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{November 21, 2011}   Top 5 things Schools and Media teach us about Aboriginal/First Nations people: BUSTED!

1.)     Aboriginal/First Nations people DON’T pay taxes.

This is NOT TRUE! All Aboriginal/First Nations people who do not live on a Reserve (land set aside for Aboriginal/First Nations people), are required to pay taxes.  Only time Aboriginal/First Nations people DO NOT pay taxes are when purchases are made on the Reserve (IndianLand).

 2.)    All Aboriginal/First Nations people are the same.

AcrossCanadathere are many different groups of Aboriginal/First Nations people. There are currently over 630 recognized (this does not include ones that are not recognized) First Nations governments or bands spread acrossCanada. Roughly, the total population is nearly 700,000 (this is just an estimate) Aboriginal/First Nations people.

 3.)    What’s the difference between a ‘BAND’ and a ‘RESERVATION’?

‘Band’ is the Government of Indian and Northern Affairs designation for a Nation/Group of Aboriginal/First Nation people who live on a Reserve. That has a governing system which has been delegated by the Government of Canada.

 ‘Reservation’ is the land in which Aboriginal/First Nations people reside on, that the Government of Canada opposed upon Aboriginal/First Nations people, through the ‘Indian Act’.

 4.)     Isn’t ‘BAND’ and ‘TRIBE’ the same thing?

NO, Band and Tribe is not the same thing.

‘Band’ is the Government of Indian and Northern Affairs designation for a Nation/Group of Aboriginal/First Nation people who live on a Reserve. That has a governing system which has been delegated by the Government of Canada.

‘Tribe’ is the specific group or Nation that an Aboriginal/First Nations person belongs to.

 5.)      All Aboriginal/First Nations people do is whine and complain, want everything for free or just handed to them without ever having to work for it!

This is also, NOT TRUE! Aboriginal/First Nations people’s Claims, Title and Rights were specified in The Royal Proclamation of 1763, which is protected in section 25 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The proclamation forms the basis of land claims of aboriginal peoples in Canada – First Nations, Inuit, and Métis.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royal_Proclamation_of_1763 This article stipulates that the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms recognizes the aboriginal people by the Royal Proclamation.

 *Note: If you have any questions please feel free to ask, there isn’t a question that I haven’t heard 1,000 times before, which most likely means it also won’t offend me.  Or, if you agree or like the things I’ve mentioned and would like to have me in to talk to your Organization or Company please feel free to contact me at ctabobandung@gmail.com

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