February 07, 2007

Feb. 7, 2007: Whose fault is this?

Fair warning: Not Politically Correct ... We've had enough of that, anyway. My comments are in navy blue.

Whose fault is this?

Natives, Demands, Rights, International Helping Groups and where that leads

Natives to hit Ottawa with rights complaint -- Grand Chief Phil Fontaine plans legal offensive as underfunding of welfare services leaves 27,000 aboriginal children in foster homes

Left unexplored are the political backgrounds of some of those do-gooders so willing to enter Canada to help him and perhaps to at the same time, to help the left, with this foray into native territory; alien leftists have been involved with Canadian natives previously, in the Caledonia stand-off, for example.

Is there something disingenuous about this? The international left will help natives who received ... I have read $9-BILLION dollars last year, if you put everything together ... yet the natives are in living in an abysmal state?
, Campbell Clark, Feb. 5, 2007, Globe and Mail


OTTAWA — The Assembly of First Nations is preparing a human-rights complaint against the federal government alleging that the systematic underfunding of child-welfare services on reserves has fuelled a crisis that sees 27,000 aboriginal children in foster homes. [ Funny that this did not occur or at least be noticed and bruited about by the Globe and Mail repeatedly, while it was happening under the previous government administration. Of course, that government's (including previous governments') method was to sluice Canadian taxpayers' money to the natives via the Chiefs and councils ... perhaps to their aides and/or families, if that is not the same thing. There is some overlap, it seems, from what I have read. Some natives do well enough for Caribbean cruises; others squat in poverty and despair ... and it is all our fault ... That's the non-native rest of Canada, sometimes known as whitey. ]

AFN National Chief Phil Fontaine ... moving to a more confrontational approach on the issue ... file the rights complaint.

One in 10 aboriginal children is in foster care [Whose fault?], compared to one in 200 non-aboriginal children, and the AFN argues the problem is exacerbated because child-welfare agencies for first nations get 22 per cent less money than those that deal with non-aboriginal children .... [How many social workers at a decent salary would it take to staff each tiny reserve or community and there are many? Why social workers and not teachers, doctors, carpenters to show how to fix a window? Why social workers and blaming someone else when they could move to a larger center, get an education and get our of the despair? Who is controlling all that money? What are the chiefs doing to alleviate the problems? Think of the money already allocated to natives. Something is wrong and it is not with the amount of money they get.]

[...] International Congress on Ethics in Gatineau, Que.

The increasingly confrontational approach [...] scrapped former Liberal prime minister Paul Martin's $5-billion Kelowna accord [...But if you thought that idea of sluicing money willy-nilly was dead, keep reading. That upset a number of natives. Now, international organizations are involved ... somebody owes these natives and ... ]

... the deep child poverty ... international children's charities ...

Two Save the Children aid workers visited ... Ontario, Webequie First Nation and Mishkeegogamang First Nation, to write a report ... to pair reserves with non-profit aid agencies ....

[....] The AFN sees the human-rights complaint ... a strategy of legal actions against the federal government, which could be followed by class-action lawsuits on behalf of children and Charter of Rights challenges in the courts.

And although the Canadian Human Rights Commission cannot order the government to spend the extra money, the AFN hopes that a ruling that the underfunding is discriminatory would prod the government to act.

... systemic discrimination [....]

Search: International Congress on Ethics in Gatineau, Que

When I read International Congress, I check further. It's like NGO's, now termed CSO's.

* Alcoholism? Glue-sniffing? Drug taking? Whose fault?

* Little education? Whose fault?

* Children out control of their parents? Whose fault?

* Windows out in filthy, over-crowded shack homes and not fixed? Whose fault?

* Babies born with foetal alcohol syndrome? Whose fault?

* Fifteen year old producing a child? The child dead -- maybe SIDS, but ... other explanations not so benign. Whose fault?

* Watching television all day? Whose example? Whose fault?

* Transparency and accountability for money already disbursed to natives across Canada? Canadians cannot know. Privacy ... Native rights ... and the Chiefs don't have to be accountable? Whose fault is that?

Consider Robert Nault, former Liberal Minister for Native Affairs who was drummed out, basically, when he tried to take sensible steps toward transparency and accountability for all the taxpayers' money already disbursed to natives who do not pay taxes; it is dispensed by the Chiefs and councils, at their discretion. Some, but certainly not all, may be doing a credible job but ...

Nault seemed a decent Minister who was trying to make a difference, but all those who profit from the system as it is attacked him and his sensible plans. Where is he today? What does it profit a chief to back change in what works so well for him/her and the band council? What would it profit Grand Chief Phil Fontaine? Nada! Ex-Liberal Minister Andy Scott was much more successful on the native file ... Consider why that might be.

Money is always in good taste. Accountants well known for thoroughness not wanted.

Follow the agreement(s) and read the fine print, particularly anything having to do with what might be found on the land or off-shore waters, mining, oil rights, pipeline rights of way and the like. Note trade-offs, what the natives / chiefs / councils / native teachers and social workers / hunters / whoever, might gain. Oh, yes, and the languages tzar ... linguistics departments ... academics ... (maybe e.g. Tlingit) book publishers ... criminologists pursuing studies of racism / root causes / systemic ... whatever, and the positive effects upon the natives of sentencing circles and native healers waving sweet grass, departments of do-good, no fault-finding social work ... Have I forgotten anyone?

Memory Lane: What happened with this case?

Has this been addressed? Settled? ... Ensuring that the rest of the citizens of Canada will be paying ... and paying forever?

Has the SCOC been adequately staffed enough to ensure ... ensured a proper finale for those who stand to benefit?

News Junkie Canada February 24, 2004
Natives, Human Rights, Race-based tax exemptions, United Nations / UN Louise Arbour


Just Say No to Race-based Tax Exemptions

Now the Indians want to be tax exempt even if they live off the reserve. In March, 2002, trial judge Campbell brought down a ruling that Treaty 8 Indians didn't have to pay taxes [wherever] they lived. He based his decision on some oral history hocus pocus the natives came up with. Luckily, the Federal Court of Appeals shot that nonsense down The Indians say they will take their claim to the Supreme Court.

[.... Well, what happened with that? ....]

The Farce of the UN Human Rights Commission

... Louise Arbour has been designated the head of this Commission. I say farce because its record is so absurdly the opposite of human rights. [....]


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