Author(s): Tom Flanagan
Controversial and thought-provoking, Tom Flanagan’s First Nations? Second Thoughts dissects the present orthodoxy that determines public coverage against Canada’s Aboriginal peoples. Flanagan argues that this orthodoxy enriches and empowers a small elite of activists, politicians, directors, middlemen, and well-connected marketers, whilst bringing additional distress to the very other folks it’s meant to lend a hand. Over the ultimate thirty years Canadian coverage on Aboriginal problems has come to be ruled by way of an ideology that sees Aboriginal peoples as "international locations" entitled to precise rights. Indians and Inuit now revel in a cornucopia of prison privileges, together with rights to self-government past federal and provincial jurisdiction, immunity from taxation, courtroom choices reopening treaty problems settled way back, the correct to seek and fish with out prison limits, and loose housing, training, and hospital treatment in addition to different financial advantages. Underpinning those privileges is what Flanagan describes as Aboriginal orthodoxy – a suite of ideals that hang that prior place of dwelling in North America is an entitlement to important remedy that Aboriginal peoples are a part of sovereign international locations endowed with an inherent proper to self-government that Aboriginals should have collective reasonably than person assets rights that every one treaties should be renegotiated on a "nation-to-nation" foundation and that Native other folks will have to be inspired to construct filthy rich "Aboriginal economies" via cash, land, and herbal assets transferred from different Canadians. In First Nations? Second Thoughts Flanagan combines conceptual research with ancient and empirical data to turn that the Aboriginal orthodoxy is each unworkable and in the long run harmful to the folk it’s meant to lend a hand.