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Saturday, March 18, 2006

Death of a Culture

Magic Statistics asks why are aboriginals over-represented in Canadian jails? This bit of information is something to think about:

Finally, culturally sensitive approaches to aboriginal criminal justice have been increasingly emphasised for decades, but there is no evidence that they have reduced aboriginal involvement in criminal activity.

And they never will simply because cultures change and evolve and add new things. Anyone who tells you that native culture is sacrosanct is full of it. For an interesting example take a look at the Pauingassi First Nation in Manitoba who are trying to integrate parts of east indian culture into theirs. Nothing exists forever. Nothing.

Sadly enough we are witnessing the final death throes of an ancient culture. Some will continue to exist in various forms others will not. Just like Canada might not be in the form we know today a couple hundred years from now. Everything lives and dies.

We hear a lot of negativity about assimilation but it is simple bullshit. The truth, is that aboriginal communities who assimilate in some form or another are the ones that are experiencing success. Higher education, getting jobs, building businesses….

Those bastard white people came into the country, took the land, killed, screwed some indian women, made people like me — time to get over it. It’s time to focus on survival.

Do you want to live or don’t you? Do you really believe the lysol culture will create something permanent?

I want to live and to provide for my son and his son’s and so on. You can’t fight evolution and change. Darwinian…

Some would damn me for saying such things, but hey - I still wear moccasins, I still burn a little sweetgrass, cook some bannock on the weekends, fiddle music from the Red River makes the hair stand up on the back of my neck.

I’m more alive today then those who are not.  [podcast available]

Posted by Darcey on March 18, 2006 in Aboriginal Issues | Permalink

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Tobacco has prematurely killed a lot of white people, it's about time that the Natives of North America began compensating the white people for introducing this dreaded drug.

Or we could just call it even and work towards a better future for everyone.

Posted by: infidel | 2006-03-18 6:30:03 PM


I think you are right on the money Darcey! As I've said before, my father worked in Indian Affairs and I've lived on my fair share of Western Canada's reservations or right up nearby them, and gone to school with the native kids.

I've seen the problems, and much of it could be cured by simply removing the white city people's sentimental keep 'em in the Stone Age mentality, and making it a level playing field for all.

Start to allow individual property ownership instead of a nasty little power play by the head families of the tribe who control the land, housing, money and elections on the reserves.

One of my friends still on the reserve in Alert Bay is a member of a nobody family. The ruling family has ruled for many generations. The money goes to them, and their families-- and they all live in nice updated, good homes while my friend's house isn't even allowed funds for repairs.

Posted by: Canadian freedoms fan | 2006-03-18 6:53:51 PM


Darcy,

I cannot agree more with you. Great post.
I have several Indian friends from my home town. They were mostly cree with a bit white.

They are nearly all successful and are second generation of assimilated people. they still lean to the better parts of their heritage, but have no problem in the mainstream society. They are greatly loved by all their non Indian friends.

Through them I have met other who are more or less in different stages on their way into the mainsteam.

Canada is now pretty socially liberal society and there is not reason why assimilating Indians can't make friends with white and others.

Even it there is a bit of cachet involved at first to have 'authentic Indiand friends' ... that will pass and true bonds will form over time.

United we stand brother!

Posted by: Duke | 2006-03-18 7:09:48 PM


typos typos ... sorry

Posted by: Duke | 2006-03-18 7:11:34 PM


Owww! Owww! My politiaclly correct ears!!!

Would to God more Natives would look to the future rather than their past. You can't drive a car forward always looking in the rear view mirror.

Good post.

Posted by: tomax | 2006-03-18 7:29:00 PM


The red man is over-represented in Cdn jails for the same reason as the black man; disproportionately larger numbers of low IQ individuals. It's Bell Curve stuff and Herrnstein and Murray laid it out a long time ago, yet still it is denied by either side of the liberal coin.

"Aboriginal Canadians are more likely to be young (aged 15-24), unemployed, and have low levels of educational attainment; they are also more likely to have low income and to have been raised by a single parent. In fact, the demographic profile of the general aboriginal population resembles that of the prison population to a far greater extent than does that of the overall Canadian population. Prison inmates share demographic characteristics that are shared by the general aboriginal population."

