Yes. What a winter it's been. And the weather was real bad too. More snow piled up here than all the jokes about Rob Ford. You know, there's something I'm not getting about global warming. I had the idea everything was gonna get warmer. Not colder. So far the evidence points to the Arctic heating up. And so all that cold has to go somewhere, right? And so it is plausible that all that cold that used to be in the Arctic is sliding down to these parts.
But other events have occurred in the past few weeks that give one pause on the rez. There was that explosion of the Transcanada pipeline near Winnipeg. Which followed eerily on the heels of that kerfuffle at the University where Phil and Lloyd stepped up to the podium to promote big oil and pipelines. As William Shatner would say: Is that weird or what?
The other major item that reverberated in the ether like a frying pan landing on one's noggin was the white woman running for chief at a BC First Nation. What a brilliant stroke eh? Who thought of that one? I can see where this would resonate.
Elder Ryan Tibbets is quoted in the CBC report which ran on this.
"At this point it's not even about membership, it's about being a human being.” So as humans we should put the priority on getting the system working properly, and worry about whether we're “Indian”, “First Nations”, second.
Wow. Now there's a profound message that's sure to reverberate in the board rooms huh? Anyway the election was held and Pauline Goertzen lost to Wesley Sam by a margin of 13 votes (45 to 32). Small reserve. Goetzen says the winner was aided by a last minute increase in the band membership and this made all the difference. It's the oldest trick in the book on reserve elections. But hey, she's a white woman and these lessons are often hard learned.
And then there's the First Nations Control of First Nations Education Act. You can imagine the discussion they had around the Harper table on this.
“We need to come up with a better title than First Nations Education Act. With all the opposing voices, we won't even get to explain it.”
“Yeah. I agree. We gotta rename it.”
“How about the Control Reverts to Aboriginal Peoples?”
“I don't think that would go over too well. The acronym for that is a problem.”
“Oh. C.R.A.P. You're right. So how about Harper Government Enhances But Retains Control Over First Nations Education Act.”
“I like the sound of that. But it's too long. And it has to reinforce.. I mean, sound like they're in control.”
“How about First Nations Control Over First Nations Education Act.”
“Well that should deliver the AFN vote anyway. Let's go with that.”