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Harper / PMO: “The Inuit knew about the Franklin ships? Who knew?”

APTN demonstrates how low a priority First Nations relations are with the Harper government at the moment:

The Franklin expedition ship found by researchers on the Arctic seabed has a detailed and colourful history within Inuit oral tradition, yet the Inuit garnered only one 17-word sentence among the press releases and backgrounders released by the Prime Minister’s Office at the time after Tuesday’s announced discovery…the general public wouldn’t know about the key role Inuit oral history played in the selection of the search area by reading the information posted on the PMO’s website. There, the role of the Inuit in the Franklin saga is mentioned only in passing….The PMO did not respond to an APTN National News question on why the Inuit received barely a mention.

It’s rather obvious why – Harper wants to take sole credit for finding it and reap any rewards – whatever those may be – from the public on helping fund this search. It also shows the grudging attitude the Harper government and PMO have about wanting to share any credit – particularly with First Nations people.

No surprises here for me about this attitude. The only time Harper and the PMO will laud something the First Nations do these days is likely only if they approve permission to allow the oil pipelines to be built across their territory.


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