Justin Trudeau’s Promises to First Nations

Justin Trudeau was elected as the prime minister for Canada in 2015. Around this time, Trudeau made quite a few different promises, especially to the indigenous people of Canada. Some of them involving educational rights for indigenous people, as well as more funding for them as well. From what it seems, a lot of Canadians had very high hopes for Justin Trudeau, and after listening to his speech to the assembly of First Nations (from late 2015), I can definitely see why so many were rooting for him.

Although his speeches seems very positive and motivating, the actions done in the aftermath is the most important, at least in my opinion. I read several articles regarding Trudeau and indigenous people written in 2017, and it is clear to say that he has managed to disappoint a lot of people. Different articles states that he has forgotten the promises he kept for the First Nations. One of, if not the biggest promise he was pushing, was to renew and improve the relationship between the Canadian people and the First Nations. This point seems to have been the biggest letdown.

“Justin Trudeau told First Nations that if we elected him, he would absolutely respect our legal right to veto any development on our territories. And yet his government has approved two major pipelines.” – Pamela Palmater from CBC News, February 2017

From reading this statement, it seems he has not fought for the indigenous people in the way he said he would in 2017. Another promise he allegedly failed to keep was for “the government to publish legal opinions it received regarding Indigenous and treaty rights, and could directly affect the dynamics of court challenges for major energy projects such as Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain expansion and Enbridge’s Line 3 replacement pipeline projects, as well as B.C.’s Site C hydroelectric dam.” This was not a point that he directly mentioned in the speech I listened to by him, but i suppose I have not been following Canadian politics enough to decline any accusations like this. Either way, it seems like the First Nations people are feeling betrayed, which will in no way lead to any positive change for the overall situation.

I will take in to consideration that, when I search for actions regarding Trudeau and indigenous people, the most popular or top searches will probably be the most controversial and critical ones. In media today, a positive text, only stating what most would look at as boring, would not do as well as a controversial and eye-catting article would.

He made a statement on indigenous women and girls, regarding how they would get more protection, this is something i believe he has at least remotely tried to accomplish, but there does not seem to be much change. A lot of women and girls in the indigenous communities are frequently disappearing, getting raped, or even getting murdered. There also seems to be an unsurprisingly big amount of backlash in this conversation, which I think is kind of needed. People need to be woken up, and not fall for positive words and happy smiles. I do not like making statements on issues I do not really follow that well, but I think it is quite obvious that Trudeau was a big mistake regarding the relationship between a lot of the different cultures in Canada.

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David Cameron’s Munich Speech on Multiculturalism

In our class today, we listened to David Cameron’s speech on multiculturalism from 2012. The former UK prime minister, obviously identifies the UK as a multicultural country, and focuses a lot of the speech on terrorism. When he got to the topic of terrorism, he describes the way we look at it, and further on explains why this is a big problem.

He goes somewhat in depth on what opinions a “right sided” politician would have. In this portion of the speech, he mentions how the right sided people fail to tell the difference between religion and ideology. This speech was written 5 years ago and i definitely think this still is a relevant point, but I think it is somewhat fading out. People have throughout the last few years been highly informed on this topic, and I think the next generation(s) are going to have a lot more sympathy and understanding for regular muslims. Camron also goes in on the Leftist and their views on terrorism. He states that solving muslim countries of their poor economy or their poor political systems will not solve the issue. Therefore suggesting that the best way to solve the problem would have to take more internal actions in our country.

In the end portion of the speech he starts suggesting a few different solutions to the problem. Isolating immigrants from extremists were an action he would definitely like us to perform, he also mentions how universities should more openly teach about radical ideologies to their students, trying to inform the students of how and where these extremist opinions are formed, many would say this can solve the problem for the future.

The last point he made around multiculturalism and terrorism, is the way we welcome muslim immigrants to our country. Camron goes back on a few things he had already mentioned, and indirectly blames a lot of the poor immigration on the right sided opinions in the UK. He also goes back on how these muslim teens have problems finding their own identity in the UK. Growing up in the UK as a muslim immigrant, makes it hard for you to identify with your parents, but you could also feel rejected by the British society as well. A usual teen would in many scenarios need someone to identify with to not go insane. Being immigrated to a whole different country at the age of 13 for example, will obviously have a big impact on your life. I think I could find myself agreeing with Camron on most of his points, although they could be more up to date.

Camron’s speech has a very straight forward way of getting its point across. I definitely  think there could be more information on where the state of mind of a teenager is, make people try to relate to the situation these young people are put into. Although he may have gotten a bit of controversy for speaking as if he is a teenager himself. I would have added a small 1 minute part to the speech, where he says something along the lines of; “I think we all know what it is like to be a teenager, even though it might be quite a few years ago by now (humoristic), when you are growing up, you need idols, you need friends, you need someone to identify with. The mind can be extremely easily affected by “the wrong people”, when it finds itself in such a vulnerable situation.

Mind you that these are only some of my opinions on a very touchy topic, feel free to leave your own opinion on this speech in the comments.

