January 25, 2009
In an interesting tale of 2 stories that were posted at Caledonia Wakeup Call today, a Six Nations resident is trying to deflect the blame that belongs squarely on the head of Julian Fantino toward Diane Finley for joining some 5000 residents in signing the petition calling for an inquiry. The January 20 editorial by Tracy Bomberry in the Toronto Star states in part:
“The convoluted petition currently being circulated by disgruntled Caledonia residents calling for an inquiry into the handling of the Caledonia land claim dispute by OPP commissioner Julian Fantino is a direct result of the federal government’s reluctance to resolve the land claim issues not only on Six Nations but across the country.”
Ms Bomberry (forgive me if that should be Mrs but I’ll err on the side of caution) appears to feel that if the Federal government would just make an offer to settle land claim issues, everything would be magically resolved and everyone could presumably start singing Kumbaya. It’s not to be however because the government just won’t make an effort.
A CBC story from today however would seem to paint a slightly different picture of the situation as it relates to land claim settlements. This story is about a Manitoba First Nation and not Six Nations or Caledonia but that’s ok because Ms Bomberry stated “land claim issues not only on Six Nations but across the country”
A more than $126 Million offer that would put cash in the hands of each and every member of the band was made to the Peguis first nation in Manitoba. According to the National Assembly of First Nations, this would have been the largest ever single specific settlement for compensation in Canada. The catch however was that the community had to vote on whether to accept the settlement or not and they couldn’t get the 50% of the population that was required out to vote.
So if the Federal Government is trying to settle a 100 year old claim in Manitoba, are we really to believe that they’re unwilling to address a valid claim more than twice that old in Ontario?
It’s certainly possible that she believes her own propaganda, but I would suggest that she was just looking for an excuse to try to give Fantino a little pat on the bum in the Toronto media. Maybe she thinks he’s feeling a bit blue as a result of the walls that are getting ready to cave in on this house of cards he’s built.
In any case her effort to blame the Federal government who made it clear in 2006 that DCE is not a valid claim, and Diane Finley by proxy is obviously nothing more than a desperate last minute effort to try to save face for Julian in his hometown by someone who is either not educated enough on the issues to be pretending to be an authority, or is lying through her teeth.
One must wonder if Tracy Bomberry is one of the Natives that Julian had dinner with and gave his cell phone number to just in case they wanted to chat.