The forum consists of three panels: one on economic development, one on governance and one on social policy. Gary and I will be on the governance panel. Other participants include political commentator/author Tom Flanagan as well as Frances Widdowson and Albert Howard, authors of ‘Disrobing the Aboriginal Industry.’
More details to follow in the new year.
An important milestone
This will be, to the best of our knowledge, the very first time that the specific issues and lessons of Caledonia will be represented in an aboriginal policy forum so we were very grateful and honoured to be invited to participate. This is an important milestone because it means that it will become much harder to keep non-native victims and their advocates away from the aboriginal policy table in the future.
Non-natives are, however, not the only victims of flawed policies in places like Caledonia and Ipperwash; CANACE has consistently spoken out on behalf of native people who have been abused by native extremism and racial policing, and I expect to raise those concerns in Calgary as well.
NOTE: I will be away from the computer until Jan 01/10. Merry Christmas to all!
- VoC, Dec 21/09: ‘Disrobing the Aboriginal Industry’ author comments on Caledonia, cites VoC
- CANACE reference feature: Race-Based Policing
- CANACE resume: Founding Advocates (click on ‘RESUME: PDF’ link)
- VoC, April 29/09: Book Review: Disrobing the Aboriginal Industry