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Not A Bit Surprised An Essay Re: Neglect Of Canadian Aboriginals By The Canadian Government

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NOT A BIT SURPRISEDnote - this essay was written in response to an article in the "globe and mail" entitled "Harper sails into storm with natives". (feb 27, 2004)As far back into the history that I have known, Aboriginal issues seem to be consistently on the back burner. What is it about these issues that seem to be too far-gone or taboo to address? As a descendant of aboriginal lineage, the issues facing first nations communities across the country are all too familiar to my family and myself. I feel that the native community has been over-looked and ignored for too long and in this essay I will bring an example of such ignorance to the immediate attention of ...view middle of the document...

Relationshipsbetween the native and non-native communities are growing increasingly frigid everyday.I think this article speaks extremely poorly of the government, and rightly so.it is appalling that someone in the government, a representative of this countrycould have been total oblivious to the difference between East Indian peoplesand Canada's own first nations people; mistake or not. What does this actionsay to the aboriginal people about the way the government of their countrythinks about them and how much attention the government is paying to their issues? When is it time to give some dignity back to a people that have beenall but stripped of their self-identity as it is?My strong response to this article has been heightened by my own personalstruggles with the great need for amendment that plagues the Indian act;in particular, bill C-31 which has prevented me from being recognized as a"Status Indian" despite the fact that my Grandmother, father and his siblingsare "status natives". It is past due time for some badly needed changes. The government needs to get away from the "public choice approach" to politicsand make good on promises that have been stagnant for far too long.It will be some time before satisfaction of both native and non- native peoples is achieved if ever at all. However, it has to start somewhere, with someone.How much longer are we willing to do nothing about the damaged relationship between our peoples? There is a way out; the road to peace and understanding is paved with Mutual respect.

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