> Ladies and Gentlemen,
> On a very serious note and regarding the "Idle No More" movement, I
> offer the following:
> Over the years we have all listened and watched as successive Canadian
> governments have tried to deal with the residue of our colonial past.
> On the evidence, a wide range of policies and a huge amount of our
> money has failed to solve a seemingly insolvable problem of abortive
> aboriginal treaties, perceived entitlements, and social disasters.
> Many good people on both sides of the fence have spent lives of
> frustration using different administrative models to no lasting
> The only consistent result of over 100 years of wasted time, money and
> lives is the fact that for many, being a treaty aboriginal has become
> a business in and of itself; Aboriginal Incorporated has become a way
> of life, a leadership management philosophy, a negotiating tool, a
> public spectacle, and a very lucrative business model, at least for a
> few. The latest public display of Chief Spence and her Aboriginal
> Inc. handlers has backfired and, with the release of the audit report
> on her financial management of millions of tax dollars, we see what
> really is the issue: The criminal misappropriation of funds intended
> to help the social ills of an important but socially failing segment
> of the Canadian population.
> This has to stop. The definition of insanity is doing the same
> thing over, and over, while expecting a different result. A failed
> policy approach is a failed policy approach and over 100 years should
> be sufficient evidence that enough is enough. We need to start from
> first principles:
> 1) No one in Canada is above the law of the land
> 2) Your economic well-being is your responsibility. It is not the
> government's job to pay you to fish and hunt.
> 3) Employment rules apply to everyone. If you can't get a job where
> you live: Move. Idle No More at your own expense!
> 4) If you receive public funds; you are accountable. Penalties apply.
> 5) Theft is theft; see 1) above.
> 6) If the funds are badly spent or the recipients do not care for the
> infrastructure and benefits provided; the funds will not be replaced.
> 7) Treaties will be respected in the context of the date of the treaty
> and the standards of the day.
> 8) Your administrative costs and the pay of your local leadership will
> be set by the people that fund your operation.
> 9) As our municipalities are governed by provincial rules; so the
> reserves will be governed by federal rules.
> I believe this list is a good start but is clearly a work in progress.
> I further believe that a valid counter to the Idle No More movement
> needs to be a strong 'Enough Is Enough' movement. Plainly said: We
> have had enough!
> I truly hope the government gets the picture and puts its foot down
> once and for all.
> If enough Canadians repeat this message then perhaps the abusive power
> of Aboriginal Inc. will be lessened and the real needs of the
> thousands of aboriginal Canadians in need can be met.
> Enough Is Enough!