aboriginals need to stop being treated as special especially when it comes to destroying our environment.

Ted Quewezance, executive director of the National Residential School Survivors’ Society, is confident the commission will help efforts at reconciliation.

Really? Help who? How does wasting billions documenting already documented facts help anybody? The Churches and Government have already apologised and made amends legally as well as provided help with counselling, etc. among many other “perks.” How much longer is Canada as a whole going to be held hostage by a vindictive vast minority?

Strahl concedes there is a danger that years of public testimony about abuse could cause resentment among the mainstream population.

Nooooo. Why would that be? Perhaps because there are far more pressing matters to spend money on today? Like perhaps, domestic violence, a failing education system, a grossly underfunded military that can’t keep up with peace keeping efforts that would help prevent things like what happened at the residential schools from happening else where on this planet… right now, etc, etc, etc.

And no one can tell whether Canadians will pay much attention to the hearings. Native leaders have long complained about what they say is a widespread ignorance of and indifference to the aboriginal population.

Sorry, but any population that is only 3% of the population doesn’t deserve to be the center of attention. This statement is also ignorant of what actually happens in schools, etc today (see above). Furthermore, just watch the news. Aboriginal issues are a regular feature. But, let’s not have these facts get in the way of there crusade.

“If they don’t listen it will be a tragedy. I think once and for all we, as aboriginal people, will be certain that Canadians simply dismiss us as nothing important … that would be the worst insult of all,” said Joseph.

You know what Joseph. I already have. You know why. Because, as a people the aboriginal peoples of Canada have contributed very very little to our country and to the world. If you want to be respected as a people, then get off your collective asses, get your free education, and DO something. At that point, I (and I imagine many others) will give you your fair due (don’t expect any more). Until then, I’ll do what I’ve always done: give people there due who deserve it, whether they are aboriginal or not. But, you get nothing for just bitching and complaining.

For now, the official tone is one of optimism, especially since Prime Minister Stephen Harper will meet a key aboriginal demand on June 11 when he stands up in Parliament and formally apologizes to school survivors.

I find this pathetic since Harper has already given a formal apology to the aboriginals in general. What’s next then? Apologising to the aboriginals for x, then y, then z, etc, etc, etc. Because, of course all the issues are special and need individual acknowledgement. This is nothing but political pandering and shouldn’t be perceived otherwise.

LaForme says that if all goes to plan “we will be able to say, in the words of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, we have looked the beast in the eye. We have come to terms with our horrendous past and it will no longer keep us hostage.”

Somehow I doubt this. As in, every time in the past the aboriginals have been given what they want and beyond, they can’t seem to get beyond it and point to something else as the cause.

Point of fact, what is needed is counselling for those that were abused and otherwise “tough love.” Otherwise, all we’re doing is perpetuating a broken system that sustains and encourages the current state of affairs. But, of course, that “tough love” would be perceived as more oppression, etc against the aboriginals and of course makes it a political non-option. It’s a sad state of affairs.

My prediction for future events: the aboriginals will complain that no-one is paying attention to the hearings and the aboriginals will use that as an excuse to continue to hold Canada (politically) hostage i.e. this issue won’t be going away any time soon, perhaps not in my life-time.

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13 Responses to “Canada’s Aboriginal Problem”

  1. ryan Says:

    interesting read! Though I am understanding, and try to share my remorse at how the aboriginal community has been treated in the past…..I feel in tune with some of your comments.

    yes Canada has treated the population poorly….but how long are we to pay repairations? Assimilation, and treating all men alike (the basis of democracy) is simply thrown out the window here. 3% of our population get more rights and privileges than the majority. Let’s face it, in any situation where a landmass is conquered (through war, expansion, etc, etc.), usually the residence are either obliterated, or forced to assimilate, and become part of the society. Rightly, you stated that other minority groups in Canada are forced to live by the same rules, why is this a different situation?

    I am all for equality, all for letting them have freedom with respect to culture, all for them growing into a productive, happy part of Canadian society…..but that seems to not be getting any closer. I welcome new ideas to solving this issue, but clearly what we are doing is not working. In my opinion, all the press, old scars, and complaints of past injustices is counter-productive. Yes, you have much to be agry at….but also very much to be thankful for, and tonnes of opportunities to make your life better. Maybe sitting and complaining and remebering past hurts is not the best approach….the old “glass is half empty” approach needs to end!

