Thursday, September 13, 2007

Hats off to Harper for voting against UN Idiocy

Canada, US, New Zealand and Australia voting against the following UN motion:

"Indigenous peoples have the right to the lands, territories and resources which they have traditionally owned, occupied or otherwise used or acquired."

Good for them.

7 comments:

knb said...

Decades of scripting, idiocy?

Me thinks you don't know of what you speak.

What a shame, this decision and your take on it.

Hat's off to idiocy.

Koby said...

"Decades of scripting, idiocy?

Me thinks you don't know of what you speak."

Have read the document? I bet not, but I have.

Scott Tribe said...

If you read it, this was an "aspirational" declaration Koby, with no legal standing - that was required to follow domestic laws and did not grant native people's any more powers then what those laws gave them.

The document has been drafted for years, and the Liberal governments were prime supporters of this draft. This rejection fits right in with the Conservative's antagonism in general towards the Native peoples since they took office.

I think you need to re-examine your opposition.

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Koby said...

"If you read it, this was an "aspirational" declaration Koby, with no legal standing -"

Then why get all huffing about Canada not signing Scott? The fact of the matter is that it signing it would have had legal consquences and so unfortunently does the fact that it passed in the UN.

"The document has been drafted for years, and the Liberal governments were prime supporters of this draft."

So what? The Liberal has been wrong on Native issues since the scrapping of the White Paper.

In_The_Centre said...

I agree with you Koby.

The document has been drafted for years, and the Liberal governments were prime supporters of this draft

Actually, the Liberals under Martin still had some issues and were dragging their feet. Yet, we still came up with the Kelowna Accords.

We don’t need to sign idiotic, grandiose, multilateral paper documents just so we can ease our collective guilt and feel good about holding hands with other nations of the world (most who don’t face problems with indigenous people)


-ITC



-ITC

Koby said...

Scott Tribe" The Justice department has given clear advice on this manner over the years. Do not sign on. Signing on will have legal consquences. As it stands, the UN document will be brought up in furture land claims. The Justice Department is not alone in this regard and it an opinion held by people and groups on both sides of the political divide. For Christ sake what do you think they were arguing about for 20 years?