"If Natives had been left to themselves, the situation would naturally have led to direct action and a mass struggle for social change. By intervening with money, the government was able to determine the kind of politics that would be employed by grassroots Aboriginals." (64)
"Canada is one of the most hypocritical and sanctimonious nations of the world. It is continuously bragging about its humanitarian services and peacekeeping efforts." (125)
"Power over oppressed people can be maintained through 'non-decision' that is through silencing of voices before they are even heard. Ideas are smothered before they are even given consideration." (141)
From Tortured People: The Politics of Colonization, 3rd Ed 2002
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Lynn Gehl, Ph.D. is an Algonquin Anishinaabe-kwe from the Ottawa River Valley. She has a section 15 Charter challenge regarding the continued sex discrimination in The Indian Act, and is an outspoken critic of the Ontario Algonquin land claims and self-government process. She has three books: Anishinaabeg Stories: Featuring Petroglyphs, Petrographs, and Wampum Belts, The Truth that Wampum Tells: My Debwewin of the Algonquin Land Claims Process, and Mkadengwe: Sharing Canada's Colonial Process through Black Face Methodology. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org and see more of her work at www.lynngehl.com.