The Native position:
He says there are thousands of signs and billboards throughout the City of Vancouver--why the fuss over a plan to erect a few more? Besides, Chief Williams argues, it's Squamish land the signs would be going up on. Shouldn't it be able to do what it wants on its own property?
Native groups can't win, he argues. Everyone wants them to become more economically self-sufficient and yet when they try, their plans are decried for being in poor taste.
The city would like to get rid of them all.
So, it's not about picking on a particular native group that's trying to make some dough, civic leaders say, it's about being consistent.
Billboards suck. Period.
I've always said that no right is absolute. Not free speech, not property rights, and not sovereignty. For instance, if a China, Iraq, or Rwanda starts killing its citizens, I'd say it forfeits its sovereign authority over its land and people.