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The Aboriginal Industry Disrobed

Disrobing the Aboriginal Industry – order form

Exposing the Aboriginal Industry – Widdowson and Howard

Discarding Colonialism – Phil Fontaine

Fallacies of a New Book – Richardson

What Dick Pound said was really dumb – Margaret Wente

“Savage”: What was written (response to Wente) – Widdowson and Howard

Book recycles paternalistic native stereotypes – King

The case for offensive journalism – Benedetti

Ignorant ideas show savagery of columnist – baker

Wente went too far – Simard

Savage Backlash – Kuokkanen

Old fashioned racism – charles menzies

A Marxist take on native life – Libin

Not “Barbarians” (response to Libin) – Widdowson and Howard

Non-natives exploiting aboriginals – Bruce Ward

Socialist Analysis of Aboriginal Dysfunctions – Rory Leishman

Professor under fire – The Reflector

Cultural gap a reality – Widdowson and Howard

Authors use flimsy knowledge – Frideres

Mount Royal presentation – Frideres

Redressing Racist Academics: Put Your Clothes on Please! Review of “Disrobing the Aboriginal Industry” – Taiaiake Alfred

A Proposal for Taiaiake Alfred: Start Thinking and Stop Believing  – Albert Howard – Anthroblog

Book on “Aboriginal Industry” an Inept Rant – Kathy Buddle

Old attitudes in new wrapper – Ford

The left’s aboriginal blind spot – Kay

Let us be who we are – Phil Fontaine

Assimilation is no solution – Simon

How two Marxists disrobe native industry – Quesnel

Tough critique or hate speech? – Maclean’s Shimo

The Emperor’s Old Clothes – Kulchyski review and responses

College Quarterly Review – Doughty

Disrobing Assumptions – Orton

Arctic Review – Lemelin

Saskatchewan Law Review – Frost

The chiefs have no clothes – Foster

Review of Disrobing the Aboriginal Industry – Wesley-Esquimaux

Wawatay Online Review of Disrobing the Aboriginal Industry – Joyce Atcheson

Review of Disrobing the Aboriginal Industry – Leanne Simpson

Review of Disrobing the Aboriginal Industry – Pt 1 and 2 – Sinclair

Review of Disrobing the Aboriginal Industry – Keefer

Review of Disrobing the Aboriginal Industry – Salee

Review of Disrobing the Aboriginal Industry – FACE

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  1. I have not read your book in entirety due to time constraints and my felt obligation to devote available reading time to non-fiction materials that may assist with my job. I did read most of the entries in this blog section: Aboriginal Industry Disrobed, after hearing of the contoversy arising from you being a guest speaker at the Alberta Teacher’s Association conference. I have been a practicing social worker for 22 years, most of those years devoted to working for Aboriginal people and serving in the respective roles of caseworker, supervisor, manager, senior manager and now, Senior Advisor Aboriginal Services. Today I read with great interest most of the entries in this blog under Aboriginal Industry Disrobed. I believe you are entitled to express the content attributed to you by reviewers of Aboriginal Industry Disrobed – I personally am not particularly fearful of your writing in this case, or the debate it has generated; although, I am somewhat concerned about the reaction that may come from impressionable people who may form anti-Aboriginal opinions as a result of their interpretation of what you have expressed. I remind myself it is a pluralistic society and peole are entitled to their opinions. My social work practice these days seems to be in contradiction to the hypothesisis you have put forward in your book. For example, on Wednesday evening I provided dance lessons to 11 Aboriginal children as this is one of my current activities. We began the lesson with prayer and a smudge ceremony and a traditional story was incorporated into the proceedings. I provide this dance activity in the hope that the children will form favorable impressions of their culture and realize that much like ballet, Irish dancing, Ukranian dancing, traditional Aboriginal dancing holds value and has much to be appreciated. Also, the ceremonial aspect and story provides moral guidance. I believe this may curtail these children being recruited to problematic behaviors and activities. Also, for those people who are part of my caseload, I go to great lengths to ensure they have access to Elders, traditional ceremonies and other traditional “ways of helping”. The reasons I have taken this approach to working with Aboriginal people is: 1) my own personal sense of fulfillment attained from reconnecting with the Aborigial culture and spriitual practices; 2)there being little, or no available evidence that over the past 22 years conventional methods including: psychological counselling, family court, family enhancement support and out of home care have reduced the number of Aboriginal children and youth requiring support from social services. There is a huge industry of non-Aboriginal people who deliver social supports including health, children’s services, education, and justice. Aboriginal staff form are a very low percentage of the overall staff compliment. When will Aboriginal staff be in a position to assist their own people given the current evidence that they are screened out of these institutions? These helping institutions use methodologies that have non-Aboriginal, scientific, Eurocentric origins. If the propositions set forth in The Aboriginal Industry Disrobed concerning how best to address Aboriginal needs were correct, should there not be a corresponding demonstration of healing and wellness in Aboriginal populations? I look foward to your response.

    Dennis Whitford, M.S.W.,
    Niso-pihisiwa-kagi-to-haat (Two Thunder Caller)

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