April 15, 2019

Native delegate at Liberal convention talks Trudeau record on Aboriginal issues: “nice words but…”

David MenziesMission Specialist

Outside the Liberal Party of Canada Convention in Toronto, we encountered a First Nations delegate attending the convention as an observer.

We had an in-depth conversation about the Trudeau Liberals’ spotty record of providing practical assistance to reserves, and the divide in the community on issues such as assimilation, pipelines and self-determination.

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commented 2019-04-17 13:16:59 -0400
Epic speech AL.
Speech to Rump Parliament, 1653 Oliver Cromwell
commented 2019-04-17 13:15:43 -0400
That’s my point Dale, or at least part of what I am trying to point out. I didn’t say we WERE equal partners, I said we need to be. Equality can’t happen without responsibility also. We had better find a way to work with our French and First Nations brothers and sisters or somebody else will, if you catch my drift. We will be torn limb from limb as a country if we don’t learn to work together as truly equal partners in the PRESERVATION of our Canada.

The other alternatives are complete separation, walls and conflict in order to keep our unrealistic politicians from completely changing the natural dynamic of our homeland. I am hoping we can get what we need by fortifying our three distinct identities and cultures by strengthening our shared values . Not at the exclusion of immigration but only allowing it in a controlled and careful manner having respect for the demographics of our nation. Demographics is destiny.

The First Nations, English and French must be an equal and united front to accomplish a strong and free country, in my opinion, and together we should get to decide what we want for this country. Its a lot to ask for but it could be our goal.
commented 2019-04-16 14:32:47 -0400
“Equal Partners” ? ? ?
Equal partners usually contribute equally or a portion thereof . . . not live off the other!

Port Perry ? ? ? Don’t they pay TAXES to support their clean water and other services?
commented 2019-04-16 13:50:53 -0400
…I don’t understand not wanting to identify as Canadian either, it doesn’t mean absorbing or ignoring native culture. The First Nations culture is a part of our country’s identity, along with the French and European. I would like to see those three founding cultures work together to protect and nurture each other. If our three distinct cultures remain strong, Trudeau can’t say that Canadians have no identity, which is an attempt to trick us into treating and accepting all incoming immigrant cultures as founding members. No sane country would allow that.

First Nations, English and French are the roots of this nation, and no other culture. I would really like us to work together to keep our separate but intertwined cultures strong. No offense to other cultures, they are just not Canadian cultures and never will be founding cultures, ever.

I too think that the Indian act hobbles the First Nations in Canada.
commented 2019-04-16 13:28:59 -0400
It was a mixed bag for sure Doreen, but it was less attitude and more openness than I have heard from any native rep. aside from Clarence Louie, which means possible fruitful negotiation. I
commented 2019-04-16 12:07:41 -0400
I found the comments by the Native man disheartening. Saying that he does not want to be Canadian saddens me a great deal. The Indian Act is a disgrace and should be abolished. I agree that the native culture should be incorporated in the school curriculum. How does one include the Native languages since there is so many? I guess I don’t understand how this man does not want to be Canadian yet wants Canadians to “fund” freedom schools? He danced around every question David asked and did not give one straight answer which shows he is also quite the politician. He did seem to be aware that as long as people feel they are owed something they remain victims and will never achieve the greatness and autonomy that each person can when they truly forgive, shake off the shackles and move on.
commented 2019-04-16 10:18:25 -0400
Not allowed in by the guy who said that "conservatives are not our enemies. They are our neighbours.:
commented 2019-04-16 00:46:15 -0400
Great interview. This guy should become a regular Rebel contributor and maybe even considered as a Rebel personality (wouldn’t that be something).
commented 2019-04-15 22:05:15 -0400
This kid needs to get a hold of Chief Clarence Louie of Osoyoos.

I like that this kid has no big chip on his shoulder and seems to have an open attitude. I really appreciate that, and am encouraged.
Clarence Louie said, to watch out for the Reservations where the Band Office is the biggest employer. He is worth checking out. I wish the Rebel could have him on for an interview.

Holding onto the Indian Act is holding back first nations. This fellow seems to want to keep the reservation system, but isn’t that a white man’s invention? He wants to be equal, but how can they if they don’t want to be considered Canadian? By all means accommodate language, customs and history etc. but first nations should otherwise have equal rights and responsibilities to the rest of us.

Newcomers in my opinion should not have the same language, and cultural accommodation as our founding Canadians, First Nations, European, and French Canadian. We should have no obligation to accommodate the third world as if they had ‘founding’ rights. It waters down the rights of those who were here first and those who built this nation. I hope all the founding members of this great country can respect each other, while working together to improve and keep our THREE distinct identities for the benefit of all who come to share and respect it/us. We need to stand together to protect and maintain what we have, and not allow it to be taken over, watered down and modified.

I love this kid! I am hopeful.
commented 2019-04-15 21:55:58 -0400
‘Shameful, the way’ our Rebels are ostracized to the outside’
commented 2019-04-15 19:55:56 -0400
I also believe that WHEN Islam takes over Canada, natives will be in for oppression like the rest of us will. The western world is killing itself off and Islam is on the rise. I wish it wasn’t so but it is the way it is.
commented 2019-04-15 19:53:55 -0400
Natives ought to be greatful that western Europeans took over North America. Other ethnicity groups wouldn’t have been so graceous as to grant natives their own areas. And while abuses happened, things could have been much worse. I feel it’s time to get over the past and work out a realistic deal between governments and native groups. As it is, the attitude of white-guilting us just creates divisions.
commented 2019-04-15 18:03:17 -0400
I bet many of the natives i have worked with on the pipeline in the past would be called White Supremacists by Liberals these days.
commented 2019-04-15 18:01:14 -0400
Hey Native Man you better listen to White Liberals they know what is best for you since you are not able to determine that for yourself. Or so White Liberals say.