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    Canada's new racists: our self-mortifying 'progressive' urbanites

    Next year will mark a quarter century since the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples (RCAP) released its final report, a five-year undertaking that laid out a proposed architecture for a new relationship between the Canadian government and its Indigenous peoples. As Canada remains convulsed by a full-blown economic and transportation crisis that has utterly paralyzed our governments, it’s useful to look back at that landmark document to see how we failed.

    The blueprint contained in the RCAP report was, in some ways, fundamentally unrealistic. (One key recommendation, for instance, was that Canada’s 600-plus Indigenous communities would voluntarily consolidate into 60 to 80 regional agglomerations that would share wealth and power among themselves.) But in other ways, the RCAP earned praise and respect — even from some conservatives, such as University of Calgary professor Tom Flanagan, who noted that the commissioners were focused on leading Indigenous people out of the welfare traps that exist on reserves.

    Seen by today’s lights, moreover, the RCAP report was a laudably plain-spoken and practical document. The commissioners weren’t primarily interested in denouncing Canada as a genocide state, or dwelling on esoteric thoughtcrimes connected to language and art. They wanted to help Indigenous communities assert their legitimate legal and constitutional rights, encourage “the enhancement of educational and economic opportunities,” and thereby build “healthier and happier neighbourhoods” within the context of Canada’s federal union: The goal of Indigenous peoples “is not to undo the Canadian federation; their goal is to complete it.” On the ground, this means the encouragement of “mixed economies that rely in part on traditional modes of harvesting renewable resources, and through fuller engagement of Aboriginal individuals and institutions in wage and market economies.”


    The RCAP report was a laudably plain-spoken and practical document


    Certainly, too few Indigenous communities have achieved these goals. But it is notable that the vision here is fundamentally practical and measurable, since what the commissioners were describing is basically the same thing we all want: food on the table, a safe community, opportunities for our children, personal dignity, and a sense of autonomy and political empowerment. Completely absent from the report were the absurd verbal rhapsodies that punctuate more recent reports, which present Indigenous peoples as “sacred” and fetishize “2SLGBTQQIA” subcommunities. The goal of the RCAP commissioners in 1996 was to improve people’s lives, not earn ASCII hand-claps.

    The humanitarian situation within many Indigenous communities remains Canada’s signature human-rights disgrace — and will remain so until Indigenous leaders and federal politicians co-operate to find an alternative path for people trapped in remote areas with no prospect of self-sufficiency. Yet to revisit RCAP is to understand that much progress has been made. Central to the RCAP vision was the idea of “Aboriginal peoples” as respected “partners in the Canadian enterprise.” This included “the primary objective” of giving Indigenous groups “more control over their own affairs by reducing unilateral interventions by non-Aboriginal society and regaining a relationship of mutual recognition and respect for differences.”

    Putting these ideas into reality over the past three decades has been difficult, because there still remains no clear-cut way of reconciling Indigenous land claims with Canadian sovereignty — especially in areas of Canada (B.C. most notably) that aren’t governed by treaties. But thanks to the laborious, expensive and often frustrating efforts of Indigenous bands, activists, lawyers, judges, politicians and, yes, even CEOs, we have ended up with a process whereby First Nations are owed a duty of consultation before projects are constructed on their traditional lands.



    In this regard, the 670-kilometre Coastal GasLink Pipeline from northeastern B.C. to Kitimat arguably presents a case study in the RCAP vision. The consultations began in the early 2010s, and resulted in agreements with all 20 elected First Nations bands along the path of the pipeline — including the Wet’suwet’en. It also includes about $1 billion in contracts awarded to local businesses. There were more than 100 in-person meetings with the Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs — including those who do not formally represent their local constituents, but whose complaints have become the central moral focus of the current nationwide protests and barricades.

    The system of federally and provincially mandated consultations and approvals is now so extensive, in fact, that Coastal GasLink effectively took on the role of professional cultural preservationist. Having been instructed by Wet’suwet’en leaders in the legend of the Kweese War Trail — a mythologized path containing the bodies of Wet’suwet’en soldiers — the company’s engineers and archeologists hunted for artifacts, and worked to protect the areas specified on maps provided by the Wet’suwet’en. Given all this, it is hardly a surprise that the majority of rank-and-file Wet’suwet’en members support the pipeline project, and that opposition within the community seems largely confined to a small clique of middle-aged men with a strong sense of inherited entitlement.