Unemployed, low educational levels, illegitimacy all correlate strongly with low IQ whether you are yellow, white, red, brown or black.

Tribal extinction is a function of evolution. Darwin's position was that the higher civilizations will prevail ceterus paribus. However, he probably never envisioned that whites would invoke a self-inflicted genocide through mass immigration of geneticaly unassimilable groups.

The red man knows the price of mass immigration. At least he had the balls to stand up for his people and fight the white man to the very end.

Posted by: DJ | 2006-03-18 8:46:13 PM


I thank everyone here at the Standard for all the fine comments. I don't reply a lot but I do read them.

Interesting notes that I find - mostly Cree with white. All the natives I know are that way. There is no more purity of race. Pure Cree don't have bnody hair. That is why for example you see it odd that an older Cree eldeer may have this long goddamn hair on his chin. Last of the breed, Cree don't have body hair like white people.

The physical assimilation started years ago.

Posted by: Darcey | 2006-03-18 8:52:47 PM


"At least he had the balls to stand up for his people and fight the white man to the very end."

DJ - very correct and an example upon which my own Metis culture draws its pride.

...... But we lost.

The anger that fills me having to answer to somebody else I could never explain... The Metis were Canada's original Libertarians. And in many cases, we still are.

Posted by: Darcey | 2006-03-18 9:01:03 PM


How true. Although some (both native and non-native) still cling to the myth of pure native culture, it doesn't make it real. Native cultures like all cultures constantly changed and evolved even prior to the arrival of Europeans. What is deadly however is that those clinging to the myth, want to, and have often succeeded in stoping further changes. What we now have as supposed Indian culture is booze, lack of stable family, run-down houses, rusted out abandoned vehicles and unkept yards and grounds on far too many reserves. Yet this was not always so.

It is time to move on and put to rest the noble savage myth, since they can succeed the same as any other group. Welfare is clearly not the answer and in fact usually is the cause. Check it out for example black Americans used to enjoy stable families before welfare started rewarding single mothers, etc. Those who are able-bodied should be taught a skill or trade instead of getting welfare for doing nothing. Government intervention/programs is not the answer on either side of the border.

Posted by: Alain | 2006-03-18 10:35:51 PM


Maybe,just maybe,there is a higher percentage of natives incarcerated because they commit more crime.Nah,it must be something us unfeeling whitey's have done to them.We should let them all out,and give them a hug and a cheque.

Posted by: wallyj | 2006-03-19 10:15:07 AM


During a university class where we were discussing First Nations issues in Canada, a woman who appeared caucasion to me (blue eyes, blond hair) came to speak to our class about re-discovering her Cherokee identity the year before. She spoke of now being the "Other" and what that meant for her. As the prof agreed with her discovery and commended her for her bravery, I didn't really feel like asking the obvious "why do you think you're Native?"...and risking being called oppressive white racist etc.

Any thoughts Darcey? It seems like 20 drops of white blood doesn't make someone rediscover their European heritage, but vice versa is an entirely different story. (Especially on the road to becoming a federally-defined Status Indian).

I'll leave the university unnamed, but it was in one of our wonderful arts and humanities faculties.

Posted by: groupthink | 2006-03-19 12:47:40 PM


That's a given Wally. The point is why do they commit more crime. The answer from both the welfare and warfare right is patriarchy. It's the same deal for feminism or racism or any other 'ism'. It's white male oppression.

The Bell Curve puts that nonsense to rest. Blacks and reds commit 8 or 9 times the crimes of whites because as a group they have a disproportionate number of members with IQs below the white mean. Whites commit four times the number of crimes as yellows because of the same reason, disproportionate number of members with IQs below the yellow mean.

The solution is, as Marcus Garvey and Malcom X suggested, separate homogeneous states. End this multi-culti nightmare.

The red man bares witness to the destructive power of mass immigration. The difference is that he fought it with every ounce of his being. The white man is self-inflicting his own genocide by imbibing at the fountain of equality. He sets up offices overseas and encourages unassimilable groups, whose character has been defined by centuries of evolution, to come to his country where the streets are paved with gold.

