Quote: Originally Posted by petros
You mean they aren't part of the machine and are actual real Canadians?
Dude do you have an idea how advantageous that is?
Well, ya. In the seventies I tried to escape the machine by hiding out in the bush. For twelve years I had no drivers license, Social security number, didn't pay taxes, rent or utility bills. I was pretty free of the machine until it ran me over.
Unfortunately for the Sinixt, most of the ones who are recognized as Sinixt live south of the border and are denied access to 80% of their territory because of being extinct. Laws were passed a hundred years ago to deny access to them because they were considered "American Indians". Many hundreds went to live among the Okanagan and Shuswap nations and were assimilated into those nations because of the Indian Act.
I know these people. Their main concern is their right to maintain their cultural obligations to look after their dead. Almost all of their dead from before 1900 are in Canada and they are denied access to them. These people started a revolution in 1989 when they demanded the bones of there dead that had been carted away to museums be returned for internment at Vallican. Since then just about every tribe in America has had their bones returned. That is quite an accomplishment for a people who don't exist.