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I should have said not just treaties. These are very important especially to the prairie FN. But they aren’t the source of everything Canada does. Everything Canada does in regards to the special status of Indians, FN, whatever word you want to use, is due to legal documents Canada […]
I should have said not just treaties. These are very important especially to the prairie FN. But they aren't the source of everything Canada does.
Everything Canada does in regards to the special status of Indians, FN, whatever word you want to use, is due to legal documents Canada created. Nothing else, not reparations, feelings of guilt, because it's "right".
The obligation to sign treaties and deal fairly with first nations came from the British with the Royal Proclamation.
Once Canada existed, the govt wanted more land and resources so it signed treaties to take control of the land. Things weren't going quick enough, and there were complaints from the Indians, so that's when the problems started. Canada created the Indian act, to create situations where Indians were forcibly assimilated into the general population. The thought being, if there were no more Indians, there would be nobody left to have special rights and the treaties would no longer have to be honoured.
So, instead of dealing fairly, Canada created the Indian act to erase the Indians, but this also created the responsibility Canada has to take care of the Indians. Everywhere, even non-treaty Indians.
The treaties don't force Canada to pay my medical services premiums, obviously as my FN never signed one, the "Indian Health Policy - 1979" which transferred health care from Indian affairs to health Canada does.
I see your point, and I get I wasn't clear on my earlier point where I suggested your passport and status card were due to the treaties.
I wish more people understood what you just explained - how the Canadian government did all they could to erase the FN and abused them terribly. I think that many Canadians hold the FN in high regard and understand that this is our home on native land. Our policies have changed your peoples and so many don't understand the responsibility we have to reconcile the damage done by those policies.
I was pleased to hear the ruling this week by the courts which stated clearly that the Blood tribe was short-changed on their promised lands, and I hope there is a good solution. I don't know what I can do other than hope and continue to speak out on the wrongs done by the Canadian government.
I am truly saddened that the article that spawned this discussion is accurate, and many Canadians don't understand why we need to do better. I suspect it has to do with the current wealth distribution - while most Canadians are "better off" than most FN people, they're also struggling and feel they deserve as much help as the FN do. The average Canadian doesn't see that the attempted eradication of the FN is a more significant barrier to success compared to the harm caused to them by late-stage capitalism. It's an excuse, but I think it holds some truth.