‘Start paying attention’ to Indigenous rights legislation, First Nations warned
Windspeaker.com provides deep engagement on the very serious consequences of the always developing relationship between Indigenous peoples and Canada. While “reconciliation” is the buzz-word of the day, Canada is carrying centuries of distrust on its shoulders to that particular mountaintop. That is never more apparent than with the government-proposed Indigenous Rights Recognition and Implementation Framework. While on its surface, the Framework may provide the needed steps to move away from the vile Indian Act, but the devil is in the details. Does the Framework recognize real First Nations self-determination and jurisdiction over traditional territories? Or does it provide only a narrow model of self-determination that suppresses jurisdiction and entrenches administrative governance of service delivery and accountability? Is it just a repackaged status quo? Nations are confused, and agitated by Canada’s lack of transparency. This may just be another gambit to solve Canada’s Indian problem; an “old extinguishment policy in sheep’s clothing”.
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