‘Canada’s Newest Tribe’

Instead of ending Segregation and Race Based Law, our governments are still engaged in expanding them:

“…in 2008 the Government of Canada and the Federation of the Newfoundland Indians reached an agreement to create the new Qalipu Mi’kmaq Indian ‘First Nation’.”
http://qalipu.ca/

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“Have you applied to join the Qalipu Mi’kmaq ‘First Nation’?” 

“Applicants who have applied to be founding members of the Qalipu Mi’kmaq ‘First Nation’ will receive a letter on January 31, 2017 regarding the Enrolment Committee’s decision and next steps.”
https://www.aadnc-aandc.gc.ca/eng/1319805325971/1319805372507

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“All Qalipu Mi’kmaq ‘First Nation’ members are eligible for certain federal programs for status Indians, including the Post-Secondary Student Support Program and Non-Insured Health Benefits.”

http://www.mmnn.ca/2012/11/minister-congratulates-chief-of-qalipu-mikmaq-first-nation/

Protesters outside the Qalipu Band office in Corner Brook to protest possible changes to the band's enrollment process (Toronto Star)
Protesters outside the Qalipu Band office in Corner Brook to protest possible changes to the band’s enrollment process (Toronto Star)

“Thousands of people whose Qalipu Mi’kmaq Band applications were rejected will be reconsidered for membership.

“Last fall, two people were heard in federal court after their applications were rejected for technical reasons, such as the type of birth certificate they used, or failure to sign one of the declaration boxes.

“Now, lawyer Jaimie Lickers, who represented the two people who won their case, says the Trudeau government has extended that reconsideration to 6,500 rejected applicants…”

–‘6,500 rejected Qalipu Mi’kmaq band applications to be reconsidered’,
Laura Howells, CBC News, Mar. 27, 2016

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/qalipu-mikmaq-reconsidered-1.3506061

Feature IMAGE: Qalipu Chief Brendan Mitchell and Band Council (CBC)

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The Background:
‘The Folly of Race Categories — Everybody’s An ‘Aboriginal’:

“In the fall of 2011, in what a {Conservative} government press release deemed an “historic occasion”, the department of Aboriginal Affairs granted official ‘Indian Act’ status to the Newfoundland Mi’kmaq, a group that had been denied any claim to aboriginal title ever since the province’s 1949 entry into Confederation.

“But in the months since, an unanticipated 100,000 people, the equivalent of more than one-fifth of Newfoundland’s total population, have stepped forward with ancestry claims.

“Faced with the prospect of putting a St. John’s-worth of new Indians on the balance sheet, federal negotiators have put the brakes on new applications and scrambled to renegotiate their original deal with the Qalipu Mi’kmaq ‘First Nation’, the governing body for the Newfoundland Mi’kmaq.

“Under the original Ottawa-approved terms of the Qalipu settlement agreement, would-be Mi’kmaq needed only to provide some evidence of aboriginal ancestry and dig up some census or church records to prove that one of their ancestors had lived in a pre-1949 Newfoundland Mi’kmaq community.

“Applicants did not need to live in Newfoundland and even had some wiggle room on the question of aboriginal heritage. As indicated on the Qalipu website, THE ‘FIRST NATIONS’ ENROLMENT COMMITTEE NEEDED ONLY TO BE ASSURED THAT ABORIGINAL HERITAGE WAS “MORE LIKELY THAN UNLIKELY”. {!!!}

–‘Ottawa rushes to tighten up entry rules before 70,000 Canadians are declared Mi’kmaq’, Tristin Hopper,
National Post, May 8, 2013 {CAPS added}

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COMMENT:
“Race-based laws are an abomination in a free society.”
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“What about the Beothuk anyway, were they not the original inhabitants of NL?
“Contemporaneous writings show that the Mikmak used to hunt the Beothuk as food.
Guess they ate them all.
“Actually there is a lot of evidence to that part. There is however very little real historical evidence to support the position that the Europeans killed them off. It is one of those ‘guilt the white man into paying more for sins that he never committed’.”
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“I enjoy my new Newfoundland. We are doing well. Losing this much of our base of taxpayers and replacing them with people that pay next to nothing for almost everything that I pay an arm and leg for, will ensure that we become have-not again and remain so forever.
“We also have intensive moose and cariboo management programs here. Kiss those species goodbye because Natives have no bag limits or seasonal restrictions. The trout will also be wiped out. No more fishing inland.
“And all of these people are white, blond, and blue-eyed. They’re not Natives. They’re scam artists looking for “freebees” (i.e. they want us to pay, instead of them):
“Free education of all sorts, free firearms licensing, no hunting fees, lowered taxes, no ambulance fees, no housing fees.
“We simply cannot afford this. Thinking we can is utterly delusional.”

http://news.nationalpost.com/2013/05/06/swamped-with-a-st-johns-worth-of-newfoundland-mikmaq-applicants-feds-look-to-tighten-up-entry-rules/

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Followed by this:
‘The Foolishness of ‘Indian Status’ Bites Government in the Butt’:

When the Canadian government established a new ‘First Nation’ in Newfoundland, it expected to get about 10,000 applications for membership. It got more than 100,000.

