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Attawapiskat Nightmare 3

Catchfire
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Continued from here

This piece showed up in the Guardian yesterday, co-authored by a colleague of mine:

 

Canada's First Nations: a scandal where the victims are blamed

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The federal government's response to the crisis has been a combination of arrogance and bullying. The prime minister, Stephen Harper, stood up in parliament to argue that widespread corruption on the part of band leaders was to blame, stating: "This government has spent some $90m since coming to office just on Attawapiskat. That's over $50,000 for every man, woman and child in the community. Obviously we're not very happy that the results do not seem to have been achieved for that."

As the author of the apihtawikosisan blog points out, this figure not only conflates the amounts allocated for education, maintenance, healthcare and social services but ignores the cost difficulties brought about by Attawapiskat's remote location and the fact it is over a number of years. Full government-sponsored audits since 2005 are available on theofficial Attawapiskat website.

Then Harper placed Attawapiskat in third-party management. Last Monday, when the controller arrived, he was promptly asked to leave by the community – and did. Now, the aboriginal affairs minister, John Duncan, has given Attawapiskat two choices: either hand over control of their affairs directly to the federal government (at a cost of $180,000 to the community), or evacuate the needy families. As chief Theresa Spence states in a press release: "It is incredible that the Harper government's decision is that instead of offering aid and assistance to Canada's First Peoples, their solution is to blame the victim, and that the community is guilty, and deserving of their fate."

Between Durban COP17 and this, what a disgraced nation Canada is nowadays on the world stage.

 


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Slumberjack
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From the last news link previous thread; it's surprising the media has taken this long to put form to divisions within the community.  It operates the same as division within other nations, which correspondingly assists in smoothing the way forward when the necessary decisions are taken.


Catchfire
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Yeah, no kidding SJ (link to CBC story: Some Attawapiskat residents at odds with chief). I guess their journalistic penance was longer than usual this time 'round. This is the excuse that counts for journalism in this country: randomly interview Attawapiskat residents who support Harper's plan in order to undermine the nation's autonomy and sow divisions within. If only they had done the same when our Prime Minister was elected by 28% of the population.


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Fidel
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Steve Harper wrote:
"This government has spent some $90m since coming to office just on Attawapiskat. That's over $50,000 for every man, woman and child in the community.

No, that's below $50K per person over five years. It says here that the pop'n of Attawapiskat was 1,929 in 2010. So if no children have been born since 2010, and Steve's claim of $90M spent since 2006 is true, that would be:

$90M/5years = $18M/year

$18M/1929 = $9,331.26 per person per year

That's poverty no matter where you live in Canada. They don't need Jacques Marion - they need sweet Jesus performing the loaves and fish party trick. And some wine wouldn't be a bad idea to help them forget what a shitty situation they are in while under siege from the feds. I think the Harpers must have graduated in the bottom half of their class at http://ReformatoriesOut2LunchCollege.com college for Reform Party retreads and right wingers alike. 


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Attawapiskat Resident Reveals History of Abuse (and vid)

http://www.ctv.ca/CTVNews/TopStories/20111213/attawapiskat-resident-reve...

"Jocelyn lahtail, a former resident of Attawapiskat, is now coming forward with personal recollections of abuse. 'The most frightening part is people know,' lahtail told CTV's Daniele Hammadijian. She says the abusers were people that she trusted including relatives of some council members..."

more aspects of Canada's genocide


RevolutionPlease
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NDPP wrote:

Attawapiskat Resident Reveals History of Abuse (and vid)

http://www.ctv.ca/CTVNews/TopStories/20111213/attawapiskat-resident-reve...

"Jocelyn lahtail, a former resident of Attawapiskat, is now coming forward with personal recollections of abuse. 'The most frightening part is people know,' lahtail told CTV's Daniele Hammadijian. She says the abusers were people that she trusted including relatives of some council members..."

more aspects of Canada's genocide

It's unfortunate these stories only come to the light of day when there's a need to disparage First Nations. Where, may I ask, are they running the stories lately, of victims of residential schools and Canada's genocide? Are we becoming a National Enquirer nation? Sound bytes and diversions. Fucking care for people and fix this fucking mess. Of course it's going to cost more money to uphold our part of the bargain in the North. Really? Really? People are more concerned with $50/year tax cuts than dealing with our fellow Canadians? Fuck you Stephen Harper and your mealy mouthed disparaging of our fine First Nations. It seems so easy to see through the facade but for some reason, others around me buy into it. Woe is me. Onward.

M. Spector
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Lorraine Land wrote:

Should Toronto be put under third party management? That community has been running a deficit for years, and the combined total of all government spending (federal, provincial and municipal) is $24,000 a year for each Torontonian.