Watch the speech yourself: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VsGQvOq8cEs

 

Different Perspectives on Multicultural Societies

In international-english, we have had multiculturalism as our topic for a few weeks now. Throughout these weeks, we read or saw different texts or movies on the topic. These text are all different in a way, and they all delivers an interesting story about multiculturalism. Here are the different stories we read through:

  • My Son the Fanatic
  • Free for All
  • On of My Best Friends
  • Gran Torino (movie)
  • A letter of Explanation

My favorite of these were Gran Torino. I think the movie portrayed the main character in  a very stereotypical way of how we see republicans today, so, maybe not being from the US, made me enjoy this story more. The story was based around a grumpy old man living alone in a very multicultural neighborhood. Although the story did not really do anything special for me, the batman-sounding main character was really interesting and made this my favorite story of the bunch. Throughout the story, Walt, the main character, gets to know his Korean neighbors more and more. Walt had been in the Korean war, and seemed like a very strict, but polite person. His personality mashing with all the differences the Korean culture brought to his front yard, made the story both tense and funny, which is always a good combination in my opinion.

In the movie, Walt’s perspective on different cultures changed dramatically, kind of unrealistically, which made the movie more funny, but less informative. I did not really evolve any new thoughts from watching the movie, which i were not expecting either, considering that the movie is quite old already anyways. All together it was a great movie and i quite enjoyed it, I would recommend others to watch it as well.

 

 

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The #MeToo Campaign

The so-called “MeToo” campaign was something that started of as a protest from your average twitterers, nothing too unusual, but for some reason this gained tremendous amounts of traction over only a few days. It strove extremely fast to become one of the biggest hashtags on twitter and one of the most discussed words on other social medias as well.

The purpose behind the MeToo hashtag was to spread awareness on the topic of sexual harassment. The originator of the hashtag intended it to let everyone that had ever been affected by or been a victim of sexual harassment, tweet out the hashtag; “#MeToo”. It was an encouragement for many men and women all over the world. The hashtag shed light on an important issue all over the world, but were mostly centered around the US, as that was where it grew an actually huge audience.

“In Afghanistan, women can’t say they faced sexual harassment. If a woman shares someone’s identity, he will kill her or kill her family. We can never accuse men, especially high-ranking men, without great risk.”

From reading New York Times’ article on sexual harassment in Afghan, this quote above is probably what struck me the most. Some may argue that it is the same situation in the US and so on, but it is not at all. The higher the rank the man has in the US, the more likely the police and law are to protect you when he does something uncalled for. It is devastating that in Afghan, men with higher power or higher ranks, can sexually harass women without any consequences.

Although there are a lot of cultural differences between the US and Afghan, one thing they have in common, is discrimination. Looking at the US as a country, they seem pretty successful, which they are, but I feel like there are just so many flaws in their society. They still have a lot of gender-discrimination, racism, and so much more as well, when they are supposed to be one of the leading nations when it comes to more global issues in the world.

To conclude, the MeToo hashtag definitely was a good thing when it came to spreading awareness and such, but I feel like it is getting way more praise than it should. Does the MeToo campaign offer an solution? As far as I have read on it, no. For some reason I tend to have very controversial opinions on every topic I touch on, and this one is no different. Instead of praising ourself for “coming together”, we should instead praise those who are taking action, those who are working to get rid of the issue, not just tweet about it. Whenever there are big things going on in the world, such as the MeToo situation, or even whenever there has been an accident, killing a lot of people somewhere in the world, a lot famous people in the US have 20 different people advising them on what they should say in the media. This is how the whole “famous lifestyle” plays out, especially in America, its fake and manipulative. So, for us to follow a movement without any solution, pushed by celebrities that might not even know what the hashtag means, really makes me think, what are we doing?

Now, I am not going to say that there are no celebrities that actually care about the world more than their image in the media, and support the MeToo movement is definitely a good thing, I just think there are better, more effective ways to go at the issue. I think it is something that lays deep in their primary-socialization, whenever someone is sexually assaulting someone else. A lot of parent are unconsciously teaching their children that men stand taler than women in society, and this is where there needs to be change. More research should be done on the development of a child mind. And more focus should be to steer the next generation onto the right track. Either way, these are just my opinions.

 

Want to read more on the topic? Check out these links I based my information on:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-10-16/what-is-the-metoo-campaign/9055926

 

Analysis of Gran Torino

Analysis of Gran Torino

Gran Torino

 

We were given homework today in my class, International English. I am going to analyse a poster of the “Gran Torino” movie prior to watching the film itself. The poster has darker theme, reminding me of a “thriller” type of movie. The way the man on the poster is portrayed, makes me think of what a typical Trump-supporter is like, especially since our topic in this class is currently about multiculturalism. The man in the poster has a mean look to him, making again, me think of a horror or thriller type of movie. The man also carries a rifle, again implementing that he might be a Trump supporter, or at least a republican. There is also an older type of car behind him. This gives me a vibe that he might be living outside the city, possibly on the countryside of a state like Alabama.

