Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Podcast on the utterly Orwellian FNCFNEA

Indian Residential School in
Elkhorn, Manitoba.

Image Source: General Synod Archives,
Anglican Church of Canada.
The Harper MisGovernment has had quite a bit of trouble ramming the First Nations Education Act down the throats of First Nations. To get passed the genuine concerns of real people affected by this bill  the Harper CONs pulled out all the stops ...

... in political marketing and changed the name of the act to the utterly Orwellian First Nations Control of First Nations Education Act (FNCFNEA).

Completely contrary to what one would get from the name, this act would actually give great power in designing the education of indigenous students on reserves to the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development. So, really, shouldn't it be the Minster's Control of First Nations Education Act

As explained in this "Red Man Laughing" podcast (can skip the first 15 minutes, it's mostly housekeeping) an Assembly of First Nations (AFN) resolution and their participation in talks is being used as cover by the Harper CONs for ramming down the act on all First Nations. This is despite questions over the relevance of the resolution and the fact the AFN does not represent all First Nations covered by treaties with the Crown. 

Red Man Laughing - The FNCFNEA Bill C-33

As George Santayana said, those who cannot remember the past are doomed to repeat it. Looks like the Harper MisGovernment will continue a sad legacy of ignoring First Nations governments as genuine partners in any policy development process. One can only hope, given that the Nadon Case reveals the Supreme Court won't take too much of the Harper CONs' bullshit, that the Courts won't take kindly to our Prime Minister's antics.

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