NDP BC invades sovereign Wet'suwet'en territory, RCMP arrest defenders

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Wet'suwet'en Hereditary Chiefs Speak After Tyendinaga Meeting (and vid)

https://www.cpac.ca/en/programs/headline-politics/episodes/66157941

"Hereditary Chiefs of the Wet'suwet'en Nation hold a news conference in Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory following their meeting with local representatives." (Feb 21, 2020)

"In your Constitution, it says that The Royal Proclamation (of 1763)  is a founding document. A big issue that's not noticed or talked about and none of you have asked about, is why are the RCMP in territories that Canada doesn't have a treaty with...invading Territories that are not under the Dominion of Canada? Your Prime Minister has committed a crime. And the whole world needs to be alarmed about it."  (20:35) Kanenhariyo Seth Lafont, Tyendinaga Mohawk Nation

 

PM Trudeau Says Rail Blockades Must Come Down (and vid)

https://www.cpac.ca/en/programs/headline-politics/episodes/66157937/

"At a news conference in Ottawa, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the barricades must now come down and that injunctions must be obeyed." (Feb 21, 2020)

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invading Territories that are not under the Dominion of Canada? Your Prime Minister has committed a crime. And the whole world needs to be alarmed about it."  (20:35) Kanenhariyo Seth Lafont, Tyendinaga Mohawk Nation

..this is the statement that most struck me from the video

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Trudeau's relentless lying about 'having tried everything in our power to achieve a peaceful resolution' is nothing but  a sinister, sneaky attempt to manufacture a national consent for a planned use of state force and violence to break the Wetsuweten, reinforce the dominance of corporate colonialist development agendas and discourage the very many of us in solidarity. It. won't. work.

This is also the reason Trudeau et al keep repeating the ridiculous nonsense about  having no influence, say or power over the police. Pull the other one Justin, it's got bells on. Of course he does. This is merely a rather obvious  and disturbing attempt to make us believe he won't be responsible for the consequences of the sinister and thinly veiled threats and intimidation he just made on national television against the Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs and the nation-wide solidarity movement that supports their just cause. Notice too the snide suggestion Justin made that those  concerned with the climate-crisis or the environment were somehow illegitimate allies steering it.

  Unlike our Prime Minister or his bobble-headed deputy pm Chrystia Freeland, Bill Blair,  Marc Garneau or any of his other henchpersons who can so effortlessly make word salads come out of their mouths guaranteed to leave you completely mystified when they finish as to what they actually said or mean, the Wet'suwet'en spokespersons and hereditary chiefs have been crystal clear. The RCMP and CGL must leave their territories. That's their law. And that is the necessary precondition to  honourable nation-to-nation talks which could resolve this crisis. So far Canada has not complied.

Mr Trudeau and his government have wasted a lot of time pretending to look busy with this file but have yet to accomplish either of the two simple preconditions necessary for a resolution. Yet now they openly threaten 'enforcement' out of one side of their mouth, while promising 'reconciliation' out of the other side. It's obscene. Trudeau's 'wreck-n-sell-yer-nation' policy, is a foul and contemptuous thing meant only to 'sell' us on him and his neoliberal, corporate neocolonialism in bright shiny new Liberal lipstick. If I were the Wet'suewet'en. I wouldn't trust them as far as I can spit. And when you have to conduct negotiations with such obviously dishonourable counter-parties, who are known to dissemble and lie and can't be trusted to keep their agreements - in a pattern that goes back for way over a century now - the thing becomes next to impossible. That's why the rest of us must continue to pay close attention.

The actions of Canada, BC and CGL and the RCMP on Wetsuweten territory are crimes. Those committing them are criminals. None of them have any business being there as a settled and binding matter of Constitutional and international law, Canada refuses to recognize.  The Wet'suwet'en are an internationally protected people with sovereign authority and jurisdiction to their unceded lands. And they are not alone. Canadians and the world must continue to stand strong and proudly at long last on the right side of history. Not on the side of Trudeau and his lies.

#EcocideIsGenocide  #SovereigntyIsTheIssueCanadaIsTheProblem   #WetsuwetenStrong 

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"Trudeau giving the ok to the RCMP opened up a big ass can of worms."

https://twitter.com/LazoreRobert/status/1231051657208881154

Yep.

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Don't forget Toronto. Round dance and rally. Family friendly, Noon, Saturday, Queen's Park. All out for Wet'suwet'en!

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'The RCMP Must Get Out': Mohawks of Tyendinaga Say Demands Haven't Changed to Stop Protest (and vid)

https://aptnnews.ca/2020/02/21/the-rcmp-must-get-out-mohawks-of-tyendina...

"...We want to remind Canada and the world that Wet'suwet'en land was never ceded or surrendered, and as such Canada's actions amount to an illegal occupation of Wet'suwet'en territory, Woos said. 'We also want to remind the Canadian government that the rail shutdown could have been ended many days ago, if only Canada, BC, CGL and the RCMP had honoured their own laws as well as respected Wet'suwet'en law. Woos indicated his side was willing to talk once police were fully off their territory, and 'nation to nation' discussions were held with Canada and BC on Wet'suwet'en Territory."

