FYI, two very important articles from Wawatay News. Sadly outrageous but no surprise. The government of Ontario, Canada, whatever form the colonial entities take is NOT for our benefit. In fact, they are always acting against us in presumptuous ways as if they know best in their patronizing, cultural chauvinism.
Far North Act passed into law
Thursday September 23, 2010
Nishnawbe Aski Nation will not recognize Bill 191, the Far North Act, despite being passed Sept. 23 in the Ontario legislature.
Shortly after the bill was passed, NAN Deputy Grand Chief Mike Metatawabin said the Ontario government cares little for the concerns of First Nations and northern Ontarians.
"It is a disappointing day for all of us who spent tireless hours opposing Bill 191 as our opposition was obviously ignored," Metatawabin said. "As we have stated time and time again, NAN First Nations and tribal councils do not and will not recognize this legislation on our homelands. We will continue to uphold our Aboriginal and treaty rights and jurisdiction over our land. The real fight is just beginning."
Despite the opposition, the Ministry of Natural Resources touted the legislation saying First Nation approval of land use plans is now required by law, a first in Ontario history. An MNR press release said First Nation communities can now identify and approve the areas in the Far North that require protection as well as those areas suitable for economic development.
"With the Far North Act, we have accomplished something ambitious, something exceptional," said Natural Resources Minister Linda Jeffrey. "Together we are entering a new era of social prosperity, economic certainty and environmental protection in the Far North. It is our responsibility as global citizens to make wise land use decisions for this vast and unique part of the province and the world."
The government said land use plans are key to developing the Far North, including the region known as the Ring of Fire, which contains one of the world's largest deposits of chromite, a key ingredient in stainless steel.
The Ontario New Democratic Party voted against Bill 191, stating the Liberals' decision to "ram" the Far North Act through the Ontario legislature is a big step backward for relations between First Nations and the provincial government.
"The premier went back on his pledge to First Nations leaders that he wouldn't move ahead with the Far North Act without their consent," said NDP leader Andrea Horwath. "Despite committing to a new relationship, the McGuinty Liberals think they know better than the First Nations who have lived in the far north for thousands of years. The attitudes displayed in the passing of this bill were supposed to be the attitudes of the past."
Timmins-James Bay MPP Gilles Bisson said the Far North Act remains deeply flawed.
"The act gives the government blanket powers to override local First Nations' land use decisions and does not respect Aboriginal rights to accommodation," Bisson said.
All the NDP MPPs voted against the bill, but it passed with the support of the Liberal majority. Notably absent from the vote were Premier Dalton McGuinty and Thunder Bay Liberal MPP Bill Mauro.
Bisson said the problems with Bill 191 go beyond the issues with First Nations.
"Chambers of Commerce, prospectors and developers, mayors, ... and business owners have all spoken out against the Far North Planning Act. So if everyone is against it, why are they proceeding with it?"
Metatawabin said in a Sept. 22 press release that NAN communities will not compromise their rights as treaty people.
"The law can be passed by the province of Ontario, but this does not promise industry free access to our lands," Metatawabin said, noting that NAN will maintain its former statements that uncertainty and unrest are imminent.
"This is not what we want, but given the province of Ontario and the premier's refusal to honor their commitments to the people of NAN, we have no other choice. First Nations in the Far North have voiced their concerns over and over again regarding this Bill, and yet the premier of Ontario remains unmoved. If there is conflict, if will be up to the province to answer as to why. This government has been given ample opportunity to work with us, but chooses otherwise."
NAN said its First Nations have not been properly consulted on Bill 191, despite the province of Ontario's continued attempts to state otherwise.
Chiefs say no to Bill 191
Thursday August 19, 2010
The Nishnawbe Aski Nation chiefs have said no to Bill 191, the Far North Act, and NAN Grand Chief Stan Beardy said trouble could brew if the bill comes into effect.
"If the bill is forced through, there will be conflict in the North," Beardy said. "There will be no certainty for the government or the investors."
Beardy said NAN chiefs met with Linda Jeffrey, minister of natural resources, Aug. 12 to hear proposed revisions to the act, but it wasn't enough for NAN chiefs.
"Nishnawbe Aski chiefs, communities, people are united," Beardy said Aug. 13 during a press conference in Thunder Bay.
"We are declaring our opposition to Bill 191."
Beardy is calling on industry and environmental groups to withdraw their support for Bill 191 for failing to meet Premier Dalton McGuinty's promise of a true partnership with First Nations.
