By Letter to the Editor on July 12, 2018.
Dale Brooks’ letter to the editor about Blood Tribe land claims is not only dismissive, but also lacking in fact. The treaty the Blood Tribe made with Canada was filled with problems from the start. Government translators incorrectly told the provisions of the treaty, and the first land survey done in 1882 was mysteriously shrunk a year later.
Mr. Brooks fails to mention that the Indian Claims Commission did find that the Government of Canada did not follow the Indian Act regarding its obligations. He also fails to mention how much work the Blood Tribe is doing to combat drugs on the reserve, and that reserves are sovereign lands with their own tax codes. It is like complaining that people in the U.S. don’t pay GST and Canadian taxes.
I am not Canadian, but it wasn’t difficult for me to pick up some books and read about the local history when I moved here. I lived in Lethbridge for six months and was appalled at the racism I witnessed all the time – people assuming because I am white that I shared their anti-First Nations sentiments. Coming from the United States, that was very shocking for me to realize. I sense most of that racism is based in ignorance and apathy of historical fact, which is fairly easy to see when so few Canadians seem to understand how First Nations federal funding, sovereignty and rights work.
These aren’t some foreign people on your land you’re talking about. You’re the foreign people on their land. You might try getting to know them and building community with them.
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