‘Not Even A Slap On The Wrist’

So, police determine that an ‘anti-pipeline’ protest trailer is illegally parked in front of an oil storage facility. Protesters object to an already-approved expansion of a 60-year-old pipeline. Police leave the trailer alone for 2 months before finally arriving to enforce the law. A protester climbs on top of the trailer to stop it from being towed away. It works. The police go away {!?!}…

The police come back the next day and crowbar their way into the trailer, where they arrest 2 protesters. They are at the station for less than an hour when they are released — without charges! {Starting to sound like Caledonia…}

Back at the trailer, police negotiate with the roof-sitter and end up promising that if she comes down, they won’t enforce the law and tow the trailer away {!?!}. She agrees and comes down. Police go away…

Don’t companies deserve law enforcement for the amount of tax revenue that they generate? How are police going to deal with the many protests and illegal blockades that are promised by pipeline opponents?

Yet another example of unequal law enforcement – and unequal law – under Race Based Law…

“Witnesses say RCMP used a battering ram to open a trailer door, to remove two elderly women inside who were protesting the Trans Mountain pipeline late Wednesday.

“They had a weapon and just started to just go ahead and smash (the door) with this big, giant, {humongous?} black pipe, from what I could see above,”
said Yuni Urchin, who was on the roof of the trailer, refusing to come down.
“It’s now ripped our door apart. They’ve smashed the window and the handle here, so we are not able to close it.”

“APTN was told the two women were arrested but released an hour later without charges…

“The RCMP had been threatening to remove the trailer but Urchin has refused to come down.
{Police eventually promised to leave the illegally-parked trailer where it is, if she came down {!?!}. Video at story link below…}

“APTN requested comment from the RCMP but didn’t get a response.

“No one is sure what will happen next but the women say they’re not leaving.”

–‘RCMP arrest two elderly women at Trans Mountain pipeline protest’,
Tina House, APTN, January 11, 2018

Feature IMAGE: RCMP Division Liaison Team member Sgt. Dave Smith attempts to negotiate with a protester outside the Kinder Morgan tank farm on Burnaby Mountain on Jan. 10, 2018. (JENNIFER GAUTHIER–METRO)



‘Land defender’ and RCMP in ‘standoff’ over Trans Mountain Pipeline (Burnaby, 2018-Jan10)

“The last thing police want to do is arrest you,” {!?!} 
Sgt. Dave Smith, with the RCMP’s Division Liaison Team, told her during the confrontation.
“I want to make sure you’re safe up there … Is there anything I can say to convince you to come down?”

“Water”, she replied, “is sacred and is under attack and we need to protect it … I’m going to stay here and we will stop Kinder Morgan together. I’m here on top of this trailer and you can’t remove me.”

A series of early-morning protests by a different group of activists have attempted for several weeks to block construction workers from entering Kinder Morgan’s nearby Westridge Terminal, where work is underway to expand the tanker facility…

Another ongoing protest is currently underway in B.C.’s Interior, on Secwepemc {Shuswap} ‘Nation’ {a ‘nation’ of 270 people}  territories’ near Kamloops. A group of ‘indigenous’ people calling themselves ‘Tiny House Warrior’s have begun installing 10 mobile wood trailers along the planned pipeline route, which organizer Kanahus Manuel told Metro in November the project was

“a glimpse of what is to come.”

“Supporter Harjap Grewal, an organizer with the ‘Council of {Leftist} Canadians’, was at the site of the Burnaby standoff Wednesday afternoon, which his group had informally supported with firewood delivery…

“…In most people’s minds {?}, Kinder Morgan does not have a mandate to buid the pipeline — not from the general public, not from people living in this area, and not from the ‘indigenous’ community.”

–‘Protest standoff unfolds near Kinder Morgan’s Burnaby facility’,
David P. Ball, Metro, Jan.10 2018


Grand Chief Derek Nepinak, Manitoba Assembly of Chiefs, Kinder Morgan Terminal, Burnaby, May 14, 2016. (Photo by Elizabeth McSheffrey-National Observer)

“The trailer is…a makeshift surveillance post set up by ‘land defenders’ {‘criminal aboriginals’} trying to stop the expansion of the Trans Mountain Pipeline.

“The camp had been set up for about two months with no incident until Tuesday night when police tried to remove the trailer, according to ‘land defender’, Yuni Urchin.

