June 02, 2015

Truth and Reconciliation report ushers in "the racialization of Canadian politics"

Rebel Staff

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.

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commented 2015-06-16 02:08:44 -0400
Disrobing the Native Industry is a book well worth reading!!! This document shows why that’s so necessary.
Why Nations Fail, is also a great book that explains, once an institution (think the Indian Act) is in place, it spreads and speeds up, which is exactly what this “report” proposes to do, and it does so, as it perpetuates, not the good of all, but the self interest of the few that reap the benefits of this institution.
commented 2015-06-05 22:14:08 -0400
I was telling my wife this, this morning, if these Indians want me to pay more in taxes to the Chiefs and their lawyers and government beurocrats I will gladly go to jail because I will stop paying taxes. I ether that or I leave this country. The only thing I can come up with about what I’ve heard and read, is that with this document these Indian Chiefs do not want reconciliation, but instead want to carry on with the theme that the white man is guilty of all sins committed in the past. This will make them very rich because this saga will never end. I say the Chiefs will get rich, not the Indians as a whole, because we already know that it’s these chief that are responsible for what ails the Indians. They are like little dictators that hold their clan as hostages so that they get rich which, e the clan gets nothing. If I was in charge of this I would just while my ass with it and send it back to them. Nobody with half a brain would agree to any of this report, which speak volumes as to why Justin Trudeau accepted this!!!!!!
commented 2015-06-05 21:06:06 -0400
Good summary, Ezra. The TRC report is the junk result of a junk process created and run by left/lib hacks. It will accomplish nothing positive, like all the commissions before it. It’s a disgraceful waste that does a grievous disservice to all Canadians, especially aboriginals.
commented 2015-06-05 14:13:31 -0400
“I find it hard to understand why the T and R Commission never proposed to investigate what can be learned from this large collection of Aboriginals who have found and very successfully implemented solutions to the horrendous problems apparently still being experienced by so many other unfortunate, and perhaps neglected fellow Aboriginals.” No suprise at all. This report is not intended to “right the wrongs” of history, but to reinforce the “power brokers” of the “Indian Industry” and assorted Lefties who thrive from the squalor and poverty on many reserves. Theresa Spence anyone?
commented 2015-06-05 06:34:50 -0400
You know, 6,000 kids dying out off 180,000 is 3.3 percent, and that is bad by today’s standards. But I wonder if the mortality rate among non-Indian rural school-age children back in the first half of the 1900s was much better?
commented 2015-06-05 00:22:23 -0400
We must stop people from pretending there are group rights at all. When groups have rights, those not in those groups have LESS rights, and so all such laws discriminate against real individual human citizens; they are illegal “laws.” Government is us – it’s our largest, bulk-buying best priced collectively-owned insurance company; those we hire (‘elect’) to run it, are supposed only to maintain it and defend our collective needs, never cater to private wants, and so it’s certainly NOT their job to sell it all off, especially not to our self-declared enemies, by buying their money!

Fred Bastiat noted something like “We all have the natural right to self-defense; bad laws are those which try to deprive us of that right.”

Liberals always insist only groups have rights, and so the only defense we need is the government; ergo, we must, in stead, all strive to learn to become better victims. It’s our civic duty! Whee!

The only real ‘rule’ of morality and civilization is the Golden Rule of Law, which is simply: “Do Not Attack First.” All sub-sequent laws should be based on this. That way, the only real right anyone has, is to not be attacked first, and our only real responsibility is to not attack innocent others first.

Thus we as real human individuals have a natural right to self-defense. Especially from gangs.

By agreeing to this one simple rule, we achieve trust, progress, and civilization.

By idolatrously pretending to defend our false group-might-made “rights,” we can falsely and pre-posterously “justify” ourselves in attacking innocent others “in response” to historical grievances suffered by someone else (but members of “our group” – right OR WRONG)!

