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An Illustration on how some Canadians view the First Nations

This is the article printed in the Nanaimo News this week that has created a big response by local first nations and an apology from the paper.

It was only 12,000 years ago, or less and this should be considered:
In all those years they

 - Never discovered the wheel
 - Never had a written language
 - Never discovered astronomy
 - Had no science or scientific discoveries
 - Had no mathematics
 - Made no medical discoveries
 - Never had written music
 - Only figured out a drum and a rattle for musical instruments
 - Had no metallurgy
 - Had no sails for boats (only had canoes)
 - Created virtually no mechanical devices
 - Possessed almost nothing that required hard manual labour over a period of time ie: building with or carving out of stone
 - Made almost no inventions
 - Are just in the last 200 years getting caught-up to most of the rest of the world
 - Have a history that is notable only for underachievement

Think where an equal number of Chinese would be today; given only 10 years of the advantages Canadian Indians have---no taxes on any money you earn while living on a reserve free dental free university, etc.

BTW the hunger striking chief and her husband, were paid $270,000.00 by the band last year.

Comments from a reader in the Globe and Mail. It's a short history lesson on natives.... This land does NOT belong to them!  Why do some people keep saying that it does? Is it because that's what they want you to believe? Well then the marketing campaign must be working well  Let's get this straight...

 1. These people's ancestors did not just appear in North America magically out of thin air one day 50,000 years ago. They came in waves across the land/ice bridge from Asia. What's more these waves in many cases were not related groups of people. They came from various places around North Eastern Asia and were from different genetic strains... in other words the "natives of North America" are not a homogenous group of people and more importantly.... They are immigrants too, like millions of immigrants today.

 2. The idea that the "natives" were peaceful caretakers of the land or benevolent tenants couldn't be further from the truth. The various tribes warred on each other constantly. They were violent. Want proof? Ask the Hurons... oh that's right you can't. The Iroquois wiped them out. How about slavery that was rife among the first nation tribes until the Europeans came over and freed the slaves and put an end to this "valued cultural tradition"? Is slavery peaceful and humane?

 3. The idea that we "stole" this land from them is also ridiculous. A more technologically advanced and numerous culture invaded and conquered. This is exactly what has been happening since the dawn of humanity all around the globe. To say we "stole" their lands is just plain wrong. That is akin to saying the Saxons should return England to the Angles. Or maybe we should launch a campaign to have Roman descendants give Italy back to the Etruscans. 

4.   It is a nonsensical notion driven by the politically correct bleeding hearts, some intellectually deficient politicians, the Government, and it will continue to cost this country needless and wasted  billions and billions until we get some backbone and turn off the taps.

 Are these people in trouble? Yes.
 Do they need help? Yes.
 Are they responsible enough to look after themselves and efficiently spend the billions the tax payers give them? Certainly not.

 The only way to fix this situation is to bring them into society as equals. They should be getting jobs and paying taxes like the rest of
us because in reality, they are no more special than any of the other hundred or more cultures that call Canada home.

 Turn off the taps. Do away with this "traditional use" and "cultural" nonsense. Educate their children to become modern citizens, instead of finding their identity and source of pride in some folks who occupied the land 15000 years ago. Let them stand or fall on their own account. Just like the rest of us have to do.

From the same correspondent that sent the above in we also got...

I can agree with everything except the patently false statement that we didn't steal the land from them. They had settled tribal regions which they fiercely protected. We went in, effectively declared war on them and stole their land. This was utterly unlike the imperialism of other parts of the world, such as India, where locals could keep their land and property, provided they submitted to external authority.

No, here they were dismissed as savages, much as Churchill and others dismissed black Africans, and they were offered nothing at all. The rest of it is probably narrowly accurate, but consider the letter of Chief Seattle who in the 1800's wrote a letter in response to the government's offer to purchase tribal land. Ask yourself whether this was written by a "savage":

"The President in Washington sends word that he wishes to buy our land. But how can you buy or sell the sky? the land? The idea is strange to us. If we do not own the freshness of the air and the sparkle of the water, how can you buy them?

Every part of the earth is sacred to my people. Every shining pine needle, every sandy shore, every mist in the dark woods, every meadow, every humming insect. All are holy in the memory and experience of my people.

We know the sap which courses through the trees as we know the blood that courses through our veins. We are part of the earth and it is part of us. The perfumed flowers are our sisters. The bear, the deer, the great eagle, these are our brothers. The rocky crests, the dew in the meadow, the body heat of the pony, and man all belong to the same family.

The shining water that moves in the streams and rivers is not just water, but the blood of our ancestors. If we sell you our land, you must remember that it is sacred. Each glossy reflection in the clear waters of the lakes tells of events and memories in the life of my people. The water's murmur is the voice of my father's father.

The rivers are our brothers. They quench our thirst. They carry our canoes and feed our children. So you must give the rivers the kindness that you would give any brother.

If we sell you our land, remember that the air is precious to us, that the air shares its spirit with all the life that it supports. The wind that gave our grandfather his first breath also received his last sigh. The wind also gives our children the spirit of life. So if we sell our land, you must keep it apart and sacred, as a place where man can go to taste the wind that is sweetened by the meadow flowers.

Will you teach your children what we have taught our children? That the earth is our mother? What befalls the earth befalls all the sons of the earth.

This we know: the earth does not belong to man, man belongs to the earth. All things are connected like the blood that unites us all. Man did not weave the web of life, he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself.

One thing we know: our God is also your God. The earth is precious to him and to harm the earth is to heap contempt on its creator.

Your destiny is a mystery to us. What will happen when the buffalo are all slaughtered? The wild horses tamed? What will happen when the secret corners of the forest are heavy with the scent of many men and the view of the ripe hills is blotted with talking wires? Where will the thicket be? Gone! Where will the eagle be? Gone! And what is to say goodbye to the swift pony and then hunt? The end of living and the beginning of survival.

When the last red man has vanished with this wilderness, and his memory is only the shadow of a cloud moving across the prairie, will these shores and forests still be here? Will there be any of the spirit of my people left?

We love this earth as a newborn loves its mother's heartbeat. So, if we sell you our land, love it as we have loved it. Care for it, as we have cared for it. Hold in your mind the memory of the land as it is when you receive it. Preserve the land for all children, and love it, as God loves us.

As we are part of the land, you too are part of the land. This earth is precious to us. It is also precious to you.

One thing we know - there is only one God. No man, be he Red man or White man, can be apart. We ARE all brothers after all."

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