Buffalo Field Campaign is the only group working in the field
and in the policy arena to protect America's last wild buffalo.
Buffalo Field Campaign
Update from the Field
April 14, 2011
* Update from the Field
* Send a Mother's Day Card to Help the Buffalo
* TAKE ACTION NOW! Please Keep the Pressure On!
* By the Numbers
* Last Words
* Update from the Field
It is a great pleasure to see these bulls roam freely north of Yellowstone's boundary in the Gardiner Basin. The new habitat access begs the implementation of wildlife safe passage, to keep buffalo and motorists out of harms way on the highway! BFC file photo by Stephany. Click photo for larger image.
Thanks to your tireless support and countless actions over these many years, wild buffalo are gaining a little of their native ground back. Last week, Montana and Yellowstone National Park announced that they will finally allow Yellowstone buffalo to roam portions of their native Montana habitat that they have been refused for too many generations. Buffalo are already benefiting, and have been using this newly accessed habitat for the past few weeks. According to the agencies, the plan is ultimately to allow an unlimited number of buffalo - bull groups and family groups - to use this landscape.
While this development is certainly a positive step, it is not a perfect solution. The buffalo will only be allowed upon these critical lands from January 1 through May 1. Outside this four-month window, buffalo will be aggressively hazed back into Yellowstone. National Forest lands within this zone of tolerance will be open to hunting, and the number of hunting tags will be greatly increased.
Buffalo baffle? BFC was there to witness how this group of bull buffalo would react to this newly installed cattle guard at the southern end of Yankee Jim Canyon on Highway 89. As we learned, it was not something that they were willing to cross, but where there's a will, there's a way. BFC file photo by Stephany. Click photo for larger image.
Cattle guards and fencing have been and will continue to be put in place to try to keep buffalo from migrating further north than Yankee Jim Canyon, which could prove dangerous--to buffalo and other wildlife. Yankee Jim Canyon is what Governor Schweitzer calls the "drop dead zone." Montana has stated that there will be no hazing of buffalo that make it north of this new line: they will all be shot.
Even with a cattle guard, buffalo are not so easily fooled, and they quickly found a way around the cattle guard. BFC volunteers were highly concerned that these mighty bulls would be shot if they ventured further north into the "drop dead zone," so we gently persuaded them to change their direction and they lived to see another day. BFC file photo by Stephany. Click photo for larger image.
North of Yankee Jim Canyon is the Tom Miner Basin and lush Paradise Valley of the Yellowstone River - lush valley lands perfectly suited for buffalo. While these changes bring benefits to buffalo, they bring challenges as well. The agencies are hosting an open house tonight, and we are hoping to learn more details then, which we will share with you.
No girls allowed? These two buffalo cows are a little upset that they and their family members are constantly harassed and pushed off the same land that bulls are now allowed to roam. BFC file photo by Stephany. Click photo for larger image.
For the time being this new habitat access is only open to bull buffalo. Mixed groups - cows, elder matriarchs, yearlings, and other youngsters are being denied their right to roam. Family groups have been hazed by the hundreds every day for the past week.
These two DOL agents were unable to haze this large group of wild buffalo the way they wanted to. The buffalo had their own ideas of what their day was going to entail, and being hazed was not one of them. BFC file photo by Stephany. Click photo for larger image.
This week, the Montana Department of Livestock has been doing most of the hazing without help from Yellowstone National Park, who nearly always participates. Two DOL agents attempted to haze nearly 300 buffalo into Yellowstone Wednesday morning, but the buffalo were feeling the good spring grasses and giving the DOL a well deserved hard time. When we asked one DOL agent why the Park Service wasn't involved, he simply said "they're busy doing other things."
Here, DOL agent Mark Anderson makes a call on his cell phone while hounding a very pregnant buffalo. We heard him say words like "emergency buffalo situation!" and "buffalo not cooperating!" The DOL were on their own today, and the buffalo gave them a great challenge. BFC file photo by Stephany. Click photo for larger image.
While things are certainly moving in a more positive direction for some buffalo, there remain nearly 660 wild buffalo trapped inside the Yellowstone buffalo trap, and their fate remains uncertain. Yellowstone officials are currently stating that they intend to release the buffalo later in the spring, but slaughter is still a possibility, and calving season is barely two weeks away. With calving season only a couple weeks away, some baby buffalo will undoubtedly be born into a world of captivity.
BFC patrols are keeping a close eye on the buffalo, documenting hazing operations, monitoring the traps, talking with locals and visitors, roving the highways, and warning traffic of buffalo in the roads day and night. As the spring tide flows and the days lengthen, volunteers are working overtime in the field, in the policy arena, and on the legal front. We are making slow but steady progress for the buffalo because of you and your never-ending support. Thank you for staying the course; the buffalo are gaining ground.
* Send a Mother's Day Card to Help the Buffalo
Buffalo Field Campaign is happy to announce the return of our immensely popular Mother's Day card fundraiser. With the recent passing of barb abramo, BFC's Office Coordinator and one of two women who gave incredible amounts of time, energy, and passion to make this project possible, we weren't sure if we would be able to offer cards this year. But when Kathleen Stachowski--the artist whose vision and dedication gave rise to this popular fundraiser--told us that she wanted to make a special card this year, we knew that it would be the perfect way to honor barb's memory.
For just $15 Buffalo Field Campaign will send one of these beautifully designed and hand-colored cards to the recipient of your choice. Please use this link to view and order cards and remember that the deadline for ordering is Monday, April 25. We will send the cards to arrive by Mother's Day, May 8.
* TAKE ACTION NOW! Please Keep the Pressure On!
1. Please contact your Members of Congress requesting that they co-sign a letter to National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis encouraging Yellowstone National Park to find habitats for wild buffalo to roam. Take Action Now!
2. Ask Governor Schweitzer to Veto Bad Buffalo Bills. Several bills that would cause great harm to wild bison and bison restoration efforts in Montana have moved through the Montana Legislature. Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer has hinted that he may veto these bad bills. Americans everywhere should contact Governor Schweitzer asking him to veto HB 318, SB 174, SB 184, and SB 212. Take Action Now!
3. Don't Let APHIS Harm More Bull Buffalo! APHIS has not returned to the West Yellowstone area for nearly two weeks. Please keep the pressure on them to leave bull buffalo alone! If you haven't contacted APHIS yet, please learn more and take action, and help us spread the word!
Watch BFC's video
Contact FWP's Wildlife Chief Ken McDonald and urge him to revoke APHIS's permit
Contact Becky Frey, APHIS, and tell her she is not welcome to molest bulls buffalo on our public lands or anywhere else!
* By the Numbers
AMERICAN BUFFALO ELIMINATED from the last wild population in the U.S. The last wild population is currently estimated at fewer than 3,600 individual buffalo.
2010-2011 Total Buffalo Killed: 221
2010-2011 Government Capture: 659
2010-2011 Government Slaughter: 0
2010-2011 Died In Government Trap: 3
2010-2011 Miscarriage in Government Trap: 1
2010-2011 State & Treaty Hunts: 211
2010-2011 Quarantine: 0
2010-2011 Shot by Agents: 2
2010-2011 Highway Mortality: 5
2009-2010 Total: 7
2008-2009 Total: 22
2007-2008 Total: 1,631
* Total Since 2000: 3,932*
*includes lethal government action, trap-related fatalities, quarantine, hunts, highway mortality
* Last Words
“It’s a native species, for God’s sake. You cannot be more Montana than the buffalo.”
~ Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer, as quoted by the Associated Press this month.
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Hundreds of people forced from homes in Peguis First Nation due to rising waters
About 515 people have now been forced out of their houses on the Peguis First Nation due to rising waters, said officials Wednesday.
Crews were also rushing to sandbag homes.
Peguis First Nations Chief Glenn Hudson said that as of Wednesday morning, about 150 homes were either flooded or completely surrounded by water. He said 40 roads in the community have also been washed out by the rising Fisher River.
Residents were being moved to Winnipeg or Gimli.
The Red Cross has initiated a phone line to register evacuees. Evacuees are encouraged to call 1-888-662-3211.
The province also released a new flood update on Wednesday, which said a forecast for the Red River's crest levels have been "reduced slightly" but levels are still expected to be "somewhat above 2009 levels for all points on the river."
Flood watches are currently in effect on the Pembina River, near Rock Lake, and along the Souris River, near Melita.
Approximately 55 provincial highways are affected by flooding and are closed or open only to local traffic, said the province. About another 300 municipal roads are also closed.
Emergency Measures Minister Steve Ashton said there have never been so many roads under water and so many rivers at capacity at the same time in the province.
Part of it is due to extensive overland flooding and ice jams, as well as frozen streams and ditches.
"I want to stress this is a very significant flood," said Ashton.
Provincial officials advised that driving on closed or water-covered roads can be hazardous.
In Winnipeg, officials said fewer homes will need to be sandbagged. It's now been reduced from 560 to 129. Most of the homes needing sandbags are on Kingston Crescent, Scotia Street and Glenwood Crescent. Volunteers are still needed to help. Anyone interested in assisting is asked to call 311.
Bay Area Indian Calendar, April 13, 2011
Thanks to American Indian Contemporary Arts for the calendar. More info is linked to the Bay Native Circle page at www.kpfa.org. To include events in calendar send text info to Janeen Antoine or post on the Bay Area Native American Indian Network.
Bay Native Circle at kpfa 94.1 airs Weds 2–3 pm with rotating hosts Lakota Harden; Janeen Antoine; Morningstar Gali and Ras K’Dee. Thanks for listening to BNC, live, podcast, online and archived for 2 weeks, and made possible through your public support. Please if you can, support kpfa.org with a financial contribution. Thank you.
