Aboriginal Self-Determination: Is the talk over?
by Robert Luggi, Contributor
Being a Canadian citizen means that you get to wake up each morning knowing you live in a “cultural mosaic.” You, the Canadian citizen, get to reap the benefits of living in such a society. Canada was established as a Confederation in 1867, and to this day, any Canadian citizen can proudly call themselves part of a society that is accepting to different nations and creeds. This society includes an Indigenous population that has had a long history with the founding colonies of Canada. In 2013, Canadians commemorate a historical document known as the Royal Proclamation of 1763. The relationship between First Nations and the rest of Canada is highlighted as Canada celebrates its 250th anniversary of this document. With that in mind, what is the relationship between Canada’s Indigenous population and the rest of Canada?
Currently, there are various organizations and departments within Canada that can represent Canada’s First Nations populace. The society of Canada allows for equity, for which all members of the Cultural Mosaic fall under; there are social mobility opportunities which any Canadian citizen can achieve, in theory. In Prince George, there are various First Nations organizations that do their best to represent the needs and wants of First Nations in the region. Even at UNBC, there are ways First Nations can be attended to. However, there may be some other approaches not yet thought of that will make Indigenous-Canadian ties stronger and more accepting; approaches that can benefit the Canadian citizen, and will not only strengthen the Cultural Mosaic of Canada, but preserve it. The relationship between First Nations and Canada is only part of a conversation of multiculturalism in Canada. The self-determination of First Nations peoples in Canada can have positive reciprocal benefits that can help Canada as a whole. Over the Edge would love to hear your thoughts on this; send a message to us on Facebook at Over the Edge Newspaper.