“Urchin climbed up on the roof of the trailer to stop police from moving it, at the gates of Kinder Morgan’s tank farm in Burnaby, B.C.

“A tow truck was hooked up to the trailer ready to haul it away but couldn’t, because Urchin was on the roof.

“When APTN arrived on Wednesday, the RCMP were still on the scene but there had been no arrests.

“As for Urchin, she spent the night on the roof of the trailer and said she wasn’t going anywhere.

The federal government approved Kinder Morgan’s expansion of the Trans Mountain Pipeline in late 2016, allowing the company to add a second pipeline from Edmonton to Burnaby…”

–‘Land defender and RCMP in standoff over Trans Mountain Pipeline’,
Tina House, APTN, January 10, 2018


Kinder Morgan Terminal, Burnaby, May 14, 2016. (ARLEN REDEKOP—PNG)

“…The lying media who back these environmentalists are fuelling their unbacked claims of doom and destruction. They are lawless thugs who use bullshit human rights claims to try and get their way. They are parked illegally with a trailer and just like law-abiding Canadians, were asked to move it. And unlike law-abiding Canadians, they told the RCMP a lie and then remained there. So they were removed, just like would happen to anyone else.

“The R.C.M.P. need to work much harder at removing these illegals and jailing them asap before someone gets hurt or things go to far. These protesters are backed by big money from the US, and other petroleum-producing nations who have billions to lose if Canada gets a chance to sell its oil and gas on the world markets.

“Most of these protesters are ‘indigenous’ and are the ones claiming that the ‘indigenous’ people of Canada have not been taken care of properly, and education is one of the biggest complaints. So we have uneducated people claiming they know and have read all the science and technology, understand all the data that prove these projects are safe for the environment and Canadians — and knowing and understanding this information, are going to protect Canada’s environment and Canadians against their will and against science and technology, from the evil petroleum producers.

“Canada’s world-leading petroleum industry should be the model for other countries but get nothing but lies and bullshit spread about them and their companies. Times have changed in the industry and these companies are just as concerned with the environment, safety and the future of Canada as they are with profits. Yes, they want, and are making, big dollars but they have come to realize with technology and innovations you can accomplish all. Dumping sewage into our waterways raw or treated, landfill garbage dumps, and so much more need our attention and not the cleanest, most environmentally-friendly petroleum industry in the world!”

See also:
Making Up Their Own Rules’ (Aboriginal Allies/Pipelines) {May 21, 2016}:


Tribes Sign Treaty Opposing Pipelines{September 23, 2016}:

Pro-Oil ‘First Nations’ On The Offensive{June 26, 2016}:
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‘Dysfunction at the Missing Women’s Inquiry’

We hate to say ‘I told you so’ but when this Inquiry was announced, we expressed our conviction that it would turn into a colossal waste of time and money, and end up helping no one…

“The executive director of the national inquiry into missing and murdered ‘indigenous’ women and girls has left her post.

“The inquiry confirmed Debbie Reid’s departure in a statement on Thursday but said it could not discuss the details.

{!?! That makes over 20 directors and staffers that are gone. See below}

“Reid was hired in October but fell into controversy…

“The inquiry has been hit by a number of high-profile departures, including one commissioner and a previous executive director…

“Meanwhile, Arlen Dumas, grand chief of the ‘Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs’, repeated his calls for the removal of the existing commissioners, a complete reset of the inquiry and the appointment of a Manitoba-specific commissioner…

“Inquiry Chief Commissioner Marion Buller {a Cree jurist who sits on B.C.’s provincial court and member of the Mistawasis ‘First Nation’, a ‘nation’ of 2,800 people} has said she plans to ask the federal government for an extension {more money} to properly complete the inquiry’s work…”

–‘Executive director of MMIWG inquiry leaves post’,
Jorge Barrera, CBC News, Jan. 11, 2018

 Feature IMAGE: Marion Buller, Chief Commissioner of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered ‘Indigenous’ Women and Girls, July 6, 2017



Image: COPE

“There have been at least 8 resignations and firings in last 2 months.”

“Another lawyer for the ‘National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered ‘Indigenous’ Women and Girls’ has resigned. Iqaluit lawyer Joseph Murdoch-Flowers sent a short email to reporters on Tuesday morning, saying he was no longer with the inquiry.