Thurs, Apr 14, 6:30 pm, Russell Means: Patriarchy, the Ultimate Conspiracy, Matriarchy, The Ultimate Solution. Tressider Oak Lounge, Stanford University. Presented by Sioux Awareness Week in Honor of SAIO’s 40th Anniversary. rsvp FB.
Thursday, April 14, 2011, 5:00 p.m. Alison Owings speaks about her book Indian Voices at UC Berkeley. All welcome. Books will be available for sale. UC Berkeley, Ethnic Studies Library, 30 Stephens Hall, Berkeley, California.
Thurs, Apr 14, The Protect Glen Cove Committee and the Board of Directors of Sacred Sites Protection and Rights of Indigenous Tribes (SSP&RIT) have received information that leads us to believe that the desecration of Glen Cove will begin on April 15, and are calling for an Assembly of all Warriors on April 14, at SSP&RIT headquarters, 400 Keats Drive in Vallejo. Be prepared to actively protest this assault at Glen Cove. You will be camping out at the Sogorea Te site; bring blankets, sleeping bags, tents, food; mess kit, clothing to protect you from chemical attacks (just in case), also cameras, video cameras, walkie-talkies, cell phone chargers. Bring you sacred medicine and join our prayer circle at Glen Cove for this non-violent peaceful project with no drugs/weapons. If you can't make the trip, make a phone call and keep the phone lines of GVRD and the City of Vallejo busy. GVRD: 707.648-4600 Vallejo Mayor: 707.648-4377. Those wiling to face this assault email contact info to email@example.com for instructions. For text notification email your phone number to [firstname.lastname@example.org]. All support is needed. FMI: www.protectglencove.org.
Apr 15, Jul 15 and Aug 19, 4-6 pm. American Indian Care Awareness Days: food, games, prizes, raffle, appointments, eye exams, diabetes screening, and blood pressure control info. Native American Health Center, 2950 International Blvd., Oakland. FMI: Dawn Lulua-Claxton, 510-535-4471.
Fri Apr 15 (10 pm) through Sun Apr 17 (6 pm), SOMARTS sponsor "The Good Look Festival” integrates media literacy and environmental justice solutions through alternative pedagogical practices. Featuring Michael Franti, Benjamin and Peter Bratt, community, youth, educators, artists, filmmakers, and organizers with three levels of advocacy -- international, local, and personal with films, panels, and Q&As; at CCA Oakland, and Mission High School in SF. ***Includes a State of the Environmental Union address, Youth Dance (Dance for the Earth), Educator Awards, and 1st annual Green Comedy Jam, Contemporary Oral Traditions, Women's Empowerment, Browning the Green Movement, EcoArt Lesson Planning/ Empower Point Presentations, Sustainable Administrative Practice. Good Look Film Festival: Two Spirits, La Mission, Reel Injun, Adjust Your Color: The Truth of Petey Greene, Blue Gold: World Water Wars, Girl Trouble, Me Facing Life, Copyright Criminals and special panel including DJs, Rappers, Digital and street artists, illustrators, and graphic designers.
Sat, Apr 16, Healing Pole Ceremony, at Indian Canyon near Hollister. A carved healing pole will be unveiled and celebrated. The pole, a 30' cedar log cedar log weighing tons and carved in SF by Shane Eagleton, was once a boom (or bumper float) separating ammunition ships at Port Chicago during WWII. A sister pole is at Ground Zero in NYC. They were "boom" float logs, once chained together to separate ships at Port Chicago, scene of a huge catastrophe in WWII days when an ammunition ship exploded - vaporizing the ship and killing scores of African American low-level sailors who had been
relegated to stevedore jobs in those racist days. FMI: Gallery, also on FB: Healing Pole, and follow Kanyon’s photos on Twitter @IndianCanyon_CA.
Sat. Apr. 16, 10 am - 6 pm, The Indigenous Women's Alliance of Mills College invite all to the Mills College Powwow, 5000 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland. Gourd Dancing 11:00, Grand Entry 12:00, Retreat 6:00. Contest Dancing, All Ages, All Categories (Adults 18+, Teens 13-17, Juniors 6-12, Tiny Tots 5 and Under). Host Southern / Northern Drums! Native Arts and Crafts, Indian Tacos, Danza Azteca. Vendors contact: Jean Wong, email@example.com, 510.430.2080 or Dr. Melinda Micco, firstname.lastname@example.org, 510.430.3324
Sat, Apr 16, 1:30-3:30 pm, Lecture: The Two Worlds of Ishi, California Indian Museum and Cultural Center, 5250 Aero Drive, Santa Rosa, CA 95403. 707.579-3004.
Sat-Sun, Apr 16-17 Indian Arts and Crafts Market, California State Indian Museum, 2618 K St., Sacramento. Native artisans come from all over California to participate in this event. Enjoy shopping for artwork, baskets, gourds, jewelry, soapstone and elk horn carvings, drums, and much, much more. Regular museum admission fees apply. (916) 324-0971 or www.parks.ca.gov/indianmuseum.
Sun, Apr 17, 10th Annual Spring Celebration, Maidu Museum, 1970 Johnson Ranch Dr., Roseville. Opening blessing, honoring elders, Native California dance groups, cultural heritage demonstrations, craft fair, guided tours of historic site, children's activities and storytelling. 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (916) 774-5934 or www.roseville.ca.us/indianmuseum.
Thurs, Apr 21, 7:30- 9:30pm. The 13 Grandmothers’ screening of their new film "For the next 7 Generations", California Theater, 2113 Kittredge St, Berkeley.tickets 15$ advance, 20 at door. The grandmothers will share their mission and introduce the film that documents the coming together of the Grandmothers Council. A short Q & A follows. FMI: www.grandmotherscouncil.org. Originating from all corners of the world, these 13 wise women elders, shamans and medicine women have formed an alliance for a peaceful and sustainable planet. They have been traveling the planet holding council and ceremony together since 2004. Their wisdom shines through these powerful times. Join the grandmothers for these very special events as they share their ancestral knowledge for these modern times.
Fri, April 22, 9 am- 3 pm. Workshop with Grandmothers, Humanist Hall, 411 28th st. Oakland. Tickets: $100 (includes vegetarian lunch). Enjoy intimate time with the Grandmothers as they open up to spirit, sharing their messages with us. advance tickets: brownpapertickets.com. FMI: www.grandmotherscouncil.org. Originating from all corners of the world, these 13 wise women elders, shamans and medicine women have formed an alliance for a peaceful and sustainable planet. They have been traveling the planet holding council and ceremony together since 2004. Their wisdom shines through these powerful times. Join the grandmothers for these very special events as they share their ancestral knowledge for these modern times.
Fri, April 22, 7-11 pm, SNAG Earthday Celebration, Galeria De La Raza, 2857 24th Street, SF. ($5 suggested donation). The celebration includes Artists Exhibition: Richard Castaneda, Rene Castro, Nizhoni Ellenwood, Spencer Keeton Cunningham, Rye Purvis, Anthony Sul, Cy Wagoner, Peps 357, Merisha Lemmer. Eco Fashion Show: Amelia Berrumen (Itzpapalotl), Laryssa Verdussen and Rachel Znerold (Loft 1513). Performances by: The Bluntest, Sista Hailstorm, Linda Koffman, Daygots, Guerilla Queens, Backwordz Medicine, Ras K’dj & SNAG youth Dj’s. Traditional Song and Dance by: Ta’c’wees (Traditional Acapella), Dancing Feathers (Youth Inter-tribal Dancers). Fresh Squeezed Juice Bar & Youth Art Exhibit on the new SNAG bio-bus. Native Arts/Crafts Vendors. For vendor applications, email email@example.com. FMI: http://snagmagazine.tumblr.com/. RSVP: FB: https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=155472117847535&ref=ts.
Sat, Apr 30, 10 am - sundown, Sofia Yohema 2nd Annual Gathering, Honoring Our Daughters, at Lake Yosemite, Merced. California Traditional Dancers, Arts/Crafts, Youth Activities, youth hand games tourney, dinner, storytelling, raffle, prizes, NO camping. Demo booths for baskets, clapper sticks, berrys, etc. Free, No drugs, tobacco, alcohol or pets. FMI: Johnny Clay, 209-230-0192, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, May 1 · 10 am - 6 pm, UC Berkeley Powwow, Location TBA. Headstaff: MC Tom Phillips, AD Earl Neconie, HM Marc Keka, HW Aurora Mamea, Honor Guard Joseph Smith, Head Gourd Erik Kimple, Host Northern All Nations Singers, Host Southern Red Buffalo, Outgoing Princess Juliet Small, Contest Tabulator Kaylene Kimple. Vendors contact Ruth Hopper at 510-642-6613 or email@example.com. FMI: Bridget Wilson, 510-643-7902, firstname.lastname@example.org.
May 6-8, 2011. Stanford Powwow, held every Mother’s Day Weekend in the Eucalyptus Grove on Stanford campus. Open to the Public | Rain or Shine. Donation for admission. FMI: stanfordpowwow.org.
Fri, May 13 - Sun, May 15. 3rd Annual Pit River "Big Time" Powwow, Pit River Casino, 20265 Tamarack Ave Burney. map and directions. ***MC - Fred Hill Sr., Arena Director: Carlos Calica, Head Man: Ardell Scalplock, Head Lady: Henrietta Scalplock, Host Drum: North Bear - Lame Deer, MT, Invited Drum: Southern Express - WA, Host Local Drum: Northern Eagle - Chico, CA Special Contests: Sweep the Tee Pee, Clown Dance, Chicken Dance, Hand Drum Contest, more TBA.
Sat, May 14, 5am - Noon, 12th Annual Bloody Island Memorial, In honor of the Pomo Indian people that perished and those that survived the Bloody Island Massacre of 1850. To Forgive the Oppressor is the Medicine that heals. The Sunrise Ceremony starts at 5:30 am. Potluck Breakfast 8 am: speakers and dancers at Oddfellows Hall, Upper Lake. Cleanup of Oddfellows Hall: 12 Noon(Volunteers welcome). Directions: From Upper Lake, go 1.5 miles east on Hwy 20, turn right at Reclamation Road, go 2.5 miles and park on the side of the Road. FMI: Clayton Duncan 707.274-6788.
