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STROMBO: SOAP BOX: Wab Kinew

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    Hey Canada, I'm Wab Kinew;
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    I know I'm not your boyfriend,
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    but I wouldn't mind being your man on the side
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    but for this thing to work,
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    there's five things you're going to have to have to stop saying about my people.
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    First thing: alcohol.
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    The big thing that separates us here isn't the alcohol,
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    it's the poverty.
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    Because when a non-Native person passes out,
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    they do it at a curling club,
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    or a Nickelback concert.
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    But when a Native person does,
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    they do it on the street,
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    which is shameful, but oh-so comfortable.
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    Then there's this whole idea of get over it.
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    You know, why don't you guys just get over it.
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    You know, I am over it.
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    My dad was raped in a residential school by a nun.
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    I'm over it.
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    But it doesn't mean that we should forget it.
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    Then, there's the long hair thing.
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    You know, some Aboriginal people do wear their hair long
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    as a symbol of cultural pride.
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    Those are the Natives beautiful long, straight hair.
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    For a curly-haired Ojibwe such as myself,
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    hair clippers have been the greatest invention of the white man since the mirror.
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    Then, I often hear this question:
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    what are you guys doing with the seven billion dollars?
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    The seven billion dollars we give Indian Affairs--
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    what are you guys doing with it?
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    You know what,
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    that money has to pay for a population the same size as New Brunswick.
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    You know what New Brunswick spends on their population?
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    Eight billion dollars.
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    And yet I never hear Canadians ask:
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    hey New Brunswick, what are you doing with your eight billion dollars?
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    Finally, one of your favourites: taxes.
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    Guess what, I'm a Status Indian,
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    I pay income tax, I pay sales tax,
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    I once even paid a land transfer tax.
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    Ironic.
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    It's all part of a much larger stereotype:
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    that Aboriginal people in Canada
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    are getting a free ride.
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    A hundred and forty years after the treaties,
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    we're still waiting for the things that we were promised
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    in those agreements to share the land.
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    So I ask you:
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    who's really getting the free ride?
Title:
STROMBO: SOAP BOX: Wab Kinew
Description:

Wab was on George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight to talk about First Nations stereotypes and why people need to stop using them.

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Video Language:
English
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