Tag Archives: Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada

Georges Erasmus: Reflections on the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples

“Nobody gives you power. You take it.”

✎  Wayne K. Spear | November 21, 2017 • Current Events

Doing the Math in Attawapiskat

EARLY IN THE week, during an interview whose topic was the relationship in Canada between aboriginal and non-aboriginal people, I was asked what I would hope for “in an ideal world.” My answer was an alteration of political will, and more specific a beyond-mere-rhetoric commitment to a renewal of the relationship on the principle of mutual respect. I then felt it necessary to argue, along the lines of Theodor Herzl’s “If you will …” , that the only impediment to progress in Canada is the absence of political will.

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