Sat/Sun, May 13-14, California Indian Market, Heritage park, Black Oak Casino, Tuolumne, CA. Two day event celebrates the 10th anniversary of the market, FMI: Jennifer D. Bates, 209.928.9378, email@example.com.
Fri, May 20, 8 pm, Dancing Earth's "Of Bodies Of Elements", one night only, at the San Francisco International Arts Festival, at Marine Memorial Theatre, 609 Sutter, San Francisco. For the 2011 San Francisco International Arts Festival, SFIAF will put Tickets on sale Tuesday Mar 1 at www.sfiaf.org offering a limited amount of tickets at the Special Early Bird Rate of $12, (less then HALF the regular ticket price!). Only about 5% of the seats (maybe 30 seats) are being sold at this rate so jump on it if you can!
Sat, Jun 18, 12 noon - 3 pm, 13th Annual Native Contemporary Arts Festival, with music, dance, artist tables, free family event. Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco. Sponsors Yerba Buena Arts & Events, American Indian Contemporary Arts. Yerba Buena Gardens is between Mission and Howard Street and 3rd/4th Streets in San Francisco. FMI: www.ybgf.org or 415.543-1718.
Sat, Jun 18, 5-11pm, Traditional California Big Time Gathering. The Ohlone Costanoan Rumsen Carmel Tribe hosts a ceremony on traditional Ohlone land, features dance and song groups from five supporting California tribes: Elem Indian Colony, Pit River Maidu, Shingle Springs Miwok, Stewarts Point Kashaya Band of Pomo, and Manchester Pomo. Programs are in both in the Yerba Buena Center Forum and Yerba Buena Gardens between Mission and Howard Street and 3rd/4th Streets in San Francisco. Presented by the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival in association with Yerba Buena Gardens Festival, the Contemporary Native Arts Festival, and organized by the Ohlone Profiles Project.
Extended Voices: Prints from Crow's Shadow Press, In collaborations with Tamarind Master Printer Frank Janzen, the exhibition features a selection of prints reflecting a range of techniques practiced by established and emerging Native artist artsits. Including Rick Bartow, Edgar Heap of Birds, James Lavadour, Kay Walkingstick, Joe Feddersen, Marie Watt, Phillip John Charette, Gerald McMaster, Wendy Red Star and others. April 4 through June 12, CN Gorman Museum, UC Davis. CN Gorman Museum, 1316 Hart Hall, UC Davis. Mon-Fri 12 - 5pm & Sun 2 - 5pm, http://gormanmuseum.ucdavis.edu/ FMI: firstname.lastname@example.org 530.752-6567.
California Indians: Making a Difference, The California Museum, 1020 O St., Sacramento. This exhibit is the first statewide project to emphasize Native voices in California. Visitors will be immersed in California Indian culture through displays of California Indian artifacts, oral histories, photographs, maps, and contemporary art. FMI: 916.653-7524 or www.californiamuseum.org.
Olmec: Colossal Masterworks of Ancient Mexico, February 19, 2011 - May 8, 2011, featuring more than 100 objects, drawn primarily from Mexican national collections with additional loans from over 25 museums, is presented at the de Young Museum. Included in the exhibition are colossal heads, a large-scale throne, and monumental stelae in addition to precious small-scale vessels, figures, adornments, and masks. Olmec brings together for the first time new finds and monuments that have never been seen by American audiences and reveals new scholarship on Olmec culture and artifacts. At the De Young Museum in SF.
The Latin@ Printmakers Exhibition: Grabados de Paz y Guerra, Jerry Adams Gallery, Berkeley City College, 2050 Center Street, near Berkeley BART. Curated by Juana Alicia Araiza, the show comments on war, violence, immigration, international movements of resistance and peace and runs through April 30. The Jerry Adams Gallery is on the first floor of the college, and the artwork is visible through plate glass windows on Center Street. The six-week exhibit is part of an eighteen-month long project: Sorrows of War: Struggles for Peace, which includes a lecture series, exhibits and curricular offerings. Featured Artists: Ester Hernández, Juan Fuentes, Tirso Araiza, Artemio Rodriguez, Jesus Barraza, Melanie Cervantes, Emmanuel C. Montoya, Gabriel Martinez. FMI: Juana Alicia email@example.com.
New World Border, Artists Respond to US/Mexico Border Wall. Thurs, Mar 3 – Sat, Apr 30, Reception: Sat, Mar 12, 3:30-5:30 pm. La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, 510-849-2568. Gallery: Mon - Fri 10-4 and by appt. The wall, now being constructed across the length of the US/Mexico border, is like a knife cutting off neighbors, wildlife, indigenous people, and families, inflaming hatred and contributing to an atmosphere of vigilantism and oppression. Responding are esteemed Latino Poster Movement artist Malaquias Montoya, Black Panther Minister of Culture Emory Douglas, Kearny Street Workshop icon Nancy Hom, New York political illustrator Frances Jetter, California Indian Art Movement co-founder Frank LaPena, and many other artists. Exhibit organizers: Francisco Dominguez, Art Hazelwood, Doug Minkler.
NMAI Events: Small Spirits: Dolls from the National Museum of the American Indian, Mar 5 - Feb 12, 2012, Preston Singletary: Echoes, Fire, and Shadows, Mar 19 - Sep 5, 2011 Both at George Gustav Heye Center, New York, NY. Artist Talk: Margarete Bagshaw: Three Generations of Pushing Boundaries, Saturday, Mar 12, 2 - 3 pm, Room 4018-19, NMAI, Washington, D.C. Live Webcast. Vantage Point: The Contemporary Native Art Collection, Washington, D.C. The exhibit includes pieces by Marie Wyatt (Seneca), James Lavadour (Walla Walla), Alan Michelson (Mohawk), Truman Lowe (Ho-Chunk), Rick Bartow (Wiyot), Judith Lowry (Hammawi Band Pit River/Mountain Maidu/Washo/Scottish-Irish/Australian), James Luna (Puyukitchum [Luiseño]), and Catherine Nelson-Rodriguez (Luiseño/Wailaki/Choctaw). For more information call (202) 633-1000 or visit www.nmai.si.edu.
National Museum of the American Indian's Indigenous Contemporary Arts Program Accepting Applications for Artist Leadership Program. Indigenous artists of the Western Hemisphere or Hawai'i will receive career, leadership, and artistic training on a funded ten-day trip to the museum in Washington, D.C., and will then receive $7,000 to complete a project in their home communities. Deadline: May 2, 2011.
For 19 years, the SF Arts Commission Cultural Equity Grant Program (CEG) has provided grants to individual artists and arts organizations in San Francisco's diverse communities. In this critical time of changing economics and demographics in San Francisco, it is important that we clearly understand how best to serve you and other San Francisco artists and arts providers. The SFAC seeks surveys completed by CEG grantees and applicants. Surveys completed by 5pm on Tuesday, April 26th are eligible to be entered in a contest to win $100. Please help us by completing the following 15 minute survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/NYB7ZMK.
The School of Art at Arizona State University seeks qualified candidates for a year long, non-tenure track Visiting Assistant Professor position for the academic year 2011-12, pending funding approval this May to teach survey courses (Native Art of North American, Southwest Indian Art and/or other appropriate areas) and seminars. Requires a PhD or ABD status, college or university teaching experience beyond a Teaching Assistantship, and evidence of ongoing research and writing. Teaching load, at least 3/2, to be negotiated. Submit a letter of interest, a CV and contact information for three professional references to Kate C. Duncan Professor, Art History School of Art, Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts Arizona State University Tempe, AZ 85287-1505 Ph: 480.433-0397, 480.423-9314 Fax: 480.965-8338.
The Winnemem Wintu are working on two very important efforts right now and seek your letters of support. First, this summer they will hold the Bałas Chonas, or Coming of Age Ceremony, for the young woman who will become the next spiritual leader of the Tribe. They need support in getting a stretch of McCloud River temporarily closed this summer to create the privacy the Tribe needs to bring their next leader into womanhood. The second effort is to bring their salmon home from New Zealand. A professor from New Zealand notified the Tribe that salmon eggs from McCloud River Salmon were transported to New Zealand and miraculously established a healthy salmon fishery. They now need the cooperation of the US and California State Governments to establish their own hatchery from the salmon to be returned by the Maori. FMI: www.winnememwintu.us.
The 2011 Carol Jorgensen Scholarship for Environmental Stewardship awards $1,000 to a full time student pursuing an undergraduate degree in an environmental stewardship discipline, and honors Carol Jorgensen, Tlingit from the Yandestake Village and Eagle/Killer Whale Fin House of Klukwan whose service to her family, community, country, and Mother Earth was an inspiration for all. A complete application is due June 3, 2011. sent via e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org), fax (202.564.0298), or regular mail to: SAIGE Carol Jorgensen Memorial Scholarship for Environmental Stewardship c/o Luke Jones, American Indian Environmental Office (2690-M) US EPA, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20460.
The Alcoa Global Service Leaders Scholarship Program invites h.s. students (grades 9-11) anywhere in the world to apply for full scholarships up to $5,000 to attend ICL's 2011 Summer Academy, a comprehensive, two-week hands-on summer leadership program for students at Dwight International School in Vancouver Island, Canada. Students will learn about sustainable leadership and will master key leadership skills through workshops, team-building exercises, games, and excursions.
