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Collective Rights - Corinne

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Corinne Groenendyk

on 4 February 2013

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Transcript of Collective Rights - Corinne

By Corinne G. Collective Rights What are Collective
Rights? Through the Collective Rights how does (or doesn't) the Canadian government show justice, mercy and humility? Collective Rights are rights that are for specific groups in society that are recognized/protected by the constitution of Canada. Numbered Treaties and The Indian Act: What legislation establishes the collective rights of groups in Canada? Some groups have Collective rights because they would not exist today if it weren't for the beginning people of Canada. This recognizes those people and so gives them these rights. Some of these groups weren't treated right back then and so they have been given rights to help build them back up again. These Collective rights come from Aboriginal peoples, Anglophones and Francophones of Canada. Why do some groups have collective rights and not others? Collective rights are important because they could be affecting your culture/heritage. If you are French then there are rights for you, being a French person. Every person has individual rights but those affect you as one person, but Collective rights affect you as a group because there are way more French people that have to have the same rights as you. If you are First Nations then there are rights affecting what you can and can't do. It is very hard for someone to not be affected by some rights. Why are Collective rights important to all Canadians? Justice: I personally think the Canadian gov't has showed quite a bit of justice because they have given specific rights to different groups and have made sure that they are fair so that everyone has what they need and want. Everyone needs rights and I think the way they set them up is exactly what these groups needed. Groups that hold collective rights: -Aboriginal peoples (First Nations, Metis and Inuit) -Francophones and Anglophones The Numbered Treaties are agreements that affect the rights of First Nations in Canada. The Indian Act was passed in 1876 without First Nations permission which made them very unhappy. The act required First Nations peoples to get permission to wear their traditional clothing as well as it banned traditional ceremonies. The act was first trying to assimilate all the First Nations peoples and making them get rid of their culture and become more like the Europeans. Constitution Act and The Manitoba Act: In 1982, the Aboriginal treaties of Canada were finally recognized under the constitution, which included section 35, and were accepted. The Manitoba Act was passed by Canada's parliament and made Manitoba a bilingual province as well as land rights for the Metis and education rights for the Catholics and Protestants. How do Collective rights, in the past and today, define who we are as Canadians? It defines us because it affects us. All those rights affect different groups and everyone is part of a certain group so therefore we are defined by what the rights say. We all have our different cultures that we follow (or don't) and those cultures have rights and agreements they have made. Louis Riel helped make these rights fair and just because he cared about it and wanted to make them better. Mercy: I definitely think that the gov't shows mercy because they made sure they didn't bring up the past again and now they want to make things right so that people have what they need. The Canadian gov't respects these rights and wants them to be what the groups want, not what they want. Humility: The Canadian gov't, I think, is all about being humble because they want what's best for the community and everything in it. Everyone has rights and I think they want to keep that sacred because everybody deserves rights. They are also trying to preserve the cultures of all these groups because that's what matters to them and everyone around them.
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