INAC

National Aboriginal Day

Well today is National Aboriginal Day! Happy day to all my Aboriginal/First Nations/Metis/Inuit readers….

Something I learned today about National Aboriginal Day:

  • It was proclaimed in 1996.
  • It is part of an 11-day Celebration to “Celebrate Canada” [Some of the other days are Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day (June 24), Canadian Multiculturalism Day (June 27) and concludes with Canada Day (July 1)]

The above points are courtesy INAC opps I mean “Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada”

Something I learned recently, courtesy Facebook, is that June is National Aboriginal History month!

Just writing this post to share some things I found out about this lovely day.

Nothing personal đŸ˜‰

PS. I am proud to be Aboriginal on this lovely day and every other day!

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Six Nations Press Release

$1.2 billion in INAC Funding will be cut down to $750 million.

Above is a Six Nations press release dated March 2, 2011.

I like to highlight the point that Chief Montour makes at the end, and it is this:

I’ve always maintained that money appropriated by Parliament for the use and
benefit of Indians is Indian money because

our communities do contribute to the tax base of
Canada

.

I don’t know who is spreading rumours about Natives not paying taxes or that the money we receive is all “White man’s money.” This statement (Although as biased as the stereotypes of Natives not paying taxes), just supports that. I hope people start believing that Natives do not get everything for free.

Leaks a Hoax

Hoax?

Apparently it is being reported that the wikileaks on Minister Duncan is now a “hoax.”

Really.

And that the article was meant to be “humourous” and that those things were just “imagined.”

Really.

Whether the things have been said or not, it was imagined what would or could have been said by a government official. What does that say about an Aboriginal’s view of Canada’s officials? Not very much.

For a government official to take something not so serious, serious, shows where his priorities are. (His own public image.) Why not join in on the joke? Let people believe whatever they want to believe. It’s not like everyone (Aboriginal or not) thinks highly of the Canadian government anyways.

Am I happy people are paying attention to what exactly is being said by First Nations? Sure. Duncan’s team worked hard and fast to remove these posts.

I wish rest of the issues affecting First Nations were addressed this quickly. Obviously when I say this, I know that “processes” and “policies” have to be followed, and that some situations are more important than others.

It is too bad the response to the supposed humorous and satirical article was not answered in just a humorous, satirical manner. It would have been refreshing.

Click HERE to read the article in which it was shared that the leaks is a hoax.

Update 01/19/11: It’s strange how media can change any story to either emphasize one point or de-emphasize another point, or even completely alter the story. My post in response to the hoax and APTN’s own response/reporting on it just proves this. Yes, I did wrong by posting a response to the originating article (even after the original news source said it was “first to report” and failed to include an “Editor’s Note” stating it was meant for PURE entertainment; and even when the Reporter’s name “looked Native”–in reality it wasn’t really anyone at all). Aside from all that, I noticed that APTN mentions that I provide “a point by point analysis.” Correction APTN: I provided an analysis only on three of the ten points. These points were not even an “analysis” at all. One of the points I could relate back to another point I was trying to make in a previous post on my blog (re: The use of the term Fiduciary Duty). Another was point was highlighted to only probe further questioning/gain an understanding of what was being said in the supposed “wikileaks,” and the other just highlighted the “paradox” between Canada’s history and present-day Aboriginals. Even though I “reported” wrongly on this originating article containing the hoax (and I put reported in quotation marks to highlight the fact that I am not an official reporter), I must say, “Thank you APTN for boosting my readers.”

Outcomes

I know it may be too soon to actually comment on this case (because I feel without a doubt the “hypersensitive,” a word used by G&M, will probably try to fight to overturn); now even I know that is something blatant to say about something so freshly decided. HERE is the link relating to G&M article.

Yes, these problems may have been going on for a long time for First Nations but I feel the bigger problem is we as First Nations pick fights without “thinking ahead.” Yes, we need to stand up for what is rightfully ours and rightfully of every Canadian citizen: heat, home, and clean water. But, as First Nations, we need to look at the bigger picture in its entirety and how it will impact the future nations. Only then will we might be able to take steps forward! Not only that, if First Nations continue to exhaust fights against any legal, political, social system, and are not fully aware of the impact their present day decisions might have on future decisions to be made, then First Nations will be severely limiting themselves (and their step forward).

For example, take the phrase “third party management.” This phrase was used when I first found out about changes to post-secondary funding (which was not too long ago, and then swept under a rug somewhere–maybe it will reappear after this article) Everyone and everything said “third party management.” What if THIS outcome on the phrase and its use/interpretation of “third party management” and “co-management” impacts the future decisions on post-secondary funding? All because the court felt they meant “co-management” and that they followed protocol! Then, that case dismissed. More resources exhausted. More relationships burned. More political and economical strife for a few more years.

First Nations need to be made fully aware of the decisions they make and the fights they choose before actually proceeding. The decision to dismiss in lower court and if affirmed in a higher court, will just affect future “third party management” or “co-management” issues: similar situations will be decided alike! THIS IS EXACTLY WHY FIRST NATIONS NEED TO BUILD BETTER POLITICAL RELATIONSHIPS! THIS IS WHY WE NEED TO WORK TOGETHER (with each other and with other organizations).

Then again….Maybe the issue isn’t that we don’t know how to work together, it’s that we don’t know how to recognize “real” help when it’s needed or accept “real” help as it is suggested. As First Nations in today’s country, I believe we have all the resources we need to help us get better. We just have been “ill” for so long, we forgot how to ask for help to get “better” and to use the help we have presently have. We don’t need more of whatever we already have: we just need to learn how to use what we have (isn’t it after all that Indigenous people are the ones who never use more than we need and never ask for more than we need?). We need to help the ones who are worse off than others, instead of expecting government help or waiting for government decisions to be made. I believe First Nations can better allocate the use of their resources, if we are taught how to. We need to RE-LEARN how to survive in Canada TODAY!

NOTE: This blog post isn’t for or against Pikangikum case. Prayers sent out to those on Pikangikum and every First Nation in need of a little prayer this holiday season.