Galería de la Raza invites Native American and Indigenous artists living in the Bay Area to participate in three FREE 5-hour program planning and grantwriting workshops. Galería will subsequently award at least 3 commissions between $250 and $1500 to artists working in all disciplines to create and stage innovative community-building projects that will be presented at Galería during 2011-2012. For detailed information of the workshops and commissioning process, go to www.galeriadelaraza.org/. Deadline Apr 20.
Friendship House Case Manager, Nick Volpe, will compete in the ‘Devil Mountain Double Century’ bike race on April 30, 2011. He will ride 206 miles and climb over 18,600 feet in just one day! He has generously offered to raise funds for the Friendship House in conjunction with the competition. To learn more or make a contribution to this exciting project please visit our website at www.friendshiphousesf.org. Thanks in advance for your support.
Request for Proposals - Honor the Earth’s “Building Resilience in Indigenous Communities” for summer granting cycle. Ddln: April 15, 2011 FMI: HonorGrants@honorearth.org.
Sign up to volunteer for the Stanford Powwow! We need a lot of volunteers to make the Powwow run smoothly. Sign up for a shift and get a Stanford Powwow T-shirt. Email email@example.com to volunteer.
Save Your Home From Foreclosure, California has 4 NEW Housing Finance programs that can provide direct assistance to help prevent foreclosure. Unemployment Mortgage Assistance Program (UMA) - Provides up to 6 months free mortgage payments for unemployed homeowners. Mortgage Reinstatement Assistance Program (MRAP) - Provides up to $15,000 in mortgage payments for homeowners that have experienced a change in household circumstance which has led to default. Principal Reduction Program (PRP) - Provides funding to homeowners whose homes are now worth less than their mortgage. Transition Assistance Program (TAP) - Provides money for relocation costs in the event of a short sale or deed in lieu of foreclosure. To find out if you or someone you know is eligible for one of these federally funded programs click here. I encourage you to forward this e-mail to homeowners facing financial hardships. You may also contact my office at (510) 286-1400. My staff can assist you with information about foreclosure prevention programs or other state services. Nancy Skinner, Assemblymember 14th District, FMI: http://asmdc.org/members/a14/resources/item/2826-save-your-home-from-foreclosure?utm_source=email&utm_medium=eAlert&utm_campaign=Skinner_Keep_Your_Home
Alameda Co. Arts Commission now accepting submissions from Alameda County artists for 2 new opportunities. Professional artists who make two-dimensional or low-relief, wall-mounted artwork are invited to apply. FMI: (www.callforentry.org). Search the list for “Alameda County Arts Commission”. Complete application information available at http://acgov.org/arts/html/opportunities.html or call (510)208-9646 for a copy by mail.
Joseph A. Myers Center for Research on Native American Issues & Center for Urban Ethnography Summer Internship and Mentoring Program for UCB undegrads. Applications Due May 1. FMI: http://crnai.berkeley.edu/.
Kaiser Permanente in Oakland and Richmond are looking for qualified high school students, ages 15-20, for the LAUNCH (Learn About Unlimited New Careers in Health Care) High School Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) for paid summer work experience at Kaiser to underserved high school students. FMI: [ http://xnet.kp.org/hr/ca/youth/syep/index.htm ]http://xnet.kp.org/hr/ca/youth/syep/index.htm
The Community Spirit Awards, a national fellowship award of $5,000 from First Peoples Fund for American Indian artists to "practice their art." Nominate at First Peoples Fund or send a postcard with complete names and addresses of nominee and nominator to PO Box 2977, Rapid City, SD 57709. Applications will be mailed after May 31 nomination deadline. A national selection committee will select awardees.
A free 48 page Student Resource Guide is available from California Congresswoman Lucille Royball-Allard.
May 19-21, Third Annual Meeting of the Native American & Indigenous Studies Association, at the Hyatt Regency, 1209 L Steet, Sacramento, CA, Host: Department of Native American Studies, UC Davis. The NAISA Council is accepting proposals for individual papers, panel sessions, or roundtables. Must be NAISA member. Limit submissions to one proposed session per person. FMI: naisa.org.
San Francisco Tlingit & Haida Community Council newsletter, contact Kathryn Paddock, President, 415.887-9315.
Kawika Alfiche’s single "Ho`i Hou Mai" from the upcoming album: KALE`A (CD purchase for Mar release) at www.hawaiitunes.com for $3.00. Proceeds benefit Hawaiian Cultural Center in So. San Francisco. Tour begins in Mar.
Subscribe to News From Native California for a $22.50. Read a message from Margaret Dubin, Managing Editor of News.
Free Bay Area events: mybart.org, and sf.funcheap.com. Also in Oakland, kids eat for free. Arts calendars for Oakland, Emeryville, Berkeley & Richmond 510arts.com.
TV: San Jose, Channel 15, Native Voice TV, Sat 4-5 pm. Hosts Cihuapili and Michael New Moon. Also 1st, 3rd, 4th Mon, 8 pm courtesy La Raza Round Table.
Bay Native Circle, Wed 2-3 pm, kpfa.org 94.1 fm, McVicar / Antoine producers, Berkeley.
Indian Time Tues 8-10 pm, kkup.com 91.5 fm, Jack Hyatt/David Romero.
Native Way, 2nd/4th Sun, 1-3 pm, David Romero / Veronica Gonzales. San Jose.
On Native Ground - Where Art Speaks! kdvs.com, 90.3 fm,Thurs 8:30-9:30 am, Jack Kohler / Patrice Pena. Sovereignty Sound, DJ Ya-nah, Sun 3-6 am, 916.380-2818. Davis.
Webworks: Voices of the Native Nation, 3rd/4th Wed, 6-8 pm, kpoo.com 89.5, Mary Jean Robertson, San Francisco.
Bay Area native community network.
Bay Area Indian Calendar.
News from Native California Quarterly newsletter. Submissions by email, or PO Box 9145, Berkeley, CA 94709 or fax 510.549-1889.
East Bay (To Tuolumne)
Four Directions AA Meetings, Suns at 2, IFH, 523 International Blvd, Oakland. Meetings: 1st Sun: Birthdays; 2nd Sun: As Bill Sees It; 3rd Sun: Step Study; 4th Sun: Basket Drop. Children welcome, open meeting. FMI Vermaine @415-933-1259.
Lakota conversation class, Mon, 6:30 - 8:30 pm, IFH, 523 International, Oakland. FMI: Janeen. *** Healthy potluck, donations requested per class. Lila wopila to IFH, Advocates for Indigenous California Language Survival, Community Futures Collective, AICA and AICRC for helping our tiyospaye learn Lakota. Thanks also to Willie who is temporarily away as he prepares for the coming of his expected twins with his partner Christina.
Medicine Warriors All Nations Dance Practice. Free, open to all. Thurs, 7-9 pm, IFH, 523 International, Oakland. Motto: Friendship, Fitness, Fun.
Gathering Tribes, 1412 Solano, Albany. 510.528-9038. Weekend artist presentations.
Intertribal Friendship House, 523 International Blvd, Oakland. 510.836-1955. Classes: Mon: 6:30-8:30 Lakota, Tues: 6-9 pm, Beading Circle w Gayle Burns, Drum, Aerobics. Thurs: Medicine Warriors/All Nations Dance, Fri: Talking Circles, Sat: Gardening, Parenting. Library open some Tues/Thurs.
Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak St, Oakland. 501.238-2200. Historical display of California lifeways/basketry. Free First Suns.
Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology, UC Berkeley, 103 Kroeber Hall, Berkeley. 510.643-7649. Wed-Sat, 10 am-4:30 pm, Sun 12-4 pm. Free; $5 tours, $2 children.
North Bay (To Sacramento)
CN Gorman Museum, 1316 Hart Hall, UC Davis. firstname.lastname@example.org 530.752-6567.
California Indian Museum, 1020 O St, Sacramento. “American Masterpieces: Artistic Legacy of California Indian Basketry,” Through early 2010, Admission.
California Indian Museum & Cultural Center, 5250 Aero Drive, Santa Rosa, 707.579-3004, email@example.com. “Ishi: A California Indian Story of Dignity, Hope, Courage and Survival.”
Jesse Peter Native American Art Museum, Santa Rosa Jr. College, Bussman Hall, 1501 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa. 707.527-4479. California cultures, artists change monthly.
Maidu Museum and Historic Site, 1960 Johnson Ranch Dr., Roseville. 916.774-5934.
Marin Museum of the American Indian, 2200 Novato Blvd., Novato, 415.897-4064. “Sharing Traditions,” last Sat, 1-4 pm. Tues-Sun 12-4 pm. Free.
Mendocino County Museum. 400 E. Commercial St., Willits, 707.459-2739. Wed-Sun: 10-4:30. Pomo baskets and basket weavers. Free.
Northern California Flute Circle. 530.432-2716. Native Am. Flute concerts & workshops.
Pacific Western Traders, 305 Wool St., Folsom. 916.985-3851 Wed-Sun, 10-5. Native American arts, books, recordings, videos, Pendletons. Changing exhibits.
Vallejo Inter-Tribal Council. Mugg’s Coffee Shop, Ferry Building, 495 Mare Island Way, Vallejo. 707.552-2562 or 707.554-6114. Call to confirm Wed 7 pm meetings.
West Bay (SF Peninsula)
Learn powwow and honor songs. 1st Tuesday every month 7:30 - 9:00 pm, at LGBT Center, 1800 Market Street, San Francisco. Ask for BAAITS drum practice; Jaynie Weye Hlapsi aka (Jaynie Lara) leads the classes sings and drums on Sweet Medicine Drum.
