the anthropo.scene

The wrong kind of Canadian: Christine Blatchford on Theresa Spence

Christine Blatchford’s full comment in the National Post on December 27, 2012 is a writhing critique of Chief Theresa Spence’s hunger strike, and her aim of securing a meeting with Prime Minister Stephen Harper (which has since been scheduled for January 11). Blatchford argues that Spence’s request for a meeting is “too vague” and that it borders on “terrorism.” The idea of a ‘nation-to-nation’ meeting, suggests Blatchford, also fails because it elevates to a “lofty status” the crumbling culture claimed by First Nations.

I’m sure there will be a lot of defenders of Spence and the Idle No More campaign. Enough internet traffic will jam up social media with responses to Blatchford that many forests will breathe a sigh of relief that they are no longer part of everyday correspondence. But there is another side of the equation; one that…

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About Makere

A Maori/Scots New Zealander transplanted to Canada. Grandmother, academic, indigenous scholar, sometime singer, sometime activist, who cares passionately about our world.
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