Attawapiskat, on the other hand, which is only funded by one level of government — federal – received $17.6 million in this fiscal year, for all of the programs and infrastructure for its 1,550 residents. That works out to about $11,355 per capita in Attawapiskat.

People often forget, when talking about costs of delivering programs and services to First Nations, that almost all those costs are paid from one pot: Aboriginal Affairs. By contrast, non-Aboriginal Canadians receive services from at least three levels of government.

Here are the total expenditures per capita per level of government for Toronto residents:

Read on...


Slumberjack
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Where are the photos of Nycole Turmel with homeless people in Toronto, who for lack of other viable options, have to take up residence on the city's sidewalk grates.


Catchfire
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You know what would solve this whole "crisis"? Private property.

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In the pre-budget report tabled on Wednesday, the committee calls for the federal government “to examine the concept of a First Nations Property Ownership Act as proposed by the First Nations Tax Commission.”

“I think it’s fantastic,” said Manny Jules, the head of the commission, who has been advocating the idea for years. Mr. Jules wrote the forward for a book on the topic last year, called Beyond the Indian Act: Restoring Aboriginal Property Rights, that was co-authored by University of Calgary political science professor Tom Flanagan.

Mr. Flanagan is a former campaign manager and adviser to Mr. Harper. He had previously written a book called First Nations? Second Thoughts, that attracted controversy by challenging many of the accepted positions of native leaders.

Mr. Jules and Mr. Flanagan argue that, while not a panacea, having access to private property would lead to major improvements in the lives of many native Canadians. They also recommend that the legislation be optional rather than mandatory. Mr. Jules says there are about 10 communities out of the more than 600 first nation reserves in Canada that are ready to move in this direction, while others are expressing interest.

Mr. Jules said that in light of the current focus on aboriginal issues triggered by the attention on the living conditions in Attawapiskat, he’s hopeful that now is a good time to push for change.


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Manny and Flanagan are a perfect team...

"Our object is to continue until there is not a single Indian that has not been absorbed into the body-politic of Canada and there is no more 'Indian Question'. That is the whole purpose of our legislation.."

Indian Affairs Canada 1920

the object continues,,,

 


laine lowe
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An excellent and lengthy article on the Fee Simple Land Proposal being promoted by Harper and the First Nations Tax Commission. An excerpt:

 

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...a growing group of Indigenous people and chiefs have been speaking out against the Jules/Flanagan proposal, arguing that fee simple property ownership will leave collective Indigenous title and rights and reserve lands—which are affirmed in section 35 of the Constitution Act, 1982—vulnerable to encroachment by developers, corporate interests, and federal and provincial control. Chingee has been open in his rejection of the fee simple proposal, as has Arthur Manuel, spokesperson for the Indigenous Network on Economies and Trade.

De Soto, president of the Institute for Liberty and Democracy (ILD), is notorious for advocating fee simple property ownership and market-led agrarian reform among Latin America’s campesinos. His ideas are promoted by international financial institutions like the World Bank, as well as the US international development organization USAID, which uses his theory to back their own market-driven development projects throughout Latin America.

He’s also been assailed with criticism from popular and grassroots organizations such as Via Campesina—a global peasant movement—which maintains that the ramifications of de Soto’s economic agenda are the global phenomena of dispossession of Indigenous people and intensified economic stratification.

Like de Soto’s proposal for Latin America, which aims to convert latent or “dead” assets into market capital, Jules and Flanagan aim to transform collective rights into individual titles, which can be openly traded on the market. In Canada, collective land title is understood to be the inherent right of Indigenous peoples.

In a letter against the fee simple proposal published in the First Nations Strategic Bulletin, Manuel asserts the power and protection of collective title. “No single individual can give up or extinguish our Aboriginal title and Indigenous rights. It would be suicide or extinguishment for our future generations to accept fee simple in exchange for our collective title,” he wrote.

Chingee’s response to the proposal warns of the damaging impact of privatizing reserve land. “The change would undermine signed treaties across Canada, undermine our political autonomy, restrict our creativity and innovation and place us in a dangerous position where any short-term financial difficulty may result in the wholesale liquidation of our reserve lands, or the creation of a patchwork quilt of reserve lands, like Oka,” he wrote...

World Bank Darling Promotes Privatization of Reserves


Fidel
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Catchfire wrote:

You know what would solve this whole "crisis"? Private property.

So predictable. They need some new blood on the right. Let's hope FNs don't fall for it like Labour voters did in Maggie's England, and there in the U.S. with false promises of McMansions for everyone and trains that run on time. They are fascinated with trains running on time and allowing banks to thieve your private property after banksters put the kibosh to the economy.


epaulo13
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Catchfire wrote:

You know what would solve this whole "crisis"? Private property.

