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4 of 6,095 quotations related to Aboriginal Issues

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Frum, David  
Natives in Canada have profited from a ... disinclination on the part of non-natives to pay attention to the dreary details of treaty rights, negotiations and reserve administration. In this vacuum of attention, the courts and the Ottawa bureaucracy have been able to commit thousands of square miles of Canadian land and tens of billions of dollars in taxpayer funds to the control of a few hundred band-leaders exempt from any serious scrutiny or accountability.

Jan. 01, 2000 - from "Global warming, No; land claims, Yes", published in the National Post newspaper
... Canadians are determined to fray the bonds of nationhood. We are carving racially defined, quasi-sovereign mini-states out of the national territory for the benefit of Indians and Inuit, funded by Canadian taxpayers but not accountable to them. We actively discountenance the notion that there might be such a thing as a distinctly Canadian way of life to which newcomers to the country must adapt. Despite a tradition of fair-mindedness equalled in few countries on earth, we now seem bent on making amends for the prejudices of the past with a program of racial preferences in public- and private-sector employment. ... Of the world's ten largest free-market countries, Canada is the only one whose political stability is seriously in question.

Dec. 1999 - from "Too Many Solitudes", published in Saturday Night magazine
Iacobucci, Frank  
Moreover, whenever a judge narrows the choice to a sentence involving a sentence of incarceration, the judge is obliged to consider the unique systemic or background circumstances which may have played a part in bringing the particular aboriginal offender before the courts. As well, the judge must consider the types of practicable procedures and sanctions which would be appropriate in the circumstances for the offender because of his or her particular aboriginal heritage.

Feb. 17, 2000 - from the decision in R. v. Wells, describing provisions in Section 718 of the Criminal Code of Canada
National Post, The  
... the Firearms Act specifically allows ... an aboriginal to own guns, even if he has a criminal record, or a history of violence [either of which would prevent non-aboriginals from owning weapons] ... The aboriginal loophole [in the Act] is not an accident. The Justice department positively encourages its use. The federal gun registry even has a special aboriginal Web site, which encourages aboriginals to use such exemptions ... Even aboriginal children are given special gun rights ... And there is no need to worry about the pesky Canadian Firearms Safety Course, as other gun owners do.

Jan. 8, 2001 - from its editorial "Guns and loopholes"