Monday, June 21, 2010

Aboriginal issues

Cbc's Sunday Morning had 2 hours on aboriginal issues. Prof Tom Flanagan and CTF Prairie Director Colin Craig. It was an interesting couple of hours. Tom Flanagan presented the case for Aboriginal property rights, He also made several other interesting points like why restitution for ancient wrongs makes no sense. Colin Craig asked for more accountability and transparency inAboriginal government. There was a live audience and the show originated from Winnipeg.
There were many interesting questions. Some suggesting very statist solutions. The other speakers were very wary of Tom Flanagan and Colin Craig. I must give the leftists of the CBC credit for having them on.
I agre with many Natives that the treaties are sacred documents ( they are mad with the Crown). I agree that the Indian act fosters a culture of dependancy that must be changed. I of course believe Tom Flanagan and Colin Craig made the better arguments. It was also refreshing to hear Aboriginal voices say that bands should have more choices and that some may accept more free market solutions. I was also pleased to hear that there are thousands of Aboriginal businesses and many Aboriginal people getting higher degrees.
Listen to the first 2 hours here.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

i am sick of aboriginal anything. let them get off their arses and do for themselves like the rest of us. stop throwing taxpayers money at them. they do not own the country.

Anonymous said...

I am tired of Aboriginals saying their Treaties are sacred but they want and accept all kinds of benefits to their treaties while on the other hand not compromising on any features of the Treaties made over a hundred years ago and make no provision for changes in time.
If they also keep insisting they are a nation and citizens of an Aboriginal Nation with their special rights then they shouldn't be accepted as Canadian citizens and play both sides of the coin.
Where there is conflict with Canadian laws the Canadian laws should prevail.
On the Residential school issue how quiet the Leaders are to tell Canadians that thousands of Aboriginals received a good education thanks to residential schools - the other choice they had in those days would have meant the children would have received little education - the fact is that most Aboriginal parents were happy to send their children to the schools for the education
It is pure BS about all children being dragged away from parents - certainly all lot of children were reluctant to leave home and parents were sad to see them go just like any other children leaving home.

Anonymous said...

Flanagan better be careful here on the subject of restitution on ancient wrongs, what about the holocaust? Was there not an effective holocaust against natives of the America's at one time? Sorry doesn't wash. He should know better. (real conservative)

Anonymous said...

"effective holocaust against natives"
There is another piece of nonsense that someone would try and have us believe.

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