White people are not heroes, or confusing charity and social justice

I am commenting on Klassen: Don’t blame ‘colonialism’ for aboriginal tragedies from the Calgary Herald‘s July 29, 2013 edition.

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So? as we say in French, does one swallow make spring? Maybe her story is true. But anecdote is not history.

I will make a comparison. In the newspapers in Québec, there are always smartasses who write about their lazy brother-in-law who is on welfare, blablabla. They expect us to deduce from that all poor people are the same? But one case, one anecdote does not make history. Faulty reasoning and a huge oversimplification. And I will add it is outright public opinion manipulation.

There is huge prejudice in this article because the author assumes that if the FN persons live in poverty, it’s because they are lazy and they want to. And she paints the white person as a hero « saving » the child. But one individual case does not right the injustice to the rest of the group. Same problem about Depp buying Wounded Knee: white meddling that does not fix the root of the problem.

Did she ever wonder why these people were living in a trailer?

Adoption is a two-edged sword. You may give material wealth to the child, but you are uprooting him/her. Even in white-on white adoptions or foster families, this alone creates problems. Moreso when it is cross-cultural.

Also, charity is not social justice. What her parents did is charity, out of pity. What about the other kids? What about the stolen lands? And so on and so forth.

In short, this settler sees clearly the BS in the story. I don’t buy it one bit. And I will say so if I am allowed to comment on there. I have not found how yet.

Maybe Ms. Holier-Than-Thou should read this:  Aboriginal nutritional experiments had Ottawa’s approval.

And this: Using the right word — genocide — to describe Canada’s treatment of Aboriginal peoples

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sis_logoWords fail me. After the Pickton Affair, after the inquiry report in B.C., police forces still are doing nothing to address their shocking racism and near-complete lack of interest in the disappearances and murders of HUNDREDS of First Nations women???

On the same topic:

  1. Canada: RCMP Closes Ranks on Abuse Independent Accountability Mechanisms for Police Misconduct Sorely Needed

  2. Sisters in Spirit
  3. Highway of Tears. How will it be ended?

  4. Amnesty International reports
  5. Why the federal government hasn’t called a national inquiry into missing aboriginal women
  6. Winnipeg Sun editorial blames violence against Aboriginal women on reserve corruption *face palm*
  7. Highway of Tears on Huffington Post

Big M Musings

Last week, the New York based Human Rights Watch issued a report entitled Those Who Take Us Away: Abusive Policing and Failures in Protection of Indigenous Women and Girls in Northern British Columbia, Canada. This report detailed various abuses of Indigenous women at the hands of the BC policing forces, including instances of physical and sexual assault. This report surprised far more people than it should have, given that it is the latest report in a series of more longstanding efforts to document the colonial violence endured by Indigenous women in Canada. In 2004, for example, Amnesty International put out at report titled Stolen Sisters that detailed the various structural inequalities that have produced not only alarming rates of violence against Aboriginal women but hundreds of cases of missing and murdered Aboriginal women as well. Following this report, in 2005 the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) embarked on…

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It’s time to be Light to the World

This from Aaron Paquette, the great First Nations artist and visionary.

It's time to be Light to the world

My comment:

Your vision is inspiring.

And here is mine: all women from the 4 quadrants (the Red, the Yellow, the White and the Black) will unite and rise to defend Mother Earth.

For our children For our grandchildren. And their grandchildren. Seven generations.

Hear the drums of our determination.

Aho.

Rise, my sisters. It is time.

For my lost Sisters in Spirit: gone but NEVER forgotten

May justice be done. SOON.

families of Sisters in Spirit

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PROVINCIAL CALL TO ACTION to continue the struggle against the Harper Government™’s policies – Demonstration February 10, 2013

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