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COMMENTARY · 16th December 2012
Bartley Kives
To recap, Europeans came to this continent and unintentionally wiped out more than 90 per cent of the population. They then quite intentionally declared war on some of those who remained and confined the rest to plots of land where traditional indigenous economic strategies no longer made any sense.

Non-aboriginals then parcelled up the rest of the land, took it for their own and radically altered it. Finally, they spent more than a century trying to assimilate any indigenous people who somehow survived all the earlier unpleasantness.

After all that, Canada came to its senses and devised a legal mechanism that might, in Winnipeg, allow four First Nations to take ownership of 65 hectares of desirable real estate.

If that’s way too generous, then you and I have very different ideas about what constitutes generosity.

Read it all here at the Winnipeg Free Press