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benhasakid1684 karma

I, personally haven't gotten in an argument with anyone over this subject but I know my mother has. I was shopping at the grocery store one day with her when there was an older man in line, talking to who I presume was his son. He started very loudly complaining about the Hispanic woman working the till and how she should be "either doing my gardening, learning better English, or moving back to Mexico instead of stealing jobs." My mom, being extremely outspoken looked at the man and said, "If that's the case, I think you should either be giving out smallpox, learning Ojibwe, or hopping on a boat and moving back to England, instead of stealing land."

benhasakid776 karma

Hahaha, this question deserves an upvote. Anyway, if you're native you're either very hairy, or the complete opposite.

benhasakid473 karma

I haven't been to very many reserves in the US, but from what i've seen there is a difference. It seems to me that the poverty level of Native Americans in the US is higher than here. I've also noticed the Canadian government has a lot more support for First Nations communities.

benhasakid437 karma

The way Native people are treated where you live, is really no different than here. It is very frustrating because people tend to generalize Native's as drunk, uneducated welfare leeches. Along with that, I live in a rather rich farming area, so there's a bit of a superior attitude towards natives. People are also scared of natives and the reserve. Growing up I had a lot of non-native friends who weren't allowed to come to my house because I lived on reserve. The funny thing is, I have a nice house and live a five minute walk from the beach.

Sadly, I predict a lot of traditions fading out in the next few years. It seems to me that the younger generations of First Nation's are too preoccupied with technology to continue practicing ancient traditions. Every community has an annual pow-wow, where people can do competitive dancing, eat traditional food, see arts and crafts, among loads of other things. These are sacred, and usually involve a lot of ceremonies, and practices.

I'm a Fancy Shawl Dancer, as are all the women in my family. My brother and every other man in my family are Grassdancers. So, I suppose there are a few traditions specific to my family. My aunt is an Ojibwe language teacher at primary schools as well, so most of my family can speak our language.