    Thanks for the insight, and your opinions,

    rdk

  2. alicia Says:

    you ignorant fool. your originally from europe and you or someone you know is makin a livin off of lands that do not belong to you. face the facts read about the true history. we are living in a halocaust in north america!!

  3. alicia Says:

    you write comments such as these too make yourselves feel better about involvement in genocide.

  4. Odd Man Out Says:

    I approved Alicia’s posts because… well, it provides insight into (part of) what I was getting at above. Namely, a sense of entitlement and a need to blame others for ‘there’ lack of action.

    So, effectively, Alicia’s answer to a well thought out post that deconstructed flawed arguments is personal insults, completely ignoring the current legal system (e.g. land ownership) and making multiple citations of conspiracy theory. Not to mention not actually knowing what the word genocide means and the fact that her argument of “lands that do not belong to you” assumes that the aboriginals had a sense of land ownership before the Europeans arrived. They didn’t.

    What I find truly sad about Alicia’s comments is that she explicitly states that we are still living in a holocaust in North America. Well, if that were true, then why do we have all those government programs for giving money to help out the preservation of the various aboriginal cultures? etc, etc, etc.

    I truly pity people like Alicia. They have been so indoctrinated into there belief system (i.e. hatred of the “white man”), that they can’t even acknowledge what really happened, what’s really going on, and what’s being offered to them both as hand outs and help.

    Alicia, I’m sorry to kludge you over the head with this. But, there are countless programs out there to get you and your people on there feet. It’s not my fault that you’re unable to see and take advantage of that. If you want things to get better, then you’re going to have to stop spitting spiteful words and actually do something constructive. You, like everyone else, have many opportunities to do this. Especially, you and your people, as you guys have one distinct advantage that no-one else in Canada has; your bill is paid by the government.

    The proverbial ball has been in your and your people’s court for some time now. I think its time you guys made your move to actually forward yourselves.* Don’t you?

    * Please note that I am aware that there are some that have already done this. But, they are rather the exception rather than the rule (unfortunately).

  5. Logical Human Says:

    Although I take this article seriously enough, I would take it more seriously if Odd Man Out used her real name. Ha, Ha, just a little joke in case you have a sense of humor (so don’t get your panties in a tangle). I’m guilty of not leaving my real name too.

    I’m just here to make a few observations that I hope you won’t mistake as an attack on your character.

    “Because, as a people the aboriginal peoples of Canada have contributed very very little to our country”-Odd Man Out

    In response to this quote I must point out that while Europeans “Mapped” Canada, they did not do so by themselves. The Flora and Fauna was too different for them to survive on their own. I’ll leave you to guess who helped them survive and flourish-(HINT: it wasn’t the Irish).

    The genocide everyone keeps talking aboot. It wasn’t so much the school that attempted to obliterate an entire culture, it was about the plagues that killed them in the millions. On the issue of hygiene, the aboriginals were a little bit (teeny tiny bit) more sanitary. Enough so that plagues were seen as a curse brought by the early missionaries. (from their early perspective it seems that wherever these black robed men go, death seems to follow).

    I detect a bias in your article. Your mind set is similar to the early Jesuits – They believed that it was best that natives be “assimilated” into the European society. That mindset is far from gone. All too often Euro-Canadians say to themselves,”Why don’t they stop being lazy and get a job”; there is a simple reason for this. Getting a job is assimilation.
    This is what I call being stuck between a “rock and a hard place” I understand your frustration in this issue, don’t get me wrong. But I also understand theirs as well. The problem is: going to schools implies leaving home, getting a job,living in suburbs, basically adopting the “white” culture, while forgetting theirs. Culture is too important to just be left behind or taken away. Imagine if the prime minister outlawed beer, hockey, the Canadian flag, Canadian Idol, etc.. you can’t say that nobody is going to notice. This issue is the heart of the problem in my mind. And to an extent I agree with you.

    “…The aboriginals were actually very primitive in all these regards. They had a basic tribal system which isn’t even remotely close to what politics is today, nor did they have much of a culture beyond there religion (which was as well rather primitive). Also, what livelihood? They fished for food, etc and nothing more. Livelihood implies business which didn’t really exist. At least, not before the Europeans came over and introduced such things.”-Odd Man Out

    This may be the most ethnocentric paragraph I’ve noticed.
    You are right in the sense that their politics were not advanced at all, but here the tricky part. Their system worked better than ours. The superiority implied in this paragraph is borderline racist. I needn’t comment any further.