#NoTreatyNoJurisdictionNoPipelinesNoRCMP  #WetsuwetenLawOnWetsuwetenLand

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..i had a thought as i was lying in bed. had to get up and share it or i wouldn't get to sleep. both governments bc and the feds were in deep shit with the uprising across the country. i doubt very much the committee that produced the environmental assessment was independent..like neb around trans mountain. i'm thinking this was their way out of the hole they dug for themselves. a way to save face and not have to concede anything to the hereditary chiefs.   

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Coastal GasLink Sent Back To the Table With Indigenous Leaders

https://twitter.com/smogelgem/status/1231065214713548800

https://twitter.com/Gidimten/status/1231053536776949760

"It's not the responsibility of a proponent to consult with the Wet'suwet'en. That is the responsibility of the Federal and Provincial governments...Now if the RCMP would roll out a bit faster, talks can begin..."

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The Unist’ot’en Healing Centre in 2017. Photo by Smogelgem, hereditary chief from the Fireweed clan of the Wet’suwet’en

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Trudeau's insulting, thinly veiled threats have screwed up a planned Monday meeting to resolve the issue...

 

Planned Meeting Between Feds, Wet'suwet'en Now Delayed Due to Trudeau's Comments: Chief (and vid)

https://globalnews.ca/news/6581735/wetsuweten-meeting-delayed-chief

"A Wet'suwet'en hereditary chief says a planned meeting with federal ministers may be delayed after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's 'unfortunate' comments on the rail blockades crippling Canada's economy. Chief Na'Moks told Global News Radio CKNW Friday that he and the other four hereditary chiefs opposed to the Coastal GasLink pipeline project were speaking by phone with Crown - Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett and Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller, and had agreed to a meeting set for Monday.

But around the time the chiefs and ministers were speaking, he says, Trudeau gave his press conference, in which he called [threatened] for the blockades to come down. 'It's put things into a bit of confusion, and it may have even delayed the discussions that we had scheduled for next week,' Na Moks said. "We want this done peacefully, we want it done honourably and honestly. And it was so unfortunate that the prime minister of this country could not wait 10 minutes [to be briefed on the discussion].

Na'Moks said Trudeau's comments will have caused any predicament that may come in the future, including delaying or outright scuttling talks between the Chiefs and the ministers. 'We can't jump into this after the statements of the prime minister threatening our cousins the Mohawks, so it will definitely be delayed,' he said. 'Our chiefs are going to have to stay longer with the Mohawk, because they were standing in solidarity with us. We need to look after each other. That meeting, it will happen. But not on Monday."

Here's my reading of this. Trudeau, knowing full well that his ministers were on the brink of brokering an agreement for talks with the Wetsuweten, (with the likely cessation of railway problems a probable result), decided he could now safely play the Strongman and firm leader and order protests to end, order that injunctions 'must be obeyed' etc.

An appearance would be created in the public mind that  Justin Trudeau through the sheer commanding force of his personality and stern warnings about what was to come if he was not obeyed,  had beaten the Indians into submission with his tough talk and threats to send in the cavalry. Instead he's now revealed as a hamfisted idiot narcissist who has now jeopardized negotiations and  at the least stalled an end to this crisis for at least another week, and hopefully  not 'scuttled' them completely.

This is our Prime Minister, Canada. This is the person who is supposed to uphold 'the honour of the crown' and engage in honourable nation-to-nation negotiations with the representatives of the Wet'suwet'en, Mohawk and other Indigenous nations, who have been more than patient with such a putz and his 'reconciliation' jive. I offer my humble apologies and regrets that our leadership is so woefully inferior to theirs. We should all collectively agree to remedy this embarrassing deficency in our 'representation' as soon as possible. There are important matters that require attention. I'm sure we could do much better, and it's clear and plain that  the present scurvy crew in Ottawa 'represents' entities like CGL or TransMountain, Teck, The Royal Bank of Canada, or the interests of the US State Department and NATO perhaps, much more enthusiastically than they do us. Perhaps it's time for them to go and for us all to find a better way that better fits the requirements of the times and the generations we hope to come.

 

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Kanenhariyo and Woos. Mohawk- Wet'suwet'en alliance

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The rule of law is ‘racist’ says Mohawk law professor Beverly Jacobs

As she prepared to leave for a “historical” meeting between Kanien’kehà:ka (Mohawk) and hereditary chiefs of the Wet’suwet’en Nation, Beverly Jacobs told APTN News what goes through her mind when politicians invoke the rule of law.

“In my opinion, it’s very racist and very disrespectful to use that concept of the rule of law and following the rule of law. It’s Canadian law when they’re talking about it that way,” she said.

“It’s their law that created the Indian Act – one of the most racist pieces of legislation that exists in the world. It’s their law that’s established the genocidal policies on Indigenous people.”

She used child welfare law and criminal law as an example.

In those cases, Indigenous people are over-represented in prisons and Indigenous children are apprehended into foster care more often than non-Indigenous.

