Thursday, January 28, 2016

Fighting for the Right of Tribal Peoples to Be Proudly Sub-Literate

Way to go, Lorna.  Don't let the white man force us to actually write complete sentences framed in paragraphs on a piece of paper.

Law professor argues in UBC human rights complaint that Indigenous scholars shouldn’t have to publish peer-reviewed research
Lorna June McCue was denied tenure and ultimately dismissed after 11 years at the university in part because of her failure to submit a single piece of peer-reviewed research during that time. McCue has alleged that peer-reviewed research is contrary to indigenous oral traditions and that UBC’s research standard effectively discriminated against her “race, colour, ancestry, place of origin … and sex.”
I'm guessing that Lorna's writing ability is roughly akin to that of the common Donald Trump follower on Twitter, and that she would rather not be revealed as a kii and have people say that it was her "race, colour, ancestry, place of origin...and sex" that earned her an appointment at a law school, rather than her mastery of the language of common law.  Thus, she has elevated herself to the high status of...Victim.

Tell me, when indigenous people appear before the bench in Canadian courts, are they permitted never to submit any documentation whatsoever?  No signatures, no briefs, no notarization, nothing but that transcribed by the court reporter?  Or, must they rely on non-indigenous attorneys to do so?  If so, this scholar may create a reason never to hire indigenous lawyers.

By the way, if I were the reporter working on this story, I would have found and interviewed practicing indigenous lawyers just to see what they thought about this.  Or ask if they, too, celebrated their non-literacy, if only to provoke a response.