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‘How The Aboriginal Industry Wins In Court’


“…in Indian treaty rights cases, the standards of evidence and logic are not what they are elsewhere…

“In these trials by history (i.e, law office history), watching the highly-skilled, forceful attorneys at work serving the Indian cause was a thoroughly eye-opening experience.

“From them, I learned much about the selective use — and suppression of — historical and anthropological evidence…” 

ERBLHowTheAboriginalIndustryWinsInCourt800x800The Canadian people have been confused by a series of court rulings that have re-opened the issue of who owns Canada — 150 years after the fact.

Clearly-written Treaties — contracts with the simplest language possible — are “re-interpreted” and end up meaning the opposite of what they so obviously say.

Canadians justifiably wonder just what in the hell is going on in these courtrooms: Continue reading ‘How The Aboriginal Industry Wins In Court’

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‘Aboriginal Peoples Still Haunted By The Past’


“This gap between narrative of self-government and reality — between memory of what once was a long time ago and what is today — reflects what I call the “dream palace” of the aboriginals…

“Today’s reality, however, is so far removed in actual day-to-day terms from the memories inside the dream palace, as to be almost unbearable…” 

ERBLAboriginalPeoplesStillHauntedByThePast800x800{This is an edited transcript of a talk that Jeffrey Simpson, the national affairs columnist for the Globe and Mail, gave at McGill U. in 2014.} Continue reading ‘Aboriginal Peoples Still Haunted By The Past’