Canada’s correctional investigator reported in January that 30 per cent of inmates in federal prisons are First Nations, Métis, or Inuit. The number rose to 42 per cent for Indigenous women.

In January 2016, the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal ruled that the federal government discriminated against kids by underfunding the child welfare system on-reserve and in the Yukon.

The tribunal awarded $40,000 in damages to kids and some family members harmed by the system in September 2019 and ruled that Canada’s discriminatory policies were “reckless and willful.”

Canada’s lawyers have asked for a judicial review of that ruling.

The tribunal has given parties until the end of February to come up with a plan to identify and compensate eligible children and their families.

“Really? Are we going to follow that rule of law?” asked Jacobs, an assistant law professor at University of Windsor and former president of Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) where she was one of the people responsible for kickstarting the Sisters in Spirit program.

“That’s what we’re trying to fight. That’s what we’re trying to address in all of the commissions. All of the inquiries that are occurring have said that Canadian law is the source of genocide of Indigenous peoples. So if that’s what they’re invoking – and they’re invoking a police state – it’s violent. It’s inappropriate. It’s not addressing the true understanding and relationship as governments. They continue to treat our people as inferior and that we don’t have laws.”.....

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CBC: The House: Feb, 22, 2020 (radio)

https://www.cbc.ca/radio/thehouse/cbc-radio-s-the-house-feb-22-2020-1.54...

"Public Safety Minister Bill Blair joined host Chris Hall on Friday, after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called for an end to the rail blockade...

"...What the Prime Minister said quite appropriately is that the barricades must come down, the injunction must be obeyed and the rule of law must be upheld...Quite frankly all of our efforts to engage the protesters and the hereditary chiefs in dialogue have been met with silence..."

Bill Blair was a far better liar as Police Chief of Toronto than he now is as Trudeau's Public Safety Minister.

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‘Highly inappropriate’: Hereditary chief slams Crown corporation for considering giving loan to Coastal GasLink amidst Wet’suwet’en protests

A federal Crown corporation might lend money to support the Coastal GasLink pipeline, a move that one Wet’suwet’en chief called “highly inappropriate” amidst ongoing rail blockades and nationwide protests against the project.

Export Development Canada (EDC) confirmed to the Star that it is considering a loan to TC Energy and its partners to help build the 670-km natural gas pipeline that has inspired demonstrations across the country in solidarity with Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs who say the project can’t proceed without their consent.

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Chief Na’Moks, one of five clan chiefs of the Wet’suwet’en nation whose English name is John Ridsdale, questioned the timing of the potential loan from EDC.

“It is highly inappropriate at this time,” Na’Moks told the Star after learning a loan is being considered.

“When we’re supposed to have discussions and then for them to put this out — it’s almost like they’re trying another avenue to ensure that the public believes that this will happen when we’re adamantly opposed to it,” he said.

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Perry Bellegarde: My Statement On Today's Developments

https://twitter.com/1mohawklawyer/status/1231039317717463041

"You, AFN and your Indian Act Chiefs are part of the problem."

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Don't forget to attend the Toronto Wet'suwet'en support rally and round-dance at Queen's Park at noon! All out for Wet'suweten!

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‘It's a symptom of Canada's inability to engage First Nations meaningfully’: The Southern Chiefs Organization which represents 34 Anishinaabe and Dakota First Nations in Manitoba, has weighed in on the crisis in Wet’suwet’en territory and the rail blockades across the country.

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..the question posed, more percise in the video, was a really good one. the answer was disgusting. 

What has Canada learned from Oka, Ipperwash, Gustafsen Lake, Caledonia? What is the path forward? That's what APTN's @ToddLamirande asked Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Friday. Here’s the Q and A. #wetsuweten

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...drift

BREAKING: More than 100 faith and indigenous leaders are gathered in prayer at the office of Governor Tim Walz, honoring the 227 bodies of water threatened by the Line 3 pipeline.

He’s poised to issue permits for these water crossings, despite clear evidence of oil spill risk, broken treaties, and the climate crisis.

We join together in interfaith community, urging public officials to do everything in their power to protect sacred water and #StopLine3.

...end drift

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Thompson protesters show solidarity with Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs opposing B.C. pipeline

A group of approximately 15 protesters marched to Thompson City Hall Feb. 21 to show support for hereditary chiefs of the Wet’suwet’en First Nation in northwestern British Columbia, who are inspiring nationwide blockades with their stand against the Coastal Gas Link (CGL) pipeline crossing their territory.

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Thompson protest participant Khrystyna Massan was there to support the Wet’suwet’en, and also bring awareness about a currently hypothetical pipeline to Churchill on the shore of Hudson Bay.

“We are here to protect the land and the water,” she explained.

Hiliary Wood was protesting on behalf of Indigenous youth in the area who are supporting the Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs.

“We found people who want to work with us and that we can stand together and show our support for our fellow brothers and sisters across Turtle Island,” she said. “And this is not just about the pipeline, this is about the ongoing genocide that’s going on in Canada … the ongoing colonialism that’s going on. It’s not just about the pipeline. It’s about how Indigenous people are being treated and we want to show that we stand together as a nation.”

