Marxism and the Aboriginal Question: The Tragedy of Progress

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25/06/2017 by socialistfight

Very thorough analysis of the aboriginal question.

A Communist Canada

by DAVID BEDFORD on JANUARY 16, 2013

This article originally published in the Canadian Journal of Native Studies, 1994. It is republished with permission; formatted for the web by North Star. 

( http://www.thenorthstar.info/?p=4715 )

Re-blogged by ‘A Communist Canada’

Bird and Fish, Jackson Beardy

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This paper will deal, in a preliminary way, with one of the least studied areas in Marxist thought, the “Aboriginal question.” It is becoming increasingly clear that the desire of Aboriginal peoples for self-determination, expressed in the agitation for self-government, will not disappear. It is unlikely that the desire to preserve culture, and to resist any further encroachment by industry or by the modern state, will be articulated in any other political form than self-government. The overwhelming rejection of the Charlottetown proposals for self-government by Aboriginal peoples,1 in the face of their acceptance by the leadership of four major Aboriginal organizations (the Assembly of…

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