Settling land claims disputes could increase profits

Chief Theresa Spence was never the founder of the Idle No More movement, she only endorsed the concept and road the idle no more coat tail.

Editor:

Chief Theresa Spence was never the founder of the Idle No More movement, she only endorsed the concept and road the idle no more coat tail.

Although the Idle No More Movement is largely an Aboriginal women’s movement, all Canadians and non-Canadians tend to get involved, as these issues affect non-Aboriginals and Aboriginals worldwide, not just in Canada.

Now of course the idea of race has been made obsolete in the scientific community as it’s more of a sociological invention of culture.

Land claims by Aboriginals are based on the grandfather clause of inheritance from forefathers.

It isn’t a race issue nor was it ever.

So whenever we as a community hear that taxpayers pay Aboriginals for housing or what not, it’s not that they get free money that’s owed somehow through some outdated obscure ancient law written years ago that should no longer apply.

This didn’t happen thousands of years ago.

This land grab for resources just happened a few generations ago and is still happening.

There are even people still alive from the original treaties (if any were ever made).

The money we hear the conservative government complain about that’s being tossed to aboriginals in the form of Department of Indian Affairs (DIA) money, is taken from resources sold from Aboriginal land and given to Aboriginals for housing, education and what not.

All Aboriginal money comes from usage of resources belonging to Aboriginals.

Today Aboriginals, Canadians (non-Aboriginals), and world citizens every where are concerned about the state of the world’s environment and waterways.

We as citizens of the earth are tired of corporations pushing everyone around telling us we need to use these resources for the greater good now.

The fact of the matter is it’s economically smarter to wait until legal issues are settled around who actually has rights to what resources.

According to a Bank of Novia Scotia study, if Aboriginal resources were settled, Canada and many non-Aboriginal communities could increase in profits and business interactions.

Red tape would disappear and the DIA would shut down if land claims were settled once and for all.

We would all profit, make money and have clean air and water.

We have to think in the terms of jobs for the next 100 years not the next election.

No one buys into this old way of colonial thinking anymore.

Andrew Merritt

Williams Lake

Just Posted

Scout Island Nature Centre. (Angie Mindus photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
LETTER: Scout Island causeway important riparian habitat

We appreciate this opportunity to clarify how Scout Island Nature Centre lands is managed

North Okanagan business Hytec Kohler set up a COVID-19 vaccination clinic at the Spallumcheen plant Friday, May 14. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
More than half of eligible adults in Interior Health vaccinated

Over 365,000 vaccine doses have been administered throughout the Interior Health region

Crews work to repair Horsefly Road east of Williams Lake . (Ministry of Transportation video)
MoTI activates district operations centre, response to flood damaged roads in Cariboo region

Engineers, experts being pulled from across the province to help

RCMP officers on scene Friday, May 14 off Bond Lake Road on the outskirts of Williams Lake. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Update: Williams Lake RCMP arrest one suspect after firearms incident near Bond Lake Road

Given the severity, suspect is being held in custody for a court appearance

An official naming ceremony for the Nekw7usem Bridge connecting the RC Cotton Trail to Scout Island will take place Monday, May 17 at noon. (Patrick Davies file photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
City, WLFN hosting naming ceremony for Nekw7usem Bridge in Williams Lake

The pedestrian bridge connects the RC Cotton Trail to Scout Island

Daily confirmed COVID-19 cases reported to B.C. public health, seven-day rolling average in white, to May 12, 2021. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control)
B.C. preparing ‘Restart 2.0’ from COVID-19 as June approaches

Daily infections fall below 500 Friday, down to 387 in hospital

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Chilliwack’s Kile Brown, performing as drag queen Hailey Adler, dances and lip syncs in front of hundreds of people during the inaugural Chilliwack Pride Barbecue at the Neighbourhood Learning Centre on Aug. 24, 2019. Monday, May 17 is International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Unofficial holidays: Here’s what people are celebrating for the week of May 16 to 22

International Day Against Homophobia, Talk Like Yoda Day, Sea Monkey Day all coming up this week

Bradley Priestap in an undated photo provided to the media some time in 2012 by the London Police Service.
Serial sex-offender acquitted of duct tape possession in B.C. provincial court

Ontario sex offender on long-term supervision order was found with one of many ‘rape kit’ items

Rich Coleman, who was responsible for the gaming file off and on from 2001 to 2013, was recalled after his initial testimony to the Cullen Commission last month. (Screenshot)
Coleman questioned over $460K transaction at River Rock during B.C. casinos inquiry

The longtime former Langley MLA was asked about 2011 interview on BC Almanac program

Steven Shearer, <em>Untitled. </em>(Dennis Ha/Courtesy of Steven Shearer)
Vancouver photographer’s billboards taken down after complaints about being ‘disturbing’

‘Context is everything’ when it comes to understanding these images, says visual art professor Catherine Heard

Trina Hunt's remains were found in the Hope area on March 29. Her family is asking the public to think back to the weekend prior to when she went missing. (Photo courtesy of IHIT.)
Cousin of missing woman found in Hope says she won’t have closure until death is solved

Trina Hunt’s family urges Hope residents to check dashcam, photos to help find her killer

Chief Public Health Officer Theresa Tam listens to a question during a news conference, in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Restrictions will lift once 75% of Canadians get 1 shot and 20% are fully immunized, feds say

Federal health officials are laying out their vision of what life could look like after most Canadians are vaccinated against COVID-19

Most Read