Aboriginals should have a separate status under the law, but not because they are a lower class citizen than the rest. Because they are different and hold values that are separate from ours, they should be able to practice their beliefs on the land that was rightfully theirs, and should have a different status under the law.
From the late 18th century, European Canadians encouraged First Nations to assimilate into their own culture, referred to as "Canadian culture". The assumption was that it was the correct culture because European Canadians saw themselves as technologically, politically and culturally more advanced.
Founded in the 19th century, the Canadian Indian residential school system was intended to force the assimilation of Aboriginal and First Nations people into European-Canadian society. The attempt to force assimilation involved punishing children for speaking their own languages or practicing their own faiths and a lot of physical abuse. These children were taken away from their families and brought into these schools where harm was conducted upon them. The children were deprived of their languages and faith, and were prone to all sorts of physical abuse from the teachers and other students. The purpose of residential schools was “killing the Indian in the child”.
The effects of residential schools on First Nation people are many. The schools had a negative impact on aboriginal culture and have led to the partial loss of aboriginal languages because of cultural genocide. As children who escaped the residential schools, post-traumatic stress disorder, drug abuse and alcoholism, violence and domestic abuse, self-abuse, suicide, and incarceration are much more common in Aboriginals than in other cultures within Canada. Also, because in the residential schools siblings were forbidden from seeing each other, this broke family ties and generations of children have grown without a family life; many of them lack proper parenting skills and, having only experienced abuse, in turn abuse their children and family members.
Overall, we owe it to the Aboriginals for all the hardships and troubles we caused them. After all, European Canadians aren't the real "Canadians". Aboriginal and the First Nations people were here far long before us.
Aboriginals have a right to their culture and lifestyle that should not be impacted or affected by the laws of the groups that colonized the aboriginal land. Therefore, an aboriginal has the right to follow the laws of their tribe or culture only and should not be subjected to the authority of any other group that the aboriginals have not consented to be a part of.
One of the English spellings I find disrespectful or ignorant is when "aboriginal" is typed with a little "a" instead of "Aboriginal," and when someone uses the word "culture" instead of "cultures" because there are many different Aboriginal countries in North America with many different experiences in different part of the world, where they have a deep attachment to the land in spiritual beliefs and their cultures is the senses of belonging to that land with their beliefs.
Just as American Indians had to be protected by law to preserve their culture, aboriginals deserve similar consideration. With the progression of the world into an industrial and technological base, those who wish to honor the past need to be protected, so that their land and heritage are not disturbed by our progress.
While the notion of treating everybody the same under the law is tremendously appealing, to do so rigorously is to pretend that history doesn't exist. In most countries, aboriginal groups frequently have been slaughtered with weapons, devastated by imported diseases, uprooted from ancestral lands, and relocated (sometimes multiple times) to lands considered almost worthless for settlers and immigrants. Cultures that had developed over thousands of years to adapt well to life in certain lands were relocated to very different lands that were poor in the resources needed for survival. Aboriginals faced the choice of staying with their kinsmen and surviving on handouts, or abandoning their people and trying to survive in an alien culture that typically viewed aboriginals almost as animals. We know longer can justify extermination of peoples and their cultures, whether quickly through theft, violence, and disease, or slowly by impoverishment and hostility to their attempts to maintain a distinct culture. It is not too much to ask to give them the resources and the legal space in which to find their own path to adapt to the world they now live in.
I don't believe anyone should get any special treatment, or rights. I understand the history and background, but people today are not dealing with those inequalities. I don't think its right to give aboriginals special treatment.
Canada, the United States, and Australia allow for indigenous law to rule in certain cases due to the fact each nation must allow for land rights and traditional practices. It is solely due to these treaties that aboriginals should be treated differently, and not due to circumstances beyond this realm.
Aboriginal people shouldn't be treated differently under the law in most cases. But there are some exceptions when they live in a self-governing territory or reservation where there are different laws about some things. An example would be casinos on reservations, when casinos are illegal in other parts of the state, or different hunting and fishing regulations. These are minor differences, and the state or federal law should allow indigenous peoples a certain degree of self-governance on their own tribal lands.
Some Native American tribes are recognized by the United States government but some have never been, like our local Abenaki people. You can see people all over who are Italian hue but don't have Italian names. My wife is one of them, though she's Gypsy/Mongolian (honestly, I can see how people could assume that). The local community accepts her and her children as one of theirs and she moves freely among them and with Gypsy people in the United States. You've probably met them and thought they were Mexican, Italian, or just working people living out their lives like anyone else. It's a very different situation to be what she is back in Hungary, where she comes from. Many of the rules intended to help Gypsy people end up separating them from mainstream life and depriving them. Even when preferential treatment is meant well, it tends to hurt the people singled out.
