Saturday, February 12, 2005

The Nituit Nation

Is it always politically incorrect to stand up as a Canadian, concerned for the future integrity of our country? Are we over-patriotic zealots if it saddens us to see the erosion of federal powers toward small interest groups, to see the governance of parts of Canada handed to various factions claiming prehistorical residency?

Can we be indignant when a province proposes to forever bisect the country into two broken pieces, as Quebec leaders so often propose?

Of course it’s not correct, that’s why you’re not reading this. But these truths must speak their names, so let’s get on with it.

The First Nations land claims
From government figures, the registered native population of Canada doubled from 1985 to 2000, and now sits about 750,000 . From my vantage point, these people are suddenly doing very well, or else registering for an imminent land claims payday. That less than 3% of our population now claims more than 100% of the country should raise alarms, but hey, we’re Canadians, the People of the Beer.

The government currently recognizes 49 First Nations. As for Nunavut, we’ll have none of it – it’s Canada. Since it is time for all citizens to enter their claims now, before the deadline passes, I want to enter a claim for the 50th state, I mean Nation.

The name of our band is the Nituit Nation. We are not properly a First Nation, instead we are made up of the two Founding Nations, the people of French and English descent in Canada, resident here since 1867 or earlier.

Now I realize that founding Canada was a minor achievement, and an outrage to the other 49 Nations, but hey, we’re Canadian and have to live with each other. As the Nituit Nation, we have embraced advanced concepts, including a recognition that our traditional activities, such as fighting Indian wars, are not really sacred to us anymore.

Recognizing that we are members of the human species, we are ready to accept the fact that hunting and fishing and warfare may not be an appropriate livelihood anymore, that humans everywhere have doubled in numbers recently, and tribalism may be too insular an approach to things. But put us in for our 100%+ of Canada as well.

The Nituit Nation are Quebec Separatists
The Bloc Quebecois leader Gilles Duceppe argues that Quebec would do better outside Canada, and the Nituit Nation agrees, but with one provision. The lands south of the St. Lawrence River would remain in Canada, be appended to New Brunswick, and combined lands would be renamed Acadia.

With this adjustment, Canada remains a physically undivided country, and retains the French-speaking base it has enjoyed for centuries past. It gives Quebeckers a choice of where they want to live. And it offers Quebec true independence, where it is free to become another Sweden or Norway, or to ally itself directly with France if it wishes.

This arrangement would release both countries from today’s dangerous neverendums, and allow all citizens to stop acting like Nituits, and be secure as Canadians.

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