Danskerb saidI can understand how canada would have a hard time accepting something like this.
I come from Winnipeg, and there is technically land claims over the entire city which aboriginal groups would like to reclaim.
I'm Metis. I think canada needs to lose the segregation and start treating all aboriginals and canadians the same and stop giving advantages to aboriginal groups. Getting subsidized school because of my past relatives makes no sence.
Actually it makes every bit of sense. The insistence of treating everyone equally today means ignoring the lingering consequences of past inequality.
It's the same with America and slavery. Whites here say the same thing - oh it was our ancestors who owned the slaves and not us, why does it matter today? But it does matter. Your life opportunities are heavily influenced by your parents' social and financial status. Why else would there be such a staggering wealth gap between whites and blacks today? Because inequality is passed on by generations. And if you decide to "treat everyone equally," you're actually ensuring the perpetuation of that inequality.
The question is, how far back do the current generations claim rights for their ancestors circumstances or behaivior? Recognizing and correcting past and present biases is vital, but people are not defined by the circumstances of their ancestors. Case in point in the military everyone is treated equally iby the system in place and by and large it is succsessfull in fostering an enviroment of succeess for all equally.
True equality will be achieved when we all stop defininv ourselves by the narrow view of race, gender or orientation.
A tall order to be sure.