    The RCAP commissioners were hardly ignorant of the manner by which pipelines can affect Indigenous communities: They were writing in the shadow of controversial Canadian megaprojects, including the Mackenzie Valley Pipeline, which had played a key role in galvanizing the modern Indigenous rights movement in the first place.


    Consultations resulted in agreements with all 20 elected First Nations bands along the path of the pipeline

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    In fact, the founding meeting of the Inuit Circumpolar Council in 1977 was convened by Eben Hobson, an Alaska heavy-equipment-operator-turned-mayor who’d witnessed the power imbalance between local Inuit and the multinational companies developing the Trans-Alaska Pipeline. As the RCAP commissioners approvingly put it, Hobson “knew the poverty and lack of services available to his own people, and he used the compensation money and authority from the land claim settlement to create a strong regional government.”

    Fast forward a half century, and this is exactly what B.C. First Nations are trying to do. Except unlike Hobson, they are partnering with companies and governments that don’t merely regard them as collateral damage on the path of industrial development. That’s progress.

    Hobson died 40 years ago in his hometown of Utqiagvik. (His birthday, Nov. 7, marks International Inuit Day, incidentally.) So I have no way of knowing what he would think about the GasLink pipeline. But even if he would oppose it in general terms, I do think he’d be proud of the enlightened, co-operative system of consultations that’s informed the project — a system indirectly inspired by his own advocacy and activism.


    But I also think he would be utterly shocked to see cynical actors all across Canada — from street protesters, to self-appointed Toronto-based Indigenous advocates with tenured six-figure jobs, to hash-tagging urban journalists — completely ignoring the will of the Wet’suwet’en people
    , their meticulously negotiated agreements, and their desire for a better life. For generations, white Canadians built up their communities and supported their families with the fruits of industrial development. But now that the children and grandchildren of those white industrial workers have desk jobs as graphic designers and image consultants, these pampered hypocrites are looking to pull the rug out from under Indigenous peoples who are seeking the same path to socioeconomic advancement.

    As Trudeau and his Indigenous services minister have been floundering about, they have predictably lashed out at critics, vaguely suggesting them to be servants of racism. Though such claims are nonsense, Indigenous people themselves can hardly be faulted for worrying that the current crisis will reawaken racist sentiments. “Non-Aboriginal settler society was well served by a belief system that judged Aboriginal people to be inferior,” the RCAP commissioners wrote. “Based originally on religious and philosophical grounds, this sense of cultural and moral superiority would be buttressed by additional, pseudo-scientific theories, developed during the nineteenth century, that rested ultimately on ethnocentric and racist premise

    Well, guess what? “Ethnocentric and racist premises” are still holding Canada’s Indigenous peoples back — but in the exact opposite way we have traditionally feared. What the RCAP commissioners could not have predicted is that social media (which was then unknown), along with the associated rise of social justice and environmentalism as de facto religious movements among progressive urbanites, would breath new life into old toxic noble-savage stereotypes.

    Thus the now daily spectacle of white people in Toronto, Ottawa and Vancouver demanding that we strip away democratic Indigenous autonomy and thereby deny them the benefits of resource development in their own backyard. Yet these ethnocentrists aren’t the racists and corporate CEOs of yore. Instead, it’s self-mortifying progressives who conceive of Indigenous peoples as shamanistic ewoks who must be shielded from modern society. What alternative route will Indigenous people take to economic development? Modern progressives either don’t care, or simply revert to some vaguely imagined Avatar-inspired fantasy whereby they will subsist on the fruits of the earth and the telepathically conveyed moral righteousness of their enlightened white knights at the CBC and Toronto Star.

    The cult of the noble savage has existed in Canada for generations, having peaked a century ago during the time of Grey Owl, and then surged back again following the false dawn of the RCAP era. Maybe one day, our chattering classes will recognize that Indigenous people are neither “inferior” creatures nor exalted flesh-and-blood extrapolations of our own Rousseauian daydreams. They’re human beings who deserve respect, fair treatment and the same opportunities our own ancestors enjoyed. Is that too much to ask?

