Surge in Newfoundland native band has Ottawa stunned, skeptical


Locutus
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Meat Draw and a free TV to the first 50 people.



When the Canadian government established a new First Nation in Newfoundland it expected to get about 10,000 applications for membership. It got more than 100,000.


The government was stunned. The mountain of applicants was the equivalent of one in five people in the province. After just the first round of applications, when 23,000 of 30,000 applicants were granted Indian status, the Qalipu Mi’kmaq were already the second largest First Nation in the country.

The size of the response was “neither reasonable nor credible,” the federal government said. The financial implications were significant, considering the health and education benefits due to status Indians in Canada. The government, in concert with band leadership, moved to tighten the membership criteria.


Now a new law before Parliament would allow the government to review and revoke the Indian status of those who’ve already been approved. The Bill, C-25, would also bar anyone from suing the government for the way an application was handled.


The new measures will undoubtedly limit the band’s size. But some of those expecting to be rejected say it’s wrong to deny them their identity, even if it’s relatively new. What began as an attempt to right a historical wrong is likely to leave tens of thousands feeling as though they’ve been wronged again.


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Surge in Newfoundland native band has Ottawa stunned, skeptical - The Globe and Mail
 
petros
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I'm going to sign up too. There aren't enough blond, blue eyed natives.
 
BornRuff
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Giving them the power to strip people of Indian Status with no way to challenge the decision legally seems like an overreach.
 
Twila
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WOW, There's going to be a major **** storm brewing now.
 
PoliticalNick
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We should just get rid of all the FN status bullsh*t. They can be Canadians or they can have some land and be their own nation. Option 1 gets them all the benefits and rights shared by all Canadians but no more special treatment. Option 2 comes with nothing but the land and a big fence around it with a border crossing. No currency, no passports, no handouts, and they can pay us over time for any infrastructure that may be on the land.
 
Twila
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Maybe Newfoundland Gov't could contact National Geographic and see if they can't get a group discount for their genome project. Test everyone's DNA see if they have the markers associated with this Native Group (assuming there are markers to find)
 
Tecumsehsbones
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This is why I oppose any sort of differential treatment for natives.
 
petros
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Quote: Originally Posted by TwilaView Post

Maybe Newfoundland Gov't could contact National Geographic and see if they can't get a group discount for their genome project. Test everyone's DNA see if they have the markers associated with this Native Group (assuming there are markers to find)

There are natives as white as I am but have full status DNA wouldn't matter. It like how being Jewish is passed down no matter how diluted the bloodline.
 
Twila
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Quote: Originally Posted by petrosView Post

There are natives as white as I am but have full status DNA wouldn't matter. It like how being Jewish is passed down no matter how diluted the bloodline.

I was just reading about this sort of thing here:

Got Status? Indian Status in Canada, sort of explained. | âpihtawikosisân

Maybe it's something that should be fixed?
 
petros
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I always wanted to be a white Jewish Indian. Just think of all the tax free wholesale deals.
 
Twila
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Quote: Originally Posted by petrosView Post

I always wanted to be a white Jewish Indian. Just think of all the tax free wholesale deals.

LOL. Somewhere, there very well might be someone with this biological make up.


I wish we all could spend time navigating life in another persons ethnicity/religion. You wouldn't have to believe as they believed, you'd just have to experience how they're treated based on their outward appearance. It would be startling.
 
petros
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Quote: Originally Posted by TwilaView Post

LOL. Somewhere, there very well might be someone with this biological make up.

Yeah no doubt there is in Winnipeg.
 
Nuggler
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Quote: Originally Posted by petrosView Post

I'm going to sign up too. There aren't enough blond, blue eyed natives.


Are you an efficient protector of the woods, water, animals ?
 
Twila
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Quote: Originally Posted by petrosView Post

Yeah no doubt there is in Winnipeg.

Really? Is Winnipeg that ethnically diverse?
 
petros
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Quote: Originally Posted by NugglerView Post

Are you an efficient protector of the woods, water, animals ?

Of course, I'm not a poacher that runs down wildlife stocks just because I can.

Quote: Originally Posted by TwilaView Post

Really? Is Winnipeg that ethnically diverse?

Yeah. Winnipeg's Jewish community is huge but pales in comparison to the FN population of WPG.

I have Jew kin there. Lots of them. They breed like the Irish.
 

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