Harper government has deliberately made life on
reserves so hopeless and distressful that people have been forced to
abandon their communities and start over again elsewhere. What a
clever way to gain possession of Aboriginal lands and advance the
goal of assimilation.
The 2015 federal election was not business as usual. The apathy
and low voter turnout that has come to mark recent elections was
overwhelmed by a swell of opposition to the Harper government.
First Nation people were swept along by the movement. Chiefs
across the country not only encouraged
tres. At the end of the workday we walked to the place where we nor-
mally took the buses to our homes only to find that there were no buses.
These buses also belonged to the KwaZulu government and had been
ordered by transport personnel to not show up. Even those people who
lived in the nearby township and did not need to take buses were forced
to walk to the meeting. In the end, we attended the meeting and, need-
less to say, there was a large turn-out.
Many civil servants were angered by this incident, and questioned
Inkatha’s practice of restricting
in Sarawak. There was a massive turnout for
the funeral procession, with people coming from all over Sarawak –
from Serian and Simanggang and as far away as Sibu and Miri, jour-
neys that took an entire day. Some twenty or more busloads of people
made it to the funeral procession. As a bus driver affi rmed, “They were
an angry lot! Yelling and swearing at the police, venting their anger at
the violence unleashed by the government on the rural Chinese popu-
lations. Ibans and Bidayuhs were [at the funeral procession] as well,
including some Malays.” 3
attack ... That has considerable
durability, and their control mechanisms are enormous, but I think it
would be wrong to underestimate the degree to which that process is fall-
ing short of really deceiving people ... We should remember that the turn-
out in the last [provincial] election was historically low and that trend is
worsening, and it’s not just an Ontario phenomenon. In the United States
the voter turnout has declined and declined and declined, but in Ontario
it’s reaching crisis levels ... I’m not saying that everybody that fails to turn-
out in an election
had come—was it a good turnout? These women, and the young children
who had the freedom to go between rooms, were festive. They told jokes,
laughed, and smiled. And after the guests departed, they each ate a big
plate of the food that had been served.
At my own slametan, once the tea and cake had been served, a prayer
service was held. When the service itself was finished, the gule was served.
While the food served before the service was yellow cake along with the
bitter emping crackers, the second course was rice with gule sauce topped
with shredded chicken and