- January 14, 2013 - 18:07
The Adams family,as usual, see not the real commentary behind BW's column. They feel that the $100 million plus dollars given to fish soup Spence which she used to enrich herself and friends while her people live in hovels (unlike her abode) is money well spent. She also has banned media from her reservation. The comparison to the hockey league fight over division of spoils is rather an apt one. Maybe the Adams family miss the point.
- January 13, 2013 - 12:09
I remain suspicious of Chief Spence and her bands sketchy accounting practices, but my overall sympathies will always reside with the struggles of the Aboriginal peoples of Canada...and throughout the world. Any history you read of North/South America contains countless atrocities, genocides, broken treaties, eager abuse by those of European ethnic background, who still hold power, in an attempt to willfully destroy the culture and lives of aboriginals. And when you hear about the un-investigated/unsolved murders of aboriginal women in BC, constant negative news focus on aboriginals, its all too plain to see how little value many people give the lives of natives.
- Winston Adams
- January 12, 2013 - 14:37
Bob , your piece has some humourous content. But there is nothing funny rating the Idle No More Movement behind hockey in importance. One is entertainment, the other is justice and issues of poverty and survival. Yes there are parallels between aboriginal mistreatment and that of nflders. They result from the same colonial class system of the British Empire--- a system that you appear to be proud that your ancestors fought for, including Beaumont Hamel.It seems our forefathers here learned some of this approach from the British and applied it to the aboriginals here and in Labrador. Spence nor the Chiefs are founders of this movement. It is a grassroots movement. It seems to me that the isolated small population of aboriginals ( like the nfld rural fishing settlements) have been easy prey. The colonial attitude government could always depend on swaying the chiefs despite the overall negative effect of any policy on the population. The aboriginals trust neither the chiefs nor the Federal government. Why is it that everyone who comes to Canada can prosper , but not the aboriginals? I think the essay on Rock Solid Politics called the Ugly Canadian says a lot. Your piece reminds me of this: Twenty years ago my wife's neice was an exchange student to the one of the Prarie provinces. The issue of aboriginals was a topic in class. She was asked how such matters are considered in Nfld. She replied " we don't have any problem, we killed all the Indians in Nfld." When no one else thought it was funny, she said she felt so ashamed.She was referring to the Beothic ,of course. The Idle No More Movement has resulted from the peoples desperation, and it's strength enabled by social media. Many of your pieces are humourous, and I gnerally enjoy them. Now a better parallel might be if some mayor of our small dying fishing community, maybe Hopedale or Nain ,( there are dosens of places that are similar), set up a tent by the confederation bldg to fast. But not many laughs in such a comparison. On the whole your piece is shameful, and makes me wonder if you would qualify, despite your good looks, to be a Ugly Canadian? Maybe it just me. I'm aware of too many atrocities and injustices against aboriginals to apprecate your flavour of humour here. But like our leaders, many of their's lack crebility. On that there is some similarity. Perhaps our leaders here need their feet held to the fire, given the Secercy Act, and all the disregard for democratic fairness.We have had our share of injustices, but it pales in comparison to aboriginals, in my opinion
- Maurice E. Adams
- January 12, 2013 - 08:25
I think you do the Aboriginal people a disservice by making light, not only Chief Spence and the Idle No More movement but more importantly the injustice that Canada has, and still is, inflicting on First Nations' people --- hundreds of thousands of which are still living well below the poverty line. As I understand it, the original treaties were between sovereign entities (nations) --- Britain and the various First Nations people. Our Constitution upholds those inherent Aboriginal rights and the onus is on the "Crown"/federal government to negotiate in good faith and to thereby give meaningful effect to those rights. I look forward to reading a more thoughtful, fair-minded article.
- Brad Cabana
- January 12, 2013 - 07:46
It's funny how you know who wrote an article before you get to the bottom to read the name. It's mentalities like Wakeham's that cause the rest of the country not to take Newfoundland and Labrador politics and issues seriously. Denigrating the struggle of one people to illustrate your own is just...pathetic really. It is an ALL to common theme in the provincial discourse.