July 16, 2006

July 16, 2006: Wente ... excellent

Margaret Wente: The new warrior class -- Native academics are schooling the next generation in the politics of dissent

Oka pretty much demonstrated to me that the way to achieve change was not to negotiate it
Taiaiake Alfred

Incidentally, note that this warrior is a "tenured radical" at the University of Victoria where he heads the indigenous governance program.

This warrior is also a professor -- one of a new generation of tenured radicals who are schooling the next generation in the politics of resistance. [Remember Caledonia and the Ontario government's inability to do anything but appease ... buy out ... hope for peace? ]

"To the extent I relate to Canada, it's purely in instrumental terms," ... "I have a prominent position within the university, I've got a letter from Jean Chretien on my wall, I have awards, recognition, I have a Canada Research Chair. But they are not indicative of my status as a Canadian. The Canadians are people you have a relationship with. I'd have to be a schizophrenic to say I'm a Canadian"

Note that. Combine his views with the broadband program below and that's a recipe for undermining Canada, as far as I'm concerned ... particularly for undereducated natives who've been fed a lot of malarkey about the wonders of their ancestral past.

Taiaiake Alfred does not consider himself a Canadian. He is first and foremost Onkwehonwe, a ''true person,'' one of the original people. He regards Phil Fontaine, most band councils, and the current native leadership with contempt. By co-operating with the government, they are helping to implement the assimilationist agenda of the Settlers (i.e. non-natives). He rejects the use of violence, but he does believe in what he calls ''direct action'' to achieve native aims. He is first and foremost a warrior, who believes in substantive restitution for the loss of Turtle Island (also known as North America).

Also in the same article is mention of Dawn Martin Hill (Mohawk Wolf Clan).

Prof Martin-Hill, who lives on the reserve, is also the director of the Indigenous Studies program at McMaster University in Hamilton. [...]

Do you suppose the students learn any other viewpoint, any history other than the viewpoint that will come from leaders such as the two Wente mentions?

Aren't you delighted your tax dollars are funding this? It reminds me of the Liberal-instigated Court Challenges Program ... designed to, in effect, undermine the legal system that had worked well in our country for so many years, a British legal system ... Government(s) aligned Canada with thuggish UN states (anti-Israel, pro Arab) and became pro European and particularly pro France and anti-American ... Governments granted some citizens special and/or asymmetrical rights and privileges ... Almost all these, compliments of Trudeau and the Liberals ... They have changed our country for the worse ... I fear, irretrievably.

When a Bob Rae can move from the Ontario NDP to the federal Liberal leadership race in the blink of an eye, there is little difference among the shades of left which Canadians have, for too long, endured. Rae wants to bring down the government over the softwood lumber deal with the US. A return to power for himself is more important than the stability of our country for a decent period of time.

The left had put much in place that would aid in this destabilization of Canada, whether they intended this or not. Certainly some on the left do intend to destabilize Canada.

Wiring BC's Native Villages -- How the internet is changing life in First Nations communities."
Kendyl Salcito, June 8, 2006, TheTyee.ca

[....] The First Nations Summit Chiefs, upon creating the First Nations Technology Council in 2002, declared the internet a crucial element of life [....]

Broadband in the bush

The FNTC planned, orchestrated, and began implementing the installation of broadband in native communities about a year and a half ago. [....]

[....] First Nations leaders think keeping kids in the community -- educating and mentoring them -- might stem some social problems.

And keeping the kids in their communities could also improve upon the level of education provided by distant boarding schools. High-level physics courses are now available online, and bright aboriginal students who choose to stay in their villages, Hanley is convinced, have the drive to take online classes and strive towards university.

Wired for jobs

Parents, largely, already see the importance of a high school diploma, particularly as few of them have one. [....] they've got to get their grade 12 if they want to work." Forestry, oil and mining companies have started requiring a high school education as a prerequisite for employment. [Think about that statement.]

[....] passing down information about their heritage. [.... to help them get jobs?]

Cyber-visit to Turtle Island [....]

It is called the Turtle Island Native Network (TurtleIsland.org), created in 1998 by Bob Kennedy. The web site is "an independent, Native-owned and -operated news and information service." Since "Turtle Island" includes all of North America, native groups from south of the 49th parallel also use the site as a hub, contributing to the average two million hits the site gets each month.

Turtle Island Native Network [....]

Bugs in the system [....]

Also currently out of reach is the federal government's promised $10 million. The Liberal government had promised the funding, .... [promises]

[....] Currently, however, the IC program is "on hold," courtesy of the change in government.

Consider all the above in relation to Margaret Wente's information on the education of aboriginals ...


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