I compare the Canadian government’s multiculturalism and Aboriginal policies. I see similarities between Western University political science professor Salim Mansur’s concerns about multiculturalism and the pro-Palestinian/anti-Jewish elements elements of the Caledonia, Ontario land claims dispute.
Peter Sutton worked as an anthropologist and linguist with Australian Aborigines. He grew more and more disillusioned with the situation there and penned the book The Politics of Suffering: Indigenous Australia and the end of the liberal consensus (2009). I see numerous parallels between what he says and the Indigenous situation here in Canada.
The constant blaming of forces like colonization and the residential schools has not always moved the dialogue forward when it comes to ending violence against Aboriginal women. I think a more holistic approach is required that examines all sides of the story, including those factors that might have contributed to Indigenous dysfunction pre-contact.
All cultures evolve and grow over time. Practices that are deemed counterproductive are discarded in favour of more effective ones. Some Aboriginal leaders would be better off concentrating on what will help their people move forward into the 21st century, rather than assuming all cultural practices should be maintained.