Thursday, November 30, 2006

Aboriginals are not nations

We can learn in today's edition of the newspaper Le Devoir that a commission about the Aboriginals within the Liberal Party of Canada (LPC) adopted a resolution that recognizes the Aboriginals as nations within the Canadian nation. Furthermore, we can also learn that the Aboriginals want their so-called "government" to be recognized equally with the federal and provincial government.

Now, I don't want to sound really rude, but even though Aboriginals are involved in the foundation of Canada, a part of their identity has actually crafted the Canadian cultural identity. That leads me to my central point. Do I recognize Aboriginals as "nations within the Canadian nation"? Obviously, the answer is a clearly no. There are certainly different ways to embrace their cultural (and ethnic) difference without looking like a clown.

It's so pathetic how Canadian politicians don't even dare to put their pants and stop using great words that are only meant to seduce some categories of voters that I don't need to name... Don't Quebeckers and Aboriginals see that they're being manipulated? I really doubt so.

A recognition of a civil group doesn't have to be made in a way that recognizes them as "nations within Canada", because no matter what we say, in a text of law, it's quite hard to take out the sense of any given word. As Norman Specter said it, an English dictionnary only contains one defition for the word "nation", while a French dictionnary has two: the translation of the English definition and an ambiguous sociological definition.

If a debate about the recognition of the Aboriginals, along with the "Québécois" (as Stephen Harper said it), "as nations within Canada", is totally a pure waste of time, what should be done? Well, many people might not agree with what it is being said in this column, but let's start with the Aboriginals.

A way to politely cuddle their cultural (and ethnic) difference might probably consists into inserting exclusive laws for the Aboriginals into our civil code. Evidently, these laws must aim to respect Aboriginals as they are. This means that even though Aboriginals are, above all, Canadian citizens, they can benefit from the right to live in their land with the way of life that they cherish.

In my opinion, the Aboriginals don't have access to enough resources for their living. More schools should be built in order to instruct them and the government probably needs to invest more money in order to give access to the Aboriginals to more access to federal and provincial services. Their education can certainly be made in English or French, but these languages must taught as second languages given the fact that Aboriginals have the right to preserve their culture. Furthermore, the almost-complete evacuation of Canadian's racism towards Aboriginals also makes it useless to recognize the Aboriginals as nation. Anyway, I'll eventually talk about why it's pointless to recognize Quebec as a nation in another column.

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