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  1. Well of course the majority of Canadians are on-side with the majority of FNs that support resource extraction. We'd like nothing better than to see those communities reap the benefits that lie under their feet. We also support tearing up the racist Indian Act though all of us have a fight on our hands trying to get the fat cat AFN to give up their power in order for ordinary FNs to have a say. You want to bellyache about how bad things are for FNs, best you start going after the AFN.
  2. You want more? My collection goes all the way back to Clayoquot. Yet to see a post-protest photo that didn't include piles of garbage and filth left behind.
  3. Not too worry, PIK............all it took was a bunch of cash. Quelle surprise. $240M land-claim settlement with Akwesasne Mohawks approved by federal Liberal cabinet https://nationalpost.com/news/cabinet-approves-240m-mohawk-settlement-for-132-year-old-land-claim
  4. 'Keepers of the Earth' burning tires. You just can't make this stuff up.
  5. "Buffalo believes there are groups that want to land lock Canada’s natural resources and using environmental concerns to do it. “And some of our people have been more or less taken, involved in that but spinning to a form that I want to protect mother earth,” says Buffalo. Buffalo says he has heard of environmental groups coming on reserve and offering $300 per person and “$500 if they’re wearing feathers” to come out and participate in protests." https://aptnnews.ca/2020/03/03/energy-sector-advocate-wonders-whos-pulling-the-strings-in-opposing-oil-and-gas-projects-in-canada/
  6. Ah, it's easy for her to whinge about pipelines, oil and natural gas, Zeitgeist she has no skin in the game - unlike a majority of FNs in remote communities who welcome the chance to sign with resource companies. For all her whinging and finger-pointing, she cares not about the people in those communities and would gladly see them left to live off the public dole. For shame.
  7. LOL.....tell that garbage to the numerous FN bands who are working towards buying the line which I fully and completely support. As Stephen Buffalo - head of the IRC - stated "“The pipeline, in my view is safe. When First Nations own it then they can protect it a lot better,” says Buffalo." Buffalo says the fact is, in western Canada, oil and gas is all around First Nations and he believes its warranted they participate. Buffalo says most of the communities are not trying to be “oil rich tycoons” they’re just trying to tackle issues of poverty, the opioid crisis, missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. “As we continue forward, 643 First Nations will not see very much increase in their federal funding under the Indian Act. So, we have to find a different way and economic development is probably our only way and for some of our communities it’s being involved in the sector. And if that means partnering with a US based company operating out of Calgary, that’s what its going to be” says Buffalo." aptnnews.ca/2020/03/03/energy-sector-advocate-wonders-whos-pulling-the-strings-in-opposing-oil-and-gas-projects-in-canada/ Best you go peddle your mantra to Stephen who I am more than sure will put you in your place in a heartbeat.
  8. Many of the Aboriginal nations named in the articles are the same ones that deny other Aboriginal communities any right to a better life. Such hypocrisy.
  9. Groups funding eco-terrorism Tides Foundation, Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation, the William & Flora Hewlett Foundation, the David & Lucile Packard Foundation, the Pew Charitable Trusts, the Rockefeller Brothers, Oak Foundation, Stand.earth, Georgia Strait Alliance, Living Oceans Society, Ecojustice, the Raincoast Conservation Foundation, etc...etc....etc.... https://www.princegeorgecitizen.com/news/local-news/anti-pipeline-funds-flow-from-unexpected-sources-1.23660942 Keep drinking the far left socialist agenda kool-aid.
  10. "The demand hasn’t gone away, and if the supply doesn’t come from Canada, it will come from somewhere else, likely at a higher price because supply is reduced. " I would add it will come from countries whose environmental record in no way compares to the stringent protocols enforced by various levels of our governments. There are well-off Aboriginal communities fighting pipelines without a care for their poorer brethren. They obviously believe that the poorer Aboriginal communities should be left to live off the public dole - monies which never have and never will be able to address all the problems facing remote communities. I have nothing but scorn for those wealthy Aboriginal communities that continue to prolong the suffering and hardship of poorer communities by continuing to impede their ability to make agreements with resource companies.
  11. You do realize that no residential schools exist in Canada today, or do you? Millions of dollars have been paid out to those who attended the schools yet conditions on remote reserves have changed little due to the fact that they have absolutely no way of lifting their communities out of poverty without making use of the resources on in in their lands. If you really care about those communities best you support them in their efforts to find well-paying jobs which will not only improve conditions but address other social issues such as the high rate of suicides on some reserves.
  12. In 2013, Wet’suwet’en received $886,959 from Pacific Trail Pipelines. In 2014, Wet’suwet’en received $504,259 from Coastal Gaslink. In 2015, Wet’suwet’en received $2,147,042 from Coastal Gaslink and $757,439 from Pacific Trail Pipelines. In 2016, Wet’suwet’en received $59,109 from Coastal Gaslink and $33,560 from Pacific Trail Pipelines. In 2017, Wet’suwet’en received $10,000 from Coastal Gaslink Pipelines In 2018, Wet’suwet’en received $13,000 from Coastal Gaslink Pipelines. PLUS government transfers!!!! After all, it is about the environment!!!
  13. Aboriginal title stops well short of a veto over resource projects as per Delgamuukw.
  14. Aboriginals have exactly the same rights as all other Canadians. What they don't have the right to is erecting illegal blockades, burning pallets on the tracks and defacing public property. That is nothing less than criminal activity and the blow-back from their actions is affecting all Aboriginals negatively. Canadians are well aware of conditions on many remote reserves which is why the majority of us support their efforts to improve their lives by signing on with resource companies being that it is the only way for them to provide decent jobs which pave the way for other improvements.