This is how and why idolatrous liberals (and moslems) sell tribal group rights and ignore basic individual human rights, endorsing the false brazen rule of chaos, where they declare their tribal group-god insists only they have the right and duty to always attack all the non-members of their gangs first – from which they inflict on themselves and everyone else, distrust, stagnation, and barbarism … the true jungle law of “might makes right” and mob-rule: the gangsters’ criminal extortion rackets.

“All minorities were decimated into that status by oppressive majorities! Always!”

“We have to let the violent criminals do what they want to us, or else they’ll do what they want to us anyway!”

“We must all learn to Submit to extortion and learn to become better victims, thus maintaining the imaginary moral high ground!”

By endorsing group rights, any criminal has an automatic alibi for their crimes, if they can pre-posterously claim “retaliation” for something that once happened anywhere to anyone even only vaguely or remotely “like them.”

Then they can always claim “acting under mental duress of institutional oppression” excuses.
commented 2015-06-05 00:16:01 -0400
They put so many irrelevant and nonsensical recommendations in this so they can later say
“The evil Harper and intransigent government only implemented 3/97 recommendations!”
commented 2015-06-04 23:52:38 -0400
commented 2015-06-04 22:07:38 -0400
Deborah Graupner. Right you are – these lefties are indeed ‘money pimps. And oh, how reminiscent this is of the ’old’ (well, younger), Stephen Harper when he lead the National Citizens Coalition with his best bud, Tom Corbett, and they both mocked Federal MPs by calling them ‘pension pigs’. And the National Citizens Coalition even ran billboards with pigs in a cash filled trough, and also ran radio ads saying, ’It’s Time to Chop the Pork’ – talking about Federal MPs in Ottawa again. But oh – how time flies, eh – and now Harper’s best bud, Tom Corbett says, “Prime Minister Stephen Harper is the pension pig he once mocked.” And when Corbett retires, he, along with other Canadian pensioners, will receive old age pensions of $540 a month,while a retired Harper could receive a pension of $18,630 a month. Further, although Harper left the NCC behind to become prime minister, he also seems to have left behind the indignation his former employer expressed when it came to gold-plated MP pensions.

Instead, Harper now wants to cut seniors’ pensions. One of his ministers in charge of cutting paltry seniors pensions, Diane Finley, seems to share Harper’s disdain for the nickel-plated pensions of seniors. For more of this ‘reminiscing’ see:
commented 2015-06-04 21:08:25 -0400
The left love their labels, and slap them on anyone who disagrees with their agenda. This report should be scrapped, as it’s not worth the paper it’s written on. The left never seek solutions, because they don’t solutions, they want power, control and money. They are money “pimps!”
commented 2015-06-04 18:13:16 -0400
The Truth and Reconciliation Report unfortunately misses opportunities to improve the lives of Canadian Aboriginals and it seems instead to focus more on treating symptoms instead of the causes of significant, personal and societal problems faced by many Aboriginals. Unfortunately the Report appears to have become a self-centred, narrow political document created to “blame” rather than to seek out “solutions” to improve the serious situation many Aboriginals in Canada experience.

