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For centuries, white settlers adopted a sense of racial superiority to Aboriginals. At some point in the 1970s – after Pierre Trudeau’s 1969 White Paper and before entrenchment of treaty rights in the 1982 constitution – Canadians repented. Since then, majority attitudes have been suffused with “white guilt.” Four decades after Trudeau’s White Paper, a small Aboriginal elite now exists, and much of its discourse is angry. Relations between Aboriginals and non-Aboriginals have much in common with black-white relations in the United States. In both cases, the sins of the past haunt the present, and in both cases, the combination of majority guilt and minority anger is not a basis for good policy.

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