Sooky Rottweiler by Cynthia

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  1. Plods with Beer ( did I mention beer? )

    Plods with Beer ( did I mention beer? ) GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    Did Eric die or something?

  2. Cynthia

    Cynthia GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    This comic strip has been interrupted for a few moments due to the fact that all the main characters have run into a bunch of mikmaq blocking the road…and decided to join them.

    I’ve been drawing about stuff that happens in the news half a World away, I figured I could draw something about changes that are happening in my own country right now.

    I remember 1991, I was five and Radio-Canada kept interrupting my dinner-time cartoons for news broadcasts I didn’t understand a thing about, but just the names mentionned sounded scary; Oka crisis, Mohawks, Kanesatake, Kahnawake, Warriors, Meech lake. People in camo, others carrying guns and a few army tanks in the blend. “What are they fighting about, mamamme?”, “They probably don’t even know themselves, Minoune!”, “Will they be coming over here?”, “I hope not!”

    Bring back my cartoons, then!

    Little did I know, it did come our way! Ten years later, it was the Burnt Church crisis, an hour drive away from home. This time, the high school’s news nerd understood what was going on; acadians fought the mikmaq over lobster-fishing rights. I had also learned, a few years earlier, that the mikmaq helped the acadians during the Great Deportation, and now they were fighting each other, on sea and on land, over our regional cliché. It was also the time of high school history classes and I finally learned that the Oka crisis that scared me so much as a kid was sparked by a white guy who wanted to buy an indian cemetery to build a…golf course.

    There’s about 25 words in two languages I could think of to describe a move like that, and all of them have more of less the same meaning as “idiot” or “prick”.

    I heard Beausoleil and Champlain spin in their graves every time a conversation with acadians turned that way; “They already don’t pay taxes, they want everything!”, “They think the whole land belongs to them!”, “They have been conquered, they should just shut up!” “Don’t hang out with natives, they’re dangerous when they drink.”

    This is not South Africa just before the end of the Aparteid, or the American south in the days of Rosa Parks, but there is still something, in this goody-two shoes country that never makes the news overseas and that PM Chrétien comically called “le plusse meilleur au Monde” (“the most best in the World”), a problem that stayed invisible to the white majority for a long time and that needs big time fixing. Right now.

    I don’t know if it’s Harper’s astonishing ability to unite the country (against him), or if this is Occupy and the Arab Spring spilling into Canada, or Attawapiskat making the news, or the residential schools making the news, but roads and bridges are being blocked all over the country by natives right now and nobody says “They’ve been conquered, they should just suck it up” anymore. #Idlenomore is trending. It is a meme on Facebook, not only for natives. Separatists and Quebec nationalists like rappers Loco Locass, signer and filmmaker Richard Desjardins and journalist duo Les Francs-Tireurs, after a long history of fighting those “evil english-speaking feather heads” are pushing for serious change and protection of native rights, paying attention to what the reserves have to say (hence the presence of Jacques with the Quebec shirt in the cartoon). English Canada is paying attention, too (hence the presence of Jack in the Maple Leaf shirt).

    The natives don’t want that “you don’t pay taxes” excuse anymore. They want their word in the affairs of the country. They want their word in the way things are run in their land. They don’t want to be wards of the Crown anymore, and they want to do away with the Indian Act, a 19th century peice of rubbish that limits their freedom and make them the responsibility of the Crown, legally treating them as minors all their lives. It is not money as much as respect that they want.

    And for maybe the first time in Canada, the whites are paying attention instead of waiting on the side of the blockade saying “What are they bitching about, now?”.

  3. Cynthia

    Cynthia GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    Suggested vewings on this topic; “Reel Injun” and “The 8th Fire” on cbc.ca (or Le 8e Feu in french on tou.tv)

  4. Plods with Beer ( did I mention beer? )

    Plods with Beer ( did I mention beer? ) GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    @Cynthia

    Thank you. It’s about time.

  5. Andrew Pilcher

    Andrew Pilcher GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    I’m horrified that there is such a legal status as being a ward of the Crown. Is the Indian act a Canadian bit of legislation, or is one of those weird things that was imposed on Canada via the Governor General? Is it something we Brits can have a hand in repealing if it’s being done in the name of our Queen?

  6. pierreandnicole

    pierreandnicole said, over 1 year ago

    I didn’t know this. Thanks for opening my ears and eyes. Visited Montreal in July…..love your country.

  7. Bailey

    Bailey said, over 1 year ago

    @icky mudd

    …“I have friends that have native blood in them.
    I am disgusted by what our G’ovt has done and NOT done for our native american brothers.sigh.”
    -
    I do too… and am also disgusted by what the US has done to the peoples who peopled this land when Europeans arrived.
    .
    Cynthia? Thanks for opening a much-needed conversation about this — I had no idea what was going on in Canada, but I intend to educate myself.

  8. Cynthia
  9. Cynthia

    Cynthia GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    @icky mudd

    Good thing, things seems to be changing, little by little, with movements like this.

  10. Cynthia

    Cynthia GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    @Andrew Pilcher

    I wish more canadians were as open-minded as europeans when it comes to the native question, actually!
    Laws still in effect about the indians were voted by the canadian parliament after 1867, which means we can’t blame the Queen for that one, and we have to take full responsability for keeping them in place as the World changed.
    Queen Liz herself seems to be a quite progressive person, actually. I think if she had read and seen the effects of laws around the World that bear her seal and the signatures of many of her Governor Generals around the Commonwealth, she would be horrified. All that is done in her name!
    But, politics are politics. I wouldn’t like to be in her shoes.

  11. Cynthia

    Cynthia GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    @pierreandnicole

    And thank you for paying attention!

  12. Cynthia

    Cynthia GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    @Bailey

    Don’t feel bad-many canadians have no clue either!

  13. Cynthia

    Cynthia GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    Come on, is anyone asleep at the switch or what? This should have been updated yesterday!

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