But of course, in Monte's world, thisn't really happening. ("I can't hear you!!!")
I have empathy for these young Natives. They are taught from a young age to protect what their feel are their rights. They inherit the attitudes and messages that perpetuate these conflicts and claims. I'm not disputing the possibility that they may have some legitimate reasons to do so.
However, there was one comment in the piece that struck me as something bordering reverse racism:
"...it really is sad for me to watch all of this being played out because I know that no matter how hard we work at trying to help our young people, to try and educate them about our behaviours and setting good examples; yesterday i was reminded of how other cultures don’t..."
I wish she would have said, "some other cultures".
She also suggests that Justice Marshall's frustration that his orders haven't been obeyed may be due more to selfish attitudes than anything else:
Is it simply the fact that his contempt of court order has not been enforced? Or does it run deeper into his inner concience and the fact that the land that he resides on does in fact fall within the Haldimand tract, and that perhaps it is not the foundation of society that he is worried about, but something a little more personal?
But the government's method of dealing with the situation by turning a blind eye is not helping anyone. Their definition of a successful outcome is a zero death count.
Yet, people can be hurt in other ways.
Update: Listen to Jeff Allan's rant on Newstalk 570!
BIGGER UPDATE: GWEN BONIFACE RESIGNS!!!!!!
This story has legs that just won't quit!