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Old 09-28-2007, 08:04 PM   #9
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Now this is a good discussion. I am just about as bad as the people who go to war and fight for Canadian and US government. I work as a parole officer in Canadian Federal corrections. We make up 3% of the population of Canada but almost 20% of those incarcerated. I do what I do because it does serve our people in the long run. Hopefully people can gain insight into us. With regard to staying in abusive relationships, that is not unique to Aboriginal/ndns. That has more to do with not knowing anything else and being afraid to take that unknown leap and try to make a better life for oneself. We don't forgive as a people, if we did then there wouldn't be so much lateral violence in our communities. There is rampant addictions abuse; domestic violence; sexual abuse; abuse of Elders; etc. If we all look at our communities, objectively, there is none in existence that are free from all of this. If you believe that then you are living in a place not on this earth. When people from our communities strive to make a better life for themselves, all of us in those same communities are quick to look for reasons why they aren't as ndn as us. Why they don't practice the traditions and culture. We all think we become better people if we drag somebody back down. In my home community, many people talk really good about God, the culture, living as our old people. These same people then still go drinking and committing forms of abuse(pick one). Others have gambling problems and spend all of their money. At powwows everybody jokes about spending their winnings at casino or bingo. Still others determine that it is alright to act like a sinner and then beg for forgiveness. I should be forgiven because I am an Elder. This Othellobloke offends people because he says this kind of thing; although he has no diplomacy skills and he has admitted he isn't ndn like us. If you don't like what he says, don't read his opinions or conjectures. I know that his opinions are shortsighted and he doesn't really have any answers. At least he isn't afraid to let people know how he feels. I missed most of the profanity so if anybody wants to let me know what was said I'd be willing to read 'em. AYE!.
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