COAST SALISH TERRITORY, VANCOUVER, BC, Sept. 21, 2012 /CNW/ - The signing of the BC Treaty Commission Agreement, 20 years ago today, marked a significant moment in the history of the relationship between the Crown and First Nations in BC. This agreement, signed by the Prime Minister of Canada, the Premier of BC and the leaders of the First Nations Summit, was celebrated by a sacred Coast Salish cultural ceremony, which honored the parties' commitments to move beyond their difficult past and build a new relationship based on mutual trust, respect and understanding.
Racism could be fuelled by allowing some schools to turn away children on religious grounds, a policy which an integration group claims is already creating social divisions. The Integration Centre analysed migrant children between neighbouring schools in parts of Cork, Dublin, and Galway cities. In one area of Cork’s northside, there was a school where half the pupils were from migrant families. But just 5% and 13% of children in two other schools were immigrants.
In the aftermath of the English Defence League (EDL) rally in Manchester last Saturday, it is worth taking stock of how such an organisation has gained support, what it truly stands for and how it should be perceived within the spectrum of Europe’s far right. It should not simply be dismissed as a racist or fascist BNP front.
The study found the image of young unemployed people alienated by tough economic times and turning to the anti-Muslim and anti-immigration group was a myth. In fact half of sympathizers are in full time work, almost one in five is university educated and more than two thirds own their own home. The report, by the think tank Chatham House, warns ministers and those combating extremism need to reassess who they target.