Cantor Arts Center, Stanford. 650-723-4177. “Living Traditions: Arts of the Americas,” Northwest Coast, California, Southwest, and Mesoamerica collections. Wed–Sun. Free.
de Young Museum, Teotihuacan murals, California baskets, Inuit/Eskimo art, Pueblo pottery. Free 1st Tues, Golden Gate Park, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr, SF, 415.750-3600. For admission to see the Olmec: Colossal Masterworks of Ancient Mexico
Admission for Olmec exhibit: $25 adults; $22 seniors 65+; students with ID $21; youth 6–17 $15. Members and children 5 and under are free; the first Tuesday of every month is free. Advance purchase: $5 discount on all tickets. Group (10 or more) $16 per person with advance purchase. FMI: www.deyoungmuseum.org; 415-750-3600.
Images of the North. Inuit sculptures, prints, masks, jewelry, several exhibits yearly, Oct. Cape Dorset Print Show. 2036 Union, SF, 415.673-1273, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kaululehua Hawaiian Cultural Center, 423 Baden Ave, So. SF. Mon: Men & Women (13-40) 6:30-7:30; Tues: Kupuna (50+) 6-7; Wed: Keiki (5-12) 6-7; Thurs: Makua (35-50) 6:30-7:30. Bring an open mind and willingness to learn. ($10/class for the month of Sept) rsvp: email@example.com 650-588-1091.
Mission Dolores. 3321 16th St, SF, 415.621-8203, Andrew A. Galvan, (Ohlone), Curator. SF’s oldest intact building. The only intact Mission Chapel of the original 21. Final resting place of 5,000 First Californians. Native plants / artifacts.
South Bay (To Santa Cruz)
Four Directions Native American AA Meeting, 8 pm, Every Friday, 749 Story Rd, San Jose Info: Linda W, 408/564-3895.
Indian Canyon, Ceremonial Refuge/Facilities, w. of Hollister, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The “Annual Events” section aims to help community event planners avoid scheduling conflicts and plan in advance. For inclusion, email listings in same format as listings below. Wopila! Also, you can post your full events on the Bay Area Native American Indian Network.
Apr 30-May 1, CA Indian Market, San Juan Bautista, email@example.com.
Apr 30, Sofia Yohema Gathering, Lake Merced, firstname.lastname@example.org.
May 6-8, Mothers Day Weekend, Stanford Powwow, email@example.com.
May, c. 15, Sat, CA Indian Market, Tuolumne, firstname.lastname@example.org.
May 21, Sat, 5th Annual Comedy Jam, San Jose, email@example.com.
Jun 5, Sat, Gathering of Honored Elders, Sacramento.
Jun 18, Sat, Native Contemp Arts Festival, SF, Janeen Antoine.
Jun 18, Ohlone Big Time, SF.
Jun 18, Sat, Storytelling Festival, Indian Canyon, Hollister, firstname.lastname@example.org. date to be revised.
Jun 25, 2nd Annual Richmond Powwow, Nichols Park, Courtney Cummings.
Jul 17, Sat, Kule Loklo Big Time, Point Reyes National Seashore, 415.464-5100.
JUL 23-24, Vallejo Inter-Tribal Council 16 Anniversary Pow Wow, Midge-Vendors 707.226-1234 , Eric 707.297-0580.
Sep 11, Sat, MWAN Powwow, Oakland, Gilbert Blacksmith.
Sep 18, Sat, AmInd Heritage Celeb/Big Time/Powwow/Market, San Jose, email@example.com.
Sep 18-19, Black NA Assn Powwow, CSU Hayward, Don Little Cloud.
Sep 24, 4th Fri, California Indian Day.
Oct 2-3, NAHC Pow Wow, Treasure Island, SF, Cathy Wisdom.
Oct 2, Tlingit Haida Gathering, Oakland 1st Congre. Church, Kathy Paddock.
Oct 3, Ohlone Gathering, Coyote Hills, Fremont, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Oct 9, IPD Pow Wow/Market, Berkeley, email@example.com.
Oct 11, IPD Sunrise Ceremony, Alacatraz, Morningstar Gali.
Oct 27-30, 26th Annual California Indian Conference, Amy Huberland, 530.898-5438.
Oct 30, Sat, Oakland Library N. A. Culture Day, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nov 5-13, Sat, AIFF American Indian Film Festival, SF, email@example.com.
Nov 13, AIFF Awards Night, SF, www.aifisf.com.
Nov 22-26, AIM National Conference, SF, Tony Gonzales.
Nov 25, Sunrise Ceremony, Alcatraz Island, Morningstar Gali.
Nov 26, Black Fri Shellmound Mall Protest, Emeryville, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dec 3-4, Sat/Sun, AICRC Powwow, Laney College, Oakland, Mary Trimble Norris. .
Jan 29, MWAN B-Day Party, IFH, Oakland, Gilbert Blacksmith.
Mar 12, Sat, Running is My High, Oakland, LauraM@nativehealth.org.
Mar 19, Sat, Taking Care of the Tribe NAAP Powwow 5, Horace Mann School, SF, email@example.com.
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To: Members in First Nations & Aboriginal Rights
Native Americans file civil-rights complaint against Vallejo
Sacred Site Protection and Rights of Indigenous Tribes filed the complaint under California Government Code § 11135 alleging the city and the district are discriminating on the basis of race in building a planned park in Glen Cove near an ancient shell mound and burial ground.
An employee at the Attorney General's Office who said he can't be quoted in the press, said that such complaints are reviewed and sometimes investigated by whatever department is deemed appropriate.
With signs reading "No toilets on our sacred sites," "Don't dig up our ancestors" and others, the protesters restated their long-held objections to the plans.
District Maintenance and Development Manager Steve Pressley said the agency intends to restore the site to more closely resemble its original state -- razing a dilapidated mansion, removing non-native plants and replacing them with species indigenous to the area.
They also plan to install a parking lot and a restroom, which is the source of the objections, several protesters said.
District officials say they are putting the restroom and parking lot outside the recognized "culturally sensitive area." The protesters dispute this, saying the entire area likely contains human remains.
"We have worked closely with the member of the Wintun tribe, with the person designated as the most likely descendant for the area, and this plan has been approved," Pressley said. "We have been very diligent, since starting this process in 2003, about being sensitive to the Native Americans' concerns."
The protesters disagree.
Indian remains from Glen Cove were identified by the state Office of Historic Preservation and the Native American Heritage Commission in September 1986 as dating back to 1000 A.D. Indian supporter Bradley Angel argues that "the Glen Cove Shell Mound is a well-documented and culturally significant site ... spanning an area of 15 acres along the Carquinez Strait."
Some argue there may be no place on the continent that doesn't contain some sort of ancient remains. But Indian activist Norman "Wounded Knee" DeOcampo, of Vallejo, Bradley and others say plans to bulldoze a hill that may contain human remains is a violation of Native American civil rights, so they filed the complaint hoping the state will intervene.
"It's important to native and non-native peoples that the (district) not disturb a 3,500-year-old sacred site," DeOcampo said. "We hope people from all over will come pray with us on that day (that work begins on the site) to protect this sacred place."
Angel, of the San Francisco-based environmental group Greenaction, said he's "shocked at the injustice and disrespect that the city of Vallejo and the (district) have displayed toward native people that they would build a toilet and a parking lot on top of where people are buried."
He said civil rights lawsuits rarely gain "traction," so a civil complaint is the "tool" activists have developed. It's not just symbolic, since he and others will follow up with the Attorney General's Office, he said.
"We expect the state to follow its own civil rights laws," he said.
Work on the site "could start as early as Friday," Angel said, though Pressley said it won't because special training is still needed for the contractors but will start within the month.
Protesters "don't trust" district officials, Angel said, and are "watching Glen Cove at all times" in case work starts without warning. And unless some agreement is reached, the protesters will be there when it does. A gathering is planned Friday morning in any case, he said.
"People are coming from all over to Glen Cove in a spiritual way to stand with us in a peaceful manner," said Corrina Gould, an Ohlone who said she has "direct lineage" to the area's indigenous tribes. "Our ancient cemeteries aren't protected like modern ones are, and today we make a stand and say, 'No more! Our ancestors won't be pulled up. Our ancestors won't have a bathroom or a parking lot built over them!'"
Global Governance and Assimilation
What a Strategy!
April 17, 2011
Assimilation is key to empire building and global governance. Military force alone will not do it.
One of the strongest factors in making and maintaining an empire is "cultural superiority". If the people being assimilated believe that their assimilators have a better way of life, they will gladly be assimilated. The modern Western culture of Materialism has superior technologies and economics that provide plenty of creature comforts. This ignores the violence, destruction and suffering caused by the capitalist system which is essentially anti Nature.
Murray Koffler, a pharmacist, started Shoppers Drug Marts, the biggest retail drug stores in Canada back in 1962. He became a very wealthy man. Murray is part of Toronto's affluent Jewish community and an ardent political Zionist. He raises and donates lots of money to help Israel where he also has a chain of drugstores called Super-Pharm. He is so popular in Israel that they named some nuclear research equipment for him, the Koffler accelerator which helps Israel develop their own nukes. Of course, Murray paid for the accelerator.
One day in the early 1980's, Murray noticed that in the city, many Indigenous were homeless and hungry. He wanted to do something to help assimilate Indigenous people into Canadian society. He wanted Indigenous to have the same opportunities to succeed in business as "other Canadians".
Murray then asked three of his most respected friends to help him set up an organization to help Indigenous become entrepreneurs and good capitalists. Paul Martin Jr., Edgar Bronfman Jr. and Maurice Strong had plenty of ideas for Murray.
Paul Martin Jr. now former Liberal Prime Minister, is the son of Paul Martin Sr. Paul Sr., was also a high ranking Liberal politician in Ottawa. He was a successful businessman and good friend of Sam Bronfman, an early Jewish immigrant who made a fortune on booze. Sam really didn't care if nonJews drank themselves to death.
Paul Sr. helped Sam to become the first Jew in the Canadian Senate. Sam owned big whiskey makers Seagrams and many other lucrative holdings. The Bronfmans are Zionists and donate a lot of money to Israel.
