Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Obvious Questions

Does Nunavik constitute a nation within a unified Quebec?

Would Jean Charest be willing to recognize them as such in the National Assembly?



  • Not to mention the Cree to the south of them. They have their own language, a vibrant culture, clear territory.

    By Blogger Peter Loewen, at 12:02 p.m.  

  • I'm still waiting for British Columbia to be declared a distinct society. We've got more mountains per capita than any other province!

    By Blogger Sacha, at 12:54 p.m.  

  • All snarkiness aside, the denizens of Nunavik do constitute a (sociological) nation within Quebec and thus within Canada. As do all other aboriginal tribes in the country.

    The only reason the Quebecois nation was pointed out in parliament was for political purposes, but it failed to really do anything of importance. It was the equivalent of passing a motion saying "Canada is a country north of the United States" or "Blue is the colour of the sky."

    By Blogger Brandon E. Beasley, at 3:35 p.m.  

  • Is there possibly yet another nation within Nunavik?

    By Blogger Robert Vollman, at 3:46 p.m.  

  • look up your history kiddies.

    The 1st ""Quebec Referendum" was held in what is now called Nunavik.

    A young, very savvy local Inuk politician named Charlie Watt took the party Quebecois manifesto and just substituted "Inuit" for "Quebecois" and "Inuktiut" for French.

    Worked perfectly.

    Charlie organized the Referendum and got about 95% Yes vote to ditch Quebec if Quebec ditched Canada.

    For giving such a moral black eye to the PQ on the eve of their big moment/referendum, Pierre Trudeau made Charlie a Senator.

    The referendum results are still valid.

    Go figure . . .maybe Trudeau did one thing right after all.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:17 p.m.  

  • Well its certainly a better plan than sending the Van Doos in to make sure a huge golf course is built for rich folks. <--- Oka / Kanesatake Crisis reference.

    And yes, all snarkiness aside, This is encouraging and welcomed news. Self-governance is important, and choosing a relatively better off aboriginal community to start with instead of a more needy one is a good way to hedge your bets on a successful outcome. Its clearly the Provinces that are taking up aboriginal issues while Stephen Harper's government sits back and renegs on the Kelowna Accord. Yep, you heard it right Canada's NEW Government does the bare minimum on this issue.

    On second thought, maybe Harper is a genius. If this fails the Inuit and Quebecers will be pointing fingers at Charest and the LPQ not Harper and the CPC. By jove, that Harper has some mad political skillz.

    By Blogger The Riel One, at 7:53 p.m.  

  • Go figure . . .maybe Trudeau did one thing right after all.

    It was inevitable. After all, it's said that if you get a room full of monkeys at keyboards, eventually one of them will write a best seller.

    By Blogger Brian in Calgary, at 9:17 p.m.  

  • This is the whole problem with the nation issue is in Canada we are a multi-cultural nation where if one uses nation in the cultural sense, we have many, yet unlike some countries such as Belgium, Russia, China, Iraq, and many others where the boundaries are clearly defined, here in Canada they aren't and assigning territorial boundaries to each of them just creates problems.

    Lets just be proud to live in a country where people who speak different languages, from different cultures, and with different religions can live together in unity and peace.

    By Blogger Monkey Loves to Fight, at 6:17 p.m.  

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