Archive for the ‘First Nations Issues’ Category

Cowardly police won’t enforce Ontario Supreme Court order

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

“That kind of passivity by the police leads me to doubt that a future exists in this province for the use of court injunctions in cases of public demonstrations” – Ontario Superior Court Judge David Brown, commenting on the refusal of Ontario Provincial Police to enforce his order against the blockade of railway lines near Belleville, Ontario.


‘First Nations Financial Transparency Act’ passed

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

Bill C-27, the “First Nations Financial Transparency Act” passed Third Reading on November 27th, 2012.  It must still clear the Senate and be signed into law, but that is pretty-much a foregone conclusion.  Congratulations to sponsor Aboriginal and Northern Affairs Minister John Duncan, and Saskatoon-Rosetown-Biggar MP Kelly Block who introduced the original private members’ bill on this issue and worked so hard for it’s passing.


The Peguis “First Nation”: Racist money-pit?

Friday, October 26th, 2012

The Winnipeg Sun ran a story yesterday about a White man who has filed a lawsuit alleging that he was harassed and intimidated, and then fired, by the Peguis First Nation child and family services. 

“Peguis First Nation” is, of course, the Native Band about which I commented in April of this year, quoting federal government auditors as referring to “…questionable payments to elected leaders, poorly documented flood-related projects, and dubious staffing decisions”, and to Grand Chief Derek Nepinak’s rather unrealistic response about a “government-induced media assault that sensationalizes unfounded allegations.”


Discovery shows Europeans first to reach North America

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

This will not sit well with Canada’s “First Nations”, nor with North American Indians as a whole. 


The scandalous ‘Peguis First Nation’ money-pit

Sunday, April 15th, 2012

“…questionable payments to elected leaders, poorly documented flood-related projects, and dubious staffing decisions.” – Federal government auditors.

“…government-induced media assault that sensationalizes unfounded allegations.” – Grand Chief Derek Nepinak.

Well, that sets the battle-lines pretty clearly.


‘Native discount’ to apply for guilty RCMP officer?

Sunday, March 25th, 2012

How sweet it is – all the priviliges of a police officer, and aboriginal status as well! -JG.


Aboriginal status trumps ‘equality under the law’

Saturday, January 7th, 2012

“We see a shadow system of laws that have varying application in the whole human-rights apparatus in Canada. There we find that there are categories of people (sexual, racial, religious) for whom remedy against “offensive” behaviour is promised. Belong to one of the designated categories and a kind of justice is available for you, via the tribunals and commissions, by virtue of your category. You will be supported financially in seeking your ‘rights.’ Fall outside the categories, however, and you are very much on your own.”


Caledonia and the ‘native discount’

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

“… it is clear that race-based justice remains the norm — for proof, one need look no further than the absurdly light sentence meted out to the native man who beat Sam Gualtieri nearly to death… such a paltry sentence for such a serious crime sends the message that to be native is to be exempt from the same laws that govern all other Canadian citizens.”


Band Chiefs largely to blame for poor housing, education on reserves

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

“The last straw for many of them…  was the council’s refusal to disclose the band’s finances after a document surfaced showing Benuen tapping into the band’s trust account to the tune of almost $200,000. ”

“…we, the people of Sheshatshiu have lost confidence in the Sheshatshiu Innu First National organization ….”  – Band member petition.


U.S. District Court rules Blacks are Indians

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

“…no Indian nation is sovereign now. Negroes are Indian, by federal court fiat. ”
“The Negroes had been denied their citizenship (in the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma) for obvious reasons, like, not being Indian…”