“The departure of Murdoch-Flowers raised the number of people who have either resigned, quit or have been laid off to at least 22.

Joseph Murdoch-Flowers, centre, during hearings in Membertou ‘First Nation’ {a ‘nation’ of 1,530 people}. (Nic Maloney–CBC )

“I have resigned from the inquiry,”
said Murdoch-Flowers.
“I will not comment further.”

“Murdoch-Flowers is the third lawyer to leave the inquiry in the last two months. Lawyer Karen Snowshoe tendered her resignation this month and it will take effect at the end of December. Former MM‘I’WG lead lawyer Susan Vella left in October…

“Murdoch-Flowers is also the eighth departure that has hit the inquiry following the appointment of Debbie Reid as executive director. Reid is a former adviser to former Assembly of ‘First Nations’ National Chief Phil Fontaine.

Debbie Reid. (Debbie Reid—LinkedIn)

“Reid’s appointment followed the resignations this summer of former inquiry commissioner Marilyn Poitras and former executive director Michèle Moreau…”

–‘Another lawyer quits MMIWG inquiry as resignations, firings mount’,
Jorge Barrera, CBC News, Nov. 21, 2017


Morene Gabriel was hired to work on the MMIWG inquiry in June and fired on Nov. 14. (Jeff Stapleton–CBC)

“A staff member and sister of a murdered ‘indigenous’ woman is speaking out after being fired from the ‘Missing and Murdered ‘Indigenous’ Women and Girls Inquiry’ on Tuesday, after trying to recommend changes.

“Morene Gabriel is one of three staff members fired in the past week. The inquiry has also lost several high profile members, including commissioner Marilyn Poitras, who resigned in July,
and more recently, lead lawyer Susan Vella and director of research Aimee Craft, who both resigned in October…”

–‘Sick internal culture’ says fired staffer of MMIWG inquiry’,
Jillian Taylor, CBC News, Nov. 16, 2017


Here’s Maclean’s with a one-sided piece from two aboriginal ‘allies’ that, even while describing the dysfunctional commission, still unthinkingly accepts all of the racist assumptions of the aboriginal narrative that created the Inquiry:

“Maclean’s has spoken with more than a dozen well-placed sources, from family members of the murdered and lost who tried to engage with the inquiry, to the commissioners who have stayed on board and the people inside the inquiry who grew despondent and quit. Most got involved when optimism was running high, and a youthful, new prime minister got behind an idea they’d spent years fighting for. Some asked that they not be quoted, concerned they’d be painted as disloyal, or that their connections to such a dysfunctional process would harm their chances of future employment. But together, their accounts provide the first clear picture of why an inquiry born of such high hopes no sooner started than began to fall apart…

“…the inquiry has hit a boiling point. And everyone is feeling the heat as the team attempts to implement a sweeping—some say impossibly broad—mandate to

“examine the systemic causes of all forms of violence against Indigenous women, girls and members of the LGBTQ2S community in Canada.”

“The Trudeau government is also being criticized for perceived uniformity in its choice of commissioners. All the members but Audette have law degrees; they were educated at the country’s top five universities, and live in its biggest cities

“These are all privileged women”,
says one source.

Their salaries of $205,000 put them among the country’s top one per cent of earners (the chief commissioner’s salary is $270,000)

“Carolyn Bennett, minister of the newly renamed Crown-‘Indigenous’ Relations and Northern Affairs, did not respond when asked by Maclean’s whether she continues to have faith in the inquiry…”

–‘Lost and broken’,
Nancy Macdonald & Meagan Campbell, Maclean’s, September 13, 2017


‘A timeline of staff departures from the MMIWG inquiry’,
Chantelle Bellrichard and Tamara Baluja, CBC News, Dec. 01, 2017


See also:
Stop Blaming ALL Canadians{October 7, 2015}:
When aboriginal women are battered or murdered, the perpetrator is their male partner in the overwhelming majority of the cases. That partner is almost always aboriginal. Aboriginal women are also far more likely to be battered or murdered by their partners than are non-aboriginal women.”

