Multiple Issues and Indigenous News 06/ 08/ 2010 (Part 1)
When the fraudulent “Truth and Reconciliation Commission” start their whitewash campaign in Winnipeg this summer, remember when seeking truth you must identify the first lie. An historic voyage took place 300 years ago this month when a contingent of “Iroquois” chiefs visited Queen Anne in London. They were there to discuss the progress of the “Gushwenta” operating in Canada since the “Great Peace of Montreal” 1701. The truth starts with the creation of Canada as a unique place where many different peoples shall be bound together through “two row” under the “Council of the Great Peace”. All of the participants except France were native to Turtle Island and agreed to share their lands in perpetual peace with the people across the oceans. This was our first attempt at the one world concept through peace.
One of the lessons we learned was that Europeans relied on the written word and it is how they would be judged, by their own words. The next lie was the division of U.S. and Canada under the guise of the American Revolution. The colonists never did become free of the oligarchy on either side of the imaginary border. The bloodline has remained firmly in control of both corporate states since inception, by design. From their Secret Covenant; “So grand will the illusion of freedom be, they will not even know they are our slaves”
The next lie was Duncan Campbell Scott’s 100 year plan to get rid of the Indian problem (Peace) with the Indian Advancement Act 1924. All versions of the Indian Act today are based on this illegal piece of legislation. This plan created the reservations, child boarding schools, blood-quantum legislation (apartheid) and mass murder of our children. This is the truth.
Here in Kanekota they have left their written words so that we may judge them upon their own words, right now. On the last day of parliament in the Ontario legislature this year, Gilles Bisson of the NDP stood up and recognized our property rights in a long standing dispute with the Toronto District School Board. Here is a copy of his statement regarding the disputed property;
Mr. Gilles Bisson: Members of the assembly would know that there's been
a controversy brewing for time in regards to lands that are owned by the
Toronto District School Board and lands that are claimed by the Mohawk
in regard to the Haldimand proclamation. This is an issue that the
government can find a solution for fairly simply. The Toronto District
School Board told the Mohawk people that if they access that land that
they will charge them with trespassing and use the full extent of the
law to prevent them from using land that was given to them, being the
Mohawk people, through the Haldimand Proclamation. The government, to
fix this, quite simply can do what the Toronto District School Board is
asking and, that is, to purchase the land so that the province gets
title to the land and in exchange the province would then transfer that
land to the Mohawk people.
It seems to me that, if a deal was made some over 100 years ago with the
Mohawk people in order to grant that land to them, that certainly we can
fix this problem by finding a peaceful solution to a situation that
doesn't need to escalate, but the key is that the provincial government
would have to sit down with the Toronto District School Board, and the
Toronto District School Board, as I understand it, is prepared to sell
the land for a sum of around $750,000. So I call on this government to
do that, to enter into negotiations with the Toronto District School
Board, and once the land title has been reverted to the crown, that we
enact what we had done in the Haldimand Proclamation many years ago and
transfer that land back to the Mohawk people so they can use it for
their traditional use.
We wonder when they will honour their own words as they have never done that yet. The rest of the people in the world are judging Canada right now as the globalists gather in Canada, so does the media. We did get a threatening letter from TDSB’s lawyer telling us to not enter the property or we would be liable for trespassing. I responded to them with the “royal proclamation” and the MNR survey and pointed out that admiralty court has no jurisdiction when a royal proclamation is involved. I ordered them to not trespass on the property. In the meantime we lose another year of crops for sustainability because of their delay during planting season. This is the truth and how can you reconcile that?
In kindergarten we learned that everything based on a lie, is a lie. No matter how many pretty lies you use to cover it up, it is still a lie. So let us start with the truth about the lies so we can reconcile the situation. We all want and deserve the truth but can the pyramidal control group handle the truth?
The peace starts in your own mind. If all of us imagine we are at peace, it will affect the conscious field. Let us put our minds together on that.
Unity, Strength, Peace,
thahoketoteh of Kanekota
FCC Accepting Applications for Native Nations Broadband Task Force
June 07, 2010
WASHINGTON, June 7, 2010 – The Federal Communications Commission has announced that it is accepting applications for membership in its newly-established Native Nations Broadband Task Force.
