Friday, February 3, 2012
Placing Restrictions On Polls To Reveal Backgrounder
I don't know enough about the Indian Act at this time to make a vote on whether to change it given that the Keystone discussions are taking place at this time. To open it up under the Harper regime might expose dangers and loss to the lands of native peoples, their rights over water and mobility. Care2 Petition gives a slight background, but I'm not sure who originated it, what their interests are, whether Aboriginals have a view on the Act and its repercussions. For example, voting might be imposed upon them, land ownership might result, then fragmenting the band ethos and allowing for abuses. Together, the bands are strong, divided, they are going to have to go to court and lose against big business, just like the rest of us.
Wouldn't the harper government just love to be able to have use of "eminent domain". Or is it already able to use crown lands at will for development? Under the umbrella term of "best interests of Canada"!