However, considering there are hundreds, if not thousands of Aboriginal Canadians currently experiencing productive, constructive, positive lives in communities and Bands throughout Canada, and experiencing supportive and positive leadership from their governments, businesses, Bands and families, I find it hard to understand why the T and R Commission never proposed to investigate what can be learned from this large collection of Aboriginals who have found and very successfully implemented solutions to the horrendous problems apparently still being experienced by so many other unfortunate, and perhaps neglected fellow Aboriginals.
commented 2015-06-04 16:51:15 -0400
I have lived in this country for 6 decades and have never felt so victimized and marginalized. I have never treated anyone of another religion, race or sexual orientation with disrespect, I have never demonstrated hate towards a group based on either religion or race or sexual orientation and I have brought up 2 children to be the same way. Yet I am now, apparently a bigot. Why? Because I am vehemently opposed to, and outspoken about the abuse of power that I see demonstrated by unions and associations representing our courts, our police service, our educators, our health care providers, our media and many other civil servants. The hatred that these groups feel towards the current federal government and any who support it is palpable. That extreme animosity is primarily due to the fact that that they have been unable to coerce this government into maintaining the status quo on their unsustainable compensation structure. When any of us dare to speak up about the fact that these groups are destroying this country, not for the benefit of the workers who they claim to represent, but for the members of the club of organized labour leaders, we are attacked. Of course every debate revolves around a new ‘fight for social justice’. They claim to fight for gay rights, aboriginal rights, women’s rights, veterans rights, teacher’s rights, victim’s rights and so on, making it easy for them to say that if we disagree with them we are bigots, homophobes, misogynists and racists.
It’s time for us to minimize references to the groups that are being used by these opportunists and begin drawing more attention, as Ezra Levant just did in this video, to the opportunists themselves. There are too many victims who will continue to be victims, including our next generation and those of us who truly fight for equal rights, if we do not redirect our efforts and succeed in exposing the truth.
commented 2015-06-04 16:36:18 -0400
Lawrence Winslow, right on!! You summed up much of what I was trying to say in my post. I think between the two of us, we’ve pretty much covered it all.
commented 2015-06-04 14:00:06 -0400
Download the summary report referenced in this video. It is scary. It is more like a lefty demand list (more financing for the CBC?) than any attempt to correct past injustices. This will do nothing for rank and file natives except to perpetuate the misery.
commented 2015-06-04 13:41:39 -0400
It’s long past time for a sunset law. Give every Indian a million dollars, not a penny more after Jan. 1, 2017. We would save trillions. “Here, you’re a Canadian now, with all our privileges and responsibilities, no more preferential treatment or bitching. You are off the soother.”
commented 2015-06-04 09:41:33 -0400
It’s too bad the natives don’t realize that the left loves to use them to further their own agenda. They could careless about the natives, it is their votes they are after. The name of this report alone, is a joke. The word truth and liberal should never be used in the same sentence. If the actual treaties were followed, word for word, then Canada has more than surpassed its obligations. But Canada, under Harper have provided much more than what the treaties required. The ones that should be held accountable are the chiefs who are living in the lap of luxury, while their people wallow in poverty.
commented 2015-06-04 08:19:35 -0400
DAVID COOKE, you pretty well nailed it. The leaches are beginning to circle the wagons as we’re typing. The parasites in the grievance industry (and those in environmental movement) have sucked up millions upon millions of tax-payer dollars over the years. Money that could have (and should have) done much good for true victims.
commented 2015-06-04 04:14:17 -0400
Excellent, excellent synopsis Ezra… I used to live in Nova Scotia and snicker every time I drove past the road sign to the Glooscap “Million Dollar Councillor” Reserve on my way to Halifax… No more snickering I’m afraid… We may be on the verge of creating a perpetual entitlement society here in Canada based entirely on race if this goes ahead.. Sort of an apartheid South Africa in reverse?!?
commented 2015-06-04 00:35:11 -0400
If that buffoon Trudeau gets elected, the check printing presses in Ottawa will be working overtime providing lots of healing cash.
commented 2015-06-03 19:43:36 -0400
The real “truth and reconciliation”, if this goes through, is that liberal lawyers and special interest groups will get to spank more money out of our poctekbooks, further muzzle the voice of reason, and rewrite our history in a revisionist self-serving fairy-tale. Welcome to our brave new Canada!
commented 2015-06-03 18:09:23 -0400
This report is intrinsically flawed and demonstrative of the idiocy that exists in the so-called thinking of the left (whose document it really is). It will ultimately create even a greater racism of the Indians against the rest of the Canadian population. It will even turn Indian against Indian as it will continue to inhibit the Indian who really wants to be a contributing member of society.

