John Bonnar Audio Blog

First Nations and allies rally against the Toronto Sun's 'negative' portrayal of native people

| January 21, 2013

Podcast




Artist: John Bonnar
Title: First Nations rally against the Toronto Sun
Album: John Bonnar Audio Blog
Year: 2012
Length: 1:09:37 minutes (63.75 MB)
Format: 44.1kHz, 128Kbps

Show Notes:

Listen to speeches from the rally.

Over 100 people gathered at St. James Park and marched to the Toronto Sun to demonstrate against the newspaper’s  ‘unfair’ and ‘unbalanced’ reporting of First Nations peoples.

From the Facebook event site:

This is a rally against the Toronto Sun and their Anti-Native rhetoric and propaganda. We the Aboriginal people are sick and tired of the Toronto Sun and its news channel portraying Native people in a bad light and promoting hatred towards our people. This has been going on for many years and don't report on real Native issue's. 

One example: The over 600 hundred missing & murdered aboriginal women.

Reject the Racist Myths!

Myth #1: First Nations (FN) chiefs are rich.

Truth: They earn an average of $36 K; less than the Canadian average of $46 K.

Myth #2: The cause of the FN problems are the chiefs corruption.

Truth: First Nation governments have the lowest level of corruption in Canada 3%. The federal government has over 10% corruption. The cause of the problems instead come from chronic underfunding and several centuries of racist attempts at assimilation and genocide by the Canadian government ( and by extension, the Canadian people)

Myth 3# Canada subsidizes the FN who always has their hand out for more money.

Truth: The First Nation subsidize Canada by tolerating resource extraction (lumber, fishing, mining, oil)) from their land. Compared with the - $500 billion annual takings of these industries, the meagre - $9 billion the FN receive from the government is insignificant.

Myth #4: Native people of Canada are a thing of the past and should just assimilate like the rest of us.

Truth: The First Nations in Canada have never gone away, despite centuries of oppression, including genocide. They are alive and well, and do not want to assimilate into a racist and genocidal society. They add more to Canada by not assimilating and will reject all attempts to do so.