The Right wing’s cure for the Aboriginal reserve problem in Canada

Here we have Gordon Gibson one of the usual suspects promoting his “big idea” while ignoring the role of Aboriginal and Northern Affairs in creating the reserves as a “fortress and a prison”. While blaming the crooked chiefs and the evil “collectivism” for all of the ills on reserve and saying that the many Chiefs rely on maintaining the current state of affairs and that this is the reason that the fortress can’t be dismantled. He ignores just how many from Aboriginal and Northern Affairs “rely” on keeping the status quo. That’s where most of the money goes and that department is a lot of siloed mediocrities who have been given the management task they are so incapable of. Secondly,give individuals the land and let them take care of their affairs and all the problems will just go away. This ignores the American experience with giving “individuals” their pieces of collective land Dawes Severalty Act of 1887. It also blithely ignores the evils of private property for a lot of Settlers, their inability to pay for it, the huge debt loads, how the Banks exploit it all and how many Settler “individuals” lose their land to speculators and to the recent real estate bust that led to the continuing global recession. Gibson does not want to talk about this because it does not fit with his big idea. Don’t be deceived by this “little idea” and the little men who promote this.

Go here to see the article
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-debate/canada-enables-the-sickness-of-the-reserves/article20375332/

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I am an anthropologist and Associate Professor who loves to play guitar and comment on social injustice in whatever form it may take
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