It is difficult to believe that this is still going on…
Canada in general, Ontario in particular, have recently been absorbed in the Attawapiscat scandal: millions of dollars have gone to support an aboriginal community of a few thousand people, yet the living conditions for ‘regular’ band members there are so deplorable and despicable, words fail me. This is a very difficult situation to deal with: the current rules/regulation/philosophy imprisons our native populations in far northern ghettos in the name of ‘protecting them’…yes, the language of ‘tyranny of the nice’ – oppressing people while all the time pretending that one is doing it in their name.
Here is some excellent commentary on this topic (including an interview with the brilliant and Honourable Patrick Brazeau). (Aside and completely unrelated: senator Brazeau comes from the Kitigan Zibi community which twins Maniwaki. This region is in one of the most beautiful corners of the world – one I have visited annually for about two decades and which has completely enchanted me, my spouse and our children. It would be difficult to convince me that there could possibly be a more beautiful area in all the world!)
Yet, when I was in a fast-food restaurant in Maniwaki only 3-4 years ago, I personally witnessed the residents from Kitigan Zibi be refused service on the grounds that the person taking their order did not understand English and thus could not serve them. Standing directly behind them in the line, I (being the nagging person that I am) decided to, on this occasion, use English only to order and I feigned inability to speak or comprehend French: yet I was served without any difficulty! Incensed – yet afraid to make a scene (it was not my neighbourhood to rock the proverbial boat in), after I was served, I went and caught up with the people who were refused service because they spoke English and were native – I offered to place the order for them, but, they declined. I can understand their position…
So, yes – I can honestly say that I have experienced (as a witness) discrimination against Canadians, simply because they were Native Canadians. And, yes – I was deeply disturbed by it. And, yes – I DID all I thought was in my power to defeat it without adding animosity to the community in which it occurred. This discrimination is not ‘theoretical’ – and it is something that I condemn, with every fibre of my being!!!
It is my deepest held principle that all humans must be treated as equals in the eyes of the law: this focus on the individual is the only way we can prevent the erosion of innate civil liberties that ‘group-politics’ of the totalitarian/collectivist Cultural Marxism is fighting to defeat.
This is why I am just as upset that people were discriminated against for NOT being ‘natives’ as I am that people were discriminated FOR being ‘natives’!!!
Yet, this is exactly what has happened in Caledonia…
As long as people are discriminated against on the basis of race – whether ‘in’ or ‘out’ is irrelevant – we can never have equality of citizens before the law!
And that is shameful – however anyone may try to justify it!