I'm not going to beat around the bush here. I strongly believe in equality. Equality for all citizens, is a constitutional right in Canada. It's part of our Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and rightly so!
Where I have a problem, is when rights or special privilege is given to one group, that another group doesn't also enjoy. I know that it isn't politically correct to discuss native issues, and certainly isn't politically correct to question where you tax dollars are going, where native funding is concerned. But having said that, I don't aspire to be politically correct. At least, not to the degree that I'm afraid to question the status quo. I have every right to question where my tax dollars go, as do you! When did political correctness become so suffocating, that you no longer have the right to disagree or have your own opinion? How will we ever address this issue if everyone is too afraid to talk about it? Who will speak for the grassroots native?
Native Funding Links
This next article came out on September 11, 2014 and really hits home. Please have a read.
Transparency Act Appreciated By Grassroots Natives
Here are ones on native funding which are a big eye opener, as if the reports on chief's salaries didn't already open your eyes a bit.
Here's the latest news just out October 31st, 2014. I'm not sure what's more disturbing. The fact that this Chief and council (family) thinks their wages are justified or the fact that band members have gone without water and electricity while their leaders took money earmarked for the band, and feel completely justified in doing it. Here's a quote "I'm not embarrassed by what we're doing" Well sir, you should be! Click here for the full story. Shuswap Nation courtesy of the Vancouver Sun. Band members are justifiably upset "We had no idea. We are absolutely disgusted" and Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt's office had this to say "Our government expects First Nation band councils to use taxpayer dollars responsibly and for the benefit of all community members"
Squamish band fires 2 over missing $1.5M from emergency fund to help band members in time of need.
More money missing. Who's paying attention..anyone? http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/squamish-nation-officials-lose-authority-over-finances-after-investigation-1.2805719
What about native education funding? We keep getting told that natives aren't getting fair funding. Well, seems that may not be true either. Have a look...
Delusions of Grandeur
Rantings of lunacy abound in this article, please have a read, familiarize yourself with how ridiculous the nonsense has become. "50% of the profit on every rock, tree and natural resource, has gone into our trust funds since the invaders arrived empty handed on our shores. The crown corporation of Canada has carried out genocide and placed us in prisoner of war camps called reserves while stealing all our possessions." and this "Each community send an invoice to the Corporation of Canada for your portion of the $950 trillion Indian Trust Fund, “Payable in gold bullion only"
I have heard the rantings of this mythical trust fund, but last I heard, it was worth $2 trillion, give or take, about 2 years ago. I don't know where the math comes in or the interest or what, but that's a pretty hefty increase in investment in 2 years time! Good God, I'm getting about a 1/2% interest on my money at the bank..lol
If we look at the first quoted part of the article, you will see that "we arrived empty handed" to a country where Indians lived in teepee's and as far as I recall in school, there were no natives digging oil wells or otherwise tapping into natural resources except whatever they found on the ground. I wonder where that technology came from..you know, to extract resources and build dams for power and medical technologies, building, farming, horses..etc. etc. etc..hmmm..wonder who brought that?? So, they've been enjoying 50% of everything "settlers" brought to the table..hmmm. Sounds like their admitting to getting an equal share of the resource revenue.
More fanciful thinking..it's bloody epidemic! http://www.sunnewsnetwork.ca/sunnews/straighttalk/archives/2014/06/20140630-085433.html
Two Tier Criminal Code
Yes, sadly Canada does have a two tier criminal code. I will post a link shortly (you can also Google it) I came across this article a couple days ago. I was pretty shocked when i read it, but then i reminded myself that it's from the CBC, so..that sums it up right there! The disturbing part, is that the author, doesn't think the two tier criminal code goes far enough. It's not enough that natives enjoy special laws and rights than no one else enjoys, but that it should be even more segregated and special. For the record, I am against race based laws. Not only are they racist, they are discriminatory, they degrade racial relations and they treat natives, as if they are intellectually inferior. I say that, not because I agree with that, rather, I disagree with that..completely! The law is saying, that because they, the natives, don't have the mental capacity, to know what they are doing is wrong, in modern society, that they need "special" considerations with sentencing. This article, absolutely proves that to be a correct assertion..without a doubt! Click here for the article
Here's a quote from the article..PS..thank you for finally admitting natives enjoy two tier justice :)
"After his younger brothers had been apprehended by the state and reportedly feeling a responsibility to be able to provide for them, 21-year-old Edward Snowshoe attempted to rob a taxi driver in Inuvik. He pleaded guilty, the sentencing judge considered his aboriginal background as required by the law, and Snowshoe was incarcerated in a federal institution.
After the first of several suicide attempts, Snowshoe was transferred to the minimum security O-Chi-Chak-Ko-Sipi Healing Lodge, operated by the Cree community of Crane River in Northern Manitoba. Here Snowshoe was offered “culturally appropriate” programming for aboriginal offenders. He did not participate in any of it. He escaped and fled on day 23, eventually being sent back to maximum security. As we know, Snowshoe later took his own life just months shy of his release."
So, he was given a lesser sentence, based on his race. He was sent to a native run facility, given the opportunity to have native healing, but that wasn't enough. It's Canada's fault that this human being took his life. Not the life choices "he" made, but the actions of colonization 300 years ago?
"Rather than reducing indigenous people to aboriginal and wondering why we continue to be disproportionately represented in Canada’s justice system, what would it mean for all of us to take the multiple and diverse legal systems of indigenous peoples seriously?
In an alternate world, where Gwich’in laws were taken seriously on Gwich’in land, would Edward Snowshoe be alive? Would his brothers have been apprehended by the state? Would he have been tortured for his actions?"
So, let me get this straight. We, Canada, the legal system, the two tiered special legal system, should not only take into account your race, but the geography/location of your tribe? Each tribe should be given different/special laws?? There are how many tribes in Canada 70+???? So 70+ different two tier criminal codes..really?? Good God, can you just imagine the backlog in the courts?! An "alternate world" indeed!
MORE TO COME!