first nations


Recently, Turning Point USA released a video titled A Long Walk in Socialism”. It clearly tells the story of the Navajo nation and how a socialist governance model will impact individuals and communities over  time. In both the past and present I have heard people on reserve calling for more money to improve  social programs, more health services, more funding for schooling.

As a young man I also shared in this  mindset of dependency. I had the expectation that someone else should solve my problems and take  care of my needs because of past injustices, never seeing my own need to take responsibility and  become independent (in as much as possible, to live a better life). 

The story of the Navajo people in this portrayal is in many ways the story of First Nations in Canada who  have currently lived under the Indian Act for 144 years. The Indian Act in its implementation is a  socialist governance model that controls many parts of First Nations health care, social and children’s service programs and education through legislative means while also limiting the funding resources  available to offer these services. It has been proven in court that the Canadian government, historically  and present, provides less funding to First Nations communities than they provide to non-First Nation  communities for the same types of services offered in both societies.

This policy in itself is a mechanism  of control. Limiting financial resources along with other legislative parameters allows for First Nations to  have some appearance of freedom but never allows these communities to grow to a point of self determination. This has resulted in shaping and keeping First Nations in wide spread dependency for as  long as they have been under the Indian Act. 

Socialism, not colonialism is the enemy of First Nations today. What was born out of manifest destiny,  the idea that God was blessing European conquest around the globe, has now shifted to a practice of  socialist centralized financial control reminiscent of the Soviet Union (only now with a lot less  bloodshed). Too much power in the hands of the few, without proper checks and balances will always  trample on freedoms. This is what happens when people and whole societies are conditioned to  depend on government.  

When asked about the issue I take with the current leaning of an ever-increasing number of Canadians  looking to socialism, for example universal guaranteed income, my response is; if you want to  experience socialism, go live on a First Nations reserve. The trade where people willingly give  government a large measure of control over their lives for something like guaranteed income is not one  any one should make. Spend a good length of time living on a reserve and this will become crystal clear.  First Nations have had this forced upon them and the result has been drug addiction, alcoholism with  further devastating impacts on the family unit in the areas of sex abuse, violence and absentee parents.  At the 7:35 minute mark of the video a quote from Winston Churchill flashes onto the screen; “the  inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries”. This is the promise of socialism and the  exact lived experience of generations of First Nations people.  

Any citizen leaning toward universal guaranteed income is doing so short sightedly. Once people look to  and develop dependency on government to take care of them it then becomes all to easy to force  citizens into adopting certain values, beliefs and social regulations. Non-compliance with government  direction then results in punishment of the individual and groups who justifiably stand up for their  rights. You say that wouldn’t happen here. Simply look back into the not so distant past to see how  Canada punished the Assembly of First Nations financially in the 1990’s for their justifiable stance  toward Jean Chretiens’ Liberal government.

In short, you control the money and you can control the  degree to which people can determine the direction they want for themselves and their future  generations. This is the fruit of socialism under the Indian Act and it is a lesson all the rest of Canada  should learn to steer far from if they have any hope for their own future generations. It is also a  testament against a country that prides itself on its inclusiveness and fairness.

The message to the Church is; “Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed” (Isaiah 1:17). Canada’s treatment of  First Nations has been nothing short of saying “resistance is futile”. I guess the Borg had a thing or two  to learn from Canada’s oversight of First Nations.

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