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..this piece is from jun/2008

Stone by stone, rail by rail

On June 29, 2007, Mohawks from Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory near Belleville, Ontario, erected blockades on the Canadian National rail line, local Highway 2, and Highway 401-the busiest thoroughfare in the country. This marked the second time in six months that the community blocked the rails in defence of their land. In the days before June 29, which had been declared a National Day of Action by the Assembly of First Nations, Mohawk spokesperson Shawn Brant explained to the CBC why the community could no longer wait on distant negotiations. “We bury our children in this country every day,” he said. “We have to force them to drink polluted water. We’re sick and tired of it. It’s going to end-June 29 is going to mark the time when First Nations people are going to be in a different relationship with the rest of the country.”

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The antidote to youth suicide

A 2003 academic study by Michael J. Chandler of the University of British Columbia and Christopher E. Lalonde of the University of Victoria cites the fact that on some B.C. reserves, the suicide rate is as much as 800 times the national average, while on others there has not been a single suicide in the past 15 years. The difference, Chandler and Lalonde conclude, is cultural resistance: communities that are actively fighting to preserve traditional lands, culture and the right to self-government are far less likely to see large numbers of youth suicide.

“It is simply an empirical fact,” note Chandler and Lalonde, “that the Aboriginal communities in B.C. that have, for example, achieved a measure of self-government, or were quick off the mark to litigate for Aboriginal title of traditional lands, have lower or absent youth suicide rates.”

Resistance to colonialism, it would seem, is quite literally a question of survival for Native peoples in Canada-not just as communities, but as individuals.

Anecdotally, recent events at Tyendinaga would seem to corroborate the study’s conclusions. “Today, suicide, despair is the farthest thing from their mind,” Brant says of the community’s youth. “They’re focused socially around the Longhouse, politically around the land.” As the community has fought to reclaim its traditional lands, youth have played a key role. These reclamation efforts, and the participation of young people, have sparked a resurgence of Mohawk cultural and political practice, in part through the establishment of the territory’s first functioning longhouse in over a hundred years.

In Tyendinaga, as in many other indigenous communities, this process has been greatly facilitated by the development of an alternative economy that is not dependent on the Canadian state, in this case in the form of a Native tobacco industry. Tobacco, a traditional part of Mohawk culture, is a significant source of income for many families that has enabled them to lift themselves out of serious poverty, and has also directly funded community projects like free meal programs, community gardening and the building of the Tyendinaga Longhouse. The self-sufficiency that the tobacco trade has brought Tyendinaga is also, not coincidentally, something that the Canadian government has identified as a threat to national security.

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Southern Chiefs Organization says 2-hour blockades will occur at 4 places across Manitoba

First Nations leaders in southern Manitoba are planning blockades next month at four border and provincial boundary crossings.

The Southern Chiefs Organization says the blockades will last two hours on March 20, and are aimed at drawing attention to the plight facing Indigenous people.

Grand Chief Jerry Daniels says even though Indigenous people are the original landowners, they have been relegated to society’s margins since Confederation.

He says issues such as those between the Wet’suwet’en, Coastal GasLink and the British Columbia government will not end until Canadians understand that.

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Daniels says he is now calling on the Canadian and Manitoba governments to end a blockade that has existed for 150 years on Indigenous economies, excluding First Nations from opportunities in sectors ranging from finance to international trade and commerce.

Daniels says the March 20th date has been selected to specifically target weekend travel.

Premier Brian Pallister says no one wants to escalate the situation at the blockades.

But he says it’s in no one’s interest for authorities to stand back while laws are being broken, because it can put people’s lives and well-being in danger.

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Calls for vigilante actions against Wet’suwet’en blockades are growing in far-right circles, anti-hate group says

There has been an uptick in online calls for vigilante action against Wet’suwet’en solidarity protests among hate groups and far-right activists, the Canadian Anti-Hate Network says.

Evan Balgord, a researcher with the network, says the protests in support of Wet’suwet’en heredity chiefs are the “number one” topic of conversation among hate groups and far-right fringe groups online, with many calling for violence to remove the protesters.

It is difficult to quantify the reach of those messages, and impossible to say if they will translate into anything more than talk. But Balgord said the groups were inspired by counterprotesters who removed a barricade in Edmonton Wednesday.

“There’s a lot of celebration of those couple of guys who dismantled that barricade of sorts in Edmonton … and calls for people to do similar things,” Balgord said in an interview Thursday.

“But not just to tear down those blockades … but a lot of the calls are specifically like, ‘if they are blocking streets, we should run over them.’”......

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I know this is blasphemous to say here but it's unfortunate that the hereditary chiefs did not take up the offer by the federales to negotiate which forced Trudeau into action as he could not continue to have Canada's railway system shut down

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Here's a little reported problem that many reserves and bands face.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/indigenous/ojibway-nation-saugeen-leadership-1.5...

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..it's not blasphemous it's living in denial that canada and bc are colonial powers that reject the concept of sovereign territory. colonial powers that facilitate the demands of corporations as their highest priority. in spite of their paying lip service otherwise to the public..it's the police and military that do their dirty work both on the territory or in the back rooms ie spying on indigenous folk like they were a threat to the state. that is the state's real power source.