This report ignores the atrocities of the Indians during the pioneer days of Canada. IN fact, it, by silence, tries to say such did not exist. This report ignores what I have personally witnessed in Indians turning against, with vehement hatred and anger, any fellow Indian who would praise the residential schools and credit them with giving him the advantages he needed to get fully educated and make himself/herself a contributing member of Canadian society. It further ignores the actions of the lawyers in enticing Indians to concoct stories they never had in order to participate in the financial windfalls they would achieve by such dishonest. It totally ignores the Indian kids and teenagers who I have personally known who could not wait to take the train south to the residential schools as the school year approached. It totally ignores the fine work accomplished by so many of the wonderful people who gave up lucrative lives to work at the residential schools and paints them with the same brush as those who may have perpetrated some evils. It takes things that were normal in all schools in the 40’s. 50’s, and 60’s and turns them into terrible things undertaken against the Indian. I personally walked the streets with an Indian Bishop who told me all the terrible things that happened to him in a residential school and was shocked when I turned to him and said, “And so it was in the schools I attended in Toronto and Montreal – What’s your problem?”

This whole thing is an overblown farce for the politically correct. Of course, where sexual abuse occurred, it should be prosecuted. Where other forms of physical abuse over and above deserved strapping, detentions, the odd crack with a pointer (all of which we experienced in Montreal and Toronto) should be prosecuted. As far as items such as those bracketed are concerned, we knew how to avoid such – just learn our assigned work and study to get ahead in society!

