Sell the Reserves!

Aboriginal homes are a myth on almost all reserves in Canada. There are no aboriginal homes. There are only houses. Why? Because no one owns them.

Most of Canada's on-reserve aboriginal people do not own their houses. For all intents and purposes the chief does.

Pallister loves the idea that free market property ownership will solve indigenous economic problems. That's a pretty nineteenth-century idea. Like, literally: the USA tried this with the Dawes Act of 1887.

It did exactly what Pallister repeatedly says he wants to happen: for reserve land to become sellable territory, and for indigenous people to be treated, er, just like other Canadians. Of course those "other Canadians" haven't faced hundreds of years of economic dispossession and legislative oppression. But never mind that, apparently?

And—surprise!—the Dawes Act turned out to be a disaster for America's indigenous people, yet another means by which they were driven off their land and deprived of economic sustenance.

Apparently that's Pallister's model for Canada, too.

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