Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Economics not the only answer to Native prosperity.

Economics always the way.      No it's the Spirit that is the way.

Canadian Indians known as Status Indians, or Registered Indians (used to be called Treaty Indians) are legislated by an Act called the Indian Act. I won't bother to go over the Act, but lets just say it controls much. One of the things about Indians living on Reserve, is that held by the Canadian government. As a result Indian Land can not be sold. Many Indian people want that restriction waved. They want to be able to borrow cash from the bank on the land. That would help communities raise capital for projects and whatever. They say it is to become stronger economically. That could be true.  But....

This guy has said some things that I think should be looked at... 

"... the reserve system must end. Canada has to concede that the “Crown” does not have underlying ownership to native lands, but that territorial status is retained by the Native nations based upon aboriginal title.

The Native nations must also have direct, unimpeded access and control over the natural resources of their respective territories, including water, minerals and airspace. The definition of aboriginal territory should be interpreted to mean all areas not specifically ceded by treaty and indigenous to a specific native nation.

Third, First Nations must also be free to engage in unimpeded commerce among themselves regardless of location..."

 "Fourth, the 1794 Jay Treaty must also be formally enacted into law by Parliament. The Treaty required Britain and the U.S. to allow the free passage of Native goods across the border, but while Canada abides by all agreements entered into by the Crown prior to securing its dominion status in 1867 it will not concede to the treaty’s provisions...

"Fifth, Canada has to acknowledge that treaties are the supreme law of the land. When Canada entered into these agreements it recognized the right of Native nations to enter into these contracts based upon their status as politically distinct entities..."

"Sixth, all federal agencies must be required to respect the status of First Nations through active, ongoing consultation before any regulation or policy is enacted as it effects native peoples..."

"Seventh, First Nations must also be free to form their own regional alliances based upon their natural inclination to join forces and share resources..." Doug George-Kanentiio, Akwesasne Mohawk

I would add that the  Aboriginal People themselves must look at their own Traditional Belief foundation to begin with.

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