"We have been very clear in our concerns with Bill 191 however the Ontario government has failed to respond to our issues," Beardy said, explaining that NAN has continually called for Bill 191 to include language and mechanisms to support First Nations jurisdiction and title. "The unilateral imposition of this radical transformation within NAN territory is inconsistent with the spirit and intent of Treaties 9 and 5. Therefore we have no choice but to take collective action to halt this Bill."
Bill 191 is scheduled for third reading in the Ontario legislature Sept. 16, which means the bill just needs royal assent before coming into effect.
NAN Chiefs met for a two-day Emergency Chiefs Assembly Aug. 12-13 to determine any necessary future action to withdraw Bill 191.
Beardy said just because NAN communities are involved in land-use planning it does not mean they support Bill 191. He said the bill would freeze most forms of development in the Far North.
Beardy said Bill 191 takes lands away from NAN First Nations without compensation and seriously undermines the long-term economic opportunities for the NAN communities.
"We will plan for our land and enforce our jurisdiction to make final land-use decisions in the north. That is our treaty right and we will enforce it."
First Nation authority must be recognized: Fiddler
Sandy Lake Chief Adam Fiddler said in the minds and understandings of the chiefs and communities, the province is basically creating one huge provincial park.
"That takes away the jurisdiction that we have, first of all to protect the land but also to look at opportunities for finding ways of developing economic opportunities on the land for our people into the future," Fiddler said. "First Nations are looking at different options, we are all at different stages, but by imposing parkland that takes away the jurisdiction we have."
Whitewater Lake Chief Arlene Slipperjack said her community's economic development opportunities have been lost since the community was surrounded by the Wabakimi Provincial Park, which was originally established in 1983 and expanded to an area one-and-a-half times larger than Prince Edward Island in 1997.
"Whitewater Lake First Nation totally opposes Bill 191," Slipperjack said.
She said her people have no jobs or homes and live "smack in the middle of Wabakimi Provincial Park."
"We have endured 16 years of broken promises by the province," Slipperjack said, explaining that 899 hectares of land was taken away from the community for the park.
"Our hands are tied by the provincial park system and then with this new Bill 191 it's going to be even worse."
By setting aside 225,000 square kilometres in northern Ontario, Fiddler believes the legislation is Ontario's "last-ditch effort" to save the environment after the land, air and water have all been polluted in the south.
"The reality is our people, our Elders, our ancestors, they know how to protect the land, they know how to protect the environment," Fiddler said. "They have been doing it for thousands of years."
Fiddler said the authority of First Nations in the Far North must be recognized, especially when it comes to land-use plans and decisions.
"With the implementation of Bill 191, our rights and title to the land would be stripped from us giving us no control over what happens in our traditional territory," Fiddler said.
Jessica Edwards, spokesperson for NAN Oshkaatisak (Young Peoples Council), said young First Nation people today are more aware than ever of the issues pertaining to their land and the jurisdictional rights they have in their traditional territories.
"It's important for us to have a say in how our lands will be used for our generation and future generations to come," Edwards said. "We too as the NAN Young Peoples Council will stand and oppose Bill 191."
Donna Orr, spokesperson for NAN Women's Council, said they will do whatever it takes to ensure their family's futures are protected.
"As a mother, it is my duty to ensure my children have the right to determine what and when our lands will be used," Orr said. "This should not be up to the Ontario Government to decide on our behalf."
Emergency Actions to Support Anti-War and International Solidarity Activists
Stop FBI Raids and Harassment
We denounce the Federal Bureau of Investigation harassment of anti-war and solidarity activists. The FBI raided seven houses and an office in Chicago and Minneapolis on Friday, September 24, 2010. The FBI handed subpoenas to testify before a federal grand jury to eleven activists in Illinois, Minnesota, and Michigan. The FBI also attempted to intimidate activists in California and North Carolina.
This suppression of civil rights is aimed at those who dedicate their time and energy to supporting the struggles of the Palestinian and Colombian peoples against U.S. funded occupation and war. The FBI has indicated that the grand jury is investigating the activists for possible material support of terrorism charges.
The activists involved have done nothing wrong and are refusing to be pulled into conversations with the FBI about their political views or organizing against war and occupation. The activists are involved with many groups, including: the Twin Cities Anti-War Committee, the Palestine Solidarity Group, the Colombia Action Network, Students for a Democratic Society, and Freedom Road Socialist Organization. These activists came together with many others to organize the 2008 anti-war marches on the Republican National Convention in St. Paul.
We ask people of conscience to join us in fighting this political repression, as we continue working to build the movements against US war and occupation.
Call the U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder at 202-353-1555 or write an email to: AskDOJ@usdoj.gov.