The task force will create a forum in which Native American governments can voice their opinions and concerns as the FCC attempts to expand broadband access to tribal lands. The task force also will be responsible for coordinating the different governments and federal agencies and departments in promoting broadband expansion.
Native American government leaders or their representatives may apply for membership in the task force by July 15. Applicants will be obligated to a two-year membership, and most meetings for the task force will take place in Washington, where travel costs will be at a member’s own expense. At these meetings, the members are asked to disclose any interests or connections to people or entities that will be regulated by the FCC.
The Native Nations Broadband Task Force is part of a National Broadband Plan initiative to connect Native American communities and tribal lands through broadband. The plan not only outlines the task force, but also contains plans for the FCC Office of Native American Affairs, which also is expected to launch this year.
Federal Communications Commission:http://www.fcc.gov/
aving Eagle Rock - a Sacred Site to Native Americans from Kennecott Mining | Fight Back! - News and Views from the People's Struggle
By Laura Furtman - June 05, 2010
I spent most of the month of May at Eagle Rock in the Yellow Dog Plains of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Yes, I am one of the people who was camped there in an effort to save Eagle Rock, a sacred site to the Native American community, from the grip of Kennecott Minerals Company. The site is about 25 miles from Marquette and 45 miles from the reservation of the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community (KBIC), but what happens there has serious consequences for anyone living in the Lake Superior region.
My job at camp was to help prepare and serve up the meals. Just like in most homes, our kitchen was a place where people liked to congregate and talk. As a result, I heard all kinds of things about what was going on and I have a number of questions that need to be answered, especially since our camp was shut down by the police on May 27. Tell me:
What exactly do the 1842 and 1854 treaties say about the land where Eagle Rock is located? Is it ceded territory or unceded territory? Someone needs to look at the original documentation and press the federal government to enforce the treaties as written. This is a federal, not state issue.
Where does the KBIC Tribal Council stand on the desecration of Eagle Rock? Council members won’t give a straight answer to this question or stand up for the KBIC tribal members who were arrested at Eagle Rock on May 27 and charged with trespassing. To me this suggests the Council has sold out its people and become a silent partner with the mining company.
Is the KBIC Tribal Council running the show? Shouldn’t other tribes whose ancestors traveled through the Yellow Dog Plains have a say as to what happens to this sacred site?
Was there an exchange of money or some sort of agreement struck between the KBIC Tribal Council and Kennecott? The Council won’t say, but if there was, a community referendum vote should have been held. This never happened.
Did the KBIC Tribal Council apply several years ago, as reported, to list Eagle Rock as a historic site? If so, where is the paperwork?
Who initiated the removal and arrest of the KBIC tribal members who were camped at Eagle Rock? Was it the KBIC Tribal Council? The FBI? The Michigan Attorney General’s office? Kennecott?
Why was Homeland Security invoked for the arrest of the KBIC tribal members? When a white woman was arrested several weeks ago and charged with trespassing at Eagle Rock, I am told only one squad car was called to the scene. Contrast that with the 20 squad cars, ambulance and fire truck that were called upon for the arrest of two tribal members! Surely this smacks of racial profiling. And what kind of tab will the taxpayers be hit up with for this nonsense?
I respectfully ask all members of the Lake Superior community, whether you live in Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin or Ontario, to please consider the above questions and seek out the answers. We simply cannot leave the fate of a shared treasure, Eagle Rock, in the hands of a single tribal council that appears to be in partnership with the mining industry.
If you go: Events this week recall Duluth lynchings
Published June 07, 2010
A candlelight vigil, a march in downtown Duluth and a screening of a movie about the American Indian boarding school experience will be among activities during the 2010 Week of Remembrance to recall the lynching deaths of Elias Clayton, Elmer Jackson and Isaac McGhie.
Events will begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday when Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial Inc. board members will gather at the memorial site at First Street and Second Avenue East in Duluth for light cleanup.