Immigration has two sides.

After reading the two following stories; “My son the fanatic” and “free for all”, I can safely say that there are many similarities between the two stories. Both the stories are about the relationship between a father and a son, but in two different ways. “My son the fanatic” was written in 1997 by Hanif Kureishi, whilst “free for all” was written in 1999 by Moin Ashraf.

“My son the fanatic” is about Ali and Parvez, where the son, Ali, is the one struggling with the different culture they live in, even though he has lived there all his life. In my opinion, this is because of how he might have been mistreated by those around him. Having a muslim family in Britain, might cause discrimination or even just pure bullying. Ali might have been triggered by how his “background” haunts him in his day to day life, especially when he has lived in England all his life.

“Free for All” has a similar timeline and plot. In this story, the dad is the one acting out, over the different culture surrounding him and his family.  The dad, Dr. Naqvi, seems to have a very traditional or older way to look at life. He mentions how he wants his son to become a doctor or engineer, which 50 years ago, is what almost all parents wanted their children to become. Dr. Naqvi is quite unhappy with how his son has adapted to the new culture, when he, himself, has not.

Both the stories focuses on how moving to a more modernized or more developed country can affect a family, especially one with a strong religious background. In todays society, people often blame immigrants for a lot of the problems in their country, but these authors seems to be trying to show a different side to that conflict. To me, the point of the stories are to show how moving into a whole new culture, definitely can tear a family apart. Accepting these drastic changes to norms and laws might be harder for some than others, but raising a family in an environment you do not feel at home at all, could prove to be extremely difficult.

As both the stories showcase, there are many different ways that culture can ruin people, these two stories basically shows two examples of this incident. In the story “my son the fanatic”, the author focuses on trying to make people understand how these muslim-extremist are formed, and how us changing the perspective we have on the issue, might solve a big part of it. The story “free for all” is in a way, doing the same thing. Although Free for All, gives us more of what the stereotypical for muslim immigrant would be like. This story also focuses on showing how prominent and relatable the son is, even though his family is from a totally different country, something I think the author purposely does to make us feel sympathy for the boy.

As Brexit took place not too long ago, I think a big part of that is because of how the english culture has grown to dislike immigrants. This might be both because how quickly the number of immigrants were growing or because of how many terrorist attacks took place in London. These stories are as mentioned, from 1997-1999 which shows that the issue has been there for a while.

The Niger Delta Blues

Task 1/2: The Niger Delta is the delta of the Niger River sitting directly on the Gulf of Guinea on the Atlantic Ocean in Nigeria. What do we learn about the situation in the Niger delta through this song?

From the song: Niger Delta Blues by BANTU (the crew) we learn quite a bit about the tragedy happening in the Niger Delta. The song starts of describing the situation, and highlights all the bad things about the Niger Delta. We are told that they have no school, no medical clinics, no electricity and no clean drinking water. “Billions worth of our oil Dollars, are pumped out of our land every year but still no one seems to care“, here we get the expression of the people living in the Niger Delta feels abused by the system, they feel like everyone is just watching their disaster without helping.

“For the one-eyed has been crowned king
His entourage of militants, neo-liberals and fanatics
Perfectly positioned on the side wings
Court jesters now openly mock our struggle
And claim to be the voice of our people”

From an outsider perspective, it seems as if the people of the Niger Delta, does not feel like they get the attention or support they need from their government, like as if they are completely overlooked. In conclusion, the song sends a message to the Nigerian government and to many different organizations all around the world.

As this is my blog, I will include my own opinion. The Niger Delta tragedy should definitely be more prioritized by those standing by the sidelines, looking in. I would not say I know enough about the conflict to say what the Nigerian government should do about the situation, as I do not know much about their economy at all.

This text was based upon lyrics from the controversial song “Niger Delta Blue – BANTU”, if you want to read the text yourself, check it out here:https://genius.com/Bantu-crew-niger-delta-blues-lyrics

 

Task 2/2: The name “Niger Delta Blues” is a wordplay on the term “delta blues”, which originates from the Mississippi delta in the American deep south in the 1920s. What kind of topics are common in the blues genre? Are the themes of american delta blues related to the themes in “Niger Delta Blues”? How?

Many like to compare the now Niger Delta Blues to what was the Mississippi Delta Blues, in the Mississippi delta, the government set the blacks up for failure in many different ways. For voting they had a rule that your grandfather had to have owned land, which obviously did not go to well with the blacks, as most of them were slaves at that point.

In the same way, the people of the Niger Delta feels in a way set up for failure, at least that is what I get the expression of. In the same way the blues discusses how the government is quite corrupt, which is not an unusual conflict throughout the history of many countries in the world. I can definitely see the comparison between the two scenarios, I do think, after learning so much about this, that the Niger Delta conflict should be way more focused on, it is quite concerning what situation these people are in.

Here are some relevant sites to check out if you want to learn more: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mississippi_Delta#Political_environment, https://genius.com/Bantu-crew-niger-delta-blues-lyrics