Aboriginals should be entitles to some specific programs as they are the most socially and economically disadvantaged group in Australia. Aboriginals do not receive and additional income, housing or educational benefits as opposed to non-Indigenous Aboriginals contrary to popular belief. In general, it is Australian persons with their own prejudices and ignorance towards Aboriginals that assume these facts and feel as though they are at a disadvantage (for some reason) because an Indigenous person, who faces racism and discrimination everyday, is receiving minimal extras.
Paulette Regan's book: "Unsettling the Settler Within argues that in order to truly participate in the transformative possibilities of reconciliation, non-Aboriginal Canadians must undergo their own process of decolonization. They must relinquish the persistent myth of themselves as peace-makers and acknowledge the destructive legacy of a society that has stubbornly ignored an devalued Indigenous experience."
I don't understand why aboriginals all of these benefits and handouts, yes it was a terrible thing in which happened to them but its shouldn't be an issue today, it is history. We should be living in a world of equality it's time to move on. It is descrimination against us? My great grand father was a prisoner of war, he fort for Australia, he was torched on a tremendous level, our family didn't get any hand outs, so why should the aboriginals. As a race in general, in my town they are very intimidating aswell. So that is why under new law they should be treated equally to everyone else.
We have never bought their land, and it was mostly stolen from the natives so they should be given the stolen land back and allow them to reinstate their own government. The reason for this is because the tribes were doing just fine before we stole their land. We owe them that much to simply give their stolen land back.
Everyone in Australia already knows that Aboriginals have it harsher than any other groups. Their history has big impact on their current situation and the government (along with everyone else) did not give them much consideration. This land was originally theirs and they deserve the same chance that others had.
The government already supports people of Aboriginal descent by giving them plenty of money every year. The reason why the Aboriginals say they are not doing well is because they do not put the money to good use at all. Instead of putting it towards helping themselves, they end up using it against the government to try getting more money. They are milking the pity that the English have towards them at this point. The English feel bad for taking over Canada, because they are way to nice. The Aboriginal people feel that they should try to get everything they can now (Self-government) while there is still pity in the situation. As soon as a PM of different descent comes into play things are seriously going to change. The Aboriginals are lucky they get what they get and they are lucky that they weren't gotten rid of back in the day like America got rid of them. If we take over land, there is no reason for the group that was there before to get more, because it is simply ours now. That is the way it works everywhere except Canada, and seeing that the Aboriginals are complaining (even when they are lucky to be still here) is completely foolish.
I understand us whiteys (Europeans) have taken alot from the Indigenous in the past, we have had 'Sorry days', they have got given other payments, but to receive an ongoing payment, every week of their life, and discounts on specific things, it ridiculous. And what makes me angry is they don't even need to be Half aboriginal for it! I know of people that are 1/16th bloody aboriginal and have whiter skin than me and have red hair and freckles! Its a sacm and theyre taking advantage of it!
If you want equality that means everyone is held under the same standard. Bottom line. In this case anything else is slight supremacy as a result of white guilt. We ALL should pay taxes, this includes all religious institutions, races and minorities. NO EXCEPTIONS WHATSOEVER. This is whats necessary in any country that calls itself a democracy. Why don't natives or half natives or quarter or eighth or sixteenth natives need an FAC or PAL to own and obtain a firearm? Europeans brought guns over to this country. Is that fair? Is that equality?
Its foolish if Aussies and aboriginals are treated differently when they share the same rights and land with social rights warranted, separation is evil and should not continue, either European or not, all are Aussies and need to have equal rights.
This land is to be shared by all its people.
Why should the government be paying for all the aboriginals expenses? They live in poverty for all their lives, and are only waiting to die. If they were to live normally and off the reserves they could lead a much happier life and fuller life than as they would have on the reservation. Why should we be paying for them? It was not us who discriminated 9r did this awful things to them. It had to do with their ancestors and our ancestors. We did not personally harm the aboriginals so why should we be paying for the mistakes the government in the past made Sorry to say it, but we shouldn't be dwelling on the past, rather looking to the future.
Since when did owning the land first even matter. IN history many different groups of people owned various acres of land. It didn't matter then, why now? I live in Canada and the way they are treated is ridiculous. The government always wants us to feel guilty for not being Aboriginal. The Canadian Charter of rights and freedoms emphasizes equality for all man.
Treating Aboriginal people by different standards than the rest of Australia's inhabitants simply provides a band-aid solution to the symptoms of this problem but does it not at the same time continue to contribute to the cause? I see no reason why anyone should get special treatment or for that matter, get less privileges due to race.