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    Re: Canada's new racists: our self-mortifying 'progressive' urbanites

    When has handing the indigenous people a handful of money ever helped them with socioeconomic advancement?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mightysimi View Post
    When has handing the indigenous people a handful of money ever helped them with socioeconomic advancement?
    You are right we need a concrete plan, not just throw more money at it. And the funny thing is it seems no one asked the people of the communities what they wanted. And they want it. The main heredity chief that is totally against this ,ran for council of the area on a no pipeline campaign and he lost. And it seems there was a meeting in that area last night and it was overwhelming support for it. Now the mohawks in Ont were blocking trains were doing it ,because they were supporting a motion that the chiefs wanted the RCMP to move out of the area they were in, well they are. Now we will see if these blockades are ended.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ticatfan View Post
    You are right we need a concrete plan, not just throw more money at it. And the funny thing is it seems no one asked the people of the communities what they wanted. And they want it. The main heredity chief that is totally against this ,ran for council of the area on a no pipeline campaign and he lost. And it seems there was a meeting in that area last night and it was overwhelming support for it. Now the mohawks in Ont were blocking trains were doing it ,because they were supporting a motion that the chiefs wanted the RCMP to move out of the area they were in, well they are. Now we will see if these blockades are ended.
    I never understood pissing off the people you probably need support from to further your cause.

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    My shop is next door to the headquarters of a smaller First Nations Tribe that was recently given upwards of 100 million dollars in land settlement. They were in the news multiple times in the last few years for stealing. From each other. The elected Chief was ripping the tribe off by doing things like paying her son 200,000 to photograph a pow-wow.
    When is enough, enough?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Forward_Lateral View Post
    My shop is next door to the headquarters of a smaller First Nations Tribe that was recently given upwards of 100 million dollars in land settlement. They were in the news multiple times in the last few years for stealing. From each other. The elected Chief was ripping the tribe off by doing things like paying her son 200,000 to photograph a pow-wow.
    When is enough, enough?
    The oversight is the problem. They get money but it isn't passed to those who need it. If they had to account for it, maybe it would be different.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mightysimi View Post
    The oversight is the problem. They get money but it isn't passed to those who need it. If they had to account for it, maybe it would be different.
    The lady was relieved of her duties as Chief. I do know if she was criminally charged or not, I haven't seen anything about that yet.

    But I agree, oversight is a major problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Forward_Lateral View Post
    The lady was relieved of her duties as Chief. I do know if she was criminally charged or not, I haven't seen anything about that yet.

    But I agree, oversight is a major problem.
    Not every band has these difficulties but it is fair to say that the governing mismanagement is higher in the Indian community than in the larger Canadian government.

    Probably not higher than in other populations in the world like the Caribbean, Africa, etc. where the populace is poorer, not well educated or closely policed.

    The problem is that some of the Chiefs feel their families are entitled and don't want outside oversight and accountability hoisted upon them.

    We have this romantic view of how wonderful and peaceful Indians lived before the White man arrived. It isn't a true picture. Tribes would attack each other often and power struggles often ended with the Chief simply being murdered by this own.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mightysimi View Post
    The oversight is the problem. They get money but it isn't passed to those who need it. If they had to account for it, maybe it would be different.
    Steven Garper wanted to see the books before you were given money. Most said no problem, but others said no. Then trudeau came in and said we don't want to see the books. The libs know what is going on, but will do nothing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ticatfan View Post
    Steven Garper wanted to see the books before you were given money. Most said no problem, but others said no. Then trudeau came in and said we don't want to see the books. The libs know what is going on, but will do nothing.
    So it has only been a problem since Trudeau has been in power? You know that isn't true.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mightysimi View Post
    So it has only been a problem since Trudeau has been in power? You know that isn't true.
    Of course he does.

    He is just being an opportunist parasite as usual.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mightysimi View Post
    So it has only been a problem since Trudeau has been in power? You know that isn't true.
    Of course not. But enough of the BS. It seems that is was only a couple hereditary chiefs that caused this. 99.9% of the natives want this. But a couple losers with some radical environmentalists shut the country down the country while trudeau traveled the world. The native communities want the greenies to STFU and leave them alone. They are tired of poverty and want these projects.

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