..blocking rails, shutting down canada is indigenous power in this case because bc and the feds are ignoring the laws that say the territory is sovereign and it's the hereditary chiefs that are the authority. ignoring laws that say indigenous law is a part of canadian law. ignoring the constitution that says much of this as well.    

..not canadian law or the constitution, in spite of what i just said, is a full protection for indigenous folk because they 1) don't go far enough 2) cost millions of dollars to access through the courts 3) are ignored by goverments and corporations as in this case.

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If an attempt to clear away the blockades and protests provokes an intensified resistance, the state forces are going to be busy little bees guarding this network. #WetsuwetenSolidarity

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..it's not blasphemous it's living in denial that canada and bc are colonial powers that reject the concept of sovereign territory. colonial powers that facilitate the demands of corporations as their highest priority. in spite of their paying lip service otherwise to the public..it's the police and military that do their dirty work both on the territory or in the back rooms ie spying on indigenous folk like they were a threat to the state. that is the state's real power source.

..blocking rails, shutting down canada is indigenous power in this case because bc and the feds are ignoring the laws that say the territory is sovereign and it's the hereditary chiefs that are the authority. ignoring laws that say indigenous law is a part of canadian law. ignoring the constitution that says much of this as well.    

..not canadian law or the constitution, in spite of what i just said, is a full protection for indigenous folk because they 1) don't go far enough 2) cost millions of dollars to access through the courts 3) are ignored by goverments and corporations as in this case.

Not many countries can abuse a minority and have them protesting like this after so many years. More common it is violent.

Indigenous peoples tend to have a culture of more peaceful protest than others (this is in many parts of the world). Canadians should be grateful that this abuse has not resulted in violence and be thankful for the restraint. 

We could get into a discussion around why Indigenous protest remains as patient as it has been. I think it is part the culture, in part the lack of interference from outside, in part a genuine desire to reconcile and build a stronger Canada. One thing that sets Indigenous people apart from other oppressed minorities may be the fact that they are the "home owners" and the colonists are in their house. They have more concern for it -- there is no point speaking of a conflict and separation when this entire country is theirs and leaving carries a different meaning. Despite all this I fear that patience has limits and abuse eventually destroys it. Still I want non-Indigenous Canadians to seek reconciliation with Indigenous people for better reasons than selfishness and fear.

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Seattle Stands with Wet'suwet'en

Monday, February 24, 2020 at 6 AM – 11:30 PM​

***UPDATED GATHERING SPOTS***
(individuals encouraged to grab a sign & a friend and head to their nearest street corner, freeway or local Chase bank! Post photos and DM us to have your location added to the list!)

Canadian Consulate, Seattle (1501 4th Ave #600, Seattle, WA 98101): 8am-4pm

Bothell (intersection of Bothell Way NE & Woodinville Drive): 4-6pm

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..video talks about peoples party in truck watching them

Saskatoon blockade is calling for bodies to support them!

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'The terror was brought to us': Memories of Oka resurface as rail blockade crisis continues

In the summer of 1990, Waneek Horn-Miller was a teenager, standing with her activist mother and younger sister behind the barricades in Oka, Que.

The town was planning to expand a golf course onto land that Mohawks consider sacred. A standoff between the Indigenous community and police exploded into a 78-day crisis. A police officer was killed and dozens more were injured — including Horn-Miller, who was stabbed in the chest by a soldier's bayonet.

Horn-Miller told The House she was looking over archival photos of the Oka crisis earlier this week.

"That reminder of just the hate that bubbled to the surface, this anger … we were being called terrorists when we weren't bringing terror to anybody," she said. "We weren't exerting any kind of aggression towards anybody else. The terror was being brought to us."

"I didn't get medical treatment for 22 hours," Horn-Miller told The House this week. "I was an unarmed 14-year-old, holding my little sister, when that happened."

Thirty years later, Horn-Miller is a former Olympic athlete and a member of Canada's Sports Hall of Fame. She has been closely following the countrywide protests sparked by opposition to a natural gas pipeline on Wet'suwet'en traditional territory in British Columbia.

When asked whether Canadians have learned any lessons about the Crown-Indigenous relationship in the 30 years since Oka, Horn-Miller pointed to the way the media conversation has changed.

"I see a difference in a lot of the way the media is looking at the situation," she explained. "They're starting to peel back the layers of what is at the core of this issue … they're talking about hereditary chiefs versus the band council system, which is an imposed system, and how that isn't working, obviously, in this situation."

In light of the pressure being put on the federal government to swiftly end the rail blockades that have unfolded in recent weeks, Horn-Miller also warned authorities against taking the kind of action she witnessed in Oka.

In light of the pressure being put on the federal government to swiftly end the rail blockades that have unfolded in recent weeks, Horn-Miller also warned authorities against taking the kind of action she witnessed in Oka.

"That is always, always a fear," said Horn-Miller. "I can't imagine just how many miles we'll step back if they send in the Armed Forces.

