Archive for the ‘Conservative Cowards’ Category

TORONTO (CP) – Ontario’s aboriginal communities could get $2.5 billion over the next 20 years under a new proposed deal to share revenue from provincial lotteries and casinos.

Provincial negotiators say the deal – if it’s ratified by Ontario chiefs on June 18 – would be the first agreement of its kind in Canada since it gives 133 aboriginal communities a cut of the province’s gaming revenue.

Under the proposed agreement, the 133 aboriginal communities would get a cut of all the provincial cash that comes from gaming, essentially doubling their annual revenue share to about $125 million.

Read the full story here

Advertisements

In his recent report on the 1995 death of native protester Dudley George, Commissioner Sidney Linden called Canada’s failure to deal with native claims fairly and quickly “the single biggest source of frustration, distrust and ill-feeling among aboriginal people in Ontario.”

Indications that this anger is boiling over are not hard to find. Land disputes in Caledonia and Deseronto, Ont., and a national day of native action planned for June 29 are just the most visible signs that, as Assembly of First Nations national chief Phil Fontaine warned last month, many native communities “have reached a breaking point.”

Six Nations protesters who have occupied the site of a housing development in Caledonia for 16 months say Harper’s proposal “doesn’t change one thing” for them.

Read the full story here

The federal government has made an offer of $125 million to Ontario’s Six Nations to resolve four outstanding land claims. This offer sends a message to natives everywhere in Canada that the rule of law will not be enforced and that occupations will end with a cash offer. With June 29th looming, when native communities have planned a national day of protest, governments should make it clear that they will not negotiate with occupiers. A starting point would be to present the Six Nations a bill for the costs incurred during the Caledonia standoff.

Six Nations protesters have been occupying the disputed Douglas Creek Estates land development project since February 2006. Police tried and failed once to remove the protesters. Since then, no further effort has been made to remove occupiers and taxpayers have been left on the hook for tens of millions in related costs. Governments need to send a strong and clear message that they are serious about settling outstanding land claims. But they must also make clear that they will not negotiate with occupiers, that the rule of law will be enforced and that costs will be taken out of settlements. If they don’t, the national day of protest may become a national day of fear.

Civil disobedience is one thing, but it comes with consequences. And those consequence should be enforced. The Six Nations should be no exception. In the future, occupations should be treated the same everywhere and the rule of law enforced equally.

Read the full story here

GRAND RIVER TERRITORY SIX NATIONS-Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s announcement Tuesday of changes to Canada’s land claim process does not affect Six Nations, or its land rights negotiations, says Mohawk Chief Allen MacNaughton, lead negotiator for the Six Nations Haudenoniso Confederacy Council.

Mohawk Chief MacNaughton said Harper’s announcement “is not a step forward at all.“ In fact, Chief MacNaughton said the Conservative government has taken a step back by forcing a limit on claims and a cap.

He said the federal crown has told Six Nations and the Canadian public, they cannot settle Six Nations land rights with land because Canada doesn’t have any land, “ We agree with Minister (of Indian Affairs Jim) Prentice . So if Canada doesn’t have any land they need to make arrangements, because they are squatting right now.”

Read the full story here

Canadian Press – posted on Brantford Expositor
Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Ottawa’s proposal to revamp how land claims are handled isn’t going to change anything in Caledonia where an aboriginal occupation has lasted more than 15 months, Six Nations protesters said Tuesday.

Janie Jamieson, who speaks for those who have occupied a former housing development in Caledonia since February 2006, said Harper should settle their land claim once and for all if he is serious about addressing aboriginal issues.

“Right here and now, it doesn’t change one thing. It doesn’t settle anything. It doesn’t give me hope,” she said. The occupation will continue until the claim is recognized and settled, she added. It certainly won’t deter anyone from setting up road and railway blockades planned for June 29 – the “day of action” declared by aboriginal leaders frustrated with the slow pace of land claims, Jamieson said.

Over the course of the 15-month occupation, Six Nations protesters temporarily shut down a railway, blockaded the town’s main thoroughfare and knocked out the community’s hydro, she added.

Read the full story here

It’s All About Money – YOUR Money

$2.5 Billion over 10 years

Mississauga New Credit Chief states that is not Enough to cover just one of their Claims – What about the other 800 claims?

Click Here for Full Coverage of this plan for appeasement

Be sure to check back frequently for updated news and video

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced plans for a decisive new approach that will fundamentally change the way specific claims are handled in Canada.

The Specific Claims Action Plan addresses the huge backlog of unresolved treaty claims that has been the source of division and conflict in communities across the country. “Instead of letting disputes over land and compensation drag on forever, fuelling frustration and uncertainty, they will be solved once and for all by impartial judges on a new Specific Claims Tribunal,” Prime Minister Harper said.

Read the full story here

CanWest News Service
Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Prime Minister Stephen Harper will try to calm agitation for aboriginal protests this summer by announcing today the creation of an independent tribunal to speed the settlement of native land claims.

Today’s announcement is timed to defuse threats of illegal and possibly violent demonstrations on some reserves. The Assembly of First Nations is also calling for a “day of action,” including protest, on June 29.

Yesterday, Chief Terrence Nelson applauded Harper for agreeing to reform the land-claims system, but said he could not call off his blockade because of “the simple promise of another white man.”

