Skip to main content

Pam Palmater on the UN report, "The Situation of Indigenous Peoples in Canada"

Indigenous Nationhood
I get frustrated reading this sort of thing. I really, really do. Because I agree with most everything the author says. However, within, I feel it's close to ineffective, this sort of report.
It's slapping on a piece of paper to the Canadian government saying, "See, even these people think you're treating us awfully!" The Canadian government, in response, would probably yawn at us and then have security to take us away.
For over a hundred years, the Canadian government has had one policy when it comes to First Nations that it seriously pursues. One. Not two. Not three. Only one. It is simply, "Enough to keep them alive".
Anything more than that for the First Nations of Canada is absolutely contrary to what it, the Canadian government, has done over a century.
Stephen Harper and his government will never accept First Nations rights. Never. Not one person in his government will ever accept First Nations to have any valid historical claims. Not ever.
He and his people will forever use any method at their disposal to reject and defeat our demands.
We cannot work with this man or his subordinates. All we can do is wait out this government, as all governments must fall. However, we must not give in to this man's ploys and bribes. He'll offer us chump change in exchange for our surrender. Never give him the satisfaction of our failure.
Update: to clarify, I'm not criticizing Palmater for drawing attention to this report, but am instead complaining about how it's one report, which is unlikely to create any change. I'm not criticizing the report either, as such is important. What I wish to get across is the fundamental importance of everyone who supports First Nations' historical rights and claims needs to speak up, and speak loudly. In fact, people need to shout and scream out their support for First Nations, and their opposition to the government's assimilationist policies.


Popular posts from this blog

Most CRA auditors polled say Canada's tax system is skewed to protect the wealthy

CBC News
This is hardly surprising. This should have been a top priority during the new government's installment over these past few years, but it hasn't. Things should be far better, but they're more or less the same as the previous government. Being slightly better than the Cons on taxes on the well-off isn't an inspiring reason to re-elect these chumps, and they're well within the danger zone of losing the next election over reasons such as this. Why bother voting Liberal if all Canada's getting is less-mean Conservatives. Canadians wanted change, not this tepid nonsense.
Worse off, the optics are awful. Canada needs that tax revenue, now more than ever, what with the government fumbling around in regards to that US President who's intent on tanking economies world-wide.

The New Blacklist

Matt Tabbi, Rolling Stone
I share the concerns voiced in this article.
Honestly, the Russians had nothing to do with the 2016 election. The claims being made are now becoming toxic and insensible. It's difficult to bare with progressives and liberals carrying water for neo-liberals and neo-conservatives. People are being fed yellow cake, and are eating it all up, crumbs and all.
There's no good to be had, attacking Trump from this angle. It's absolutely shameful.

Why Did Two-Thirds of These Weird Antelope Suddenly Drop Dead?

The Atlantic
My goodness. What is suggested in this report is how a changing climate can negatively effect our physiology, which could turn our own bodily systems against itself.
Only one factor fit the bill: climate. The places where the saigas died in May 2015 were extremely warm and humid. In fact, humidity levels were the highest ever seen the region since records began in 1948. The same pattern held for two earlier, and much smaller, die-offs from 1981 and 1988. When the temperature gets really hot, and the air gets really wet, saiga die. Climate is the trigger, Pasteurella is the bullet.