The Illiberalism of the Aboriginal Industry
You are one of my favourite substacks...THANK YOU for being the voice of reason surrounding these issues....I work in education and it is too much for me to handle......this gives me valdiation that I am not alone......big shout out to you......
"Reconciliation" is a concept that can mean almost anything, from financial compensation to the renaming of mountains and streets, from the alteration of historical narratives in museums, and at Universities etc. to "Land Back." Credulity is stretched as this narrative becomes ever more extreme. Nothing short of turning over all crown land to Indigenous groups is considered reconciliation by a growing number of activists. I went to a seminar sponsored by City Hall, where an Indigenous speaker suggested special "knowledge keepers" patrol local tourist shops to make sure that the native art sold there was "genuinely" Indigenous, and not "appropriated," with a view to shutting down the stores that did not comply with "authentic" art guidelines. He was an extremist, but many in the crowd agreed with him. These views are being pushed the more the narrative expands to implicate all areas of society.
It is of course good that people are speaking up about this ridiculous read on the ills done the Indians, also a good thing that some University types are commenting as well as doing further studies but lets just cut to the chase most of it is simply bull crap.
The various Police Departments all over Canada are taking more seriously the missing peoples from every culture etc & have at the end of the day solved many Homicides tied to natives so far not one Homicide has been found by all the grave searching done by all those people in Canada. Certain people keep winching on about all the school children killed and indeed great sums of our taxpayer funds are being given to these alleged victims, time to ask why? Let me say that again so everyone fully understands that it is not Trudeau or the Government of Canada handing this money out it is the Taxpayer, that is me & you, my children & yours it is the hard working taxpayers handing over this money.
Just how long do you think it will take the Taxpayers to pay for these many billions of $.
Were there some abuses suffered by these children in school?, of course there were, just like in our public schools and in fact all schools worldwide and that continues today just read or listen to the news. Now I think we need to understand that this was not endemic, it was not restricted to native schools. Should we pay every living relative today for what happened in the past because if so I want my cut and so should everyone receive X amount of $.
Or we could let some common sense apply which seems in extremely short supply these days.
As mentioned in the article, receiving compensation can be deadly for some indigenous recipients. I personally know of one former residential school students who received compensation from the Government of Canada that ultimately led to an untimely deaths due to substance abuse. Also, for others it was one long party until the money ran out.
Its interesting because today I read an article about Shamanism being one the fastest growing religion in the UK and this trend apparently started around 2011 which is about the same time as the new atheists craze and the many debates between them and notable Christian apologists. I guess the shamans won. "Westerners see no conflict in the appropriation of indigenous knowledge. They believe it is universal and everyone has the right to it … It is rare that westerners will make the necessary sacrifices and adjustments in their lifestyle to fully follow that path" thats a quote from the article and these new trend isn't rooted in history but is more of an ad-mix of new age, consumerism and even Christianity. Marshall Mchulan pretty much predicated all these revivals be it Shamanism, the Latin Mass, a Muslim caliphate etc... 40 or 50 years ago. All these movements are youth driving and purity driving.