The only way this can end properly is when the Indians become like any other ethnic group in Canada. Be proud of your heritage. Learn from your source nation. Work hard and study hard to become contributing members of the great Canadian society!
commented 2015-06-03 17:44:25 -0400
Great rebuttal in the National Post today by two Manitoba academics, one of whom taught in residential schools. We have not heard the end of this issue, but the Canadian government and the AFN do need to deal with it.
commented 2015-06-03 17:20:12 -0400
This is the very most stupidest thing that has come from the Indians yet. If they could take care of themselves, they would. They don’t want to. They always want more. Like the spoiled child that never had to do anything during the life. Cry for more.
They were still in the stone age 150 years ago. Time for them to catch up on their own.
I do not and never will apologize for what happened 100 years ago. If they won’t let go of their stone age past (10,000+ years behind the rest of the world at the time) then they are not ready, and probably never will be ready, to participate in any contribution to our countries future.
The Indian act needs to be abolished, and the Indians need a one time payment, for the next 3 generations, then that’s it. Cut them off. If they don’t want to be responsible citizen, then they can do what the white man who is not a responsible citizen does. Get a job or hang out in the Down Town of one of out large cities. I am tired of baby sitting these people and having to fill their bottles with milk when all they do is kill, rape, abuse and victimize each other and blame the white man.
On another point, the CBC should be sold. It is useless and a large pain in the countries budget.
commented 2015-06-03 14:30:53 -0400
Right on Ezra !! Pay sucker pay !! That’s all this is another bunch of cash to 1st Nations … The Indian Act should be abolished
commented 2015-06-03 14:25:44 -0400
Joan, you may be right. I know nothing about that of which you speak. I’ve certainly had no experience of it, personally. I didn’t attend a residential school, but I was an alter boy from grade 2 to grade 7 in various different Catholic Parishes in Alberta and BC. Our Parish in Alberta was an annex to a Franciscan Seminary, so I served at Mass with countless different Priests, and on field trips we alter boys were in the charge of many different Franciscan Brothers. Obviously, there were different personality types among the clergy, as there are among all people. Some were more pleasant to be around than others. But in all those years of my childhood, I never experienced nor witnessed anything that could even remotely be called child abuse or sexual misconduct, by Priests, Franciscan Brothers or anyone else. Obviously, it happened to some, but to assume there was a proliferation of pedophilia among the clergy… ie. more than any other segment of society, is wrong, at least in my experience. I did have friends who attended residential schools, and at the time, they seemed to be as well adjusted as anyone else, at least insofar as a child is able to make that assessment. Obviously, abuse happened, but to think it was rampant in the Church is wrong in my experience. Of course, Canada is a big Country and I’ve only occupied a very small part of it. Still, if the abuse was rampant as the commission and the media say, I would have thought that, being as close to the system as I was growing up, I would have at least heard whispers, rumors and innuendoes about it, but I didn’t. Not a peep. I’m not trying to minimize the seriousness of the brutality when and were it occurred. I’m just trying to dispel this misconception that it was the norm. Of course, if it happened to you, the fact that it may not have been wide spread would be irrelevant, wouldn’t it.
commented 2015-06-03 14:15:33 -0400
Who knew, but I must be a victim of cultural genocide too. When the early Ukrainian settlers arrived by steam ship and traveled across the country by train. They were placed in inhumane quarantine, their names were anglicized to unrecognizable versions and they were forced to assimilate. Furthermore, there was no government assistance to assimilate. They had to do the best they could to learn English on their own, and pay their own medical no government training or medicare. They lost their language, had their culture watered down through ridicule. For at least two generations the Ukrainian settlers were openly treated as second class citizens, treated about the same as the aboriginals by the elite class of Brits. Furthermore, after WW 1, these immigrants were cut off from their homeland.
Even though my grandmother was born in Alberta in 1903, my father experienced extreme discrimination, at work, called a bohunk (uncivilized person) and was not promoted because of his background. In my youth and young adult life, I endured constant humiliating Ukrainian jokes, therefore, I must be a victim too. LOL.
commented 2015-06-03 13:59:34 -0400
First off, this is 2015, not 1950 or 1850. The idea of residential schools was well meaning, yet poorly implemented. We still have many predators and sickos in modern day society, but more ways to identify them. What happened to a minority of students was horrendous, however, this farce of a report does nothing but perpetuate the myth that native Canadians have been unfairly treated. The real culprit is Indian Affairs and the band chiefs who are so blinded by the past they cannot or will not see into the future. If your real goal is to retake the country, Good Luck. Can you imagine Canada looking like most of the reserves in the country?
commented 2015-06-03 13:12:18 -0400
Maurice Potvin commented 9 hours ago: Great Post Maurice. Common sense, all too often tossed aside in our topsy turvey society. If Terry R. were here, he would likely accuse you of wanting to “assimilate” the aboriginal population as he has done to me several times. It would be quite the rub given your heritage. Keep well, my friend.
commented 2015-06-03 13:10:56 -0400
Maurice – of course a large percentage of all families used corporal punishment against children during the period after WWII. That war brutalized a whole generalization. But time and again, residential school survivors cite ritual spankings as the worst of the wrongs they suffered.

I often think of Sammy Yatim, shot to death for standing on a bus with a knife in one hand and his penis in the other. Had he done that in any of today’s war zones, no one would have blinked an eye, so common is sexual abuse and humiliation in war.

I think while most who disciplined children with harsh corporal punishment may have believed they acted from love, far too many derived satisfaction, moral and sexual, from hurting the children.

Spanking and the associated horror, screaming, pleading, crying and even vomiting of children victimized by today’s extremely lucrative child porn and prostitution industry sells it. Sexual sadists (like Ben Levin) get a great sexual thrill from torturing children and watching them suffer. From corrupting innocence. But the Ben Levins who are prosecuted for their crimes represent a miniscule percentage of those who indulge their lust for corporal punishment of children.

Human nature has not changed that much in the past fifty years. Granted, I think many of the sadists learned their lust for child torture from their own experience as victims and/or witnesses, including in war and including those FN survivors who abused their own children in the same ways they were abused.

But none of that is any reason to rationalize letting it continue. To do so is to perpetuate a cultural dysfunction in the communities of all of Canada.