Manitoba

Remember when…..

Remember when I wrote a post about the effects of globalization? No, that’s okay. I’ll refresh your memory. I wrote a post titled “Is this the effects of globalizations?” wherein I just finished researching and writing an essay that answered the question:

Have women benefitted from Globalization, specifically Aboriginal women?

I said No, globalization does not benefit women, specifically Aboriginal women.

I didn’t know how I was going to introduce this essay. Yes, I wrote the entire essay with arguments and counter-arguments even before I finished the introduction and conclusion–it’s how I write best. Then, I came across a Globe and Mail article that featured Michael Moore’s blog post titled “Why I support the people of Thompson, Canada–and you should too.” Mr. Moore wrote about Vale, an apparently huge mining company that violated their “social contract” that was meant to benefit the people of Thompson, Manitoba and supposedly Canada under the Investment Canada Act. My introduction was born. Thank you, Mr. Moore…

However, the people of Thompson, Manitoba were apparently left worried about their futures. Vale was pulling out of the small Manitoba town. It was closing up shop, according to the Globe and Mail, on “it’s nickel smelter and refiner just months after it received a $1-billion loan from Export Development Canada.” Read the Globe and Mail article titled Michael Moore Adds Star Power to Manitoba Mining Battle. This article is dated February 25, 2011. Over 500 jobs at stake, but that doesn’t matter… Vale made net profits of $17.3 billion last year. So what, big deal.

Big deal, now Globe and Mail has another article titled Vale Launches $11 Billion Bid for South Africa Miner. Here the Globe talks about how Vale has a vision to set up shop in Africa and even try to diversify from it’s main business of iron ore. This article is dated April 8, 2011, last update May 5, 2011.

The February article states that by 2015, Vale received the above mentioned loan after promising to increase employment, and then immediately after Vale announced that the same refinery would be closed by 2015.

The April article states that by 2015, Vale would like to increase cooper output by 45% by 2015, as it plans to move away from iron ore (its main business). In this same article, an analyst (Sasha Naryshkine, analyst at Johannesburg-based Vestact) is quoted saying the following:

“The fact that a big Brazilian global partner is having a look at African assets might signal something for some of the other majors around the world…Because if you aren’t afraid of mining in the Democratic Republic of Congo, you are not afraid of anything.”

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I bet they are not afraid of anything if they got away with what they are apparently getting away with in Canada. Providing hope to citizens, then tearing it away. As Michael Moore says in his post in relation to Thompson, Manitoba,

So this is about one thing and one thing only: killing the social contract of Canada…The corporations’ plan is that the Third World will become the Only World.

In this world of Multi-national corporations and globalization, there is always a winner and a loser. Mainly the winners are the MNCs; the losers, the citizens of not just poor countries, but First World countries…Thank you globalization.

Links to the following posts/articles mentioned in this post listed below:

Water Crisis in Manitoba

A friend on my facebook presents the link with the following statement:

Geez, why are the Natives always bitching and crying all the time??? Here’s a perfect example of why…oh yeah, in case you forgot it’s 2011…

He shared this link: Ottawa Gives Reserves 1,000 Slop Pails For Water Crisis.

The article’s title says it all. You don’t really have to read much of the article to realize what is going to be said. What is even more sad, you don’t even have to guess much on what the user provided comments are going to say.

Here is just a glimpse (The following comments were taken from one of the seven pages filled with comments):

  1. I thought they wanted to be one with the land … In this case, leaves make great toilet paper. If the Natives want better services, they have two choices – move to a city or fund their own infrastructure. It’s difficult to have your cake and eat it too…
  2. I thought the natives were self governing? Can’t they fend for themselves yet? It’s time for all native “mini nations” to step up and solve their own problems and take pride in doing so. Native Nations constantly looking at the Feds for money to bail them out of their difficulties, isn’t the answer. Self governing and solving their own problems internally is the answer.
  3. Obviously the people who work at the Native Affairs offices should be fired. This sort of incompetence would never be tolerated in the private sector. On the other hand, Natives have been treated too well for too long. They pay no taxes, they get free education and health care and handouts at every turn of the government money spigot. The time has come to make them stand on their own. If not now, they never will be able to. Yes, hundreds of years ago some of their ancestors may have made some bad real estate deals which today we interpret as being scammed or ripped off by the “white man”. Enough is enough. It’s time they are made to stand on their own two feet. Everyone else must.

It is comments like these that make me upset. What makes me more upset is the crises that many First Nations face: no running water. I wrote a previous post on the Pikangikum water crisis, you can read about that post HERE.

I wonder what the leaders running for current elections have to say about this?

Oh and like my friend said, in case you forgot: This is 2011.

Is this the effects of Globalization?

Read Michael Moore’s post titled Why I Support the People of Thompson, Canada — And You Should Too.

Read my recent post titled Have women benefited from globalization?

Are these the effects of the supposed concept of Globalization? Striking resemblance. A big corporation going into a remote community, whether Aboriginal or not. FYI: Oh Thompson, Manitoba’s population is 17% Aboriginal (Manitoba Consensus 2000).

Why not you be the judge? Do you like the effects of globalization? Do you even like globalization? What IS globalization?