General News · 21st December 2012
I believe that we diminish our humanity by the same amount that we diminish the humanity of another, and that it is, with our recognition of the humanity of the other, that we regain ours.
By itself this principle has completely shaped the political world we live in, it shapes the global maps starts wars and makes peace possible. I also believe that most people are racist, that we are educated into racism and that we can enlighten ourselves out of it. Problem is, the first step to commence this education is to acknowledge the humanity of the other. We, as a nation have such an opportunity now by giving “unconditional” support to the movement initiated by young 1st Nation People under the name “idle no more”. I say unconditional because that acknowledges their sovereignty and our willingness to relate to them and their land, as we relate to a sovereign and equal people. They started their action by using savvy, intelligence and elegance rather than brute force. They have us bested so far.
Educate yourself, email “Idle no more” and then John Duncan and tell him that there is an opportunity for a dialogue of equals that we cannot miss, and keep telling him. Because this government (and all prior ones) would rather use brute force than recognize the full humanity and sovereignty of First Nations who would be self ruled and have complete and sovereign control of their traditional lands.
“Idle no more” give us the opportunity to repeal the Indian act and purge ourselves of this malevolent legislation designed to implement and supervise cultural, if not physical, genocide. The Indian Act is a blight on our nation, and a diminishment of our humanity.
Harper is repeating Trudeau's mistake.
Comment by European Scott on 31st December 2012
Stephen Harper is repeating the mistake of Pierre Trudeau and Indian Affairs minister Jean Chretien (1969). He probably believes assimilation is the only answer to Euro-Canadian/First Naton affairs. Trudeau and his Aboriginal Affairs minister, Jean Chretian, introduced the "White Paper", in 1969, calling for assimilation of First Peoples, completely misunderstanding the relentless history of Aboriginal pleas for self-government from the point of first Euro contact onward. Alberta Sucker Creek Chief Harold Cardinal introduced the "Red Paper" in 1970, and by 1973 the Liberal government ceased to pursue introduction of the "White Paper". When Gorson Campbell became premier of BC in 2001 he called a referendum on treaty policy, a move that infuriated First People. In 2005 he and his government declared their resolve to settle treaties in BC, the only province in the New England/French World (Canada) where no treaties were made between Native peoples and Europeans.
Now Harper appears to be repeating history. In one or two years he will repeal this proposed legislation because people in his position before him made the same mistakes, and made the same corrections.
In this dialogue it makes no sense to ridicule or disparage anyone. Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Ghandi made so much progress because they realised they had moral authority and decency on their side, and appealed to the innate decency in the majority of the occupying peoples. The conquerors in our territory are mostly well-meaning people who came from very difficult circumstances in 19th century Europe. May love prevail.
Important info overlooked
Comment by Ken Hanuse on 31st December 2012
Dear Sir, You missed some valable info due most probably to your limited research. Demolishing the Indian Act is exactly what Harper's goal is. I hope you read some posts that I added to the Tideline. Bill C 45 masks what is behind Harper's ultimate goal to eradicate the native people of this land. (Gijeh)
My people came from Europe
Comment by Scott on 28th December 2012
We don't want to understand the history of our European ancestors because they came from difficult places with little hope. This bountiful place was more than they ever dreamed of. My people came to this territory with great hope for food, opportunity and peace. I believe they were not able to understand the despair, suffering and death that preceeded them because they were desperate and too full of hope.
"Idle No More" is the next generation of First people's hope that we understand the history of what indigenous people call "White People"....who are really we people of European descent. The recent history of European settlement in our breath-taking and poetic little part of the world, or what we call Georgia Strait, is from a First person's view, mostly terrible. The incredible opulence we enjoy came with a massive human cost in displacement and death. We need to understand our own history.