  15. A closer look at some of the key players in the Lower Mainland’s Wet’suwet’en protests With near-daily protests and blockades disrupting the Lower Mainland, residents are beginning to see some key faces appearing regularly on their TV screens. While demonstrators have taken pains to reject the label of “protester,” referring to themselves instead as land defenders supporting Indigenous sovereignty, it has become apparent that behind many of the actions is a much smaller group of activists. In Vancouver, the face of the string of actions — including an occupation of Attorney General David Eby‘s office and several port blockades — is Natalie Knight. “We are Indigenous people who have lived on this land for a very long time with uninvited settlers on our land,” Knight told Global News at the office occupation. “It’s an economic disruption,” she said of the port blockade. “We recognize that the government tends to only understand the language of money, so disrupting capital and the flow of goods is a language that they will understand.” But Knight, who self-identifies as the organizer of solidarity actions with Wet’suwet’en in Vancouver, isn’t from Canada. She told Global News Tuesday that she was of Yurok and Navajo ancestry with roots in California and New Mexico, and came to the country eight years ago for school, though did not want to discuss her immigration status. “I don’t think I need to share my status with you,” she said. Knight earned a PhD from Simon Fraser University, where she graduated with the Dean’s Convocation medal for her dissertation Dispossessed Indigeneity: Literary Excavations of Internalized Colonialism, described by the school as moving “between the separate fields of Marxism, feminism, settler colonialism, and critical Indigenous studies.” Perhaps presciently, her doctoral advisor Dr. Deanna Reader lauded Knight as a promising scholar and “one who will make an enormous contribution to public debates and urgent social issues in academia and well beyond.” In the Fraser Valley, there is another activist group that’s either organized or facilitated a series of rail blockades, including two that forced the cancellation of West Coast Express service. Formerly the Alliance Against Displacement, the group relaunched in January with a “wider mandate” as the Red Braid Alliance for Decolonial Socialism. On its website, the group calls itself a “revolutionary working class and Indigenous organization active on lands occupied by British Columbia, Canada.” The group has been active since 2013, but one of its key organizers, Ivan Drury, has deeper roots — going back to the three-month squat at the old Woodwards building in 2002. Since then, he’s been the ubiquitous face of the group at tent cities from Nanaimo to Vancouver to Maple Ridge and in the campaign against Burnaby demovictions. In January, he took the lead on a plan to set up an “anti-RCMP checkpoint” outside B.C. RCMP headquarters in Surrey in response to the force’s actions in Wet’suwet’en territory. Drury did not respond to requests for comment. Global News asked the Red Braid Alliance how a group that was founded on housing advocacy became a central actor in a series of civil disobedience actions in the Indigenous sovereignty movement, but they didn’t want to talk. “We don’t want to talk to you on the record about that right now,” said the organization’s Listen Chen, reached by phone, “because it feels like a distraction from the movement as a whole.” https://globalnews.ca/news/6601384/who-are-the-wetsuweten-protesters/
  16. Perceiving land rights as a collective concept may be what some Indigenous cling to but many have understood that securing land title for their communities through the Supreme Court is the only way forward. The Wet'suwet'en had the chance but decided to abandon the process.
  17. One of the problems is that land title must be settled whether the bands want to cling to their ancient rights or not. Another problem is for all this 'sharing of the land' bands are still fighting between themselves over who actually has the right to title. No matter what the bands think should happen, the Supreme Court of Canada has been clear and certain that title must be established. Nothing is going to change that for all the whinging and complaining.
  18. Agreed, Zeitgeist. True Nations are independent. Bands that are completely dependent upon government largess are anything but.
  19. I'll hold off condemning anyone for this until the RCMP have finished investigating. Both the company and the printer stated they had no hand in the decals. Until further notice, I take them at their word because in the current anti-oil/pipeline climate, I would not put it above someone on that side of the debate to be responsible in order to stir up yet more controversy. Just sayin'.
  20. 3 They have tried repeatedly. Governments ignored them. The hereditary chiefs in question did no such thing. When they had the chance to take the government to trial after being told they must in order to prove title - they chose not to do so. Then, they sat on their asses and waited till long after agreements were signed with numerous bands along the line and work was well in progress to say they opposed the deal. Talk about coming late to the party. No matter what comes out of the current talks, the hereditary chiefs in question will not gain title to the lands in question until or if they finally go to court and prove their case to the satisfaction of the judges.
  21. LOL.............wonderfully apt observation there, Argus.
  22. “There are people who are saying that the Delgamuukw decision affirms Gitxsan and Wet’suwet’en title, and that is not correct,” said Geoff Plant, former B.C. attorney general, treaty minister and lawyer for the Crown in the original Delgamuukw trial. “It affirmed that title exists in law but said that the Wet’suwet’en and Gitxsan would essentially need to start all over with a new trial.” “We’re not talking about proven Aboriginal title,” said Thomas Isaac, author of Aboriginal Law and former chief treaty negotiator for the B.C. government. “We’re talking about asserted title, and we’re talking about the rule of law. And the same courts that recognize Section 35 [Canadian Constitution] rights are the same courts that put limits on those rights. It scoped out what title meant, should it be proven. That decision didn’t prove title. It was sent back to trial.” "It’s not clear why the Wet’su-wet’en never pressed forward with a second trial. As of press time, a representative for the Office of the Wet’suwet’en could not be reached to comment." www.princegeorgecitizen.com/news/local-news/delgamuukw-did-not-settle-the-question-of-wet-suwet-en-title-1.24085622 _______________________
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