  6. Odd Man Out Says:

    Well, “Logical Human”, I’d take your post more seriously if it didn’t contain so many fallacies. I do have a sense of humour, but that last statement wasn’t it. Just so we’re clear on the matter.

    Re: The aboriginals contribution:

    Actually, if you were correct, then we’d have a proportional representation of the aboriginals in business, science, politics, etc, etc, etc. That’s not even remotely the case. So, no, they haven’t contributed much to Canada (that’s an understatement). Citing one or two things that happened a long time ago doesn’t detract from that fact.

    Re: Genocide:

    First off, for it to really be genocide, it must be deliberate and systematic. So, citing the accidental spreading of plague, isn’t exactly an example thereof. Secondly, what they are talking about is what is going on now. See alicia’s post for an example of this. Though there are certainly more… far more. This is what I was talking about as well in my post.

    I’d also point out that this is not about there perspective a few hundred years ago. It’s about the facts now. So, anything that you (or they) have to say about there thinking back then, when we know so very much more now is moot. This is not a historical discussion, it’s about what’s currently going on.

    Re: Assimilation:

    Welcome to reality. To work in this world one must actually live in it. Being an ostridge isn’t really an option.

    It’s also asinine to say that assimilating into “white culture” means that they must forget theirs, because, 1) it’s the worlds culture, and 2) the two can co-exist. Examples of this would be any pagan religion still practised to this day. There might have to be an adaptation, but that is far from leaving it behind.

    I should also point out what goes on when they are in school, looking for jobs, etc. You see, this getting treated special and the constant taking the role of the victim has pervaded that as well. You got students saying that they are getting poor grades because the teacher/prof is racist. Even when giving inappropriately poor grades is easy to prove (and is basically never is the case). This even happens when it is disturbingly clear that the child is at fault.

    Example: At one of my old schools, this metis kid beat the living crap out of another child during lunch. But, when they suspended the metis child and brought in the parents, the parents said that it was just because the kid was metis that he was getting suspended. The school didn’t stand for that and I applaud them for that.

    When it comes to work, they have an uphill battle. I’ve heard way too many stories about what aboriginals have done in various work places to ignore that. So, that’d be the same for just about everyone else. The sad fact of the matter is that they’ve earned that reputation and now must work there collective asses off to get rid of it. You might find that racist. But, if I were hiring and had the choice of two qualified candidates, one of which has a high likelihood of being a poor employee, which one do you think I’m going to choose?

    I should also point out that most aboriginals do not follow there religion. They sit on the reserves doing sweet f*** all. Sad but true.

    Them being ignorant of these facts doesn’t make them any less true. So, I gotta say, that it’s really there ignorance that has lead to the current hostilities towards us. If they’d only care even an iota about education they’d know these things. But, there impoverished “culture” is hardly willing to allow that. And I for one am getting sick and tired of the constant bitching about falsehoods and handouts.

    But, notice that word, impoverished. This is not an aboriginal issue. It’s a poverty issue. It just so happens that aboriginals are very much likely to be poor. And I don’t see anyone giving free education to the impoverished as a whole. So, what does that say about a people, when they have every advantage to forward themselves, yet still remain a “culture” of welfare cases?

    Re: My “racism”:

    Yah, not attacking me, yet effectively calling me a racist. Sure.

    Anyway, what people think of when they think of culture is what was developed in Greece or by the Babylonians. There is Maths, art, a political structure that moves things forward, organisation, etc, etc, etc. The aboriginals had/have exactly none of that. Acknowledging that fact isn’t racist. It’s acknowledging facts regardless if they are convenient or politically correct. That latter being a mistake that many (including you) make. Namely, that if one is being politically incorrect, that means they are racist. It’s nonsense.

    I also find it sad that you think that there system worked better than ours. After all, what did they have to manage. They were hunter gatherers. They woke up in the morning and some went off to the fields and others went off to hunt. Wow. Imagine the effort it took to do that. Astounding.

    All in all, if the aboriginals want to be taken seriously, they’re going to have to actually do something. Because, the time is coming when those handouts are going to stop and they cease to be treated like they are special. That won’t be for a while. But, it is coming.

    Now, if you’re going to reply, I’d take it as a kindness if you wouldn’t use such tactics again. They won’t/don’t work with me.