I believe an Aboriginal man on a $20,000 a year salary should not be able to get any more money from the government than a White Australian on a $20,000 a year salary.
Does this not just seem logical??
Treating people differently based on their heritage is definitely racism. In this case, the government taxes non-natives and simply donates the money to natives. The people alive today have nothing to do with what happened in the past and everyone should be on equal ground. What have the individuals being taxed done to the individuals receiving the benefit?
The UN's Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) article 1 states that all people are equal in dignity and rights. It applies to this situation as well. Yes the aboriginal people were severely miss-treated by the government throughout the 1800's, but 100-200 years later I would think in a great democracy like Canada, there would be a significant adaptation to the law.
Aboriginals should NOT be treated differently because they are the same as everyone else. It doesn't matter what your skin colour is, we're all born the same way, and we all die. They all love music, like other people. They have a love of dancing like everyone else. They should NOT be treated differently under the law. It's just wrong.
Why should they be treated any differently. Most work hard and should pay the same taxes and pay the same services everyone else. They already get many handouts already and still complain. Many aboriginals think they are special and we owe them because this is their land, I dont think so.
I think normal citizens should have exactly the same right as aboriginals. Why can a particular group have special rights just because they owned the land first. Since when in history have humans make tolerance just because a group lived on a land first? Citizens of the SAME country should be treated with the SAME rules.
Most aboriginal tribes co-exist where established democratic governments have also existed for at least 50 years. Under the laws of the democratic government, the aboriginals may participate in the democratic government. However, if the aboriginal breaks a law of the democratic government, they are punished by the laws of that government. If the aboriginals choose not to participate in a government that they have a right to participate in, that is their choice.
Aboriginals are human beings, just like everyone else. With that in mind, laws should hold the same amount of merit for them as they do with someone who is not an aboriginal.
I feel that no matter who you are, or where you come from, you should be treated as any other person. No race or group should ever be treated any differently. This type of thinking only breeds hate between groups of people. If we show that we treat people equally, then I feel that we are taking a step towards eliminating hate and prejudice.
Aboriginals should be treated exactly the same under the law as any other citizen because allowing aboriginals to be treated differently is actually discriminating against the rest of the population. If a law is unfair to aboriginals, it is unfair to all people. Justice is treating all people equally, without discrimination and without preference.
Aboriginals, or any other group, cannot be exempt form the law. The laws are the rules by which society exists. If a person elects to live outside of the law, they are choosing to live outside of society. Prison is about as far outside of society than you can get.
As Canadian citizens, no matter they are aboriginals or white people, they should be treated the same. They should obtain the same right. They do not need to have any specialisation, nor prejudice. Everyone is the same!
Aboriginals should be shown the same courtesy as any other member of human society. No better and no worse. If some injustices have been done to aboriginals in the past, then they have the right to take it to court and it will be decided by a judge. And aboriginals should not get special favors either. They should be held to the same laws as others are.
Aboriginals should be treated the same under the law as any other citizen of any ethnic group, without preferential treatment of any kind. To give aboriginals elevated status under the law is to suppress the right of every other citizen in the nation, and to create an injustice while attempting to right a wrong that occurred long ago in the past. Aboriginals should be treated equally, but not better than anyone else.
Aboriginals have a long history and while they are not yet completely accepted they should be respected. All people in a land should follow the rules and practices of the land. Having protection and rights under the law is very important. If a group of people are seen as substandard they have some greater likely hood of bring taken advantage of by local and foreign powers.
1: We give them extra rights because we forced them to assimilate into European culture. So clearly the Europeans were the dominant culture therefore the Aboriginals should not get special rights.
2: It was so long ago, why do they still get special treatment?
3: I think it's unfair that they get EXTRA privileges. Why? Because they were too incapable of defending there homeland hundreds of years ago.
I attended a elementary graduation and this aboriginal kid was called up by the principal and received an award for being aboriginal. In addition, he received a freebie pass to a private school courtesy of VSB. The kid was mortified by this experience. He told his friends that he just wanted to be normal and equal. He didn't want special treatment. All his achievements would be undeserved. Its coming off more as a sucking up from the government then actually trying to make aboriginal lives better.
Everyone SHOULD be equal, but that is not where we stand today. Natives should not get their own land and have their own laws because of the past. Their ancestors were mistreated just like most people back in the day and I'm not saying we should forget the past but we need to move forward rather then keep saying sorry about past mistakes and letting them make land claims or giving their own government to separate them from everyone else even more. I feel terrible for what happened to their ancestors but if they would have known what we know now, I know the people would have acted differently. History can not be rewritten but we can change our future.
