First, both Aboriginals and the rest of Canada are “locked in an inescapable interdependence” (CRIC 2). Therefore, regardless of whether or not Aboriginals adopt a form of self government, they will always be a part of Canada (CRIC 2). A second advantage of “citizens plus,” as opposed to self-government, is that self-government would establish Aboriginals as outsiders (CRIC 2). If Canadians do not consider Aboriginals to be fellow citizens, then that will reduce the likelihood of Aboriginals being given assistance by the Canadian government (CRIC 2). However, if Aboriginals are seen as being a part of the Canadian community, as they would through “citizens plus,” then they would be far more likely to receive a better flow of resources from the government (CRIC 2).
For example, Canada practiced genocide acts against natives and blacks; there were also many immigration acts which were in favor of white Europeans (Pulkingham,2010). All these examples provide evidence of a nation founded on a belief in European and white supremacy. “Racism in Canada has been institutionalized as deeply as rooted in the UnitedStates,” writes, Stanley .R. Barret who continues to say that the only difference in both countries is that, in Canada, they have tried to cover it by putting a more polite face. In Canada manifestations of racial and ethical prejudices between many multicultural
As much as Canada tries to pride itself on treating everyone equally, unfortunately this is not even the case with those of true Canadian decent, our First Nations people. It is human to error, but these errors of judgement and turning a blind eye are costing this minority more than just hurt feelings, it is taking away their rights and making it harder for them to get ahead. Maybe the problem with inequality is people aren’t educated enough. Not educated enough to understand the harsh living conditions forced upon Canadian Aboriginal people, and damages being caused by these unfair limitations brought on by reserves and the Indian Act. These acts of violence do not give them the same opportunities to get ahead as the average while male or
Despite this, the United States has often passed laws which usurp Indian sovereignty. One problem that continues to crop up in these discussions of sovereignty is the question of what exactly sovereignty means. The definition of sovereignty can be hard to pin down. One of the best definitions came from Mike Myers, a Seneca Indian, as quoted in the essay “Indian Sovereignty” by K. Kickingbird, L. Kickingbird, Chibitty and Berkley: “Ideally, sovereignty is the unrestricted right of groups of people to organize themselves in political, social and cultural patterns that meet their needs. It is the right of a people to freely define ways in which to use land, resources and manpower for their common good.
Some people are now satisfied with protected language rights within the Canadian confederation while some still want independence for Quebec. Xinjiang is trying to be free from Communist China. In Xinjiang the Uighur minority wants independence from China due to lack of political options. The movement has used sporadic violence and terrorism to achieve its ends. Xinjiang borders Russia, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and Kyrgyzstan.
Bonus Assignment A) To what extent was the imposition of liberal principles successful in Aboriginal communities in Canada? In Canada, the impositions of liberal principles in Aboriginal communities were not successful because Aboriginals have their own set of principles which differ from liberal principles. Liberal principles include private property, while Aboriginals believe that the land is there to be shared and enjoyed by all as concluded in the Laws of Nature. They (the Aboriginals) believe that the land belongs to the Creator. Aboriginals believe that people should work together in order to strive for group strength (Laws of Mutual Support).
Class 3 – The Division of Powers and the Provincial Rights Movement I.Division of Powers John A. Macdonald wanted a unitary state or legislative union, but had to accommodate the demands for autonomy coming from Quebec and the Maritime provinces. So he agreed to a “federal union” of the most centralized form. – He wanted a unity state; he didn’t want a federal system but just a unity system. In seeking to create a strong central government and relatively weak provinces, the Fathers of Confederation were NOT conforming to the modern definition of a federation: “two levels of government characterized by a division of powers such that neither is subordinate to the other.” The subordination of the provinces to the federal government can be seen in three principal parts of the BNA Act: (a) The division of powers (b) The division of financial powers (c) The powers of reservation and disallowance These are
Everyone should be treated as equals but that’s not the case with Indians, , because no one person is better than another. In the text book Canada Revisited 8 on page 208 it read “the purpose of the Indian Act was to assimilate First Nations people into Euro- Canadian culture”. The text in quotes stated that the beliefs and culture of the First Nations were primitive, and had no place in society. This is absolutely unfair to the First Nations people because the Canadian government is discouraging them to follow their customs, cultures, and beliefs. Another example of assimilation was that in 2002 the
When debates about multiculturalism breaks out, what usually comes to mind would be the how the Aboriginals and many ethnics faced the so called “Canadian Citizenship” dilemma. And in the article “Citizenship + Cultural Belonging”, Chariandy and McCall explicitly describes how many ethnics suffer due to their cultural background and the attempts of the predominantly white society diminishes their rights and culture. Which ironically, displays perfect examples of what cultural belonging is not about. Finally, Findlay and Köhler’s article “Too Asian”, is another perfect example of multiculturalism, as defined by Bennett, "in multiculturalism, because it depoliticizes or aestheticizes difference by emphasizing the cosmetic celebration of cultural diversity, rather than the socially transformative struggle against racism or white
Everybody in society is part of a social division. Thompson (2010) states that social divisions are complex and people are not only part of one group they are often part of other groups, for a example a asylum seekers can be linked with social divisions such as poverty, unemployment and homelessness. Asylum seekers can also be marginalised by language barriers. Supporting Thompson (2010) is Armstrong (2006) who stated in 1997, 4.8 million adults suffered from five or more disadvantages of exclusion. Social divisions are: class, race, disability, identify, gender and geographical environment, they are often problematic to individuals, groups and communities.