07 December 2011

When a little sweatlodge just isn't enough

Sorry, Chief... the only people this thing hurts... are criminals...do the crime... do the time

About 17 per cent of inmates in Canadian federal prisons are aboriginal, according to 2007 figures from the Correctional Service of Canada, but aboriginal people make up a little less than 4 per cent of the total population in Canada.


Anonymous said...

This tells me that a larger percentage of natives per capita are criminals than the white population. Instead of bitching about the number that are in prison the chiefs should be working to convince "their people" to obey the law of the land.

Rob C

maryT said...

Speaking of sweat lodge. A native from the Blood Reserve in Cardston, AB has said it was probably a spark from his sweatlodge that started that horrible fire a couple of weeks ago. Maybe the Bloods should pay all the costs for fighting said fire, and all damages caused.

Dwayne said...

If they stop breaking the law, they stop going to jail. Damn simple in my books.

dmorris said...

Ever work with Natives? Especially those Natives who are on the Justice(what a joke!)system merry-go-round?

I have,for many years. One distinguishing factor a person who has actually sat down with Native criminal types will notice, is a large percentage,maybe the majority, are FAS or FAE kids.

This is another of the many "elephants" no one wants to talk about,so it's easier to look in the other direction,and blame Residential schools,white man's oppression,poverty, broken homes,and on and on.

But,no one seems to want to accept the fact that so many of these Native revolving door criminals are FAS.

Anyone who's worked with FAS kids will tell you that it isn't a matter of knowing "right" from "wrong",it's just that those factors simply don't enter their minds,until AFTER they've F***ed up,and now they have to face the consequences.

Here are some of the symptoms of adults with FAS:

Trouble maintaining relationships
Inability to keep a job
Staying in School
Mental Health Problems
Trouble with the law
Inappropriate Sexual Behavior
Drug and Alcohol Problems. FAS often can make a person more prone to have substance abuse problems in adulthood.

If you've ever worked with Natives, you'll find an unusually high number of them display these symptoms.

But it's easier for government officials with DIAND, and much more PC to just pretend it was Res Schools,or poverty,or W-M's oppression,and fling more money at it.

It's discouraging that with "The Indian Question", no one is seeking the answers, just carrying on with the same old.

Neo Conservative said...

"dmorris says... no one seems to want to accept the fact that so many of these Native revolving door criminals are FAS."

hmmm... let's unwrap that a little, shall we?

how does one acquire fas? oh, that's right... mom gets majorly shitfaced throughout pregnancy. who could imagine that might be harmful, huh?

but even if you (as an average aboriginal kid) dodge the alcoholic mom bullet... you're still pretty much fucked...

"The rate of deaths from injuries is 3 to 4 times higher for Aboriginal children than for other children in Canada."
Source: Government of Canada (2002) Healthy Canadians – A Federal Report on Comparable Health Indicators 2002. Ottawa: Health Canada.

and like the christopher pauchay kid-sicle episode... apparently no one (well, no one aboriginal) can ever be blamed...

" The leadership of the Shamattawa First Nation says a number of agencies should share the blame for the murder of an 11-year-old boy in that northern community."

"Miles says the only way they knew the boy was missing was because children in the community noticed they hadn't seen him for some time."

i swear... i just sit here sometimes with my head in my hands.

you're gonna have children... it's too much to ask that you take care of them?

well... some places... the answer is yes...

"Esme Fuller-Thompson, an associate professor of social work at the University of Toronto, said 17 per cent of all caregiving grandparents are of First Nations origin. 'This was easily more than five times the numbers you'd expect to find given the population,' she said."

"Today, however, Fuller-Thompson and other researchers are finding children are usually driven into their grandparents' homes when their parents succumb to substance abuse."


Brrr said...

How come the parents have substance abuse problems, but the grandparents don't?

Neo Conservative said...

"brrr says... but the grandparents don't?"

i don't know that anyone is actually saying that, statistically... grandparents don't have those same type of issues... just that... that's where the abandoned kids land.

hopefully, i guess... you get older, you get wiser.

meanwhile, there's a few clues out there if you're willing to spend time decoding the politically correct news stories...

-- VICTORIA -- For the first time, suicide is now the second-leading cause of death among young people in British Columbia.

Kelli Kilpatrick, director of the unit, said the majority of youth who committed suicide -- mostly by hanging -- were heading toward their 19th birthday.

So, what's up with British Columbia... that famous refuge of aging hippies?

There's a hint at the bottom of the article...

It also said too many young aboriginal people died unexpectedly, with alcohol being was a risk factor in most of those deaths.

every once in a while, somebody slips up... and the curtain is, briefly, pulled back a little...

"Aboriginal children account for fewer than one in 10 people in the province, but represent more than half the children in care."

appalling is not a strong enough word.

you don't give a shit what happens to your own children... i'm guessing you have very little respect for anything else... yourself, your neighbours... or the law of the land.

but, don't worry... it's not your fault, right?

just blame it on stephen harper.