Edgar Bronfman Jr. is Sam's grandson. Edgar Sr., while head of the World Jewish Congress introduced the idea of the Israeli wall to separate, confine and harass Palestinians.
In 2008, Canada's Stockwell Day, then Conservative Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness and Israel's Avi Dichter, Minister of Public Security, signed a security agreement.
They plan to "share technology, information and personnel in border management and security; correctional services and prisons; immigration; money laundering [mostly theirs]; organized crime; terrorist financing and trafficking in persons".
Edgar Jr. was interested in music and film so he bought Warner Music Group. In January 2011, Chairman and CEO Edgar Bronfman Jr. was convicted and fined for insider trading in a French court.
Way to go, Ed! Are these guys also pretending to be mentors and role models for Indigenous youth??
Murray's third friend and advisor, the wizard and great manipulator, Maurice Strong is everywhere yet few people know about him. We've written about him more than once because he keeps cropping up everywhere. He has his hand in just about EVERYTHING including Indigenous matters of great concern.
Mau was also good friends with the Martins. He was an early mentor to Paul Jr. in the oil industry and an advisor to Prime Minister Paul in Ottawa. In some circles, Mau is known as a great environmentalist.
Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business CCAB
According to their web site, the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business CCAB was started by Murray Koffler in 1984. Maurice Strong says that he was a co-founder in 1982 of then Canadian Council for Native Business. He was actively involved until 1987 and then remained quietly in the background for many years. He was on the board of governors in 2007. Mau has the ability to keep close tabs on many organizations and projects that he started. He is amazing in a very sinister way.
CCAB sponsors annual golf tournaments and hosts gala dinners in Toronto and Calgary. Is this their idea of "cultural superiority"?
As a non partisan non profit organization, their declared budget is just over $1million. They say they get no core funding from government. All their money comes from corporations, program and event sponsorships and membership dues.
Their membership is quite a list of who's who in Canadian business and includes Cameco, Shell, Enbridge Pipelines Inc., VIA Rail, the Great-West Life Assurance Company (part of Power Corp.), Raytheon Canada Ltd. and Diavik Diamond Mines Inc. Their Seven Generations patrons include companies like BMO Financial, IBM and Syncrude. Their boards of directors and governors include some big players in business and government.
CCAB claims, "This organization is but the conduit to the people and capital that leverage Aboriginal business in Canada".
CCAB seeks out promising young Indigenous people, latching onto them when they are still only in high school. CCAB then sponsors them through their education, about 85 students every year, grooming them for careers in business.
Isn't this just a systematic method for assimilating Indigenous people into the mainstream Canadian capitalist materialistic society? Assimilation was the colonial entities' plan from the outset.
CCAB People Profiles
Indigenous people of Turtle Island had a lively and extensive trade for millenia before Contact. Yet we didn't have money, banks or prisons. Individuals were not accumulating wealth. A leader had to make sure each person had mocassins before he did. It was a disgrace for him to have while any of his own people had not. This is the opposite of the capitalist system which encourages profiting and hoarding at the expense of everyone else.
Many Indigenous walk in two worlds. Can a person do this for the greater part of his/her life, and still be true to who he/she is? Is this not a recipe for disaster and complete madness?
Everyone has to do something to provide for their familes. For Indigenous people, the choices are often very limited. The land base to support traditional lifestyle is no longer there, having been taken over by colonialists who broke their word. Land, water and air are contaminated and polluted from resource extraction, energy develpment and manufacturing. Today, guys like Ron Jamieson, Mohawk from Six Nations, are wealthy while their own communities don't even have safe drinking water.
Ron is the co-chair of CCAB. He's been there for many years. Ron is a moneyman who retired a few years ago from banking. Now he sits on the board at OPA Ontario Power Authority and NWMO Nuclear Waste Management Organization. Is he encouraging Indigenous communities to accept nuclear waste? There are rumours about storing some in an old mine near H. Perish the thought but when crooks like the nuclear industrialists get desperate, they may secretly stash some of the deadly radioactive materials and nuclear bomb ingredients. Maybe they are already doing it!
Needless to say, there had to be someone at CCAB who is also upstream from Six Nations, polluting the Grand River. We found him right at the head of the table: founding co-chair of CCAB, Paul Summers, Chairman and CEO at Clemmer SteelCraft Technologies Inc. in Waterloo.
Clemmer SteelCraft makes custom tanks and pressure vessels for a broad range of industries, including petrochemical and nuclear. Their toxic chemical and metal waste water is dumped into the Grand River.
Nick Javor, bigshot VP of Corporate Affairs at Tim Horton's always always brings the coffee and donuts when the CCAB board meets. Nick is a chemical engineer who makes Tim Horton's coffee taste great. Tim Horton's makes over $2.5billion in sales each year. They even have outlets in Nunavut. Who takes out the garbage though, eh? Nick's a director of CCAB like Gary Merasty.
Gary Merasty, a Cree from northern Saskatchewan, is Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility at Cameco Corporation. Cameco is one of Canada's and the world's biggest producers of uranium. Gary shrugs and says, "What me worry about nukes?"
Gary was a Saskatchewan MP AND Grand Chief of the Prince Albert Grand Council. He must have quite a collection of hats. He also likes to get on all kinds of boards and get his picture taken.
Kara Flynn is secretary for the CCAB board. In her day job she is Manager, Public Affairs at Syncrude Canada in Fort McMurray. She puts the spin on how great it is to work on the oil sands. She's behind some of those petrochemical workers tv ads that try to convince us how harmless their UNDERGROUND operations are.
Randy Swanson, CCAB director and a member of the Manitoba Métis Federation, is Vice President, Forestry & Aboriginal Services at Meyers Norris Penny MNP LLP in Winnipeg. MNP are chartered accountants and business advisors. A management and training consultant, Randy “advises MNP clients in project management, planning and development, strategic planning, management and intergovernmental affairs”.
In April 2008 he was appointed by the Federal Government as one of ten trustees overseeing the First Nation Market Housing Fund, a $300 million trust established to “facilitate private ownership of homes by First Nations people on reserve lands”. Keep on smilin', Randy!
There are many other people involved at CCAB including moneyman, Arden Buskell, President & COO First Nations Bank of Canada in Saskatoon and Jacques Plante, President of Nasittuq Corporation. Past board members include Steven Bearskin, Counsellor, Grand Council of the Crees in Ottawa and Kerry Hawkins, past CEO of Cargill Ltd. in Winnipeg.
CCAB Says Aboriginal Businesses Thriving
CCAB put out a report in April, 2011 claiming, "Aboriginal small business owners are clearly optimistic about future revenue growth."
Clint Davis is president and CEO of CCAB. In other words he's the Aboriginal Posterboy and Front Man. He said the survey conducted by Environics Research Group [a member of CCAB] found "successful Aboriginal businesses in all regions of Canada and many industry sectors".
"It's a very, very positive picture for Aboriginal entrepreneurs," he said.
What world is he living in? We see many people struggling to get by.
Clint is a lawyer and a BMO banker. He has worked for the feds at IAND and was a senior analyst at the Treasury Board Secretariat.
According to the Calgary Herald article, "A surprising fact uncovered by the survey was how few Aboriginals take advantage of federal procurement policies designed to favour them, Davis said, suggesting that government may need to do more to promote such programs."
Many nonNative people already have the impression that Indigenous are getting a free ride, special treatment. This article only inflames that resentment and further divides people. A handful of malleable aboriginal posterchildren are getting a lot of exposure. Yet they live in glass cages.
The Rockefellers were the first to establish a global industry with the goal of eventual and inevitable world government. Mackenzie King and Maurice Strong were hand picked Canadian tools. The Global Governance agenda has been moved ahead by regional free trade agreements, development and foreign aid polices, fearmongering over the Environment and war mongering.
The problem with empire is that when it gets too big and powerful, its leaders and citizens become complacent. Hedonism sets in and finally decay. This is what is happening today with pop and celebrity culture.
The corporate elitists need the resources of Turtle Island to carry out their plans. Indigenous communities are growing and rediscovering their roots. Indigenous sovereigntists who cling to ancient ways are like sand in the engines of a smooth running empire. After the death of the rotten old system comes a New Beginning. It's already happening.
With Files from a Blue Heron, 4 Wild Turkeys and a Choir of Spring Peepers
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NOTES AND SOURCES
What is a Canadian?
A Canadian is a wage slave with substantial creature comforts and a false sense of freedom and security. Since Canada does not own the land, Canadians live in TVLand.
Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business CCAB
"CCAB helps create great prospects for Aboriginal business people and their partners, suppliers and customers."
250 The Esplanade, Suite 204, Toronto, Ontario
Telephone: 416-961-8663 Fax: 416-961-3995
General Inquiries Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Director, Marketing & Events
Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business
204A St. George Street, Toronto, Ontario
Phone: 416-961-8663 ext.222
Cell: 647-237-5006 Fax: 416-961-3995
email: cbowers @ ccab.com (no spaces)
CCAB - The People
The Koffler nuclear accelerator is in Israel so the Israelis can study the nukes they pretend they don't have. Israel made a postage stamp for the Koffler accelerator.
"One of the most advanced experimental tools in existence, the Koffler Accelerator, operated jointly by the Weizmann Institute, the Hebrew University and Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, is a new national resource serving physicists both here and abroad and providing Israel with an excellent training ground for tomorrow's scientists.
"On November 9, 1976 after remarkably few delays, except for the Yom Kippur War which held up building for six months, the completed accelerator - first phase of the Canada Centre of Nuclear Physics - was dedicated in the presence of government leaders, scientists and prominent guests from Canada and Israel."
Shoppers currently employs some 50,000 people in over one thousand stores, including Shoppers Drug Mart, Pharmaprix in Quebec, Simply Pharmacy units in hospitals and medical buildings, Shoppers Home Health Care stores, and Murale.