“The government was stunned. The mountain of applicants was the equivalent of one in five people in the province. After just the first round of applications, when 23,000 of 30,000 applicants were granted Indian status, the Qalipu Mi’kmaq were already the second largest ‘First Nation’ in the country.

“The size of the response was “neither reasonable nor credible”, the federal government said. The financial implications were significant, considering the health and education benefits due to ‘status Indians’ in Canada. The government, in concert with Band leadership, moved to tighten the membership criteria.

“Now, a new law before Parliament would allow the government to review and revoke the Indian status of those who’ve already been approved. The Bill, ‘C-25’, would also bar anyone from suing the government for the way an application was handled.
{It passed: http://news.gc.ca/web/article-en.do?nid=859479 }

“The new measures will undoubtedly limit the Band’s size. But some of those expecting to be rejected say it’s wrong to deny them their identity {No one’s denying you your identity – you’re just not going to get any special rights or financial rewards because of it…}, even if it’s relatively new. What began as an attempt to right an historical wrong is likely to leave tens of thousands feeling as though they’ve been wronged again.
{That’s what happens when you try and rewrite history…}

“This whole process has been bungled,” said Hector Pearce, vice-chair of the Mi’kmaq ‘First Nations’ Assembly of Newfoundland. “They just made a mess of this from the beginning.”

{Yes, they should never have begun this nonsense. We are all Canadians — that should be good enough…}

“Mr. Pearce, a 69-year-old retired psychologist, only realized he was {part} ‘aboriginal’ about eight years ago, he said. Like many who made similar discoveries, it has been a cultural awakening for him. Some accuse the applicants of seeking financial gain, but Mr. Pearce says that’s nonsense. He doesn’t need the benefits, he said, it’s a matter of principle.

“I don’t want people to tell me I’m not something I am,” he said.
{You’re a Canadian. That’s all that should matter for government purposes…}

“Mr. Pearce expects his claim will be rejected. That’s because applicants now have to prove a current and substantial connection, that can’t be “of recent vintage”. They were told to find evidence such as old census forms, or job applications where they ticked an aboriginal identity box. They were asked for phone records or plane tickets that could prove a continuing connection to a Mi’kmaq community, if they didn’t reside in one. And a points system was devised to evaluate their claims.

“I can’t provide documentation that I applied for a job or that I sent documents to governments where I identified as aboriginal,” Mr. Pearce said.

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“The roots of the controversy date back to Newfoundland’s entry into Confederation 65 years ago. Aboriginal people were not mentioned in the ‘Terms of Union’, which left their status unclear.

“At the time, the province believed there were 530 ‘First Nations’ {‘Siberian settler’} people on the island, according to historian David Mackenzie. It was well known that the Beothuk people had been wiped out by the 19th century. The Mi’kmaq had settlements in Western and Central Newfoundland but by 1949, the sense among those negotiating the ‘Terms of Union’, none of whom was aboriginal, was that Newfoundland had very few aboriginal people. As a result, Newfoundland’s aboriginals were not subject to the {racist, Segregationist} ‘Indian Act’, which governs relations between Canada’s 600-plus Bands and the federal government.

“Most Mi’kmaq were perceived to have assimilated, intermarried or chosen to hide their identity. With the passage of time, aboriginal groups emerged to demand recognition. By 2008, the government concluded a deal to create a landless Band – in other words, without a reserve – for the Qalipu (pronounced ‘hal-e-bu’).

“The entry criteria were initially relatively broad. There was no blood quantum requirement. Applicants needed to ‘self-identify’ as native, to be accepted as Mi’kmaq and to demonstrate native ancestry connected to a Mi’kmaq community before 1949. In the first round, just filling out an application was considered proof of self-identification {!!!}.

“Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt told a House of Commons committee recently that the first batch of 30,000 applications was more than expected, although not out of line with 2006 census figures that showed 23,000 in the province self-identified as aboriginal. {‘Self-identification’ is nonsense…}

“But 101,000? That raised “significant questions about the credibility of the process” {Duh!}, according to Mr. Valcourt. The minister was not available for an interview on this subject. He told the committee that the new Bill will ensure applicants meet the conditions for membership while respecting the government’s “responsibility to taxpayers”.