"This would be a huge wound that would be wide open within this country, for so many people. Not just Indigenous people — for Canadians as well."

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A 22,000 KM exclusion zone for the RCMP. The government will definitly go for that.

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Taiaiake Alfred (and vid)

https://twitter.com/_Taiaiake_/status/1230904279881396225

"Explaining Wet'suweten traditional government for Mohawks..."

 

THREAD: "The Wet'suwet'en Nation is just that - a nation. It has leaders who oversee territories - house chiefs. It has advisors - wing chiefs. It has citizen-members. It has leaders who oversee municipalities - band chiefs. It has separate jurisdictions and separate leaders..."

https://twitter.com/M_Toll/status/1231123954393219072

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Here's my reading of this. Trudeau, knowing full well that his ministers were on the brink of brokering an agreement for talks with the Wetsuweten, (with the likely cessation of railway problems a probable result), decided he could now safely play the Strongman and firm leader and order protests to end, order that injunctions 'must be obeyed' etc.

An appearance would be created in the public mind that  Justin Trudeau through the sheer commanding force of his personality and stern warnings about what was to come if he was not obeyed,  had beaten the Indians into submission with his tough talk and threats to send in the cavalry. Instead he's now revealed as a hamfisted idiot narcissist who has now jeopardized negotiations and  at the least stalled an end to this crisis for at least another week, and hopefully  not 'scuttled' them completely.

This is our Prime Minister, Canada. This is the person who is supposed to uphold 'the honour of the crown' and engage in honourable nation-to-nation negotiations with the representatives of the Wet'suwet'en, Mohawk and other Indigenous nations, who have been more than patient with such a putz and his 'reconciliation' jive. I offer my humble apologies and regrets that our leadership is so woefully inferior to theirs. We should all collectively agree to remedy this embarrassing deficency in our 'representation' as soon as possible. There are important matters that require attention. I'm sure we could do much better, and it's clear and plain that  the present scurvy crew in Ottawa 'represents' entities like CGL or TransMountain, Teck, The Royal Bank of Canada, or the interests of the US State Department and NATO perhaps, much more enthusiastically than they do us. Perhaps it's time for them to go and for us all to find a better way that better fits the requirements of the times and the generations we hope to come.

Agreed. As the Prime Minister, he should have been the one to meet with the chiefs. Instead, he let his Indigenous Affairs and Public Safety Ministers do the negotiating and heavy lifting. He's trying to spin the PR where he can have it both ways: be painted as a friend of First Nations while also that of a tough leader who can get things moving again. Additionally, he does not understand the political implications for his party. The Idle No More movement was far less disruptive than anything we have seen with this, over a much longer period. Harper also managed to win a majority despite being seen as overall hostile to First Nations interests. That spark was enough to take him down. Yet from a political standpoint, Trudeau has mismanaged dealing with a constituency that was key to his election as Prime Minister? Not good for him.

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'The Blockades Must Come Down' Says Trudeau : Chief Smogelgem Responds (and vid)

https://twitter.com/CTV_PowerPlay/status/1230978535189360648

"Chief Smogelgem responds: 'He talks about 'wanting to  create dialogue between people'. He's actually never done that. He sent some of his ministers to try and do something,  but he wasn't really clear about what that something was. Those ministers that came to the Territories to try and make contact with people, didn't really have an agenda and didn't have any direction what to do.

One of the big issues we have as Wet'suwet'en people is the eviction of the Coastal GasLink pipeline from our territories. CGL has just ignored our eviction notice, issued to them on January 4, and our people are still adamant. We don't want that pipeline through our territories. We'll fight it. We'll fight it right to the end."

NDPP

'Justin Trudeau has made zero effort to meet with the Wet'suwet'en Hereditary Chiefs. John Horgan has made zero effort to meet with the Wet'suwet'en Hereditary Chiefs. RCMP remain on Wet'suwet'en Territory. Trudeau is lying about what's been attempted.'

https://twitter.com/M_Tol/status/1230953013684002817

Who does Trudeau think he's fooling? Canadians? 'Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.' Fool me over and over ad infinitum I'm a chump who no longer cares or knows the difference between truth and lies anymore. Welcome to political life in Canada. If you can call it that. Time for big changes long overdue...

#SovereigntyIsTheIssueCanadaIsTheProblem  #NoTreatyNoJurisdictionNoPipelinesNoRCMP  #landback  #NoJusticeNoPeace  #thetimeisnow #WetsuwetenStrong

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Kanenhariyo: 'Your Prime Minister Has Committed A Crime..." (and vid)

https://twitter.com/PnPCBC/status/1231002727863508998

"A big issue that's not being noticed and not being talked about, is why the RCMP are in Territory that Canada doesn't have a treaty with?"

 

"An Indian goes into a law office and says, Since my traditional government never agreed by any treaty to be governed by your government, why does your legal system apply your government's laws to me on my Indigenous Nation's unceded national Territory...?"

An Identification of the Conflicted Relationship Between the Indigenous Nations And The Legal Profession in North America

https://dissidentvoice.org/2009/01/an-identification-of-the-conflicted-r...