    Btw, you should also take a look at what happened to the Japanese Canadians during WWII and the reaction to it afterwards. Then compare that to the aboriginals. It’s amazing how much some education and actually using the grey matter helps things along.

  7. Logical Human Says:

    Hello my friend
    Its me again, I hope you didn’t miss me too much.

    What you meant to say is that aboriginals don’t contribute. Saying they Haven’t is incorrect. the words don’t and haven’t are not the same, and they both imply different things.

    About the genocide: The natives of 500 years ago knew what caused the plagues. Surely the Europeans had enough grey matter to also connect the dots. Besides it’s not like it happened over night, they must have had time to notice what was going on. so you can’t say that it was completely unintentional.

    About them being ostridges…what about the Amish, Monks, tribes…etc

    Oh yeah, I never used tactics. to tell you the truth I only used one. It was this sentence: “The superiority implied in this paragraph is borderline racist.” I wanted to see if you would interpret it objectively or subjectively. I don’t know anything about you, I can’t judge you. I just think your article is a little bit biased, nothing more.

    I don’t intend to change your mind at all, I just wanted you to know that there are two sides to every story.

    Oh, and about that Metis kid who got suspended, I’d applaud that too. Who wouldn’t? He got exactly what he deserved.

  8. Odd Man Out Says:

    Re: Contributions:

    Actually, I said, and I quote myself here, “they haven’t contributed much” and “have contributed very very little to our country and to the world”. Which is trivial and true.

    I would thank you to actually read what I write and not read into what I write. Because, I wrote what I meant several times. You misinterpreting what I wrote doesn’t mean that I wrote what you think I did.

    Re: Genocide:

    No the aboriginals didn’t know what caused plagues back then. Or are you saying they had knowledge of modern biology? Just because they thought (anecdotal evidence is not proof) that after the Europeans came people got sick, doesn’t mean they knew what caused it.

    But, yes, I am saying that it was unintentional. Or do you think that the Europeans sprayed themselves with bacteria and viruses before going out and about? Or that they had knowledge of what was going on and didn’t care? They didn’t know what was going on just like the aboriginals didn’t know.

    You really need to read some history. Particular that of pathogens.

    Re: Ostridges:

    We are talking about aboriginals right now. Please stay on topic.

    Re: Side to Stories:

    This isn’t about the different sides to the story. This is about what is fact and what is fiction. What I’ve written is fact. That might not be convenient or politically correct. But, there is a difference between convenient and politically correct, and what really happened. Welcome to recorded history.

    Re: Tactics:

    So, you say (emphasis mine), “I never used tactics.” Then go on to say, “I wanted to see if you would interpret it objectively or subjectively.” Which means you used a tactic. I could point out other things, but I don’t care that much.

    I don’t think you understand what logic really is.

  9. malik Says:

    dude how abt the fallacy in ur argument. First u go on saying that the education system in north america is on a downfall and then u go on to imply that Aboriginal peoples should be using the same system.
    I understand that u pride urself in being knowledgeable and rational, but u only choose the facts that help ur argument. I usually don’t care enough to comment on blogs like this but it’s also educated yet ignorant ppl like u that piss me off. Use ur life, if u’re so educated y don’t u go pick up a Gladue report or smthng and see how different of a life an Aboriginal person lives compared to you, in the same country. Equality is not always about treating everyone the same, it’s about bringing everyone to the same level.

  10. Odd Man Out Says:

    @malik:

    I did say, “indicative of the downfall of the education system”. However, I also did say, “a failing education system”. So, when it comes to choosing the fact that help ones argument, all I have to say is hypocrite. I also didn’t do this and you certainly haven’t shown that to be wrong.

    When it comes to the education system and my comments thereof, perhaps instead of assuming what I meant, you should ask. Because, you’re taking those comments out of context. In other words, I don’t have the opinion that you think that I do.

    I’ll also point out that your “argument” would hold much more weight if you would have posted with proper spelling and grammar. Or at least something near it. As in, don’t talk to me as if I’m not knowledgeable nor educated, when you’re displaying every indication of a profound lack thereof.

    Also, I am very aware of how the aboriginals live. However, they live under those circumstances by there own hand. If you would just take a moment to and look around at the plethora of special programs that *only* aboriginals can take advantage of, you’d realise how asinine your comment is.

