What if Indians discovered Spain instead of Columbus discovering America
How were we to know? They're both equally nonsensical, illogical and downright laughable.
The supplement was called Our Past Our Future and was apparently put out by the Treaty Relations Commission of Manitoba. a "neutral body" with the mandate of encouraging discussion and facilitating public understanding of Treaties. Or, in layman's terms, government propaganda.
Apparently the way to start a discussion about Treaties, given you only have 32 pages to play with, is NOT to print the treaties that apply in Manitoba. That's a real kneeslapper. You might even think that's a deliberate attempt to keep people from reading for themselves what's in the treaties. Isn't that a laugh?
The next step is to rewrite history. That's always fun, isn't it? What if dinosaurs never became extinct and now ruled the world? What if Indians discovered Spain instead of Columbus discovering America? Hee hee, see how much fun it is being silly.
What if the Indian Chiefs in 1871 didn't know what they were doing and signed away all of Manitoba for a fin a head? What if aboriginal people were promised a slice of revenue from oil and gas at a time when oil was smelly stuff that stuck to your horse's feet? What if the Charter of Rights applied to Indian Reserves? Ha ha. Oh, stop...
You can read Wilson's supplement from cover to cover and you won't find out that the Treaty Commissioner in Manitoba took great pains to ensure that the Indian Chiefs understood clearly what the treaties meant. We've written about it in The Black Rod. Look it up.
There was never any intent to share natural resource revenue with aboriginal people.
Human rights on reserves? That got the greatest guffaws.
Not a word in the supplement of any of the systemic violations of basic human rights that Canadians take for granted. Propaganda indeed.
Treaty Commissioner Wilson went so far as manipulating the "Historical Timeline"? That was a neat trick.
There was a story about Idle No More which focussed on Tanya Kappo, a University of Manitoba law graduate. We, too, wrote about Tanya Kappo, and funnily, the information we dug up about her didn't make the Treaty supplement.
The Treaty supplement had a whole page on Treaty Land Entitlement, illustrated with a photo of Chris Henderson, executive director of the Treaty Land Entitlement Committee of Manitoba.
You remember Chris Henderson, don't you? He was Grand Chief of the Southern Chiefs' Organization in 2005 when Matthew Dumas, a doped-up petty criminal, was shot by a police office before he could stab the officer with a screwdriver. Henderson threw the full support of the SCO ("politically, legally and financially") behind a wrongful death lawsuit filed against the Winnipeg Police Service by Dumas' sister Jessica Paul.
Yeah, there's a guy you can trust to be an honest broker between aboriginals and the rest of society.
Well, you know what they say... always leave 'em laughing.