No one should get special treatment. To do so causes Racism and discordance in the country. All people are created equal, and as such no one person has different rights than another. The law must be uniform for it to be upheld. How is a cop to treat a person if there are different laws based on race?
It promotes separation between the indigenous and non indigenous Australians. Many see the excessive welfare offered to indigenous people as unfair to the rest of the population. Handing out free benefits on a plate does more harm to the human than good. Everyone who is capable of earning their living should do so.
Equality for all in the 21st century. One Nation One People. All receive free medical CPP OAS but some have band cards for tax exemption, pay less than others for gas, some get free University education...Stop equality, treat all Canadians equally and fairly. Work on better skills training where needed for all Canadians....We are one family please end the discrimination.
We've been in Australia for 5 months and have been verbally abused by the aboriginal people, not only that our car got smashed to pieces last night and our $800 bike stolen, when we asked the group of aboriginals next to us if they saw anything they replied with awful language and told us where to go... We've booked a flight out of this country back to England and will not be returning, you don't even get this sort of behaviour in London. But for some reason the Aussies (lovely friendly people) will continue this VERY unreasonably generous law, and you will get less and less tourists, I know I'll be telling my friends not to bother with this place. It's a shame.
If anything they shouldnt even be treated equally until they start contributing positively to the nation like the rest of us do. Indigenous people seem to believe that the rest of the nation continually owes them. The more handouts they receive the more they feel theyre entitled to. Most of them exploit every situation they can by playing the indigenous card.
Posts here already stated which I agree with in that aboriginal ppl have been receiving payments and freebies for years and the fact is they have wasted it. And continually they are still and always will be asking for more. Does anyone know a well off aboriginal? With all these payments and freebies someone should of at least been able to make a change to their own and others lives? Why haven't they made a difference within themselves? And how is their situation now reflective on me or anyone else in 2013 that we should continue paying for them? At uni I don't think I have seen any ppl of aboriginal looking background. I'm sure there are but this then raises the issue of some being as white as white australians etc and the question of how much aboriginal background is someone allowed to have to be entitled? The current amount is not fair. You either ARE aboriginal as in 100 or 50% or you ARE NOT. How can you claim saying I'm a smidgen of aboriginal? This issue died years ago and people have had enough. It is about time the govt pulled the pin and gave minimal amounts and encouraged them to join society as fully fledged members instead of sifting the edges relying on others paying their way. Why aren't the uni's full of aboriginals bettering their futures?
Recently as I applied for a university scholarship (that my brother had previously received) I was told that it was now only offered to indigenous students... Don't they already get an education for free? Where would they be now if white people hadn't come into this country and turned it into the amazing place it is today? If whites didn't another country would have! What's done is done. They need to accept it and start living the Australian way
We are all Australian so what makes us different? I hate hearing about people receiving money because they have a different skin color, religion and grow up in different places! It bugs me! We welcome them into our society yet they still have there places where we aren't allowed to go because they are special to them.
Many fail to realize how dangerous and attitude of entitlement is to a whole nation. It means people manipulate using self pity. It is a form of propaganda since it uses those that appear to use unreasoning or less than reasoning forms of emotions that contain and camouflage force. The Government uses it to deny and oppress the rights and liberties of all others. A part of the game is to act as if the natives creative or artistic spirit is more profound and important than that of non-natives. That is nonsense. I have known very kind natives who I consider brothers, sisters yet overall there is a spirit of entitlement in Canada. MP Bob Rae is a hypocrite and flatterer who is playing on native matters and the nature of many natives. Many of the natives seen on tv are even talking as the politicians do and it is arrogant, and self righteous.
People do not understand what they had to go through to do what they do today aboriginals are no different to the white they breath and work the same as every body think about it we would not be here today if it was not for them and what they did was teach us how to stay alive if you look back on what they did we would not be able to do sport or catch animals to feed on so we would not be here with out them i believe we should all be equal and get the same treatment!
A society whose decisions are validated by the equal votes of its people must also respect that same equality in its institutions, since how can an unequal institution be imagined to have been established by equal votes, that is, by democracy? This requirement of universal equality in both governance and the institutions which governance generates means that granting special legal privileges according to race is anti-democratic.
Hutterites just like the FN's want to save and protect their heritage. Hutterites, buy land and pay taxes.They are virtually self supporting .They were immigrants,started with nothing, and built prosperous communities. Yes the Europeans,came here and created this country.They brought knowledge,technology ,and engineering to this vast ,resource filled land.
The FN's seem to resent this...But embrace it with open arms. How many refuse to use electricity, vehicles, roads and free health care...
