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.
Posted in First Nations
Tagged Aboriginal Affairs, Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada, Attawapiskat, Auditor General of Canada, Canada, Harper Government, Indigenous Peoples, J.R. Nakogee Elementary School, Red Cross, Shannen Koostachin, Shannen’s Dream, Theodor Herzl, Zionism
ABOVE THE fold of October 4th’s Globe and Mail there was featured a piece by the fine journalist Steven Chase, “Military intelligence unit keeps watch on native groups.” A more candid and accurate phrasing (Chase, not a writer given to mealy-mouthing, is not responsible for the headline) would be “Canada is spying on indigenous people.”
Posted in Canada
Tagged 9/11, Assembly of First Nations, ATIP, Caledonia, Canada, CIA, CSIS, Globe and Mail, Harper Government, Homeland Security, Indigenous Peoples, News, Politics, Steven Chase, terrorism
THERE IS a debate these days in the Canadian media over the Harper Government decision to spend a yet-undetermined sum (I’ve come across an amount of twelve or-so million dollars) commemorating the War of 1812. I expect the Americans will overlook this bit of their history, but I’m unable to imagine any Canadian government ignoring the two-hundred-year anniversary of a war that could have converted Upper and Lower Canada into the coldest states of the Union.
Posted in History
Tagged C.P. Champion, Canada, Commemoration, Department of Canadian Heritage, Harper Government, Haudenosaunee, History, Jeffrey Simpson, Lower Canada, Steven Chase, The Clockmaker, Thomas Haliburton, Treaty of Ghent, Upper Canada, war, War of 1812