Archive for the ‘First Nations Issues’ Category

Appalling sell-out to money-grabbing “First Nations” chiefs

Saturday, December 19th, 2015

“The law, brought in by the previous Conservative government, requires First Nations to submit financial documents, including audited financial statements and the salaries and expenses of chiefs and band councillors to be published on the Indigenous and Northern Affairs website… As of Thursday, 38 First Nations communities had not complied with the law for the fiscal year 2014-15, with eight of them also still refusing to publish their information from the previous year.” – (emphasis in original) – (1).

“This sends the message that the government sides more with aboriginal power-brokers than the average people on reserves” – Aaron Wudrick, Federal Director of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation – (2).


“Native discount” sentencing works against aboriginals…

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

“(Convicted murderer) Kokopenace, has appealed his sentence. He says it was unfair. It was too harsh. Because, you see, Kokopenace is aboriginal himself… And he claims the trial wasn’t fair because aboriginals were underrepresented in the jury pool… Incredibly, the Ontario Court of Appeal agreed with the grounds for appeal – they said the jury pool didn’t have enough aboriginal people in it, so that was racist.” – Ezra Levant.


Federal employees want paid days off to grieve “spirit friends”

Friday, September 12th, 2014

“…it refers to the loss of a spiritual leader in the community, such as an elder. We have negotiated bereavement leave in other agreements for such losses.” – Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC).

And public employees wonder why they get so much bad press…


Chief says transparency act “another colonial control tool”

Saturday, August 2nd, 2014

“On Thursday it was revealed Chief Ron Giesbrecht of Kwikwetlem First Nation in Coquitlam, B.C., was paid $914,219 tax-free for the last fiscal year… We know this because the new First Nations Financial Transparency Act deadline has just passed for salaries to be reported to the government.”


“Aboriginals” – Reservations and reality

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

“All the residents of Kashechewan will be moved in the course of the next day or so… We going to continue with more flights (Monday)” – Provincial spokesman Andrew Morrison – AND – “The community has faced rising flood waters for several days… Kashechewan has a history of spring time flooding…” (Emphasis added).


Courageous Dayleen Van Ryswyk of Kelowna BC speaks out!

Thursday, May 9th, 2013

“I’m getting so sick of having French stuffed down my throat… this isn’t Quebec… we speak English here…” – (and) – “If their [First Nations] ancestors sold out too cheap, it’s not my fault and I shouldn’t have to be paying for any mistake.”


Media games: Chief Theresa Spence’s phony ‘hunger strike’

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

For those interested in the history of Chief Spence’s phony ‘strike’, which she had to call off after members of her own band threatened to fire her if she didn’t return to her duties on the reserve, here is a grab-bag of links to relevant articles appearing in The Toronto Sun in January.  -JG.


Idle No More – January 21st, 2013

Monday, January 21st, 2013

Chief Spence hides in a shadow – Monte Solberg, Jan. 20th.

‘Idle No More’ message distorted by those who yell the loudest – Mark Bonokoski, Jan. 19th.

Cops next to feel public wrath? – Ezra Levant, Jan. 19th.

Idle threats aren’t the answer – Editorial, Jan. 16th, Toronto Sun.

Idle No More protests at the Toronto Sun (!) – Terry Davidson, Jan 19th.

‘Financial Transparency Act’ behind protests and disruptions

Friday, January 18th, 2013

Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence has written to the Queen twice, to protest inadequate and poor housing together with other concerns, and to request that Her Majesty have Governor-General David Johnston attend a then-upcoming  meeting between Prime Minister Harper and a number of aboriginal leaders.  Spence’s rationale for both letters is that the Crown was the original signatory to a number of treaties.


Idle No More: Aboriginal lawlessness and police cowardice

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

“We are like two canoes together in the same stream, each separate but sharing the same current.” – Aboriginal activist.

“If aboriginal and non-aboriginal Canadians are like two canoes, how come we non-aboriginals largely paid for both canoes and do most of the paddling in each, too?” – Lorne Gunter, Toronto Sun.