Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Cons to Aboriginal communities: complain and we'll take away your autonomy

CBC
Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan, who announced the measures in question period Wednesday, told the House of Commons that "urgent health and safety issues" in the northern Ontario community needed immediate action.
"The Government of Canada has informed the chief that we are placing the community in third-party management to ensure community needs are addressed," Duncan said.
"Part of the manager's role will be to administer my department's funding which is normally managed by the First Nation directly."

Attawapiskat has been in crisis for a very long time and very vocal about, mostly notably around its lack of school. The latest crisis is around housing. In response the federal government has stepped in and taken control of community administration, effectively declaring them incompetent regarding the provision of housing and services to the community. In any other community in Canada the federal reaction to a crisis would be to work with and through local authorities. Not so with Aboriginal locales. These are punished.

Attawapiskat is not alone, and conditions on many remote Aboriginal settlements are appalling. The Conservative's action on this, seizing control, risks a silencing effect on other communities in crisis as they are effectively saying, "If you complain, we will take away your autonomy and humiliate you."

Naked paternal colonial racism.

11 comments:

Isis said...

Maybe PMSHithead will ask De Beers mining company to act as "community" leaders. You know, something like the Goverbor of Minnesota (was it him?) was proposing?

ThinkingManNeil said...
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ThinkingManNeil said...

What do you expect from a political party whose base is primarily comprised of undereducated, bigoted, ignorant, redneck shitkickers?

double nickel said...

The Reformacons know they'll never lose a single vote by taking over a band's finances. In fact it might gain them some.

Beijing York said...

You're probably right, double nickel, based on the comment sections in the media. Harper is a racist prick and sadly too many Canadians are too.

thereginamom.com said...

I've blogged an excellent letter from Dr. Neal McLeod over at my place. A must-read.

UU4077 said...

try out this link for enlightenment ...

http://apihtawikosisan.wordpress.com/2011/11/30/dealing-with-comments-about-attawapiskat/

UU4077 said...

Sorry - go over to Dawg's Blawg for a better link

Holly Stick said...

See also links here: http://www.anothervoice.ca/Attawapiskat.html

meadowlark said...

Harper did found, the Northern Foundation Party. He is a Reformer and a Neo-Nazi. The skinheads did assist Harper to organize his party.

The first thing Harper had to do was, muzzle the media, the media is now Harper's propaganda machines. He couldn't have his shady politics known to the Canadian people. He knew he would have never won an election, if that story escaped.

Because dictators are so paranoid, they have to control absolutely everything, they can get their hands on. Media, judicial system, police, Canadian Wheat Board, scientists not permitted to publish their papers. Stormed Guelph University, to stop the students from voting, even trying to steal the ballot boxes.

That beautiful little baby dying of pneumonia, because of Harper's neglect of the First Nations health care.

Harper is a monster. He needs to be forced to resign. Remember what happened to BC, when we forgave Campbell's criminal charge? He kicked us in the face for doing so. Campbell is Harper's favorite henchman. His reward for doing Harper's dirty work, was the appointment of High Commissioner to England.

Dictators always need the criminal element. Carson an American felon worked for Harper, as did Campbell.

There are many reasons to force Harper to resign. Harper's negligence to the F.N. atrocities and that little baby dying, are among the worst reasons.