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 2015-06-03 12:17:27 -0400
Probably one of the best clips ever, Ezra. Bang on. Thank you – I am sending this to everybody on my email address book.
commented 2015-06-03 11:51:48 -0400
Thanks, Ezra. Thanks, Maurice. Thanks, all. Where else in Canadian media will the truth be told? The left is so naive about the political intentions of First Nations. They’re not looking for a big group hug to make everything better. They see us as the other as much as we see them as the other. They’re not pining for our love. But if you think they are, they’ll play you to their advantage. But don’t expect too many hugs in return. They want to remain separate but at the same time they want a higher standard of living. That is what has to be reconciled. Treaties must be honoured and opportunities must be extended and taken to help them achieve economic independence. Unfortunately, sincerity is in short supply on both sides. The TRC report is an example.
commented 2015-06-03 11:46:24 -0400
Reconciliation: old Ojibwe word meaning “Papoose of bad whiteman’s great, great, grandson owes me big time”.
commented 2015-06-03 11:22:28 -0400
Right on Ezra. The sins of the father’s? I’d like to know what all my many Amerindian friends think, but I know they are all for equality, but creating more bureaucracy? I think not mostly. My Dad [ construction contractor ] hired many different nationalities both in Vancouver and Lac La Biche. There’s good and bad in all. This document has to pass the constitutional test yet. Let’s always remember our “emergency brake” the not-withstanding clause in case our brakes fail.
commented 2015-06-03 09:56:22 -0400
Each time I login to post a comment I’m often all fired up, angry, opinionated, ready to kick ass and take names, then I see that Maurice has already been on. I read his stuff and it’s like receiving combination doses of logic, common sense and aromatherapy.

Maurice, Peter is quite right. For what it’s worth, I too would strongly urge you to consider his advice. Our world needs your talent.
commented 2015-06-03 08:46:04 -0400
Nothing to see here folks, just another Indian shakedown.
commented 2015-06-03 08:43:57 -0400
I think what’s upsetting to most people is that Murray Sinclair is really Lewis Black.
commented 2015-06-03 08:27:16 -0400
Maurice Potvin said, “However, there is no contradiction between embracing my cultural heritage and feeling fully integrated into Canadian society.”

That is exactly what I have been saying. There is no reason why natives cannot be part of Canadian society and also maintain their culture. All the other peoples that have come to Canada have done the same, keep their culture and yet be fully part of the Canadian society.

Maurice: “It’s the perpetuation of this dependency on hand-outs through the Indian Act that keeps aboriginal people from reaching their full potential”

It is nice to hear an aboriginal say those words. It is all the same type of mindset that a socialist society engenders, “Why work if the money is given to me.” Because, in earning the money one fosters a sense of pride and worth in their accomplishment.

Maurice, I started to quote the sentences you said that I think hit the mark bank on and found that I was quoting your entire post. Good post! Have you considered writing for media where your comments can be read by more people? First, maybe a blog here at the Megaphone and then elsewhere too?
commented 2015-06-03 04:13:01 -0400
The Government should definitely honor it’s commitments to First Nations groups; by honoring treaties where they exist, and, settling with those bands currently without treaties. But that should not mark a differentiation in levels of citizenship status between aboriginals and non-aboriginals. All should be equal before the law, particularly criminal law. I’m metis. I’m proud to be metis. It gives me a very specific kind of feeling of being tied to this land and this country that I don’t think non-aboriginals can appreciate. Of course, not being a non-aboriginal, I can’t speak to how they feel about being Canadian. However, there is no contradiction between embracing my cultural heritage and feeling fully integrated into Canadian society. It’s the perpetuation of this dependency on hand-outs through the Indian Act that keeps aboriginal people from reaching their full potential. And, it seems this commission is bound and determined to perpetuate that schism.

There are Indian bands where resources are shared equally and the community in general is industrious, hard working and entrepreneurial, but that’s the exception, not the rule. Of those Bands who do prosper, it seem most have to circumnavigate their Treaties and the Indian Act to do it. It’s human nature that whenever a people group is treated as dependent, too immature for self-determination, by a government with a nanny state mentality, invariably that people group will become less industrious and develop an entitlement mentality. It’s not just the aboriginals; it’s happening on College and University Campuses as well. It’s also inevitable that when that same nanny state government shovels money carte blanche into the coffers of that people group, those who control the purse strings will take the lion’s share.

