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Friday, March 19, 2010

The Natives are Restless

Literally according to this Queen's academic:

In a speech titled, "Where Are Aboriginal Affairs in Canada Headed?," Bland answers the question by noting that Canada is particularly "vulnerable to a national disturbance, given its economic dependence on the export of oil, gas, natural gas, hydro power and other commodities to the U.S.

"Aboriginal communi -ties are sitting on those supply chains. At any moment they can turn that system off, which would pose a danger to the economy and to Canadian sovereignty."

Canada has witnessed several instances of the sort of aboriginal unrest Bland is talking about.

Bland, a former Lt. Col in the Canadian forces, and a long-time defense policy analyst, cannot be easily dismissed, nor his warning. 

Posted by Richard Anderson on March 19, 2010 | Permalink


One flaw in his evidence: he cites only Ontario and urban examples. These disturbances only pose a threat to rich white cottagers.

The only Indians who could possibly menace natural resources live way out in the outback, and they lack any kind of organization. Perhaps a rogue like white environmentalists like Wiebo Ludwig could cause some harm. The chances of even that are pretty low.

A mass uprising by unemployed youth with nothing else do is unlikely. A greater risk would be in the realm of petty crime. What does the former colonel think the response will be: sending the army in to quell it, as against Louis Riel in 1869 and 1885?

Posted by: Zebulon Pike | 2010-03-19 8:45:48 AM

You do realize, Publius, that we outnumber aboriginals at least forty to one, and could wipe them out at any time? In fact, we wouldn't even need to kill them; we could just shut off the supply taps, and most would simply wither and die. A few might require encirclement and siege but not many. Our international reputation would suffer, sure, but it wouldn't stop people from buying our products if history is any indication.

Aboriginals only behave this way because limp-wristed wimps like Pretty Boy McGuinty let them. We don't have to let them. We do it so we can look ourselves in the mirror and tell ourselves what evolved and tolerant creatures we are. But if our very livelihoods are threatened, it won't take long for those pretensions to shatter. Aboriginal communities have a reputation as being crime-infested, drunken, drugged-out, dysfunctional hotbeds of sedition and domestic terrorism where no one does any work. They bring no chips to the table apart from their willingness to break the law. That's not a good long-term strategy.

Posted by: Shane Matthews | 2010-03-19 9:09:35 AM

There's a couple problem solvers.

Posted by: Steve Bottrell | 2010-03-19 9:45:14 AM

Yes, Steve, as a matter of fact, either solution would be an excellent deal for the great majority of Canadians. It wouldn't be very humane, but what's going on in Caledonia isn't exactly putting feathers in the chief's headdress. First Nations have been making progress in the increasingly sympathetic courts, but that will not last if they continue to resort to terrorism.

Posted by: Shane Matthews | 2010-03-19 11:23:34 AM

Wow, you even managed to get the word "terrorism" in there. Well done.

Posted by: Steve Bottrell | 2010-03-19 12:06:25 PM

More than you’ve managed, Steve. When you have something to contribute, you know where we are.

Posted by: Shane Matthews | 2010-03-19 3:13:37 PM

Well it looks like we have finally found something where I more or less agree with you Shane. I am more for shutting off the free money and just treating them as Canadians rather than some sort of military/police intervention though.
Can you imagine if Osama or one of his people dug up a highway and blockaded it here in Canada? It is only terrorism if muslims not natives do it I guess.....

Posted by: Bret | 2010-03-20 7:21:09 PM

Indian affairs is a black hole sucking over 9 billion a year. Most of that never even gets down to the level where its needed. Hundreds of millions lost through tax exemptions and other free-bees. Massive make-work project for Ottawa's civil servants.
Solution as I see it is simple. Give them title to all reservation land now occupied. Set a time frame to get a job, get a life and get out of our wallets. Disband Indian affairs and give all employees involved the same time-frame as the natives with the same objectives.
No more land claims and no more apologies for the past.

Posted by: peterj | 2010-03-21 6:52:48 PM

Canadians are morally, culturally, economically and legally tied together with the original peoples of North America. Canada could only break this bond by becoming a Republic. Never forget the power of mutual interest and negotiation. (Of course,racist bullies exist in all groups. Some military thinkers sometimes think about things so darkly that they fear being military and prefer to go home to their wife and kids.)

Posted by: Agha Ali Arkhan | 2010-03-21 11:22:38 PM

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