The Crime of Omission

by Brand.Stark on October 21, 2016 - 3:12pm

The crime of omission; omitting a person or group from a privilege or system; in ways that limit and negatively impact possibility, growth and prosperity. In this case, the perpetrator; the Government of Canada, the victims; First Nation’s people. Throughout Canadian history up until this very day, tremendous ethnical injustices have unfolded due to systemic racism and sociological discrimination, which have consequently left one group vulnerable to racial prejudices and impoverishment. For a nation that prides itself on kindness and equity, how could we allow this sort of thing to happen to our very own First Nations people, it begs the question, do we really stand on guard for thee? Or are we omitting those who originally called this their home and native land …


First off, the topic covered in this article is of the utmost relevance to the class material we’ve covered in the past months, as it portrays a minority group struggling to cope with systemic racism and dealing with the consequences of discrimination. First Nation’s people in remote communities across Canada are the victims of in-direct (systemic) racism and are deprived of quality healthcare, proper education, and a fair shot at life due to their ethnicity and cultural descendance. This article is a great exemplification of “New” and “Old” racism; as local indigenous communities often face “street corner” verbal aggression (racial slurs, stereotypes) on a daily basis as well as in-direct racism when it comes to applying for jobs, carrying ethnically-based identification and receiving lower quality services than other communities across Canada. Whereas the Canadian Charter of Rights bestows equal privilege and freedom to all who live on thy land, how is it that First Nation’s students receive on average $4,000 less in financial backing than regular students across Canada? Not only does this harshly affect a minority group’s chances at prosperity, but it portrays the bigger picture that the Canadian Government needs to reform its laws and stop implicitly discriminating against First Nation’s individuals.



In continuity, this article allowed me to better understand the concept of systemic racism and its subtle ways of discriminating against minority groups. At first glance, I didn’t fully understand how systemic racism unfolded and how racist policies enacted over 140 years ago could affect people’s daily lives in such a negative way. The dire consequences of this kind of discrimination; aboriginal children and citizens getting less money and services than other people in different provinces, paint an all-too-real reality that racism still exists in our home and patron land through discriminatory policies and the omission of a fair chance at life. Furthermore, I believe that the author is entirely in his right at calling this racism, and commend his reasonable demands for change or at the very least equity. The article itself, exhibits a sad truth that all Canadians refuse to acknowledge when casting their ballot, or even as we calmly doze off into our unburdened sleep.


Conclusively, if we wish to uphold the equity, privilege and freedom that our Charter of Rights declares, we must first grant said rights to those who have been unjustly omitted from the very code that makes us proud Canadian citizens. For only then, will we with glowing hearts see thee rise, and become equal parts of the true North, Strong and Free … 



Ostroff, J. (2016, May 17). Wab Kinew On Canadian Racism, Relocating Attawapiskat, And The 'Criminal' State Of Aboriginal Education. The Huffington Post. Retrieved from