Email from a friend:

I think your article – – is well-intentioned but doesn’t understand the treaties.

The Nazis eventually left Holland, in part due to many First Nations’ “Canadian” soldiers who fought in the wars.


The treaties promised housing, education, and health care in exchange for land; First Nations’ were then often given the worst of the land that was left.


Also, many parents went to Residential Schools very recently, causing intergenerational trauma.  Amy Bombay here in this article:


The public monies are not “public monies” they are monies owed to the Aboriginal peoples in exchange for the land.


Also, until just recently, they couldn’t “move”–because living off reserve changes their entitlement to the benefits promised in the treaties.


The problems facing First Nations’ people are incredibly complex.


Also, these are people who really have been robbed of culture and identity over the years; you have a lot of pride in your Dutch identity–that “pride” was taken away from them, or any sense of what their culture is.


For example, I think many Dutch people can easily identify with being hard-working and well-disciplined–but imagine if someone told you everything about being Dutch was bad, like for 200 years.


I think another good article talks about the need for these people to reclaim their culture, and live more holistically.


Anyway, it’s complicated.


But, traditionally Aboriginal people were not idle, they worked very hard.  So perhaps re-connecting with all those cultural values would be helpful.  (Name deleted)


(To my friend I must admit:  You provide a tremendous balance to my cranky despair over this appalling failure.


But complex though it surely is, ……. it is madness to continue down this path. – Gerda)