UPDATED 1103 EST Feb 27/08: Six Nations ex-councillor charged with theft, fraud, forgery .
Occasionally, when I talk to people about landclaim lawlessness, their reaction is something like, “Yeah, but look at how we (Canada) treat natives on the reserves. They don’t even have safe drinking water for God’s sake. No wonder they’re angry.”
The latest installment in the National Post’s ‘Rethinking the Reserve’ series entitled, ‘Problems of Governance‘ completely destroys – once and for all – the myth that it is Canada’s lack of compassion or deliberate misfeasance that has led to the problems on reserves.
Included in the Post’s shocking revelations about how reserves are riddled with unbelievable corruption, mismanagement, incompetence and unaccountability by native leaders and managers is the jaw-dropping story of how the Kashechewan reserve had to be evacuated due to contaminated water because the plant managers didn’t follow up on an automatic alarm that sounded after a $30 chlorine injector failed. Rather than fix the problem, they simply disconnected the annoying alarm and allowed the reserve water system to be poisoned by E.Coli. Incredible.
Two Tier Justice – on a national scale
In Caledonia, native people have been victimized by the OPP refusal to enforce the law against native gangsters who have hoodwinked the McGuinty government into believing they speak for all native people. Now, the National Post has exposed how the lives of natives across the country have been made miserable by so-called native ‘leaders’ and a federal department that rewards rampant dysfunctionality with billions of dollars from taxpayers.
I have often said that Two Tier Justice is the ultimate expression of racism towards native people. If there is blame to be assessed against Canada and the provinces it should be for allowing native people to be victimized by policies that exempt native leaders and criminals from being accountable for their actions.
Thank you (again) to the National Post
Once again, I must say ‘Well done!’ to the National Post for exposing the truth about reserve realities and for providing a repository of information – no matter how ‘ugly’ the picture it paints may be – that can help move us meaningfully forward towards improving the lives of native people in Canada.
They are our friends, neighbours, co-workers and fellow citizens and, as such, deserve the same accountability from their leaders and public servants as the rest of us.
Mark Vandermaas, Editor
Co-founder, Canadian Advocates for Charter Equality
National Post, Feb 03/07: Rethinking the reserve: Problems of governance
National Post feature: Rethinking the Reserve
VoiceofCanada, Feb 01/08: Lawyer John Findlay blasts Caledonia’s “real interlopers”
VoiceofCanada, Jan 26/08: National Post takes the blinders off MSM
VoiceofCanada feature: Victimizing Native People
VoiceofCanada category: ‘Rethinking the Reserve’