Archive for the ‘First Nations Issues’ Category

‘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.


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.”