“The problem is well known, but rather than concentrating on the massive problem of aboriginal male violence to women, aboriginal leaders insist on trying to focus on the tiny fraction of female victims of violence who are missing and may have been murdered by non-aboriginal men…”


Native violence starts at home, RCMP say{June 22, 2015}:
“All ‘indigenous’ women who were murdered over the past two years in the parts of Canada that are policed by the RCMP were acquainted with their killers, says a report released by the Mounties…”

Missing and murdered aboriginal inquiry a waste of money{February 13, 2016}:
“The organizer of Edmonton’s annual ‘Memorial March’ for missing and murdered ‘indigenous’ women…believes the money would be better spent on things like educational training to have a curriculum for youth, on issues like safe sex and drinking and driving, among others.”

Finally, The Truth…’ (Missing Women) {November 25, 2015}:
“Across Canada, in nearly one-third of all homicide cases in 2014, the accused person was of aboriginal descent, although indigenous people only make up five per cent of the Canadian population… The ‘Statistics Canada’ release Wednesday shows aboriginal men were three times more likely be victims of homicide than aboriginal women.”


NO GO’ Zones On B.C. Reserves {October 26, 2015}:
“B.C.’s representative for children and youth, Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, said she estimates there are about 25 of B.C.’s 203 ‘First Nations’ who have so-called ‘no-go zones’ on their reserves, in attempts to prevent visits from social workers… Social workers told her investigators they had been threatened with hunting knives and guns in the past.”

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‘Happy Sir John A. Macdonald Day’

Despite the ongoing attempts of the racist Aboriginal Industry and its foolish ‘allies’ to diminish his accomplishments and demean him personally, fair-minded Canadians – and that’s most of us – will take a moment to give thanks to the man who, more than any other, stubbornly kept pushing for his vision of what became Canada.

“Sir John A., in my opinion, is the ‘godfather of genocide’.”

“A group of ‘indigenous’ protesters in Ontario is taking credit for chasing the name of Canada’s first prime minister off the name of a local pub.

“It’s a huge victory for us,”
said Theresa Eagles, a member of ‘Idle No More Kingston/Katarokwi’.
“There’s {sic} been a lot of people who agree Sir John A. needs to be in a museum. Not in public for everyone to celebrate.”

“This week, the name of ‘Sir John’s Public House’ in Kingston was shortened to ‘The Public House’.

“The owners said it was because of the group’s protests and their desire to honour the ‘spirit of {one-way} reconciliation’ as the country grapples with the {partly} negative legacy of the Indian residential school system.

“A system Sir John A. Macdonald is credited with supporting and enforcing.

“One of the reasons that we choose to attack symbols like John A. in Canada, as well as many other approaches to the activist work we do here, is because there’s these symbols of Canada (that) are symbols of racism and symbols of our ‘genocide’ and our oppression,”
said Krista Lukes, another member of ‘Idle No More’.
“He’s hugely celebrated here.”

“The name change, which is getting cheers and jeers on social media, is one of many ways ‘indigenous’ people want to build a more inclusive community, Lukes added.

“In Kingston, it’s a long fight. We’ve been protesting the celebration of John A. for five years.”

Fans of Macdonald usually raise a glass publicly by his statue in town as his birthday is celebrated this week. Lukes said that event was cancelled last year after her group set up a demonstration.

“The way such monuments are being viewed is under debate following protests and violence in the United States. Macdonald, as a founder of the Dominion of Canada, has a legacy associated with treaties, residential schools and the ‘Indian Act’.

“Sir John A., in my opinion, is the ‘godfather of genocide’,”
added Eagles.
“The fact that Sir John A.’s pub has changed their name, I believe, is a huge step in the right direction for us.”

“The activists now have their sights set on getting rid of the Macdonald statue and a train marked in his honour across from City Hall. However, they are expecting opposition like they saw in September.

“Lukes said the pub called the police when they protested a drinking promotion in Macdonald’s name.

“As long as symbols of our oppression are celebrated as a source of pride, we’re going to continue to have a lot of work to do to fight racism,”
she said.

Macdonald is considered one of Kingston’s heroes and the pub reflects that. The building served as his law office from 1849-60.

“Memorabilia and menu items in his names will remain, the owners said.”

–‘Removing John A Macdonald’s name ‘victory’ for Idle-No-More’,
Kathleen Martens, APTN, January 10, 2018


“Controversy is brewing over the legacy of Sir John A. Macdonald and whether elementary schools in Ontario should bear his name.

