The final report of Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Commission into residential schools is out. It's disturbing and shocking in many respects.
For one thing, the very existence of the Indian Act gives the lie to the report's entire premise:
That the Canadian government intentionally set out to eliminate First Nations cultures and ignore treaties.
I believe the Indian Act is racist and should be abolished. The Commission has almost one hundred recommendations, but that isn't one of them.
Instead, implementation them will expand the "Indian industry" of millionaire chiefs, bureaucrats, lawyers and professional activists.
So what are some of the recommendations? I told you about one earlier: That Canada pass "hate speech" laws against "residential schools denial."
Here's another: They call for a reduction in the number of aboriginal people in jail. That's it. They don't say how this will be accomplished. Do they want us to let criminals out of jail, or to arrest fewer aboriginals in the first place? Who knows?
I'll walk you through some other recommendations. Some are absurd. Some are terrifying.
As far as I can see, if they're put in place, it will simply increase the division and resentment in Canadian society, not reduce it.