**Stop the repression against anti-war and international solidarity activists.
**Immediately return all confiscated materials: computers, cell phones, papers, documents, etc.
**End the grand jury proceedings against anti-war activists.
Plan and Support national days of protest at FBI offices or Federal Buildings, September 27 and 28th.
A demonstration has been called at the Minneapolis FBI Office Monday, 4:30, September 27th (111 Washington Ave. S.).
In Solidarity, the Anti-War Committee – www.antiwarcommittee.org
The following is a list of the 19 planned protests that we have heard of so far, and the list is growing. Please participate in the one nearest you, or if there is not one in your city, organize one and let us know at email@example.com so we can publicize it and add it to the list:
Please be in touch with the Minnesota Anti-War Committee -www.antiwarcommittee.org
Minneapolis, MN - 4:30, FBI Office Monday, 111 Washington Ave. S.
Chicago, IL - 4:30 Fedeeral Building, Federal Plaza.
Kalamazoo, MI - 4:30 Federal Building, 410 W Michigan Ave
Salt Lake City, Utah - 9 AM at Federal Building
Durham, NC - 12 noon Federal Building, 323 E Chapel Hill St
Buffalo, NY- 4:30 pm at FBI Building - Corner of So. Elmwood Ave. & Niagara St.
Gainesville, FL - Monday, 4:30 PM at FBI Building
NYC, NY - 4:30 to 6pm Federal Building, 26 Federal Plaza,
Newark, NJ - 5 to 6pm Federal Building Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA - 4:30pm Federal Building, 6th & Market,
Washington DC - 4:30 – 5:30 FBI Building, 935 Pennsylvania Ave NW.
Boston, MA - 5 pm, JFK Federal Building
Detroit, MI - 4:30 pm McNamara Federal Building, Michigan Ave. at Cass
Raleigh, NC - 9 am. Federal Building, 310 New Bern Ave
Asheville, NC - 5 pm Federal Building,
Atlanta, GA - Noon, FBI Building
Los Angeles, CA - 5 pm, Downtown Federal Building, 300 N Los Angeles St
Tucson, AZ - 5 pm Federal Building
Albany, NY - 5 to 6 pm Federal Building
It has been a long and fruitful summer.
I do apologize for not writing for too long a time. I have married and moved to SD. I have been refurbishing and renovating space in our place to make an actual office for Red Shoulder Council. I'm making great plans for a new organization geared to our children, elders and veterans. I will send details soon. It will be a 501C3 corporation with a not for profit status.
Red Shoulder Council will be reopening approximately October 15th. I will have an actual office and telephone line for emergency situations. My office hours will be 9-12noon from Monday through Friday with prayer service continuing on Friday nights.
I have needed this hiatus in order to establish an actual office. I am
doing everything from scratch, including refinishing old furniture, etc. It will be a wonderful place for actual sit down meetings with our members. This is being done out of the goodness of my husband Louie's heart. He has given 100% to this cause by getting me a new computer which operates wonderfully, a new desk and many things I need to build this office.
There are issues we have all worked hard for. I would appreciate it if all petition signatures are sent to me at Star Blue Coat, 520 W. Missouri Ave., Apt. 4, Pierre, SD 57501. If we do not have enough signatures, we will continue to collect them until we have the necessary 10 million to abolish the BIA once and for all. Living in SD, I have witnessed poverty beyond comprehension. This stiffling organization must cease and desist once and for all!
I am also getting a petition to have a National Dennis Bank's Day, in which we will all celebrate our Native American Heritage. Mr. Banks has done so much for our people and he is a kind and intelligent wise soul. I can think of no one better to dedicate this day to. I will be sending all the petition to circulate as soon as I regain my files. There was a problem uploading them to my new PC, but this will be rectified.
I pray day and night for your health, safety and guidance. You are all loved and missed dearly.
Red Shoulder will official be open full strength, with renewed energy and spirit.
Love and peace to all,
Healthcare-NOW! National Organizer
Everyone can help- no matter where you live-
It only takes 5 minutes out of your day to do something good, to do something right, and have your voice heard- It will make a difference! Together there is nothing we can not accomplish!
The bull dozers will be coming to Glen Cove on Oct. 16, IF YOU CAN MAKE PLANS TO BE THERE. For more background see:
If you can please contact the individuals below by emails, letters etc.
Greater Vallejo Recreation District
395 Amador Street Vallejo, Ca 94590
(707) 648-4600 FAX (707) 648-4616
City of Vallejo
Mayor Osby Davis
5553 Santa Clara Street
Vallejo, Ca 94590
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For a great interview on Wounded Knee De Campo and on other related issues watch this Youtube by Native TV