Jun 30 2007

Protest against Native poverty, but without the guns, please. We’re Canadian, eh?

Canadian Native groups are protesting to “Make First Nations Poverty History”. I’m not certain whether protests will actually make employers across the country want to hire more Natives or give existing employees raises, or whether it will inspire Natives to start more of their own businesses to meet their objective.

It certainly isn’t likely to cause the feds to actually consider the Liberals’ scheme to just funnel $5.1 billion to Native communities without any method of accountability.

Still, it certainly is a laudable goal and the protests will raise visibility on an issue that is far too easy for most of the country to ignore. Canada is booming, government coffers are still overflowing and Natives certainly should be able to remedy some of their historic economic inequities. Best of luck.

But to the idiots led by Shawn Brant holding up Highway 2 in Ontario, remember: you don’t bring guns, masks, camouflage gear to a protest, at least not in this country. Put away the guns and play nice.

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4 Responses to “Protest against Native poverty, but without the guns, please. We’re Canadian, eh?”

  1. on 30 Jun 2007 at 6:43 am

    If you got free post secondary education because you were native, and all you had to do was show up for the exams, and even if you failed them badly, you still got the subsidy, but you lost it if you failed to write the exam, what would you do?

  2. on 30 Jun 2007 at 11:36 am

    I agree. Shawn Brant’s actions may have brought more attention on the matter, but I think he just fueled outrage by taxpayers who are tired of having Ottawa funnel money into the native ‘problem’ and never see any results.

  3. on 01 Jul 2007 at 3:18 am

    The scarves across the face never sit well with me. How well-intentioned can someone be who puts a scarf over their face?

    Why not just go all the way and wear a burka?

  4. on 04 Jul 2007 at 5:03 pm

    The scarf around the face is the mark of a terrorist and a coward, fearful of being identified, hunted down and caught, if not eliminated.

    Bill Narvey

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