Thursday, February 9, 2012

War and Peace: Illusions of partnership at Conservative-First Nations gathering |

The recent First Nation gathering in Ottawa is an interesting meeting - especially since it was been triggered by the crisis at Attiwapiskat. News coverage revealed a fascinating spectacle with FN leaders in colorful regalia and interesting speeches given by all. However, there is a darker side to all of the pomp and ceremony.

Dr. Pamela D. Palmater, a Mi'kmaw lawyer and member of the Eel River Bar First Nation in New Brunswick, provides important perspectives about the deeper meaning to this assembly and the threat it carries for First Nations. In her perspective, "All you need to be able to read between the lines is to understand their use of code words like "individual opportunity" (destroy communities), "solution to Canada's labour woes" (we are their labour pool), "unlocking the potential of First Nation lands" (transfer to non-Indians) and "maximizing benefits for all Canadians" (Canada gets rich off our remaining lands and resource). "

If you want to learn more about what's really going on, please read Pamela's entire article.

War and Peace: Illusions of partnership at Conservative-First Nations gathering |

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Who is the Enemy of the State?

Canada is a constitutional country that is governed by the rule of law - both our own common law tradition and international law. Nevertheless, the Harper government is willing to promote the Enbridge pipeline even when this project clearly violates indigenous rights that are enshrined in the constitution. And somehow, this Harper government, that is so willing to disregard the very constitution that they are meant to uphold, are branding everyone who opposes the pipeline as an enemy of the State.

Just how much money is Enbridge paying Harper for this incredible service?

In the end, it really doesn't matter. There is no amount of money big enough to compensate for the risk to BC's coastal environment and salmon fisheries. People who have made their livelihoods off this land for centuries already know that and they aren't willing to be bought.

No oil pipeline here: Enbridge Northern Gateway Joint Review Panel in Smithers finds 100% opposition | The Vancouver Observer - Page 1

Liberal leader Bob Rae calls Harper government '"dictatorial" | The Vancouver Observer - Page 1