On Sharing

The Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples built its report around four principles: Recognition, Respect, Sharing and Responsibility.


The description of “sharing” harkens to discussions of sustainability and good stewardship.

During the nineteenth century, the prevailing viewpoint held that relations of economic co-operation can evolve and be maintained through calculations of immediate self-interest alone. This outlook stands in contrast to an older view, held by Aboriginal people and early administrators alike, that forms of economic co-operation can evolve and be sustained only with a strong element of sharing. In this view, the participants in an economic exchange see themselves not only as calculators of immediate advantage but also as partners engaged in relations of mutual benefit and reciprocity over time.

The report moves from historical considerations and continues with a description of a modern outlook:

The partners lookout for their long-term shared interests and shape their conduct accordingly. If this dimension of sharing is overlooked, the acid of ingratitude may corrode the social fabric. In more recent times, the dimension of “sociability”, as it is called, has once again come to be recognized as an essential aspect of the highly complex relations involved in modern forms of economic and political co-operation.

Ecosystem view of relationships…

And so for day 353

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