Tuesday, March 23, 2010
CANADA PROMISES NOTHING
No big surprise to us NDN's (Indians) out there. Canada has made a big announcement that they promise nothing. The actual words are: Canada promises ‘qualified recognition’ of UN Declaration (of Indigenous Rights). You can read about it here
My account is as follows. I was looking for a good news story to discuss with my children today so that they know what is going on in their world so i checked out "Indian Country Today" as they are a great source of what is going on...at least in our world.
I came across that article and read it to the kids. OK, I will be up front and tell you that 9 yr old Ko-Ko & 7 yr old Runner had glazed over tuned out eyes pretty quick. (news on tv might be best for them). But SW was able to discuss it with me.
Basically Canada made this big announcement to show the world that they care about us and treat us well. I am sure some people will believe this. Unfortunately I am sure that some now believe that canada has signed the declaration...they did not Qualified recognition does not mean they signed it. They won't sign it because that would mean agreeing to all the articles and the UN already rejected them signing it with amendments and lets face it Canada is NOT going to agree to a document that recognizes our rights to land, informed consent independent government etc.
So what did canada agree to or sign, or are going to agree to or sign? NOTHING That's right. Big announcent to do nothing new, or better. Just a big announcement to make them all feel warm and cuddly inside. The only thing that will impact us NDN's is that there will now be a bunch of canadians walking around arguing about how good they treat us, and they even signed a declaration to ensure our rights...they will believe this and argue this with us completely...certain they are a country run by good guys.
Hey I wonder how much it costs the government to make an anouncement that they will soon agree to and sign nothing?