Canada has (at least) two deeply problematic institutions:
- The Indian Act.
- The Senate.
The first is “a form of apartheid” that serves as the foundational witness of Canadian colonialism, racism and indigenous genocide.
Canada also seems to be time and again struggling with the principle of “Free, Prior and Informed Consent“, especially when it comes to pesky indigenous people not giving it.
What a mess.
Really, what a mess.
What if we didn’t need to change too many things?
What if we didn’t have to abolish anything?
What if we didn’t have to fix a complicated constellation of bureaucratic and legal inter-dependencies?
What if we added just 7 words to some obscure law?
All we would need would be to amend the eligibility requirements for appointment to the Senate to add just one more requirement:
“An individual must be a status Indian”
Eh?! EH!?! EH?!!?
We could of course do away with the Indian Act, abolish the Senate, and actually respect the sovereignty of indigenous people and try to actually make amends for the horrors of the past and the present. But if we can’t do all these super difficult and controversial things, surely just 7 little words at the right place can be enough of a temporary solution. No?