The other events, all free unless otherwise indicated:
A screening of “Older Than America,” followed by a discussion of the American Indian boarding school experience with Georgina Lightning, the film’s writer and director, 6 p.m. Saturday at the College of St. Scholastica’s Mitchell Auditorium. Light refreshments will be served before the screening. A donation of $12 is suggested.
Eve of Remembrance laying of flowers at the gravesites of Elias Clayton, Elmer Jackson and Isaac McGhie, 7 p.m. June 14, Park Hill Cemetery.
Day of Remembrance March, gather at the Minnesota Power Plaza, Lake Avenue and Superior Street at 5:30 p.m. June 15. The route will take marchers past the old downtown Duluth jail on East Superior Street and up Second Avenue East to the memorial.
Day of Remembrance Observance, with keynote speaker Susana Pelayo-Woodward of the University of Minnesota Duluth Office of Cultural Diversity, 6 p.m. June 15 at the memorial, First Street and Second Avenue East. The speech will be followed by a candlelight vigil until nightfall.
Any support you can round up would be greatly appreciated!
Any support you can round up would be greatly appreciated!
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URGENT: Canada to abolish Barriere Lake Algonquins' customary governance, logging threats increase
ANNOUNCING A CAMPAIGN TO SUPPORT THE ALGONQUINS OF BARRIERE LAKE
OPPOSE SECTION 74 of the INDIAN ACT:
HARPER, STRAHL TO WIPE OUT THE BARRIERE LAKE ALGONQUINS’ CUSTOMARY GOVERNANCE SYSTEM
The Canadian government is preparing to forcibly assimilate Barriere Lake’s customary governance system using an archaic and rarely invoked piece of Indian Act legislation – Section 74. This strategy is a draconian, last ditch attempt to sever the community’s connection to the land, which is at the heart of their governance system. By breaking their connection to the land, the Canadian and Quebec governments hope to get away with violating resource-use agreements and illegally clear-cutting in their traditional territory.
Section 74 hasn’t been forcibly imposed on a community since 1924, when the Canadian government unilaterally deposed the traditional government of Six Nations, padlocking shut the Haudenosaunee Confederacy lodge.
Barriere Lake is one of only two dozen Native communities still operating with a recognized traditional governance system. They attribute the strength of their community, language, knowledge and protection of the land to its endurance. The impacts of losing their customary governance system would have devastating consequences on their way of life.
There is a broad consensus in Barriere Lake in favour of retaining their customs and against a Section 74 order erasing their Customary government.
Take a stand today!
Support the Barriere Lake Algonquins and their inherent right to govern themselves according to their customs:
EVERYWHERE: Write/call/fax Minister of Indian Affairs Chuck Strahl and Indian Affairs Quebec Regional Director Pierre Nepton: http://barrierelakesolidarity.blogspot.com/2007/10
OTTAWA: JOIN Barriere Lake community members in Ottawa on June 14 and 15 2010
June 14: Feast and Celebration of Customary Government: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=125575680806
6:30PM, Monday, June 14, 2010
Mac Hall, Bronson Centre at 211 Bronson Avenue, Ottawa, ALGONQUIN TERRITORY
June 15: Demonstration: Stop Harper and Strahl’s Elimination of Algonquin Customary Government: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=128467113839
11:30AM, Tuesday, June 15, 2010
In front of Indian Affair’s Minister Chuck Strahl’s office
Bank St and Wellington St, Ottawa, ALGONQUIN TERRITORY
TORONTO: Come MARCH with community members at the Indigenous Day of Action Against the G8/G20 on June 24th in Toronto: http://www.defendersoftheland.org/story/179
June 24: Day of Action for Indigenous Rights!
11:00AM, March start point: Queen’s Park, South Lawn
To arrange a bus ride from Ottawa to Toronto for June 24, please send your request athttp://g20.torontomobilize.org/ottawatranspo
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:::: BACKGROUND ::::
The Algonquins of Barriere Lake live on their unceded territory 300 kilometers north of Ottawa, in Quebec. They govern themselves by a customary system, the Mitchikanibikok Anishinabe Onakinakewin. Unlike most First Nations, they have never had band elections imposed on them by the federal government through the Indian Act.