The ‘Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario’ is pushing to remove the name of Canada’s first Prime Minister from a handful of schools across the province

“The ETFO said using Sir John A. Macdonald’s name creates an ‘unsafe environment’ for kids to learn and work in because Macdonald was a supporter of residential schools back in the 1800’s… {What hysterical, immature nonsense…}

“Over the years, a number of protests have been held in Kingston during Sir John A. Macdonald celebrations. The {racist} group, “Idle No More”, has participated. Member, Natasha Stirrett, said the peaceful demonstrations are meant to highlight the Prime Minister’s role in establishing residential schools.

“We wanted a peaceful demonstration that raised awareness and builds communities in terms of having conversations of why it is not OK to celebrate genocidal historical figures,”
said Stirrett.

“Schools aren’t the only facilities to bear Sir John A. Macdonald’s name. Buildings and highways are also named after him and he’s featured on the $10 bill.

“It’s unclear whether the call by the elementary teachers union will influence school boards to consider stripping his name from schools.”

–‘Teachers’ union pushing to strip Sir John A. Macdonald’s name from Ontario schools’,
Maegen Kulchar, Global News, August 24, 2017



For a more balanced picture of Macdonald:
Trashing Canada’s First Prime Minister{January 12, 2016}:
“Three years ago, vandals also defaced the Macdonald statue, located in City Park, by tossing red paint on it and spray painting the message “This is stolen land” and the words “murderer” and “colonizer” on its base.”


See also: 
How We Teach History Matters Most{November 6, 2015}:
“…to anyone with eyes to see, Canada is not a failure, but an overwhelming success. What is happening in our schools is political indoctrination, grounded in unbalanced historical nonsense.”

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‘Paying for the Truth’

The Aboriginal Industry works hard at silencing opposition, and a courageous Canadian Senator is their latest victim: 

“Sen. Lynn Beyak, known for {correctly} defending residential schools as “well-intentioned”, has been kicked out of the ‘Conservative’ caucus after she refused to remove “racist” comments {letters of support from Canadians} posted to her Senate website.

“Beyak had posted roughly 100 letters in support of her earlier defence of residential schools…to her Senate website {Excerpts and link at bottom of post}.

“In a statement, ‘Conservative’ Leader Andrew Scheer said he found out about the letters on Tuesday and asked Beyak to remove some of the comments, but she refused…

“Who would be naïve to think that alcohol, drugs, incest would not have found [their] way into the lives of the North’s children,”  read one of the letters flagged by Scheer’s office {Why?}.

“I’m no anthropologist but it seems every opportunistic culture, subsistence hunter/gatherers seeks to get what they can for no effort. There is always a clash between industrial/organized farming culture that values effort as opposed to a culture that will sit and wait until the government gives them stuff,” read  another.  {http://lynnbeyak.sencanada.ca/p107962/ }

“Scheer said promoting that comment {posting it is not ‘promoting’ it} was

“unacceptable for a Conservative parliamentarian.”

“To suggest that ‘indigenous’ Canadians are lazy compared to other Canadians, is simply racist,” he said in a statement.

“Racism will not be tolerated in the ‘Conservative’ caucus or ‘Conservative’ Party of Canada.”

“While she holds no party status, Beyak can remain a member of the Senate…

“Beyak, appointed to the Senate by then Prime Minister Stephen Harper in 2013, had already been removed, by then-interim leader Rona Ambrose, from all Senate committees for her {accurate and fair} comments…

“Scheer’s spokesperson, Jake Enwright, said there’s 

“a fine line between espousing distasteful views on a policy position and willingly promoting unacceptable ‘racist’ comments.”

“Sen. Larry Smith, leader of the ‘Conservative’ Senate caucus, said Beyak’s removal from the Senate caucus and the National ‘Conservative’ Party of Canada caucus came following consultations with Scheer.

“As an internal party issue, I consider [the] matter closed and will have no further comment,” he said.

“Minister of Crown-‘Indigenous’ Relations Carolyn Bennett said it’s “disappointing” the ‘Conservative’ leadership allowed Beyak to use her position in the Senate to

“espouse her ill-informed {? See below} and offensive views about Canadian history.”