I think the erroneous philosophy that must be addressed is this concept that simply being born entitles anyone to anything, particularly the purely coincidental chance of one’s birth parents being of a particular ethnicity as an entitlement factor. Our personal history begins with our birth (or conception). My history on this land is 16 years longer than Theresa Spence, since she was born in 1963. It’s 23 years longer than radical warrior chief, Dr. Pam Palmater, as she was born in 1970. The only thing that I automatically inherited from my parents is my DNA. The rest is at their discretion. And that DNA may create in me a certain pride of ancestry, but not an attitude of entitlement. Instead, I have an attitude of deep and profound gratitude for the good fortune of being born in this Country with its corresponding rights and freedoms. Most people on this planet are not that fortunate. I’ll be damned if I’m just going to stand and watch those rights and freedoms be hi-jacked by special interest groups of any kind, particularly a “Truth and Reconciliation” commission who’s primary interest is self-interest.

Yes, native people have been treated badly by government policies, and there was absolutely no excuse or justification for residential schools. I don’t believe for one second that the majority of nuns and priests, and missionaries from the other denominations. were all monsters. I believe most of them were just there trying to do God’s work and were motivated by love for the people, However. no doubt some were monsters and treated their charges brutally. However, regardless of how the natives were treated, the real injustice was forcebly ripping families apart. There can be no justification for that! But it was done and we have to move on. Besides, didn’t the Primeminister already apologize for that? The past is the past, we can’t change it. We all have to move on as equals. To expect anyone to apologize forever, and feel perpetual guilt is way too heavy a burden to place on anyone. And does the aboriginal community really want to live in perpetuity as victims? I know I don’t, but then I’ve never felt myself to be a victim. Besides, on just a side note, how quickly the natives forget how they treated the Jesuit Missionaries who came to them to spread the love of Jesus. Whether they were right to do so or not, their motivation was one of love and concern for the people. However, they were frequently repaid for their efforts by becoming dinner, often while they were still alive! Let’s move on.

To Joan’s note on spanking. I believe spanking is wrong and unnecessary. But I was spanked often, and harshly. It raised welts on the palm of my hands (or for more serious transgressions, my buttocks) and it hurt like hell. My father did it because that’s the way children were disciplined in the 50s. It’s what he knew how to do. His motivation was love and because he actually cared how we turned out. It’s so hard to draw that fine line between harsh punishment and abuse. Today we would consider the punishment I received as abuse. So would I. But in order to make that distinction back in the 50s, I think the best we can do is look at the motivation. Is it love, to train up a child in the way that they should go, or to dominate and instill fear. I don’t have any other measuring stick to judge what happened in the 50s. So for those who were simply trying to do what they thought was right, I tend to cut them a little slack.
commented 2015-06-03 02:11:21 -0400
Of course the outrage would have been just as great if the children were just left in their homes without being sent to residential school. Outrage is worth money, that is why they do it.
commented 2015-06-03 00:57:53 -0400
Joan and Ron, even though I disagreed with Terry most of the time, I too miss his opinions. Hope he comes back.
commented 2015-06-03 00:53:01 -0400
Lilo Cadrin, I found your reference to “Home Children of the British Empire” very interesting. There are always two sides to every story:-
My wife taught at Kingsley Fairbridge Children’s Centre and I was a trustee there. It was and still is a fabulous pre school in Zimbabwe.
commented 2015-06-03 00:42:38 -0400
Ron – that’s too bad. I enjoyed Terry’s bias. (-:

