The trouble with the Indian Act

by Aaron Wherry

Bob Rae spoke in the House this morning on his motion about replacing the Indian Act.

Conservative MP Rob Clarke has a private member’s bill that seeks amend and replace the act. The government says it supports Mr. Clarke’s bill “in principle.” Debate on the bill began last Thursday.




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The trouble with the Indian Act

  1. Maple Leaf Web ~ While Canada routinely ranks in the top ten of the United Nations Human Development Index (HDI) – a quality of life indicator based on income, education and life expectancy applying the same criteria to Canada’s aboriginal population reveals some striking figures. Registered Indians living on reserves are ranked approximately 68th, somewhere between Bosnia and Venezuela, while off-reserve Indians are ranked 36th.

    Library Of Economics ~ Gary Becker showed that discrimination will be less pervasive in more competitive industries because companies that discriminate will lose market share to companies that do not. He also presented evidence that discrimination is more pervasive in more-regulated, and therefore less-competitive, industries.

  2. Frederick Douglass ~ “What shall we do with the Negro?” I have had but one answer from the beginning. Do nothing with us! Your doing with us has already played the mischief with us. Do nothing with us! If the apples will not remain on the tree of their own strength, if they are wormeaten at the core, if they are early ripe and disposed to fall, let them fall! I am not for tying or fastening them on the tree in any way, except by nature’s plan, and if they will not stay there, let them fall. And if the Negro cannot stand on his own legs, let him fall also. All I ask is, give him a chance to stand on his own legs! Let him alone!

    • Evidently, 19th century Social Darwinism lives on…and on…and on.

      • The problems of the First Nations are directly related to the fact that lefties like you won’t give them the same economic and property rights as everyone else.

        The left ruins the lives of the First Nations by their absolute dominance over their lives, and doesn’t even have the grace to be ashamed of it.

        • 1) You have no clue whether or not I’m a “leftie”, whatever that means.

          2) I have neither given nor denied First Nations “the same economic and property rights as everyone else” anymore than you have. (I happen to think, for what it’s worth, that the Indian Act is an archaic residue of colonialism).

          3) Your completely unfounded comment doesn’t in any way address my observation that Social Darwinism is alive and well. You probably don’t even know what it is.

          Go bother somebody else.

          • Awww.. did I hit a sore spot? The conditions of the reserves are proof that your ideology of running people’s lives for them ruins people’s lives.

            It will be the same for everyone you attempt to intervene for. Short term social assistance can be a blessing, but long term social assistance is a toxin.

          • You didn’t hit any sore spot with me because your aim is so abysmal.

            Again, you haven’t any idea what my “ideology” is. You’re making idiotic inferences unsupported by any evidence. Where, for example, have I made reference to social assistance being good or bad? Come back when you’ve got a dim vestige of an idea what you’re talking about.

            Better yet, don’t come back at all.

  3. i suppose march_4_justice.

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