This is a tale of two publications. Which to believe or trust? Which to keep or kill? It’s time for you to make your choice, press the appropriate button, and send one to a swift but painful death. Our candidates today?

  1. the National Post, a Canadian daily newspaper and and example of it’s on-going war-against-the-Indian campaign.
  2. the Lancet, a medical journal based in the United Kingdom.

Look at the examples below, then decide for yourself which one should please, please be eliminated with extreme prejudice (or because of it) ASAP for the good of humanity.

First, the NP (not quite BNP but close) and this piece written by Peter Foster of the Financial Post, sister pub of the National Post:

UNICEF recently “celebrated” the 20th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child with the release of a report on aboriginal children’s health. To nobody’s surprise, it was considerably worse than that of the average Canadian child. The report’s authors call for more “culturally appropriate health and social services.” But if you’re sick, do you want the latest medical science, or something “culturally appropriate?”

Then take a gander at an excerpt from a news release from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research hailing an upcoming article in The Lancet:

The health problems of Indigenous peoples around the world are intimately tied to a number of unique factors, such as colonization, globalization, migration, and loss of land, language and culture. These factors remain even after the “typical” social problems facing the poor, such as inadequate housing, unemployment, and low education levels are addressed, according to Dr. Malcolm King, lead author of a paper to be published tomorrow in the Lancet, a prestigious UK medical journal.

The (B)NP again:

Instead of acknowledging that traditional native culture is relatively primitive, since it is based on a stone age hunter-gatherer lifestyle, fictions are perpetrated that it is somehow “different but equal” to modern technological society, or even superior because it contains much that we have allegedly “lost.”

The Lancet again:

“Wellbeing for Aboriginal Peoples is more than physical health or absence of disease, it’s about ‘being alive well’ or ‘mno bmaadis’ as they say in the Anishinabek language,” says King.

“That’s why factors like retention of Aboriginal languages, cultural practices, self determination, and respect for Elders is so important,” King continues. “And that’s why we have so much to do to repair the damage done by so many disruptive assimilationist practices in the past, such as cutting off children from their families at residential schools, or suppression of cultural practices that conflicted with European ideas.”

Then again, if the National Post didn’t exist anymore, where would people like Joe Quesnel, Peter Foster, or Jonathan Kay be able to spout their outdated, racist vile, and repugnant crap? Macleans?

Shmo-NOTE: After much deliberation, I’ve decided to strike one word from my last paragraph (above) and replace it with others. I’ve replaced the contentious word to remove any confusion as to intent.

I received a complaint (see below in comments) and threat of legal action. The threat got my back up. I received a lot of encouragement, including a comment from a veteran newspaper editor and journalism professor that nothing in my original postings was anything but opinion.

The individual voluntarily lifted his legal threat before everyone I’d approached for feedback could reply. However, the issue was complicated by his requests for further revisions and even notification before I post any new material that might bear his name. Obviously, and he should have known better, there was no way in hell that I would allow him the right to revise anything I’d already written, or give prior approval and notification on anything I might write in the future.

He’s also asked to discuss things in private. Not likely. I consider him a fundamentally dishonest and despicable character. In the immortal words of John Cleese: Now go away, or I shall fart in your general direction!

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