Former Prime Minister critical of the Harper government’s reforms to First Nations education

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Former Prime Minister critical of the Harper government's reforms to First Nations education

Canada’s Former Liberal Prime Minister doesn’t think much of the Conservative Government’s push to reform First Nations education.

Paul Martin says he doesn’t understand why the Federal Government continues to underfund the fastest growing segment of our population.

“The education of young First Nations students, kids going into grade one, is one of the most important issues in the country and for the Federal Government to basically be saying my way or the highway is just wrong.”

The controversial Bill C-33 was rejected last Tuesdays and has divided aboriginal leaders with some saying it gives the Federal Government too much control over their children’s education.

Martin was in Vancouver to accept an award for his work as Finance Minister.


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  1. And what did ole Paul do for the natives?

    Perhaps its time we revisit the entire situation and set these folks free from their little fifedoms, where their rights depend on a families standing with the Chief and council.
    Do members of this community not deserve to have charter rights like other Canadians?
    Right to private property, individual freedom and the right to work hard and pay taxes?

    • The Harper/cons speak volumes on how he really feel about First Nations the natives want to be taught better than Harpers is offering is there anything wrong with that. You are involved here ad comment always favoring Harper and are by your words a Liberal Insider and support the BC Liberals up the Ying Yang,now don’t ask for an apology.Did you support the Ethnic outreach also? As Ron would say absolutely for a fellow Liberal Insider that’s on the same team wave!. PAB

      • Once again Ken . . . you spout nonsense.
        You are probably a fan of the Indian Act . . . after all its much like the totalitarian socialist regimes you admire.
        The Conservatives have done more for these folks in the last decade than ole Paul and his fellow Power Corp PM’s did in four decades.
        Time to abolish the Indian Act and set these folks free . . .

  2. Careful. That’s what started the whole Idle No More problem.

    The idea that the government try to encourage the chiefs to spend the handouts that are given to any given band on the residents of the reserve instead of the chief’s luxurious lifestyle.

    I wonder how Theresa SPENCE was able to afford her Cadillac SUV that transported her to her hotel and back to her teepee where she was refusing to eat except for Moose soup. Meanwhile, her reserve is living in squalor.

    • But when the govermin wants to seeand ACCOUNT where Canadian taxpayers’ money was spent that’s interfering with running of the tribe and the poggy is an ENTITLEMENT for ever without any questions asked OR the chiefs will go t to complain to the corrupt bureaucrat loaded UN, also a recipient of Canadian Govermin’s generosity with OUR hard earned TAXES,.

  3. The constitution insists it will be forever until land claims are settled that was a supreme court order.Canada
    1763 – Royal Proclamation marked British control over all of North America east of the Mississippi. Decreed that, from this date forward, only the British Crown could deal with Indians on land issues
    1764-1923 – a series of treaties were signed with Aboriginal groups. Some of the pre-confederation and all of the post-confederation treaties addressed reserve lands, hunting, fishing, trapping rights, annuities and other benefits
    1867 – the Dominion of Canada proclaimed the Constitution Act, 1867. This set out the legislative authorities of the federal Parliament and provincial legislatures. Section 91 (24) gave the Parliament of Canada authority over “Indians, and lands reserved for the Indians”
    1876 – Indian Act first enacted. Under this legislation, the Canadian Government regulated almost every aspect of the daily life of Aboriginal peoples
    1939 – the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that the term “Indians” in section 91 (24) of the Constitution Act, 1867 includes the Inuit
    1969 – the federal White Paper called for a repeal of the Indian Act and an end to special status for Aboriginal peoples. Due to protests, it was withdrawn in 1971
    1969 – Calder case launched, concerning Aboriginal title claimed by the Nisga’a in British Columbia. The 1973 Supreme Court of Canada decision led the federal government to develop policies for land claims
    1982 – Constitution Act provided that “existing Aboriginal and treaty rights” are recognized and affirmed (section 35(1)) and that “the Aboriginal peoples of Canada” include the Indian, Inuit and Métis peoples of Canada (section 35(2))
    1983 – Section 35 amended to provide for Constitutional recognition of rights acquired through both existing and future land claim agreements. Rights were guaranteed equally to male and female persons, and there was a commitment to consult Aboriginal peoples prior to certain constitutional changes affecting them
    1995 – Inherent Right Policy recognized the inherent right of Aboriginal peoples to self-government as an Aboriginal right within section 35 of the Constitution Act, 1982. taking a very long time to settle don’t you think?

    • The only area of the country that did not sign treaties 100 years ago was BC.
      In the rest of the country . . . read the Treaties . . . they signed their rights over to the Crown 100 years ago . . .
      They have become a tax sink hole where 10s of Billions of dollars dissapear every year into the Indian Industry . . . time to set the captives free . . . yes ! ! !

  4. It is taking a long time to resolve land claims.
    And that’s no surprise as it involves every band on an individual basis and many have not resolved territorial boundaries between bands.
    Add the complication of infighting within the bands between hereditary chief- elected chief & council- elders- and community at large….
    plus everyone associated with Aboriginal Affairs protecting their fiefdom
    and lack of transparency at all levels it’s- not going to be resolved anytime soon.
    In the meantime- Ottawa should not be expected to provide billions in funding with no accountability.

  5. The Government of Canada was financially responsible to settle EVERY native land claim in Canada untill Glenoccion Clark VOLUNTEERED BC taxpayars to pay for native land Claims in within BC. And all of the claims submitted are larger than the Province of BC by considerable amount with a NUMBER of Indian tibes and bands CLAIMING the SAME areas because of their ‘oral traditions’ substantiate them claims.