..i believe that this is the master plan. atleo came in on an open for business platform though i don't think he will be able to pull it off in this current political  enviroment. people are very angry.


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More Victims Tell of Sexual Abuse on Reserves

http://www.ctv.ca/CTVNews/TopStories/20111214/attawapiskat-abuse-grandst...

"A day after two women spoke out on suffering sexual abuse on a troubled northern Ontario reserve, more victims are coming forward to say the problem is prevalent across the country..."

http://www.thepeoplespaths.net/articles/bschools.htm

"Chief Ed Metawabun, electric shocked at age six 'to entertain visiting dignitaries at the St. Anne's Catholic Residential School..."


laine lowe
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An excellent read:

 

Canadian Miners Make the Big Move into Afghanistan: And We Wonder Why “They” Resist from Afghanistan to Attawapiskat.

 

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The people of the Attawapiskat First Nation tried to negotiate fair compensation with DeBeers for years. The process divided the community between those who wanted to protect their ancestral land in its natural state, and those who hoped to benefit from exploiting their resources either by getting good jobs at the mine or by starting businesses to service the mine.

In the end, DeBeers was the big winner. The people of Attawapiskat lost at least as much as they gained in the Impact Benefit Agreement (IBA) they signed with DeBeers, in 2005.

The diamonds mined on Attawapiskat land, since 2008, may not be “blood diamonds”, but there is no such thing as “clean diamonds”. Diamond mining may be marginally cleaner than some types of mining, but every mine affects the environment.

In addition to environmental concerns, the social and economic impact on the people of Attawapiskat has not proven positive. Only a fraction of the promised jobs ever materialised and the mining company does little business with the community of Attawapiskat.

Gaining a diamond mine in their backyard certainly didn’t help many of the people of Attawapiskat; most are worse off today....


Boom Boom
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Is there a 'boycott DeBeers' movement yet?

(not that I would ever be in the market for a diamond)


M. Spector
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Yes there is. Join us.

We also boycott Lamborghinis, Predator drones, and Beluga caviar. It's a very pro-environment, anti-war, pro-biodiversity, and pro-native rights movement.


Boom Boom
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Sounds good to me. I've been boycotting Ferraris and Porsches for decades. Smile


Tommy_Paine
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A boycott of Canadian diamonds isn't where to strike.  The idea would be to sully the brand by bringing attention to what is going on. 

But not so fast:  You don't want to sully the brand so much that, down the road, the native populations can't realize benefits from the diamonds.

The best approach, in my mind, is to have a quiet campaign to threaten such an act.  Not that I'd take following through off the table, but I think caution is needed here.

Anyway, I found this map yesterday.  A lot of these stories and issues arise and no one gives much of a sense of place or physical position.  This map doesn't have place names but I am sure we all know where Attawapiskat is on the map by now.

 

 

 

 

 

http://mapper.infomine.com/maps/mapper/default.aspx?SESSION=df61b532-285...



If that comes up blank, go to the home page and click on Ontario.

 


Boom Boom
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Does the community of Attawapiskat even want the diamond mine on their land? Or was it pushed onto them? Anyone know?


Tommy_Paine
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That's a good question, Boom Boom, and I will try to find an answer to that. In the mean time, I came across this article today.

http://www.vancouversun.com/business/Northern+reserves+have+been+separat...


laine lowe
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In the mining article I linked to (#15), it suggests that the community was divided during the negotiations but I imagine a vote took place on the De Beers Impact Benefit Agreement. The link takes you to a PDF file of the Agreement that probably mentions whether it was ratified by vote.


Boom Boom
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Okay, thanks, will have a look.


milo204
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it also appears the government/IA is holding the first nation hostage by forcing them to agree to third party mgmt in order to get ANY help in the form of repairs, trailers and other short term measures...

 

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2011/12/16/attawapiskat-duncan-lette...

 

i'm happy though that some people are beginning to compare the percapita expenditures that everyone is freaking out about on reserve to the much higher per capita spending in major cities.  Still like to see some comparison of similar sized rural town etc in canada...


laine lowe
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I'm not sure what the annual operating budget is for the Rural Municipality of St. Laurent (approx. pop of 1,500) but the list of amenities and services are pretty impressive:

 

http://www.rmofstlaurent.ca/english_home.php


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Boom Boom
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Excellent. I'd be surprised if you get a reply, but who knows.

 


Arthur Cramer
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Michael:

I sent your email as requested in my name, and emailed it to eveyone else that I know asking they do the same and send it to their friends asking they do similarly.


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Ippurigakko
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Stephen's quote ""We also have no history of colonialism. So we have all of the things that many people admire about the great powers but none of the things that threaten or bother them."

 

this is make me very angry! He have no right and not education in Native american history.....


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