09.19.2012 02:24 PM

CTFN: this is my daughter’s First Nation

…and this statement shows that, when it comes to self-government, the Harper cabal are a bunch of damned liars.

Canada’s great experiment in aboriginal self-government is about to collapse – or, at least, it certainly looks that way for a Yukon first nation that has successfully managed its own affairs since 2006…

As it happened, Stephen Harper was scheduled for an unrelated visit to CTFN territory in August to tout his vision for Canada’s North. While federal bureaucrats threatened to undermine self-government, Mr. Harper arrived for a barbecue. During the requisite photo-op with CTFN’s leaders, the Prime Minister quietly assured them he had been informed of the funding issue and had instructed his minister to look into it.

On the road leading to the barbecue, a group of locals had assembled a peaceful protest. A member of the Prime Minister’s security detail marched over to ask what they were up to. “Exerting our aboriginal rights and title,” he was told. “Oh,” he said, “I thought you were going to dance for us.”

The Oct. 1 deadline looms, and a precedent is about to be set. There is still time to decide whether it will stand for bullying or for fairness.


  1. Mark says:

    Warren: You may have mentioned this before, but I am intrigued about how your daughter came to know and belong to this First Nation? I do treaty work in BC and am curious. Can you indulge us? Thanks.

  2. Ronald O'Dowd says:


    It will happen, generally speaking, under a federal government. And when it does, you will be right in the thick of it. Thank you.

  3. Richard says:

    That “I thought you were going to dance for us” line makes my skin crawl.

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