Instead, Nelson sent a letter to Canadian National, offering a five-year “truce” with the company in return for CN’s agreement to voluntarily halt trains along the disputed tracks the night of June 29, as well as a CN promise to pressure Ottawa on land claims.

We’re certainly not stepping down our protest,” Nelson said. “What we’re trying to do is sit down properly and negotiate, before things get out of control.”

Read the full story here

In recent weeks, Canadians have had occasion to reflect on the historic relationship between Canada and its First Nations. Canada’s aboriginal leadership has announced that June 29 will be a “National Day of Action.” The recent report of Justice Sidney Linden, Commissioner of the Ipperwash Inquiry, has highlighted once again that remedying historic injustices is crucial to improving the relationship between aboriginal Canadians and their governments. (Edit: It’s a day of Terrorism and Jim knows it, the Ipperwhitewash report was a bird cage liner written to appease violent thugs)

I wish to be very clear about the approach of the Government of Canada to dealing with the concerns of aboriginal Canadians across the country. (Edit: I’ll do it for you Jim. Appeasement, Appeasement, Appeasement)

Read the full story here

CBC News

Prime Minister Stephen Harper is expected to announce plans Tuesday to speed land claims, as native groups prepare for a national day of action on June 29. The Assembly of First Nations has called for a national day of action on June 29 to draw attention to outstanding land claims..

Read the full story of Cowardice and Appeasement here

Happy Canada Day!

Admittedly this is a bit premature, but that’s because I want to celebrate the birth of our Country while it’s still in tact. Let us now remember all of the great Canada Day celebrations we have had.

Regardless of what your preference is, be it a family BBQ, a trip up North to cottage Country, a weekend at any of Canada’s many beautiful beaches, or simply relaxing at home and enjoying life in this great Country we all share, I suggest you do it early this year because Canada Day 2007 is likely to be unlike anything we have ever seen.

How are you planning to get to your destination to celebrate this year? By train? Don’t count on it. Roads? Perhaps if you’re lucky. When you arrive do you intend to use any electricity? It may not be there. But if the power goes out we can always count on firing up the gas stove and using the phone to keep in touch with our loved ones right? Should a gas or phone line run through land these omnipotent, government endorsed, overgrown, weaponized cry babies decide belongs to them, they too may be shut down.

(more…)

This is not an article I ever wanted to write, but Friday’s (May 31/07) release of the “shameful coverup” by the Ipperwash Inquiry, the announcement that the federal government wants to reward the Douglas Creek Estates criminals with a $125,000,000 payment to Six Nations, and today’s release of a frightening video [dial-up] of Mohawk Warrior terrorist Shawn Brant threatening Canada leaves me no choice.

Our country is at a very dangerous crossroads. One road leads to a nation ruled by laws where all citizens are equal; the other leads to a black hole where law-abiding citizens realize that the police and government will not protect them from native criminals, and are forced to take the law into their own hands in order to defend themselves.

Read the full article here Much more at www.voiceofcanada.ca

By Donna Pitcher, Haldimand’s Unheard Voice

I am a law-abiding citizen and find it absolutely “Criminal” that our Government and the OPP are condoning violence. I am sure that they would boldly disagree with my personal opinion, but their recent actions have proven me correct.

I find today that I feel helpless and dispirited for the road we are going down. When I started my blog in May of this year, it was because I had issues with our local council here in Haldimand County, I now find myself involved in much bigger issues that no level of government can get right. It seemed simple to me at the time when I got involved; all we needed to do was to ensure that there is “One Law for All“.

Well that is easier said then done! Now that the Ipperwash Report is final, all “Hell” seems to be breaking loose, just read the papers! We are “ALL” being Threatened! I am not a person that enjoys being negative, but how can one not help but see that we are in “serious trouble” here!

This full story and much more at www.caledoniawakeupcall.com

Six Nations Confederacy negotiators dismissed Canada’s offer of $125 million for four land and money issues last week and volleyed back their demand for a return of land. Land is what we need. Land is what we’re after and land is what we’re going to get,” said Cayuga Sub-Chief Leroy Hill.

On May 30, Canada presented a $125 million offer at the Haldimand Tract lands table meeting. Members of Six Nations found the financial offer insulting and insufficient.

“Canada has taken the position they don’t have land. What are they living on and it’s our land,” said Chief MacNaughton. “We need to get through this stage of denial and start talking about it.”

Read the full story here

Turtle Island News
June 6, 2007

This rather complex document covers the following:

Block 5 Moulton Township, Flooding by The Welland Canal. Burtch Tract, Ratification, Grand River Navigation Company Investment, On Going Activities.

A sample of their demands on “On Going Activities”:

1. Payment for the Hamilton/Port Dover Plank Road
2. An accounting for the purported land sales of the Tier of Lots along the Hamilton/Port Dover Plank Road (all without prejudice to the Haudenosaunee/Six Nations position that no valid surrender exists)
3. The Nathan Gage Lands in the Townplot of Brantford
4. Outstanding Lands from Nichol Township to the Source of The Grand River.

(Edit: If I may sum up what I see in this long list. “Gimme Gimme Gimme Gimme Gimme”)

Read the full story and all of their demands here