Natives in no hurry
Barry Artiste, Now Public Contributor
First Nations Human Rights are a double edged sword, on one hand Women hold a positon of power and respect when they become elders and can even be voted as a Chief, a title that carries weight and is not just a token position. But then if a Woman from the First Nations community marries outside her clan, she loses everything including her children rights to status within the community. It has also been said if a non member divorces, they get nothing in regards to keeping the matrimonial home, regardless what the courts decree if it is on Band Land. Governments have no search or seizure entitlements on First Nations property, hence it is very hard for employed First Nations to secure bank loans without assets outside the First Nations Community. This is financial discrimination , but on the other hand banks have discriminated for much less.
My Final Thought.
As I had said before, there is a time when First Nations, like any other close knit community needs to go outside their community to find a suitable spouse to ensure band longevity. Failure to do so will eventually result in marriages between relatives, which will in effect cause declining birth rates or worse birth defects in the community. Offering Neighbouring First Nations communities voting rights qhn they marry outside their First Nations communities will go a long way in maintaining their communities longevity. Discrimination of rights amongst other First Natons communities by denying them as residents of their voting rights of non members of communities even if they intermarry and become long time residents does not go a long way in resolving peaceful solutions. Another issue is allowing First Nations tax free status with the condition they remain and work on their respective communities or reserves. This works against First Nations in that isolated communities where work is scarce means First Nations members must leave their communities to find work to support their families. A law should be in place to allow First Nations to keep their Tax Free Status and other on reserve benefits regardless where they choose to live and work.
Aboriginal leaders have had 30 years to prepare for the day when human rights legislation would apply to reserves, giving natives the same protections as other Canadians.
But our aboriginal citizens still aren't ready to drag themselves out of the 19th century, never mind into the 21st.
Last week, the House of Commons aboriginal affairs committee torpedoed Tory hopes to move along a bill that would apply human rights law to the antiquated and racist Indian Act.
The opposition-driven committee voted 7-4 to delay Bill C-44 for 10 months so "proper consultations" can take place.
"Human rights rammed down a community's throats are not human rights," Liberal aboriginal affairs critic Anita Neville declared at the Thursday hearing.
I'm sure that will comfort the scores of natives -- mostly women, I'd guess -- who have been discriminated against by native bands over the decades and have, practically speaking, no recourse in getting a fair hearing.