Koffler was a founding director, along with partners Isadore Sharp and Edmund Creed, of the Four Seasons Hotel in Toronto in 1958.
In the late 1960s, Koffler founded the Council on Drug Abuse (CODA)
This article is written by a Jewish group in November 2010
"In the current edition, Adbusters offers its readers a one page "photo essay"—Truthbombs on Israeli TV—that makes comparisons between the situation that Palestinians are experiencing in Gaza and what the Jews of the Warsaw Ghetto experienced under the Nazis.Vancouver - Canada’s largest drugstore chain has decided to stop carrying a controversial anti-consumerist/activist magazine in its stores. But a spokesperson for Shoppers Drug Mart says the decision, made last month, is only coincidental with a dispute between the magazine, Vancouver-based Adbusters, and the Canadian Jewish Congress – not part of it."
CJC Bernie Farber works to censor any and all criticism of Israeli policies in Palestine. He terrifies timid people with the word "anti semitism". Koffler helps out by applying the censorship in his stores.
Paul Martin Jr.
When he was a young man, Paul Martin Jr. met Maurice Strong who took him on as a protégée in the oil business. Mau taught him good values and the art of sneaky manipulation. Paul rose through the ranks at Power Corp., mentored by Paul Desmarais Sr. and Strong. Martin bought Canada Steamship Lines from Power Corp. and then sold it back to them. The growing company went back and forth a number of times.
Paul was MP for LaSalle, Montreal from 1988 til 2008. From 1993 to 96, he was Minister responsible for the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec.
He was Finance Minister in the Chretien cabinet, 1993 - 2002. In December 2001, he was named as a member of the World Economic Forum's "dream cabinet." The global business and financial body listed Martin along with United States Secretary of State Colin Powell and United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan as top world leaders.
Paul was Prime Minister of Canada after Chretien from 2003 to 2006.
Martin and the Liberals were adversely affected by a report from Auditor General Sheila Fraser on February 9, 2004, indicating that sponsorship contracts designed to increase the federal government's status in Quebec resulted in little to no work done. Many of the agencies had Liberal ties, and roughly $100 million of the $250 million in program spending went missing. The scandal hurt Martin's popularity, especially in Quebec, where Bloc Québécois leader Gilles Duceppe even accused Martin of planning to widen the St. Lawrence seaway to benefit his own Canada Steamship Lines. Martin denies involvement in, or knowledge of, the sponsorship contracts. He had a judicial inquiry called to investigate what has come to be known as the Sponsorship Scandal.
As Prime Minister, Martin promoted the expansion of the G8 into a larger group of twenty nations G20. He also forged a closer relationship with the People's Republic of China by announcing the strategic partnership initiative during PRC President Hu Jintao's state visit to Canada in September 2005.
Martin advised Queen Elizabeth II to appoint Michaëlle Jean as Governor General. He is a permanent member of the Queen's Privy Council.
Paul Martin Sr. became a Windsor MP in 1935. He joined Mackenzie King's cabinet in 1945 as Secretary of State. He was Minister of Health and Welfare from 1946 to 1957. He was leader of the Canadian delegation to the UN when Israel was being formed in Palestine. Martin met Maurice Strong around that time and they became good friends.
Martin was Secretary of State for External Affairs in Lester Pearson's cabinet from 1963-68. Together, Pearson and Martin continued King's legacy to bring nuclear weapons to Canada. Trudeau made Martin a Senator in 1968.
Strong left Power Corp. to become director general of external aid, reporting to Martin. Mau hired engineering firm, SNC (now SNC Lavalin) for various development projects. Mau created CIDA Canadian International Develpment Agency in 1968 to replace External Aid. It was essentially, a "federally funded but semi-private intelligence/influence network."
Martin lost his bid for Prime Minister to Pierre Trudeau in 1968. Strong never missed a beat and now reported to Mitchell Sharp, Trudeau's Minister of External Affairs.
Martin and Strong had huge real estate holdings in Toronto along with Paul Nathanson. They combined everything to form Yolles and Rotenberg Properties. After Martin now a Senator, became Liberal House Leader in the Senate, the trio sold their shares and made a lotta money.
The Public were outraged. The government moved quickly to create conflict-of-interest guidelines with plenty of loop holes so that the facade could be held up while the plunder continued.
Edgar Bronfman Jr. CEO of Warner Music Group has a net worth $2,500,000,000
Avi Dichter was also head of Shin Bet, Israel's domestic intelligence organization. In 2002, he ordered the bombing of a Gaza apartment which killed Salah Shehadeh and 15 other Palestinian people, including children. A complaint was filed before the International Criminal Court, The Hague to have him tried for war crimes.
Mau's 6 page cv is included in his book, "Where on Earth are We Going". It looks like a response to Elaine Dewar's "Cloak of Green".
According to an online index of his 600+ boxes of papers donated to Harvard U, he was closely involved with CCAB during 1983-1987.
10 THINGS ABOUT MAURICE STRONG
1. Worked for Hudson's Bay Company as an apprentice fur trader in Chesterfield Inlet in 1945. This was at the time, the Canadian military was mapping out all the uranium deposits at Baker Lake, now Nunavut. Mau admired the Inuit people and learned their language. He said, "government intervention has had a debilitating effect on Inuit culture and sense of self-worth...what a mixed blessing modernization is for traditional peoples."
Mau left the Arctic in 1946 on the next boat out. He was later appointed to federal committee to study "the future governance of the Arctic". So did he have a hand in the creation of Nunavut???
2. Worked at UN for many years in Development and Aid; UN office for Emergency Operations in Africa, 1985-86.
3. Worked at the UN on Environment - Stockholm Conference, 1970-72; UNEP, Nairobi, 1973-75; Brundtland Commission and Our Common Future, 1988; Rio Summit, 1990-92. Strong was the creator, chair, collector of funding to promote concern about global environmental issues and thus, global governance.
Strong was Kofi Annan's advisor in Korea. etc. etc.
4. Advisor to PM's from Pierre Trudeau to Brian Mulroney to Chretien and Paul Martin. Who knows he may be helping Stephen Harper too.
5. President of Power Corporation 1962-64. Power Corp. was originally set up by Mackenzie King in 1925 to "control ownership of power generation facilities" across the land, especially in Quebec, Manitoba and BC. Owned and run by the billionaire family, the Desmarais, Power Corp. has huge holdings in energy, oil and gas, insurance and financing all over the world.
6. China: founding member and first co-chair of the CCBC Canada-China Business Council.
7. PetroCanada - 1976-78. In late 1975, Mau says he got a call from Jack Austin, then deputy minister of natural resources, asking him to head the new Petro-Canada being set up in response to the "OPEC induced oil crisis" which caused oil prices to increase sharply.
Mau said, "...much of our focus was in the northern frontier areas [with a] high priority to good relations with native peoples...we were determined to establish real consultation and real cooperation."
Whatever happened then Mau???
8. Started the WEF World Economic Forum in 1971. WEF is committed to improving the state of the world. There may be a pun there. Mau still chairs the meetings held in Davos, Switzerland. The elite membership includes Lakshmi N. Mittal, Chairman and CEO of ArcelorMittal, UK, Peter Löscher, President and CEO of Siemens AG, Germany, Rupert Murdoch, Chairman and CEO of News Corporation, USA, Pierre Beaudoin, President and CEO of Bombardier Inc., Canada and Khalid A. Al Falih, President and CEO of Saudi Aramco, Saudi Arabia.
The typical Member company is a global enterprise with more than US$ 5 billion in turnover, although this varies by industry and region.
"Having begun with an attack on regulation, the banking executives stayed on the front foot throughout the [2011 WEF} summit, with executives from JP Morgan, Barclays, Credit Suisse and others calling a meeting of finance ministers and officials to demand that “bank bashing” cease. To reinforce the point, they insisted that “over-indebtedness of countries,” not just of banks, was responsible for the crisis."
9. Was head of Ontario Hydro 1992-95. After that hydro rates just went up and up.
10. Owner of the Baca Ranch and Manidou Foundation, run by wife Hanne who inducts Indigenous into the spiritual side of the NWO.
Maurice Strong never graduated from high school yet has been given over 40 honourary degrees around the world. He is and has been involved in many other organizations.
See also: "Cloak of Green" by Elaine Dewar.
http://www.nwmo.ca/advisory David Crombie is an advisor.
Paul Summers, Yankee from Michigan
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Murray Koffler busted his ass in Toronto, collecting donations from Jewish people to support Israel in the Yom Kippur War.
Yom Kippur War
The Yom Kippur War, Ramadan War or October War, also known as the 1973 Arab-Israeli War and the Fourth Arab-Israeli War, was fought from October 6 to 25, 1973, between Israel and a coalition of Arab states led by Egypt and Syria. The war began when the coalition launched a joint surprise attack on Israel on Yom Kippur, the holiest day in Judaism, which coincided with the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Egyptian and Syrian forces crossed ceasefire lines to enter the Israeli-held Sinai Peninsula and Golan Heights respectively, which had been captured and occupied since the 1967 Six-Day War. The conflict led to a near-confrontation between the two nuclear superpowers, the United States and the Soviet Union, both of whom initiated massive resupply efforts to their allies during the war.
Aid to Israel
Based on intelligence estimates at the commencement of hostilities, American leaders expected the tide of the war to quickly shift in Israel's favor, and that Arab armies would be completely defeated within 72 to 96 hours. On October 6, Secretary of State Kissinger convened the National Security Council's official crisis management group, the Washington Special Actions Group, which debated whether the U.S. should supply additional arms to Israel. High-ranking representatives of the Defense and State Departments opposed such a move. Kissinger was the sole dissenter; he said that if the US refused aid, Israel would have little incentive to conform to American views in postwar diplomacy. Kissinger argued the sending of U.S. aid might cause Israel to moderate its territorial claims, but this thesis raised a protracted debate whether U.S. aid was likely to make it more accommodating or more intransigent toward the Arab world.