    As a last note, your comment on equality doesn’t make any sense. Bringing people to the same level isn’t equality in the context of this conversation (not to mention that sort of “equality” is an intractable and ridiculous goal). Equality in the context of this conversation is about having the same opportunities. And quite frankly, if you’d look at all those special programs that the aboriginals have, they are the ones with more opportunities not the rest of us. It’s not our fault that the aboriginals don’t take advantage of them and *choose* to stay in poverty.

    It’s time the aboriginals take responsibility for there own failures and stop demanding handouts. What they need to do is get off there collective asses and actually work. Because, waiting for others to bring one up to the same level as everyone else is just plain profound stupidity. Not to mention profoundly insulting to the other 97% of Canadians that have actually worked for what we have.

  11. oldstudent Says:

    Hello OddManOut,

    Before you spout off to any more people, go and research residential schools and what the effect of 150 years of forced attendance does to a society. Did you know that kids that were ripped from their families and placed in residential schools (by force) lost all culture, sense of identity plus the ability to communicate in their native language? Did you know that these children did not learn how to parent as they never saw it in the schools? Did you know that when the churches ran the schools, children were punished and beaten if caught speaking in their own language? Did you know that school consisted of just a few hours of learning and then children were put to work doing farm or housework to raise money for the schools? Did you know that school ended at Grade 6 ? Did you know that the day you turned 16, you were taken back to the reserve to live with your family that you had nothing in common with anymore? Do you about culture shock? Do you know about “intergenerational impact” and how that affects generations of people? Do you know that 86,000 residential school survivors mean about 290,000 intergenerationally impacted survivors (on and off the reserves)??? Do you know what HISTORIC TRAUMA is?
    Could you explain to everyone how the survivors of these schools should feel good about being paid off to forget about sexual abuse and beatings that many of them endured?
    After you are finished researching residential schools, go find out about the sixties scoop….when the government sent in their forces to unlawfully remove thousands of Aboriginal children, placing them in homes where they (again) lost all culture and identity.
    I would also like to inform you that there are few schools that taught any Aboriginal history….and there are few schools that teach it now. All education on Aboriginal issues is fairly recent. Do you think because you were lucky enough to be informed on a few issues that this can possibly undo the damage for one million people? Why do you think because you were told some details in high school, that this would make any difference to the Native population?
    Oddmanout, I suggest you enroll in a university course on Aboriginal history. I guarantee if you take the time to enlighten yourself on the issues, you will have a different outlook on the Aboriginal “problem” as you call it. And for your information, you need to put a capital A on Aboriginal when speaking of Aboriginal peoples. Just as you would for the Italians, Canadians, Germans etc. Now, why don’t you go google
    “Intergenerational Impact”.

  12. Odd Man Out Says:

    I know of everything that you have spoken of and actually have referenced most, if not all, of it in my post. My blog post stands. Perhaps you should read it for the first time. I say this because it is clear that you have read /into/ it on you first attempt.

    That ‘A’ thing is actually debatable. In fact, the Winnipeg Free Press doesn’t do it and has very good reasons for it. Perhaps this is another thing that you should look into.

  13. Canadiangirl Says:

    I do agree with a lot of your posting. I personally know from my family, who has come from the same position as many of the Aboriginal peoples. My Mother grew up in a farm house (more of a shack) with dirt floors, which they eventually lost. She was then put into public school where she didn’t speak a word of English, the teachers thought that she was mentally handicapped. She now has a masters degree and has raised me by herself in a very comfortable lifestyle. It goes to show that it can be done, if you are willing to work hard enough, to provide a better life for your children.
    My Uncle is another great example of this, he is Aboriginal. Grew up with nothing, his family living in public housing. However he refuses to take hand outs from the government because of his skin colour. He was determined to make it on his own, and he has. I am glad he has instilled this mentality onto my cousins and the rest of his family.
    I personally consider myself Canadian, not ________-Canadian (German-Canadian, Italian-Canadian ect ect) because my family has been here for further back on my fathers side then we can really track. So I consider this my land to, it really isn’t fair that I have to pay for someone else to go to school because of their race. I would have no problem helping someone because they are can’t afford it. If everyone in the same economic bracket had the same opportunities I would have no problem with this. In an odd way it is kinda racist that they get special privileges isn’t it?
    I’m in no way trying to offend anyone. There has just been a lot of discussion on this topic lately with my circle and just needed to get my thoughts out.
    I am happy to see the other side to the argument that you never get to see, especially in the media or government. Everyone seems to afraid to talk about it because of the threat of being called racist!

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