Maybe he’ll relent and return. I will hunt him down on FB and try to guilt him into returning.
commented 2015-06-03 00:24:35 -0400
This is a good piece – The Report is of course designed to segregate and divide. Every one wants to be a special interest group with special privileges. I have to go with Joan about the spanking. Obviously the original intent was good but obviously there were a lot of child molesters hiding within the system – have any perpetrators actually been caught and punished ever ?
commented 2015-06-03 00:16:17 -0400
Joan this is what he said “To Ron, Joan, Peter, and the other folks who’ve shown glimmers of decency or reason here:
I started to respond to this thread. But when I read the same old comments from the same voices, starting from the same points of bias and rage, I realize that there is simply no point in trying to have a conversation in this forum that goes any deeper than and exchange of biases.
You win. Goodbye.”
commented 2015-06-03 00:06:31 -0400
Ron Zager – where did Terry go?
commented 2015-06-03 00:06:16 -0400
Ezra, flat out excellent.
commented 2015-06-03 00:04:37 -0400
To put the issue in context, I recommend reading up on the “Home Children” of the British Empire.
One story is told in

Marjorie Too Afraid to Cry: A Home Child Experience by Patricia Skidmore

Marjorie Arnison was one of the thousands of children removed from their families, communities, and country and placed in a British colony or commonwealth to provide “white stock” and cheap labour. The program ran from 1833 to 1939. In Marjorie’s case, she was sent to Prince of Wales Fairbridge Farm School, just north of Victoria, British Columbia, in 1937.

For 10-year-old Marjorie, forgetting her past, her family, and England was the only survival tool she had at her disposal to enable her to face her frightening and uncertain future. This is Marjorie’s account . . . a story of fear, loss, courage, survival, and finding one’s way home.
commented 2015-06-03 00:01:31 -0400
Well, I want to take a look at this report myself but I can make a few comments now.

I understand completely why the Commission has recommended a repeal of Section 43 of the Criminal Code. Every residential school victim narrative I have ever heard details as the major trauma suffered the experience of being “spanked”. Most say the experience involved having their buttocks and genitals forcibly bared, bent over at the waist, and their buttocks mercilessly whipped with a leather strap or tree switch. Such assaults caused what are described as weeping blue welts on the exposed body parts whipped. Many describe the experience as a repetitive public ritual; others as the means of establishing compliance with sexual abuses. Like, “if you resist my fondling your genitals, I’ll get out the strap and whip them”.

The last revisions of Section 43 of the Criminal Code that allows parents and guardians to use “reasonable force” to “correct” a child were not agreed upon by all. One of the minority objections was that the law is too vague. I agree. I’d like to see it revised to include specific language that defines “spanking” (since currently it denotes anything from a mild tap on the hand to full-scale sexually sadistic ritual buttocks flogging like what 50 Shades describes), that specifically prohibits any forcible undress of the child’s genitals, including the buttocks and anus, and that specifically details how many times a child may be hit and exactly where and how. The use of weapons has already been outlawed. Personally, I’d prefer Section 43 to limit reasonable force to the use of restraint except in exceptional cases when a blow or two may be required. There is no place in child rearing for the often highly-sexualized spanking rituals that so traumatized FN residential school survivors. That practice just creates a lucrative adult BDSM industry for organized crime to profit from, given how taboo the need for those traumatized by childhood sexual violence injuries to achieve intimacy through re-enactment of the trauma continues to be. Such injuries are complex and do not, as too many believe, mean the survivor enjoyed and continues to enjoy sexual violence. It is, rather, symptomatic of traumatic sex injury many FN survivors simply cannot recover from.

With regard to balancing FN representation in our prison system, I’m all for jailing corrupt politicians, police, doctors, judges and Indian chiefs who continue to exploit children with sexual violence. The Ben Levins are token escape goats for the many, many, many professionals who purchase the same kind of sadistic child prnography that Levin did, in which ritual spanking is a core element.

