AFN proposes expanding reconciliation commission panel
From Saturday's Globe and Mail
November 14, 2008 at 9:45 PM EST
http://inshuckch.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!50E40D6025443FD4!1818.entry Until this situation is thoroughly investigated by external bodies, and it has until now only been shoved under the rug by threatening people who tell the truth, imo Ed John has no business holding the reins of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. In addition ... In September 1992, when the tripartite agreement to create the BC Treaty Commission was signed Grand Chief John was one of the signatories to the agreement on behalf of the BC First Nations Summit. Grand Chief John was elected for a two year term to the three member political executive of the First Nations Summit, the Summit Task Group, in 1993, 1996, 1998, 2000 and again in June of 2002. The BC Treaty Commission process attempts to extinguish Aboriginal Rights upon negotiation of a treaty. This is illegal under Canadian and international law, and that fact has now brought the treaty commission to its knees as the courts uphold Aboriginal Rights regardless of treaties. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20081017.RBRETHOUR17/TPStory/Business Ironically, Canada's courts uphold the rights of Indigenous Peoples better than Ed John: Ed John signed away/gave up the rights of Aboriginal people in BC, without their consent. It is clear to me that Ed John does not represent traditional Indigenous Peoples, and thus cannot address their interests on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. In fact, Ed John also would not represent the interests of Canadians in such a position either as we expect the whole truth. Ed John might represent the interests of some 'powerbrokers' like himself, but that is directly in opposition to representing the interests of ordinary people in Canada, aboriginal and not. IMO, granny
Studies show that in British Columbia, an aboriginal child is about six times more likely to be taken into state care than a non-aboriginal child.
Of all B.C. children in state care, 51 per cent are aboriginal, yet aboriginal people represent only about 8 per cent of the provincial population.
Ms. Fraser's office also called for better research on what happens to aboriginal children placed in the care of the state.