Here is what a lot of people want to believe about the Aboriginal Spring in Canada. They hold fast to the idea that the only thing behind native unrest is a bottomless lust for public subsidies. They want to believe that Canada has been just and generous to this misfit people who stubbornly won’t assimilate. They cling to the notion that, left to their own devices, aboriginals are unable to govern themselves and will quickly fall into corruption.
That is an accurate description. Every immigrant coming here assimilates or fails. This is not a question of how you hold your knife at the dinner table. This is more like the South African mining executive who related the story of new African recruits being told they had to show up on time for work.
It is one thing he said, to train people to work who do not know the meaning of organized work.
It is another to explain time to people who ask what “time” is.
For a significant proportion of our native compatriots, the problems are the same: explaining the need to do “work” in “time”. This problem is not exclusive to them, but it is concentrated in them. Nothing in the Indian Act causes or cures this problem.The Indian Act merely maintains the problem.