Section 74 of the Indian Act states that the Minister of Indian Affairs can impose an electoral system on First Nations with customary leadership selection processes:
“Whenever he deems it advisable for the good government of a band, the Minister may declare by order that after a day to be named therein the council of the band, consisting of a chief and councillors, shall be selected by elections to be held in accordance with this Act.”
On April 8, 2010, Indian Affairs Minister Chuck Strahl signed off an order to invoke section 74, initiating the process to impose Indian Act band elections on Barriere Lake. The federal government has already hired an electoral officer to oversee this process, meaning the federal government aims to hold elections within a matter of months.
Despite its inclusion in the Indian Act, section 74-imposed band elections would be a violation of Barriere Lake’s Indigenous customs, a draconian interference in their internal affairs, a breach of their constitutionally-protected Aboriginal right to a customary system of government, and a violation of the minimum standards included in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. It is an attempt to politically weaken the community, by destroying the way they have governed themselves since time immemorial.
The affirmation of Aboriginal and Treaty rights in Section 35 of the Canadian Constitution in 1982 guarantees Barriere Lake’s right to maintain their customary system of government. There has been absolutely no case-law since 1982 that would indicate that the Minister has the power to infringe on Barriere Lake’s rights.
The Government move also contradicts a recent Federal Court decision concerning Barriere Lake’s leadership. On February 17, 2010, Federal Court Judge Robert Mainville concluded in the case of Ratt v. Matchewan that Barriere Lake can “select their leadership in accordance with their customs unimpeded by any conditions or requirements which the Minister may deem appropriate.”
But the Canadian government, even if they had Canadian law on their side, would have no authority to interfere with Barriere Lake’s inherent jurisdiction over their lands, which precedes Canadian sovereignty claims by thousands of years. Barriere Lake has never ceded their lands by treaty or agreement and continue to exercise their jurisdiction over their lands by responsibly managing the territory.
Barriere Lake’s customary government is tied to their use of the land – their hunting, fishing, trapping, harvesting over their vast traditional territories. Only those band members who live within their territories and have knowledge and connection to the land can participate in their customary system of government. The position of Chief is based on hereditary entitlement, but other factors are equally or more important, including leadership abilities, knowledge of the land, and community support. Elders have a key role in the leadership selection process, ensuring the customs are respected. They oversee a blazing ceremony, nominating potential leadership candidates who are then approved or rejected by community members in public assemblies. Leadership requires the consent of the governed, meaning leaders can be removed at any time. Such a directly democratic form of government accords well with the community’s decentralized organization.
For the Algonquins of Barriere Lake, their governance system is one of the sources of their political strength and assertiveness: eligible community members have a stake in the land, and they will select leaders who ensure its protection and responsible management.
But if the Canadian government can impose section 74 Indian Act band elections, this will change. Elders will lose customary responsibility for cultivating leaders and for shepherding leadership selections. Voting by secret ballot would undermine the consensus-based, directly democratic process. Fixed terms for elections would destroy the hereditary elements of their system. Indian Act elections would open eligibility for selecting leaders to people on the band registry list, not just those who live and use the traditional territory. As in many First Nations across the country, off-reserve band members who have no stake in the land’s protection but a say in elections or referendums concerning agreements or modern treaties will likely vote for cash deals that may extinguish Inherent, Aboriginal, or Treaty rights to the land.
The federal government’s attack on the community’s inherent right to a customary governance system has served the ends of the Quebec government, which has been allowing forestry companies to illegally log in Barriere Lake’s traditional territory, without consulting and in areas that are supposed to be off-bounds under the terms of the 1991 Trilateral agreement. Quebec has just issued cutting permits for a new period of logging.
—->Please take a moment to support a community that has protected their territory from extractive industries for decades at great expense and sacrifice to their lives.
DEMAND THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT RESPECT BARRIERE LAKE’S CUSTOMARY GOVERNANCE SYSTEM
SEND AN EMAIL VIA THE BARRIERE LAKE SOLIDARITY WEBSITE:http://barrierelakesolidarity.blogspot.com/2007/10
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