Do not bite the hand, that took you from teepees to F350's . As the Hutterites have proved, you can retain your heritage and use the inspiration and foresight of previous generations to prosper.
Its ridiculous, we have apologised. We can't change whats happened in the past, so why should they be treated different? Deep down we're all the same on the inside. It's unfair to give someone benefits because of their colour, isn't the world meant to be equal?! Its just so wrong.
The law states that any group at a disadvantage should be treated differently and thus they are tax exempt. I currently work at a dollarama in thunder bay and see many different types of people and many of them are of low income due to the area having a low income housing project and these people are of all ethnicities. I believe that the aboriginals should have free reign of the reserves but not on the part of Canada that was purchased from them many years ago. The thing that gets me that most is that the aboriginals take advantage of the status card and even go to the extent of calling it a "tax card" or state that "its their culture not to pay taxes". This worries me as they aren't aware that it in fact is not their culture as the taxes in Canada were supposed to pay for the world wars and then be abolished. The way that they take advantage of being tax exempt is in a way that gives many of them luxury such as having a new ford mustang and the latest phone. There are also times when they spend $200 on a party for their child and they take advantage of being tax exempt. These are situations which I do not believe that they should be tax exempt. I think they should be exempt when purchasing school supplies and staple foods not junk food or $100 worth of toys. On top of that I think that everyone should be tax exempt from the staples that are needed for a good education and a meal to live on.
Aboriginals do nothing to merit them being almost exempt from our laws. When they fish, they do so by catching outrageous amounts of fish. When they hunt, they don't shoot 1 or 2 moose they'll shoot 4 or 5. They claim to be so friendly and caring for mother nature when in reality often the case is they treat her the worst. Things that happened 100-200 years ago have nothing to do with modern day society, so why are we punished?
No! It was in the past! I didn't take part in the Aboriginal abuse, neither did my family or future children will. Why should I pay for something I wasn't involved in? It's absolutely ludicrous that Aboriginals think that they can get more even though they're getting so much as there is! I mean, I have to pay for my kids' post secondary education which is going to be at least 24 grand per child! They get to go.. For free. I have to earn money while they get it handed to them on a silver platter. Laws today aren't even impartial. They already favour the Aboriginals so this debate already lost.
Have you ever heard the term "You can lead a horse to water, but you cannot make it drink"? Well, right or wrong, that phrase sums up my stance on Aboriginal cultures receiving government benefits.
In addition to Aboriginals receiving all of the same rights as any other citizen of our fine country, they also have the following additional benefits:
Medical Service Plan MSP premiums covered for basic medical benefits through Health Canada’s First Nations and Inuit Health Branch (FNIHB).
Non-Insured Health Benefits Program which pays for prescription and over the counter drugs from an approved list, dental, ophthalmic care and prescription lenses, crisis intervention, and even covers transportation to such appointments.
Coverage of medical supplies and equipment including contraception, diabetic supplies, and hearing aid batteries.
Eligible Indian Residential Schools survivors are entitled to apply for the Common Experience Payment if they lived, even if only for one night, at a recognized Indian Residential School.
If you attended an IRS, you may be eligible for mental health support services at no cost.
You’re eligible for tax exemption (not having to pay taxes) if you are a registered status Indian.
The following are examples of goods and services on which a status Indian does not have to pay the Government Sales Tax (GST):
• Basic telephone service and equipment
• Long-distance and cellular phone service
• Equipment and vehicle leases
• Tobacco, if the amount bought is reasonable for personal use
• Motor fuel
• Motor vehicles
• Cable and pay television
Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) provides funding to help eligible students pursue a college or university education. Full-time and part-time students may have their tuition, travel, and book costs covered. Full-time students may also have their living costs covered.
I'm not sure what more we can be doing at this point to assist Aboriginal peoples to live fulfilled lives.
Because they drink our money away and don't do any work and it costs Canadian tax payers tons of money just so that they sit around all day drinking, smoking and gambling. They were mistreated back then but I believe that Aboriginals should get a check from the government that goes straight to their schools, parks and etc.
When captain cook came to Australia he pronounced it 'Terra nullius' which is the term that the British gave to land that was thought to be uninhabited. When Edmund Barton came into power the first bill he introduced was the white Australia Policy, which banned all black people from voting and owning land.
I have researched this topic and found that they have more houses and welfare than all of us. They not only get free houses but they get at least 100 grand a year! I know that we have treated them wrong but that was fifty years ago. Some of the people who where taken off the parents are still alive today, But a couple of years ago the prime minister said sorry. But on T.V you always see the young people protesting! Like all of us they figured they can get free stuff by protesting so that's why they always do it. So why cant we all came together as one Aussie nation.