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“Angela Robinson, an ‘anthropologist’ at ‘Memorial University’, said the trouble stems from the initial criteria for belonging. The criteria were broad, which encouraged many people to apply. Now, the government is scrambling to undo what’s been done.

“I think they’re trying to get the proverbial worms back in the can,” said Prof. Robinson.

“Jaimie Lickers, a lawyer at ‘Gowlings’, is representing the Mi’kmaq ‘First Nations’ Assembly of Newfoundland. She’s exploring legal options for those who expect to have their applications rejected {Of course…}. Hundreds have been tossed out for minor administrative errors, with no right of appeal, she said. One man had his application rejected for failing to submit a long form birth certificate. He cannot appeal or correct the error, according to the letter he received. Another man was rejected for omitting a signature, she said.

“We’re talking about lifelong ‘entitlement’ to ‘Indian status’ and Band membership. ‘Recognition’ of your heritage,” Ms. Lickers said. “To be disqualified from that because you forgot to include a longform birth certificate is ridiculous.”

“Ralph Loder is one of those who ‘discovered’ his Mi’kmaq heritage just four years ago. He traced it back to Jane Matthews, a Mi’kmaq woman who married an Englishman, Ralph Brake, in the late 1700s. He says he’s not surprised by the large of number of applicants. On his family tree, there are 1,700 people “and they’re all native” {Nonsense}, he said, even if few are recognized as such. He lives in an area traditionally inhabited by Mi’kmaq, but he’s not sure if he’ll be approved.

“They’re trying to cut the numbers down. There’s no doubt about it,” he said.

–‘Surge in Newfoundland native band has Ottawa stunned, skeptical’,
JOE FRIESEN, Toronto Globe and Mail, Apr. 14 2014

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/ottawa-moves-to-tighten-aboriginal-membership-criteria/article17954032/

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COMMENT: “Why are some people who are born in Canada “more equal” than others for extra health and education benefits, not to mention tax exemptions? This incident in Newfoundland just highlights the necessity to re-evaluate how we deal with “special” groups in Canada. Greediness is a part of human nature that each of us must try to keep in check — and it is not always so easy, as it has its advantages. We need to keep this in mind when determining policies that help the less fortunate in our society. I say we help those who are less fortunate by circumstances, rather than handing out to anyone fortunate enough to have the right kind of ancestry.”
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“My city-born, blonde-haired, green-eyed wife recently found out she has lineage dating back to the founding families of the Metis in the Bonnechere Valley. She (and consequently our children) would qualify for all of the benefits available to Metis.
The only question is: with all these people jumping on the native benefits bandwagon, who pays?
“The government is right to question these applications.”
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“In a similar vein, in the Maritime provinces more and more people are trying to claim Metis status in the hopes of getting some government benefits.”
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“The government was naive. The rewards are just too rich for grifters to pass up.”
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“Gee, I wonder why they had 100K applications — can you say GRAVY TRAIN?
As Snufflupagus said,

“if everyone is on the gravy train, who is left to maintain it?”

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“Full status Indian for a link to someone in the 1700s is ridiculous. We are all African by these rules. Should that mean we all have a claim to title and rights in Africa?”
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“What happened to the Indians in North America was terrible, but historically that is what happened to defeated peoples around the world, and at some point everyone’s ancestors were in the same position as the natives here were 200 years ago.
“When will the native population collectively decide they are not victims any longer and start working towards the future?”
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“The natives got to Western NL by paddling across from Cape Breton to St Georges Bay for far better fishing and hunting. In the late 17 and the 1800″s they had guns from the French. St Georges Bay is easily the most climatically and hunter gatherer favourable part of NL. The Beothuks would have been driven from there or more likely killed.”
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“We’re talking about lifelong entitlement to Indian status and band membership. Recognition of your heritage.” 

“What a steaming pile of BS! What we’re really talking about is saving the HST on that new truck, ski-doo, ATV etc. These newly-minted ‘first nations’ people couldn’t give a rat’s bottom about heritage.”
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“Agree with the Government questioning the numbers and the process. I am aware of an individual who only visited NL once in his life — and that was only after he heard of potentially becoming an aboriginal, which I believe this particular trip qualified him to be. People everywhere, in this case and countless other areas, are stealing our tax dollars and must stop.”
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“It appears a lot of Newfoundlanders have lost their moral compass. It’s time to require a DNA test to be declared a native.”
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