Conrad Black: Aboriginals deserve a fair deal, but enough with us hating ourselves

Almost all Canadians are altruistic and want treaties that have been violated to be honoured with compensation. But they are tired of grovelling to complainants

  • Alain

    A “fair deal” can never be struck without abolishing the Indian Act, something none of the professional Indians want.

    • The amount of waste and corruption grows every year, the act has to be dropped.

    • Maggat

      A Ukrainian Rowboat???

    • Old Guy

      Why is the Indian Act the single worst piece of legislation ever?

      In Disrobing the Aboriginal Industry — The Deception behind Indigenous Cultural Preservation, Professor Frances Widdowson (a Metis and faculty member at Mount Royal College in Alberta) and her husband, Albert Howard, who has worked as a consultant for government and native groups, meticulously expose the new “Aboriginal Industry,” an increasingly powerful “amalgamation of lawyers, consultants, anthropologists, linguists, accountants and other occupations that thrive on aboriginal dependency.”

      ‘The Great Game’ that betrays Canada’s First Nations

      Doing Good to the Poor:
      “I am for doing good to the poor, but I differ in opinion of the means. I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it. I observed…that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer.” Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

      • Frances

        “So, if you had a bad week, why should I suffer?” – Menachim the Beggar in “Fiddler on the Roof”

  • BillyHW

    The only thing necessary is for Indians to start contributing something to humanity.

  • Dave

    How many years of tax free status, welfare and free housing? If you have a beef, take it up with your cheifs. We’ve all seen what they steal from the tribe and put away in offshore accounts. If what was given to the indian people was actually received by the indian people, things would be much better, I’m sure.

  • Tweety58

    Whit guilt died a long time ago.

  • Everyone Else

    The main problem of indigenous people is a genetic propensity for alcoholism and drug addiction.

    That’s a big problem, for which they need help. But it’s not our fault.

    • Tooth&Claw

      They keep looking for ‘root causes’. Well, the root cause is how you feel about yourself and your life. If you prefer feeling drunk or otherwise impaired, then it’s up to you to build a different life where you don’t need to do that. Only you have that power. Choices…we all have them, even inaction is a choice.

  • marty_p

    Simplest solution – Govt of Canada pays a one time fee (in a similar manner to a Class Action Settlement) to each documented First Nations member. In return all future claims are waived. Going forward Aboriginals pay taxes, laws against cigarette and alcohol smuggling are enforced and the entire Aboriginal Affairs govt infrastructure is disbanded.

    • Fred_Z

      Plus gives them title to their reserves, as individuals, not by tribe.

  • Fred_Z

    The Indian Act and treaties are institutionalized and mandatory socialism, created at a time when well meaning people thought socialism was a wonderful thing and that it worked.

    End this horrible system.

    And we can. It is trite international law that any nation can break any treaty at any time. We might have to hang a few Supreme Curt Judges to re-create Parliament’s sovereignty to get it done, but hey, that’s a feature, not a bug.