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Tyendinaga Donations

https://twitter.com/realpeoplesmedia/status/1231284456280989696

"Attention: The official email for making donations to the Tyendinaga Mohawks is  [email protected]  . NO OTHER email is collecting donations on their behalf. Please do not bring cash donations to the camp."

NDPP

Dear Justin...

Gidimt'en Checkpoint

https://twitter.com/Gidimten/status/1231375400019775489

"We know you're working hard at reconciliation and stuff but smoke signals don't count. Get the RCMP out and come on over for tea."

[email protected]

 

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Indigenous Leaders Meet at Kahnawake After Trudeau Orders Blockades Removed (and vid)

https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/pipeline-protest-kahnawake-1.5472718

"The reason why we are here is so that we can express our friendship and support and gratefulness to the Kahnawake people, Wet'suwet'en hereditary Chief Woos told reporters late on Saturday following meetings with the Mohawk community...One of the hereditary chiefs said Friday, his people are willing to engage in nation-to-nation talks with the BC and federal governments, but not until the RCMP have left traditional Wet'suwet'en territory entirely and Coastal GasLink, the pipeline company, ceases work in the area..."

 

#SovereigntyIsTheIssueCanadaIsTheProblem  #NoTreatyNoJurisdictionNoPipelinesNoRCMP  #WetsuwetenStrong  #thetimeisnow  #DecolonizeNow  #landback

kropotkin1951

Paladin1 wrote:

A 22,000 KM exclusion zone for the RCMP. The government will definitly go for that.

I guess it is really hard to wrap ones head around the idea of a sovereign indigenous territory where they make the laws and enforce them. I agree that the government is not going to accede to that request because that concession is better legally than a court case in proving they have title to their lands. What I like is their request to have the PM and Premier meet on Wwet'suwet'en territory in their feast hall. Most people don't understand that the feasting ceremony was part of the banned meetings under the pot latch laws. In the 1920's because of this nations and other Norther BC nations demanding that their title be recognized the government banned their governments and made it a crime to hire a lawyer to fight for title under British law. That was just before a case was to go to the House of Lords and the outcome would have been that under British law they still had title.

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There is no doubt about which side is criminally culpable. And no doubt about the magnitude of the crimes committed. The paper trail is there for anyone who wishes to follow it to today. Some people in Ottawa and Victoria should go to trial and to prison for this continuing constitutional fraud, violations of international law on Protected Peoples  and usurpation-as-genocide. The problem of course, is that it is the criminals alleged that themselves control our 'just-us' system.

1875: The Federal Duty of Disallowance

http://sisis.nativeweb.org/clark/oic1875.html

"This was the last time the federal government recognized its duty, and recommended disallowance of offending Provincial lands legislation. By a year after this report, 1876, the federal government [instead]  fell in with the fraud of the Province and applied the genocidal Indian Act to the Indians of unceded BC in contravention of its own recommendation and constitutional law...

"...Considering, then, these several features of the case - That no surrender or cession of their Territorial rights, whether the same be of a legal or equitable nature, has ever been executed  by the Indian Tribes of the Province; That they allege that the Reservations of land made by the Government, for their use have been arbitrarily so made and are totally inadequate to their support and requirements,  and without their assent - That they are not averse to hostilities in order to enforce rights which it is impossible to deny them, - and that the Act under consideration not only ignores those rights...the Undersigned feels that he cannot do otherwise, than advise that the Act [BC Public Lands Act] in question is objectionable, as tending to deal with lands which are assumed to be the absolute property of the Province, an assumption which completely ignores - as applicable to the Indians of British Columbia - the honour and good faith with which the Crown has in all other cases since its sovereignty of the territories in North America, dealt with their various Indian Tribes..."

In truth, the federal government actually has a constitutional duty to defend the sovereignty of the Wet'suweten territories against the Province's premature (no treaty/no consent/no jurisdiction) incursion and invasion with RCMP on behalf of CGL, -  not collude, conspire and attack with it!  This is why one of the legal and juridical goals of  some traditional-sovereigntists is to be able to get the evidence and a case into an independent and impartial international tribunal outside of Canada (if/when such exists), because just like Apartheid Israel's genocidal treatment of Indigenous people and rights there,  Canada clearly cannot be trusted to play honourably or fair in this arena. The colonial vampire that is the Canadian settler-state will not give up its blood-sucking habit easily. No matter how many times they spout 'reconciliation' to make you think so.  But the people, especially the youth, show positive and hopeful signs of making a good start. Onwards and upwards to a long overdue de-colonization, Canada!

'The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers.' ;)- Shakespeare

#SovereigntyIsTheAnswerCanadaIsTheProblem  #NoTreatyNoJurisdictionNoPipelinesNoRCMP  #landback  #thetimeisnow  #WetsuwetenStrong

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Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs will maintain blockades despite headway in B.C.

Hereditary chiefs of the Wet’suwet’en Nation meeting on Saturday with Mohawk leaders in Kahnawake confirmed they’ve spoken with British Columbia’s commanding RCMP officer about police withdrawing from a protest site against a proposed gas pipeline.