And yes, scrap the damn Indian Act and Gladue and honour the treaties.
commented 2015-06-02 22:50:40 -0400
Ezra, this is a great piece of common sense. Successive federal governments have perpetuated this failed policy of encouraging Indians to continue to be victims. Many mistakes have been made in the past ( and the residential school program was one of the worst mistakes), but are we supposed to feel guilty about this in perpetuity. The Indian Act has to be terminated and the sooner the better. It’s long past time that Indians become Canadian citizens on the same footing as everyone else, with the same rights and responsibilities. The term First Nations is very offensive, implying as it does that some Canadians have more rights than others, based solely on their race. The fact that a disproportionate number of prisoners are Indians is just symptom of reserve Indians having no right to own their own property or participate in the general economy. Their lives have little purpose so it’s no surprise that they turn to crime in disproportionate numbers. This report would make things worse for Indians and the rest of us, and deserves to see the trash bin as soon as possible.
commented 2015-06-02 22:45:15 -0400
Before he left Terry reminded me that from 1763 Britain and Indians interacted with each other through treaties. There was no military conquest. So I agree with Ezra that treaties must be honoured and made good where promises have been broken or not fulfilled. The report from the commission is just that a report. Government must now go through the report and decide what items if any need to be addressed. It may take years for that to happen even if the CPC are gone in the fall. I think that is a correct interpretation. If I am wrong please correct me. Minority rights need to be protected. The Indian Act gives special rights to Indians and that must be maintained. I have lived in a country where minority rights were eliminated overnight by government. It was not much fun and many died. Why should Indians get special rights? That was agreed upon many years ago. To eliminate those rights more than a majority of Indians would need to agree to this.
commented 2015-06-02 22:17:07 -0400
Thank you for this report Ezra. When I heard the news today,my first thought was that the ‘cultural genocide’ verdict seemed to be creating a racist issue where maybe one existed years and years ago but I certainly don’t think exists now. My second thought was that it seemed like something that the United Nations, which has gained a reputation for un-uniting nations in different parts of the world, would do. And thirdly, still on the United Nations theme, I reminded myself that people at the United Nations are well-practiced themselves at cultural genocide and are taking a crack at it here and world over with their various programs that are nothing short of social engineering.

Your report confirms my first thoughts but now that I know more details, it seems the Truth and Reconciliation Committee has as its intent to insult Native Peoples/Aboriginals/Indians and to insult the rest of us, hoping that we’ll each blame the other. That is how the Left works: create a problem that leads (at least) to a clash and then come up with a solution that suits what they want. We see their tactics at work in the U.S. where they have created clashes between Blacks and White and between Indians and Whites.

I hope that everyone rejects the racist bait. If not, everyone will suffer – except the one-world wonders who will settle things, possibly by stealing the lands of the Indians. They have made great progress (from their perspective) at stealing land from non-Indians whose properties they categorize as wetlands or wild lands or heritage lands. Given the chance, they’ll likelydo that to Indians too. After all, their religion as laid out in The Earth Charter, does not include the Ten Commandments.
commented 2015-06-02 21:55:49 -0400
SCOC chief justice, pig maclachlin, now wagon burner activist.
Oh gee, smells like another socialist/liberal/communist/marxist act to attack Harper indirectly by winding up the natives.

Decades of liberal pigs channeling billions to the heads of reserves while the masses starve. Isn’t the “real the native criminals” cool? They return to the reserves and re-offend, further driving the reserves into much worse conditions.

Yet another example of how fringe the liberal pigs and liberal pig judges like beverly pig mclachlin will go to try to win the election in October. Incredible how small minded these pigs are.

Said it before, saying it again – troodo is in for the beating of his life in October.
commented 2015-06-02 21:53:41 -0400
Thanks Ezra for translating whats really behind this so called ‘reconciliation ’ report . As suspected it’s all about more money being milked from the working taxpayer to further fatten the already financially obese .
commented 2015-06-02 21:41:22 -0400
Trudeau is a sick puppy, embracing this whole hog.
commented 2015-06-02 21:39:30 -0400
I could barely believe my ears this afternoon when I heard some of this broadcast on my local radio station. The language was so inflammatory. And some deny FN’s in Canada are not being coached from abroad! This is part of the take down of Canada. Convenient misuse of a hot button issue. Its a shake down all right. None of it addresses legitimate issues with authentic solutions. This is meant to spark discord, and make worse already contentious issues. This will be very destructive. Sure as hell isn’t anything about reconciliation.
commented 2015-06-02 21:25:35 -0400
This is nothing more than just another Aboriginal vs Whitey shake down.
commented 2015-06-02 21:08:36 -0400
The “Indian Industry” at work!