And when they come, encouraged by the white chiefs, who want their vote, the white man, unlike the red man, does not stand and fight, demanding electoral reform to halt the invasion; no, the white man runs before his replacements, abandoning his cities and towns.

Canada is a big country, but at some point the white man will have no more room to run. What happens then? Just ask Darcey.

Posted by: DJ | 2006-03-19 12:48:14 PM


Why are there so many aboriginals in jail? Probably because there are so many aboriginals committing crimes, especially crimes of a serious nature.

Although I find all this talk of race to be alot of rubbish best left to days gone by. There are different ethnic groups as there always have been, but we're all people. I don't particularly think anyone's well served speaking as though a different ethnic group is a seperate species.

Posted by: Chris | 2006-03-19 12:55:46 PM


Chris, I'd agree with you if we didn't have a Federal department dedicated to systematic racism with our tax dollars. It is only one race which endures all of this, had become dependant on all of this, and is told their racial representatives will speak for them, make basic life decisions for them and smoke peace pipes on national TV with powerful politicians hungry for the photo op.
Until all of this changes, discussion of race is extremely relevant in Canada.

Posted by: groupthink | 2006-03-19 1:37:10 PM


"Why are there so many aboriginals in jail? Probably because there are so many aboriginals committing crimes, especially crimes of a serious nature."

You still don't answer the question why though Chris.

Posted by: DJ | 2006-03-19 2:12:54 PM


Natives commit crime for the same reasons any other people commit crime.Fast money,no regard for others,and LAZY.If we start looking for socio-economic reasons for thier criminality,we disparage the natives that live responsibly.

Posted by: wallyj | 2006-03-19 3:42:10 PM


Homophobia and rascism is well represented here at the ShotDumb - and you people are AGAINST Islamofascists??
Why? You share so many similar views.

Posted by: Justin rules | 2006-03-19 8:20:29 PM


So 'oh wise one', Justin, then pray tell why, in your all knowing, all accepting being are aboriginals over-represented in our jails ?

Or is it because of us 'right wing shotdumbers' ? :)

Posted by: MarkAlta | 2006-03-19 9:33:46 PM


"Homophobia and rascism is well represented here at the ShotDumb..."

While "homophobes and racists are" well represented, it appears literates are not. ;]

Posted by: DJ | 2006-03-19 10:29:33 PM


You got me DJ! Good one!

Course, you're still a neo-nazi.

Posted by: Justin rules | 2006-03-20 1:22:32 PM


where do Aboriginal's come from?

Posted by: Robert | 2006-08-06 7:27:20 PM


My name is Robert Jr and i am very curious to find out about the answer robert.

Posted by: Robert Jr | 2006-08-07 12:16:20 AM


I met a kid at school named Sean and he was so cool and everyone loved him

Posted by: Robert Jr | 2006-08-07 12:18:27 AM


Why won't you reply Robert, do you hate me

Posted by: Robert Jr | 2006-08-07 12:21:15 AM


I have a assignment on aboriginals in custody could anyone besides Robert give me some statistics

Posted by: Robert Jr | 2006-08-07 12:24:28 AM


Justin does not rule

Posted by: Robert Jr | 2006-08-07 12:50:27 AM


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Posted by: Robert Jr | 2006-08-07 1:43:36 AM


Robert Jr sorry i forgot to return you question if you read this before school tommorrow please c that i will go on tommorrow at same time.\

By the way Aboriginals Rock...........
Paint

Get It

Posted by: Justin | 2006-08-07 2:57:31 AM


Robert Jr sorry i forgot to return you question if you read this before school tommorrow please c that i will go on tommorrow at same time.\

By the way Aboriginals Rock...........
Paint

Get It

Posted by: Justin | 2006-08-07 2:57:33 AM


Hello every one hi Robert Jr love your name

Posted by: Robert | 2006-08-07 10:06:00 PM


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Posted by: Robert Jr | 2006-08-07 10:07:06 PM


How Many Aboriginal People have won the native land titles

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Posted by: Matt Coleman | 2006-08-20 7:24:35 PM


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Posted by: Set you free | 2006-08-20 8:16:34 PM



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