Table of Contents
- The Royal Ontario Museum’s Indigenization of Archaeology
2. First Nations’ Blockades Violate Treaty Promises
3. Canada’s Aboriginal Policies the Rejection of Our Enlightenment Heritage
4. The Myth of Indigenous Law in Canada
5. Our Supreme Court Grants Canadian Aboriginal Rights to American Indians
6. The B.C. Supreme Court Rules Human Progress to be a Treaty Violation
7. It’s Time of End Section 35 of the Constitution
8. The State and Economy-Weakening Details of a Typical Consult and Accommodate Shakedown
9. There Are NO “Missing Children”.
10. The False Comparisons Between the Jewish and Indigenous Peoples of Canada
Some of the hard truths of science are being challenged by persons who and institutions which put funding and “social justice” considerations ahead of these hard truths. The hard truth that there are only two sexes, male and female, is an example. The hard truth that there is no such thing as distinct Indigenous “blood” is another. (See my article, The Unintentional Racism Underlying the Indigenous Rights Movement, elsewhere on this website.)
The immediately below article, published in the Fall 2020 edition of the Royal Ontario Museum quarterly magazine, shows that this trend, in my opinion, is leaking into and degrading the discipline of archaeology.
My ROM Archaeology letter is the letter I sent to the ROM on February 21st, 2021 taking objection to this. To date I have received no acknowledgment or reply, which I think is a poor show on the part of the Museum, a publicly funded institution which should be encouraging respectful and challenging debate and inquiry.
Canadians are constantly being accused by Indigenous interests of “violating the treaties.” They never say how the treaties are being violated, and our somnolent media never asks. They just say it, and that seems to make it an established fact. It’s clear that no one, not even the Indigenous person or group making the accusation, has actually read the treaties. They should. They make interesting reading. They show that the Indigenous treaty signers made a whole host of treaty promises that no one ever mentions, which could be summed up by the phrase “Be loyal to the Queen and obey her laws,” which promises are continually being broken by Indigenous groups. The article below shows a recent example of this situation. And again, the media reporter of the story discussed below clearly didn’t take the time to read the treaty he was reporting on which treaty was a central element of his story.
And again, like in the ROM situation, I wrote a respectful letter to Ms. Constance MacIntosh, the Dalhousie Law Professor quoted in the article, enclosing a draft of the below article and requesting her view on the substance of it and on this overlooked legal point, (i.e. what is the significance, if any, of these overlooked Indigenous treaty promises?- did any Court case discuss them? Why aren’t they ever brought up?), and like in the ROM situation, so far anyway, have been met with silence. No acknowledgment, no reply. Again, poor show publicly funded institution! The slightest respectful questioning of their Indigenous orthodoxy and they clam up!
It would be in our country’s best interests if these University and ROM academics, and all others in their similar position of power and influence, would shed some of their reflexive defensiveness, expressed too often as outright hostility to people who disagree with them. Would that they had the confidence and open-mindedness to try to live the precept of the French philosopher Montaigne, who wrote:
When I am contradicted it arouses my attention, not my wrath. I move towards the man who contradicts me, he is instructing me. The cause of truth ought to be common to both of us.
The immediately below article is a distillation of chapter 1 of There Is No Difference, and expresses the fundamental reason why I was moved to write the book.
Indigenous advocates constantly assert that Aboriginals had a complete legal system- similar in nature to the Anglo-Canadian system (except for Quebec) that we “settlers” have always been governed by, before we “settlers” came and somehow made it vanish. I disagree. The immediately below article explains why I disagree.
And, as published by Frontier Centre for Public Policy on August 11, 2021:
I wrote the immediately below article and published it here. Then I submitted it to the great online journalistic website, C2C Journal for publication. They saw its importance and agreed to publish it, but in an edited version. See their final, edited version of the same article.
Now, the version edited by C2C Journal, immediately below.
The immediately below-described Blueberry River First Nation legal decision, decided by the Supreme Court of British Columbia in the Summer of 2021, and not appealed by the UNDRIP-drunk B. C. government, exemplifies the incredible hypocrisy of the Blueberry River band, (and any other Indian band that will assuredly take advantage of it and make the same arguments), taking and demanding full advantage of all that modern, Euro-Canadian life has to offer them, and then turning around and saying that that very modernity- that very economic and social progress that Canada has achieved over the past century, again, which Blueberry has solidly benefitted from– (I wonder how much the Canadian taxpayer paid for the Chief’s truck?) is a breach of the federal government’s implied treaty promise to preserve Blueberry’s 19th century hunting, fishing and trapping, roaming way of life forever (!) failing which the federal government, and by extension the Canadian taxpayers, will have to compensate them somehow. So, we continue making the present transfer payments to Blueberry to ensure that they live by modern standards, and now we pay further grants on top of that as “damages” for, by allowing progress to happen, failing to enable them to live in their presumably cherished and preferred old-fashioned manner: simply “off the land”. Another stunningly ill-considered, totally-divorced-from-reality, Crown sovereignty-destroying decision from our hyper-active Courts on Indigenous matters.
6 -A- The Shameful Epilogue
Immediately below is the link to the B.C. government’s October, 2021 official press release announcing their complete cave-in settlement with Blueberry First Nation. Blueberry gets $65 million dollars in cash and other benefits and their lawyers get paid in full. The disastrous precedent that the legal decision represents stands, thus opening the door to Indian bands all across British Columbia, and across Canada, making similar, hypocritical, ludicrous claims, which claims, in B.C., the B.C. government, by its own reckless acquiescence in them and by its reckless and suicidal disregard for basic, timeless principles of necessary state sovereignty, will be legally powerless to refute or defend. Also, the settlement does not settle these matters for all time. The settlement gives Blueberry a permanent seat “at the table” in relation to all resource projects, present and future, in their “traditional lands”, thus ensuring for Blueberry an infinite number of future opportunities to further shake down resource companies and B.C. and Canadian taxpayers.
And, just as I predicted, (and have been saying for years about these sovereignty-diminishing, job-killing laws and Court decisions, investment capital is considering moving out of British Columbia. See immediately below.
9. FRONTIER CENTER FOR PUBLIC POLICY ESSAY
Are There Really Thousands of Missing Indigenous Children?
10. The False Comparisons Between the Jewish and Aboriginal Peoples of Canada
There’s a baseless movement on the part of some influential Canadian Jewish individuals and organizations- a movement that underplays the recent history of Israel and gravely insults Holocaust victims and their surviving family members- to align their political interests and goals with those of Canadian aboriginal elites. This movement also unsuccessfully attempts to compare Jewish history and the present political situation of Israel with the present political situation of aboriginal Canadians and their history in Canada, as portrayed by aboriginal elites.
This essay deals with this topic.
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