First Nations Need Borders

February 1st, 2019 | S.P.
first nations borders

During the now infamous Covington Catholic Boys incident during the March For Life, Ohama tribe elder and fake Vietnam veteran, Nathan Phillips, boldly and righteously stated something to the brilliant effect of, “This is indigenous land. We have never had walls here.” Forget the obvious fake news cycle that spawned out of this ludicrous and misrepresented stand-off, how about the glaring irony of Mr. Phillip's quote? Let us analyze this beauty of a statement for its unnoticed irony.

“This is indigenous land. We have never had walls here.”

Well, Mr. Phillips, perhaps that is why your ancestors lost their land to white colonists. We could almost leave this just at that, but Poletical has a minimum word requirement, so I shall take you a bit deeper.

Even in modern day Canada, our First Nations rely on the very idea of borders and imaginary walls. In fact, without borders, there would be no First Nations left anywhere in North America. The very notion of having a separate “nation” within a nation—where different rights, customs and traditions define the residents—depends on borders and barriers. These borders do not necessarily need to be physical, but it cannot be argued that physical barriers would not improve security and defences around First Nation communities in dire and disorderly situations.

Make no mistake, my friends, an argument against Donald Trump's wall is an argument against borders. If you hold any doubts about that, just look at the way the left in both Canada and the United States has shifted to calling anyone who questions immigration a racist or a bigot. The very notion of border security is immediately dismissed as white supremacy by the far, liberal left. The same is so in Europe and my home country of Britain. The UN's compact on immigration, in fact, seeks to eradicate pesky borders and immigration controls to help bring forth a “borderless world” in which all people of all ethnic backgrounds can travel freely and find refuge where they so choose.

Somehow, through decades of Liberal Party indoctrination, Canada's First Nations have accepted this fallacy and it will eventually be to their own detriment.  

It cannot be assumed that Canada, with open borders, would do well at preserving Indigenous cultures in Canada. Treaties were signed into effect hundreds of years ago and have been upheld and respected because Canadian politicians are educated, to some extent, about the legal value and reputational impacts of upholding such treaties. When Canada is overwhelmed by other, external, cultural influences and values, these treaties will not be protected by the same legal honour as they have been. Thus far, Canadians voters have had more knowledge and understanding of their country's relationship, legal and cultural, with First Nations and indigenous tribes. As one million more immigrants from other cultures—who have no understanding or will to learn about such treaties—flow into Canada over the next three years, First Nation cultures will suffer the most.

As pointed out here at Poletical before, First Nations are already struggling with Canadian politicians to uphold and respect existing treaties (“This Is Canadian Nationalism”):

Past governments have failed to properly enforce and uphold treaties and agreements signed by Canada. The Trudeau government is no different. There is no getting around that fact. Conservatives often have a hard time comprehending treaties and contractual agreements signed on behalf of all Canadians, but this needs to change. One unquestionable conservative principle is the enforcement of contracts. When conservatives sign their name and make an agreement, they always stay true to their contracts. Personal responsibility is one of conservatism's most important tenets. We may not agree with all the contracts that were signed on behalf of Canada as a nation, but we have a duty to uphold them.

Do First Nation communities really believe that treaties will be better understood and, thus, better enforced by a growing foreign population with little regard or understanding for those treaties? Call me just another preachy white boy, but I don't think so. Most immigrants have to spend years learning our customs, languages and basic laws. I'm not sure what makes us believe they'll have time to learn the ins and outs of Canada's complicated relationship with First Nations. I'm sorry, it's not happening.

If current immigration levels continue, Canada's First Nations will face a generational crisis unlike any other. As generations pass, Canada's treaties will be less understood, less respected and more at risk of being forgotten, repealed or dishonoured.