Upsetting Stereotypes

Dave 07Read “upsetting” either way.

Over the years we have had several aboriginal Canadians friends, acquaintances and employees, and in almost every case, they’ve been successful at their jobs or professions. So I’ve taken to telling them that I am sick of hearing about “drunk Indians,” and that we need to start focusing on successful aboriginals, like themselves, and on the many other aboriginal success stories. Here’s one.

Fort McMurray native, Isabell Ringenoldus left a successful career to start her own business in 2007. She now has 120 employees and has just won Canada’s Young Aboriginal Entrepreneur of the year award. Congratulations to her!p11-ham_isabell_ringenoldus_copy

The only problem I have with this story is that we are still categorizing people by etnicity. I hope that someday outstanding young entrepreneurs like Ms. Ringenoldus will win titles simply called: “Young Canadian Entrepreneur of the Year.”

I’ve told non Caucasian friends that I hope some of my great grandchildren are brown, and that my great great grandchildren are all brown, so that they can concentrate on important things like the content of a person’s character rather than the colour of their skin. (Those of you who know Meritha and me know that we love ethnic food, and often culture, but that skin color is irrelevant.)

Canada’s Indian Act and other government initiatives have done enormous damage to our native communities. Here’s what Vancouver lawyer, aboriginal, and author of the book; Dances with Dependency, Calvin Helin, says: “When I was a kid on the reserve, we used the expression: “Nobody owes you nothing for nothing.” In the 1920s the government had a program to provide what was called “relief.”   Helin says it had been a last resort for those individuals who needed financial aid on a temporary relief basis.(My grandfather got a check but sent it back)

But then, again from Helin’s book, Chief Ruben Cantin of the Wabigoon First Nation says that in the 1960s – think Pierre Trudeau – the government announced a new set of “social initiatives”, including income supplements, for everyone on the reserve. “The pride that was there to be self-sufficient was all of a sudden taken away by these programs.”

Canada’s aboriginal young people are as bright and entrepreneurial as they come, but too many of them have been enticed into welfare slavery by the left’s “social initiatives”. It’s the biggest waste of human capital in Canada’s history, and it’s a disgrace.

It’s time to focus on self-motivated achievers like Ms. Ringenoldus, and at Let’s Do It Ourselves we intend to do exactly that!

A Happy New Year to each of you, and many thanks those of you who supported us during the past year!

One Comment on “Upsetting Stereotypes”

  1. guy plecash January 8, 2017 at 1:00 AM #

    Hey, Dave, good call on the ‘Upsetting Stereotypes’ blog. The admirable Ms. Ringenoldus is far from alone in her excellence. I’d be proud to shake Chief Clarence Louie’s hand for his no-nonsense businesslike leadership down Osoyoos way. Don Amero has been lighting up the folk circuit of late with excellent singing, storytelling, and guitar playing. Bill Reid, Bill Henderson – the list could go on and on from the Grey Eagle to APTN. All with dreams and the drive to excel and all courageous enough to tell the professional helpaholics to go rescue someone that actually needs it. Yet another example of the wisdom of doing it ourselves (..with a little help from our Friend!)

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