However, despite that conversation, the hereditary chiefs have not decided to call for the dismantling of railway blockades across the country, including in Kahanwake, on the South Shore of Montreal.

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“Yesterday, we had a phone call with Jennifer Strachen,” Wet’suwet’en Chief Woos told reporters Saturday afternoon outside the Kahnawake Longhouse. “We talked a little about what we expected.”

On Wednesday, Strachan, in charge of the Mounties in B.C., offered in a letter to the chiefs to move the police detachment from near the protest site in northern B.C. to the nearby town of Houston in an attempt to defuse tensions. The next day, however, a Wet’suwet’en spokesperson said the RCMP hadn’t “officially engaged” with them

That changed on Friday when they did, indeed, speak with Strachen. That same day, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau insisted the “barricades must come down now.”

“We’re still going to say the same thing again: for the RCMP to vacate the premises, and developments that are going to be happening are still being considered by the RCMP,” Woos said, declining to specify what exactly is being considered by the police.

Woos took heart in a decision Friday by the B.C. Environmental Assessment Office that Coastal GasLink must consult further with Indigenous communities along a stretch of its planned pipeline route that is at the centre of the Wet’suwet’en conflict. The company has been given 30 days to consult with Indigenous leaders before re-submitting its final report for approval.

“With the news of the environmental report, it was inviting, to say the least,” he said. “I think we’ll take a close look at that, for sure.”

Meanwhile, a request by the chiefs to meet with Marc Miller, Minister of Indigenous Services, has gone unanswered, Woos added.

“No, there was no phone call from Marc Miller. It seems to me that since Mr. Trudeau made his announcement, the communication has ceased. There you go.”.....

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2400 people round dancing at Nathan Phillips Square in #Toronto in support of #Wetsuwetenstrong #rcmp off sovereign territory now! #cdnpoli #onpoli

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My business will be negatively affected by the railway blockades. I still support them.

I am the owner of a growing business that depends on rail freight to move my product across Canada. Fatso Peanut Butter is based in Victoria, B.C., but all of the production happens on the East Coast and we stock our products in stores across the country.

If the rail blockades continue through March — when my next consignment will be ready to ship — I'll have to make alternative arrangements to transport our product by highway, which will add an additional $6,000 to $8,000 in expenses. And if blockades escalate and further restrict cross-country and cross-border transport, my business and our plans to expand into the U.S. this spring are all but dead in the water. 

My livelihood is under threat and yet I support the rail blockades in support of Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs who oppose a pipeline slated to pass through their traditional lands.

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But my anger is directed toward the government that refuses to back down, and the opposition, lobbyists, and armchair activists who think they speak for my interests..... 

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The chiefs on a conference call with the BC RCMP. The RCMP were reluctant to follow through with a promise that their government overlords made. Despite our eviction notice they’ve asked that CGL still be allowed to do their work. We told them that the CGL eviction still stands.

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epaulo13 wrote:
The rule of law is ‘racist’ says Mohawk law professor Beverly Jacobs

As she prepared to leave for a “historical” meeting between Kanien’kehà:ka (Mohawk) and hereditary chiefs of the Wet’suwet’en Nation, Beverly Jacobs told APTN News what goes through her mind when politicians invoke the rule of law.

“In my opinion, it’s very racist and very disrespectful to use that concept of the rule of law and following the rule of law. It’s Canadian law when they’re talking about it that way,” she said.

“It’s their law that created the Indian Act – one of the most racist pieces of legislation that exists in the world. It’s their law that’s established the genocidal policies on Indigenous people.”

She used child welfare law and criminal law as an example.

In those cases, Indigenous people are over-represented in prisons and Indigenous children are apprehended into foster care more often than non-Indigenous.

Canada’s correctional investigator reported in January that 30 per cent of inmates in federal prisons are First Nations, Métis, or Inuit. The number rose to 42 per cent for Indigenous women.

In January 2016, the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal ruled that the federal government discriminated against kids by underfunding the child welfare system on-reserve and in the Yukon.

The tribunal awarded $40,000 in damages to kids and some family members harmed by the system in September 2019 and ruled that Canada’s discriminatory policies were “reckless and willful.”

Canada’s lawyers have asked for a judicial review of that ruling.

The tribunal has given parties until the end of February to come up with a plan to identify and compensate eligible children and their families.

“Really? Are we going to follow that rule of law?” asked Jacobs, an assistant law professor at University of Windsor and former president of Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) where she was one of the people responsible for kickstarting the Sisters in Spirit program.

“That’s what we’re trying to fight. That’s what we’re trying to address in all of the commissions. All of the inquiries that are occurring have said that Canadian law is the source of genocide of Indigenous peoples. So if that’s what they’re invoking – and they’re invoking a police state – it’s violent. It’s inappropriate. It’s not addressing the true understanding and relationship as governments. They continue to treat our people as inferior and that we don’t have laws.”.....

People who want the "rule of law" applied to break up the protest need to be careful what they wish for. If the First Nations take legal action against any government agency over this, there's a good chance that a strict ruling according to the "rule of law" will be against the Canadian government.

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