Letter - Past treatment shouldn't affect land claims

Regional News

July 8, 2009

Letter writer Tracey-Mae Thompson provides readers with a summer reading list. One she left off the list was Disrobing the Aboriginal Industry: The Deception Behind Indigenous Cultural Preservation by Frances Widdowson and Albert Howard, Mcgill-Queen's University Press, ISBN: 9780773534216.

Furthermore, let's not confuse the issue at hand here in Haldimand and Six Nations land claims with outrageous statements that link Canada's past dealings with Natives and Nazi Germany's persecution of the Jews. The two are in no way similar. Had that been the case, had Canada behaved in the exact same manner as Nazi Germany, there wouldn't be any Natives to complain about how badly they've been treated. Linking the two has been an ongoing Native tactic, but it is so far beyond the pale that it does more harm to Native arguments than helps.

How well, or badly Canada treated Natives in the past in general and who lost or gained status as a result should not be a factor in dealing with the issue of Six Nations land claims in Haldimand.

Donald R. Goodbrand

Cayuga