Georges Erasmus: Righting 100 years of wrong
Georges Henry Erasmus has a dream: Self-government for the native peoples of Canada. The charismatic native leader has devoted his life to fighting tirelessly for the right of his people to control their own lives and the land they live on. From his early days as the president of the Dene Nation or as the co-chair of the historic Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples, Erasmus has never swayed from his vision. It's a dream that has yet to be fully realized.
The Commission recommends the creation of the House of First Peoples that would take its place alongside the House of Commons and the Senate. The report also suggests a 20-year time frame to make amends. The report comes under immediate scrutiny. Government critics say the recommendations are unrealistic and too costly. Georges Erasmus, the co-chair of the commission, warns that ignoring the report may lead to further violence. "If once more people's hopes have been dashed and that if this was all for nothing then. people will resort to other things."
. The crux of the report was summarized as follows: "The main policy direction, pursued for more than 150 years, first by colonial then by Canadian governments, has been wrong."
Program: The World At Six
Broadcast Date: Nov. 21, 1996
Guest(s): Claude Brachand, Gary Breitkreuz, Margaret Bridgeman, Jack Cashore, Mathew Coon-Come, Judge Rene Dussault, Ron Irwin, Damon Johnston, Myra Laramee, Kathy Mallet, Ovide Mercredi, Peter Russell, Jean-Guy Whiteduck
Reporter: David McLauchlin, Curt Petrovich, Brian K. Smith, Connie Watson
Last updated: January 30, 2012
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