Browsing All posts tagged under »First Nations«

Hippy-Speak and Aboriginal Education

April 14, 2013


One time I was given a lesson on how to shake a hand by the managing partner of a major downtown law firm.  My grip was too limp, he said.  You have to keep it firm.  I suppose my handshake was limp.  I have always considered the classic grip handshake as a little bit too […]

How I Learned My Place

August 30, 2012


Some windows on a racist education: First Nations Education in the City, Pt. 2 In grade eight I found myself in a remedial math class in Cloverdale.  Because that’s what they do.  They put you in a remedial math class whenever you change schools, and I’d just moved to Cloverdale.  The teacher was asking questions, […]

Aboriginal Education, Yes or No

August 27, 2012


First Nations education in the city, pt. 1 The question got asked, Should we open a school in Vancouver for Aboriginal students?  It became obvious to me right away that it was a question with no meaningful short answer.  There are too many questions and considerations behind that issue which we have to get past […]

Attawapiskat: Court Counters Harper Propaganda Ploy

August 2, 2012


Last fall, the community of Attawapiskat declared an emergency.  Five families were living in tents.  17 families were living in shacks.  Winter was coming on.  Their tiny community was situated close to the shores of James Bay, and you didn’t want to do your winters in that part of the country living in a tent […]

World Council of Churches Renounces Doctrine of Discovery

March 5, 2012


Anybody who has ever done any research into Aboriginal rights will have encountered the doctrine of discovery.  In 1532, Francisco de Vitoria, accepted as one of the fathers of international law, discussed the idea in its then-strictly-legal sense as it was codified in Justinian’s Institutes—i.e. Roman law, church law and the foundation of much European […]

Government Abuse of Aboriginal Children 6: The Failure to Educate

September 6, 2011


In law school I remember studying a case which found that education is not a civil right, merely the exercise of government policy, meaning that government could exercise that policy or not, as it chose.  If that bit of case law still represents the legal situation today, and I don’t know whether it does, there […]

First Nations and the Environment – March 2011- Some Notes

March 22, 2011


I don’t speak for all Aboriginal people, of course[1], but I think that one of the reasons you see First Nations commissioning so many lawyers to their side, insisting on constitutional rights of consultation when rights and lives are affected, insisting on binding legal protections, etc., is because Aboriginal people are not otherwise heard.  They […]

0.1 – Feather Folktale Pt. 1 – Introducing Featherfolk

September 15, 2010


Featherfolk, a commentary on Aboriginal history, is a work in progress. Feather Folktale This is a personal book. In a world where a dry tone and an impersonal style is often superficially equated with scholastic objectivity, for me to write personally might seem to risk not being taken seriously.  Well, I’ll accept that risk, because […]