By October 8, Israel had encountered military difficulties on both fronts; in the Sinai, its effort to break through Egyptian lines with armor had been thwarted, and despite advances in the Golan, Syrian air defense systems were taking a high toll of Israeli planes, Israeli forces were retreating, and Syrian forces were overlooking the Jordan River. It became clear by October 9 that no quick reversal in Israel's favor would occur and that IDF losses were unexpectedly high. [but not nearly as many casualties as the Arabs suffered.]
During the night of 8-9 October, an alarmed Dayan told Meir that "this is the end of the third temple." He was warning of Israel's impending total defeat, but "Temple" was also the code word for nuclear weapons. Dayan again raised the nuclear topic in a cabinet meeting, warning that the country was approaching a point of "last resort." That night Meir authorized the assembly of thirteen 20-kiloton-of-TNT (84 TJ) tactical atomic weapons for Jericho missiles at Hirbat Zachariah, and F-4 aircraft at Tel Nof, for use against Syrian and Egyptian targets. They would be used if absolutely necessary to prevent total defeat, but the preparation was done in an easily detectable way, likely as a signal to the United States. Kissinger learned of the nuclear alert on the morning of October 9. That day, President Nixon ordered the commencement of Operation Nickel Grass, an American airlift to replace all of Israel's material losses. Anecdotal evidence suggests that Kissinger told Sadat that the reason for the U.S. airlift was that the Israelis were close to "going nuclear."
The war was part of the Arab-Israeli conflict, an ongoing dispute which included many battles and wars since 1948, when the state of Israel was formed on Palestinian land. During the Six-Day War of 1967, the Israelis captured Egypt's Sinai Peninsula all the way to the Suez Canal, which became the cease-fire line, and roughly half of Syria's Golan Heights.
The Arabs wanted their land back. They also knew that Israel was developing nukes though at the time Israel denied it.
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This work promises to be important and controversial. It came about as a result of the phoney police-led anti uranium mining protests at Sharbot Lake in 2007 and covers related incidents in nearby Ongwehonweh and Nishnaabe communities. There's loads of info on the nuclear industry, Canadian militarization, water issues and much more.
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Posted By: Tjay Henhawk
To: Members in First Nations & Aboriginal Rights
First Nations need flood aid: Michael Ignatieff
Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff was shocked when he was told Saturday that federal disaster assistance won't be given to flood-stricken First Nations communities in Saskatchewan until after the election.
"I can't believe the federal government shuts down for an election," Ignatieff told the Leader-Post just before departing from the Regina International Airport en route to his next campaign stop in Edmonton. "This is an emergency."
He was particularly puzzled since First Nations communities fall under federal jurisdiction.
"These communities flood year after year; it's not good enough," Ignatieff said. "We have to sit down with First Nations leadership and think about how we get a preventative strategy."
He believes flooding across the prairie provinces must be addressed as a national project.
"It's affecting Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and many parts of southern Alberta have this problem," he said.
Chief Guy Lonechild of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (FSIN) toured the Qu'Appelle Valley on Friday. He said the flooding is a disaster for many First Nations communities in the region including Sakimay, Cowessess and Muscowpetung.
"We're being told that Indian and Northern Affairs cannot assist, that the provincial government has got the provincial disaster assistance program that is supposed to help facilitate flood damage and provide financial services for dikes and roads that are being built up," Lonechild said Saturday.
He said flood aid is crucial especially for the Cowessess and Sakimay First Nations, where roads are washing out.
Lonechild expects to meet with the Regional Director General of Indian Affairs early next week.
An emergency disaster-relief meeting between affected First Nations and Indian Affairs is scheduled for Thursday in Regina.
First Nations people who have been evacuated from their homes are living in housing and hotel rooms in various locations around Broadview, Grenfell and Yorkton, Lonechild said.
"They're being told they'll potentially be out of their homes for some time," he said. "It is causing hardship for some of the elders and some of the people who are disabled and actually had to be rescued out of their homes.
"I've been talking to the chief of Muscowpetung and he is quite frustrated that Ottawa has told him that they're really not in a position to help because of the federal election. He was told that directly."
Lonechild is also upset the federal government cut funding to Indian Affairs by 15 per cent just before the election.
"It sends the wrong message," he said. "It says that First Nations communities are not a priority."
A federal candidates forum will be held at the First Nations University from 6 to 9: 30 p.m. today.
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Ignatieff made his first Regina campaign stop at the Stepping Stones Child Care Centre on Saturday morning. There he told reporters the Conservatives have been taking Alberta and Saskatchewan for granted.
He pointed to the Tory Saskatchewan caucus whom he called "13 stooges" who failed to stand up for the province when faced with the Potash foreign-takeover bid.
Later in the day, when Ignatieff was asked by the Leader-Post how the Liberals can gain support in Saskatchewan if the party's vote is split with the NDP, he responded: "Only the Liberal Party or the Conservatives are going to form a government after May 2, so NDP voters just have to look at that and decide whether they want to have four more years of Mr. Harper. I've been very clear that we're running this election to form a Liberal government on a Liberal platform."
As gas prices continue to spike across Canada, the Leader-Post asked Ignatieff what a Liberal government would do to ease consumers' pain at the pumps.
He said the federal government has a responsibility, under its competition policy, to ensure consumers aren't gouged.
"That's something a Liberal government would want to look into immediately."
Noting the price of gas in Regina is $1.30 per litre, Ignatieff said oil companies "don't need any more help from us and that's why we're freezing the corporate tax at 18 per cent and we're able to provide this help to the middle-class family without raising their taxes."
At the Regina daycare, he took part in two town halls, one with kids and another with parents to talk about his party's Early Childhood Learning and Care Fund.
Under a Liberal government, the fund will begin with $500 million in the first year, rising to an annual commitment of $1 billion by the fourth year.
Davy Coyle likes the Liberal plan to fund provinces and territories to create and operate high-quality early childhood learning and care spaces. The lack of daycare spots is a major concern for him and his wife.
The last time the couple checked, their five-month son, Noah, was the 603rd child on a wait list for a north Regina daycare.
The Regina dad said it isn't an option for either him or his wife to stay at home to care for Noah.
"It's hard to imagine going down to one income, plus we both love our careers and we've worked hard for our careers," Coyle said. "My wife was in several part-time jobs before she was made permanent in the last job she had before she took maternity leave."
He also applauded the Liberal proposal to give students $4,000 over four years for college or university.
"Both my wife and I had student debt for years and years after we graduated - it's certainly nothing unique, so $1,000 a year for us would have been huge," Coyle said. "I really think it's the best idea that's come out of Canadian politics since health care."
At the town hall, Lynnai Hicks, the mother of two small children, asked Ignatieff what his party would do to provide daycare for families with children older than a year, but under 18 months.
"So many families don't have any options because their maternity leave is 12 months, on a good corporate day, and the daycare centres don't take kids until they're 18 months, so for that six-month period you're stranded," Hicks said. "You're resorting to day homes or family members so you can go back to work and regain your income."
She was pleased with Ignatieff's response that this was an area that needed consideration.
Ignatieff said the lack of daycare spaces across Canada would be addressed in the first Liberal budget.
"All of the parents said to us with one voice, 'If you want a childcare space in Regina, you've got to put your name down before the kid is even born," he said. "We've got families waiting for two or three years. It's an issue of desperation for many families."
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Everyone Please sign the petition, we have been fighting for no recycled sewage to be used on this Sacred Mountain for years. It is a health hazard for all living things not to mention no one who goes there to pray wants to do so on Sacred ground that has been contaminated with this affluent.
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From: Tribal Wisdom Foundation
Date: 4/20/2011 11:24:03 AM
Subject: URGENT: No Snowmaking Alternative for San Francisco Peaks
TAKE ACTION: http://savenaturalsnow.com/take-action-for-change/
Dear No Snowmaking Supporter,
Please send a letter of support to the Secretary of Agriculture expressing concern over the USDA Forest Service’s approval of using treated sewage effluent to make artificial snow on the sacred San Francisco Peaks in Arizona. The use of this sewage water for snowmaking poses great environmental dangers, threatens the cultural resources of the Indigenous Nations and has the potential to create health issues for those who accidentally ingest or come in direct contact with this type of sewage water. The most at risk are our children and those with compromised immune systems. The decision to allow the use of treated sewage effluent must be reversed for the good of the region. There is a better way.
A plan has been proposed for a non-profit foundation to purchase the Resort at a fair independent appraisal and to run it in an environmentally and culturally sensitive manner. We ask for your support to promote a non-profit foundation to purchase and manage the most eco-friendly ski resort in the world with No Snowmaking. We believe this is a safe and viable alternative to the pending request to utilize ground water or treated sewage effluent for snowmaking. A not-for-profit organization established to manage the Ski Resort in a manner that is both environmentally and culturally sensitive is the best alternative for all parties concerned.
Please visit www.savenaturalsnow.com to review a plan that promotes respect for the environmental and cultural integrity of the San Francisco Peaks. This plan promotes providing a safe setting to enjoy winter activities. This innovative approach is in-line with President Obama’s America’s Great Outdoors Initiative which endorses the protection of water sources, cultural resources and the natural environment to provide this and future generations with a special place to recreate.
This No Snowmaking Alternative has many positive aspects that are needed to create a foundation for a healthy and diverse community. Please take action today and send the following letter to Secretary Tom Vilsack, who has the authority to Terminate the Ski Resort’s Special Use permit for the higher public purpose, and urge him not to allow further desecration or contamination of an otherwise pristine environment. As an alternative please ask the Secretary to support creating the most eco-friendly ski resort in the world. http://savenaturalsnow.com/take-action-for-change/
Tribal Wisdom Foundation
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