“Although Senator Beyak has been finally removed from the Conservative caucus, it is more than disappointing that her appointment by the Conservatives allows her continue to use parliamentary resources to validate the views of those who refuse to accept the ‘truth’ and propagate the ‘misinformation’ and prejudice that continue to feed racism in our country,” she said in a statement…”

–‘Sen. Lynn Beyak kicked out of Conservative caucus after refusing to remove ‘racist’ comments online’,
Catharine Tunney and Joe Lofaro, CBC News, Jan. 04, 2018

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Senator Lynn Beyak (APTN)

“Scheer said in a statement that he had learned on Tuesday that Beyak had posted approximately 100 letters from Canadians in support of her position on residential schools to her Parliamentary website.

“He said the vast majority of letters focused on the history of residential schools, while others contained comments about ‘indigenous’ Canadians in general.

“The ‘Conservative’ leader said he had asked Beyak to remove one of the letters that suggested ‘indigenous’ people want to get things for “no effort” and she refused, resulting in her removal from caucus…

“As a result of her actions, ‘Conservative’ Senate Leader Larry Smith and I have removed Sen. Lynn Beyak from the ‘Conservative’ National Caucus. Racism will not be tolerated in the ‘Conservative’ caucus or ‘Conservative’ Party of Canada,” Scheer said…”

–‘Sen. Lynn Beyak kicked out of Conservative caucus’,
Canadian Press, January 4, 2018


“‘Conservative’ leader Andrew Scheer will pay the price at the ballot box for banishing Sen. Lynn Beyak from the ‘Conservative’ caucus, according to Nick Beyak, the senator’s son who is also a city councillor in Dryden, Ont…

“Nick Beyak said he believes many Conservative supporters are disappointed with Scheer’s move to kick the Senator out of caucus and with the party’s previous disciplinary actions against his mother.

“For the Leader of the Opposition to want to stifle comments from Canadians is not a strategy for election,” said Nick Beyak in a telephone interview Friday.

“It is already affecting their fundraising. Whether anyone wants to admit it or not, the majority of Canadians agree with the comments Sen. Beyak has said.” 

“Nick Beyak said his mother is not a racist and was speaking the truth in her comments on residential schools.

“How can you say that nurses and priests were bad people and did no good at those schools?” said Nick Beyak.

“How can a logical person say that and call a person who says that a racist? The connection is impossible.” 

“Nick Beyak said the Conservative leadership is cowed by political correctness and its enforcers in the media.

“Unfortunately, no one in Ottawa has the courage to stand behind her,” he said.

“Larry Smith, Andrew Scheer, it’s disgraceful that there are people in that level of power with that lack of courage.

“I think that we are currently in an environment where any, quote-unquote, politically incorrect views are met with offence and insult. That is not how you improve a country when we cannot have discussions about the plight of ‘indigenous’ people.”

“While much about the ongoing controversy engulfing his mother bothers him, Nick Beyak took particular umbrage with Assembly of ‘First Nations’ National Chief Perry Bellegarde’s appearance on CBC-TV’s “This Hour has 22 Minutes” last fall to mock Sen. Beyak.

“He has time to do that while, daily, his people are starving, they are raped and living in horrible conditions and he has the time to go on TV and make fun of Sen. Beyak?” said Nick Beyak.

“If I were a member of that community, I would want new leadership and he should be ashamed of himself. And you can print that.”

— ‘Sen. Lynn Beyak’s son, a city councillor, says Conservative leadership cowed by political correctness’,
Jorge Barrera, CBC Indigenous, Jan. 05, 2018


The latest furor began on Jan. 3rd, when ‘The Walrus’ published a slanderous attack on Sen. Beyak, quoting from letters the author claims she deleted from her page – letters that are still there today!

‘The Walrus’, of course, is a Liberal Party mouthpiece:

Lilian Dyck, ‘chair’ of the Senate’s Committee on Aboriginal Peoples (CBC)

“Fellow Senator Lillian Dyck, who is a member of Gordon ‘First Nation’ {a ‘nation’ of 3,684 people} in Saskatchewan, told CBC on Thursday that the letters are

“frankly racist, offensive, hurtful and it was quite shocking to me that anyone would publish something like that on their website.”

{For context, that’s the racist Senator Lillian Dyck:
Cree MP accused by Cree Senator of acting like a ‘white man’ {January 2, 2015}:
https://www.facebook.com/ENDRACEBASEDLAW/photos/a.336196793149227.59519.332982123470694/581586835276887/?type=1 }

“Dyck, meanwhile, said the letters are more than offensive — they could be illegal.

“Maybe someone should consider laying a charge of hate speech against her because she is using her public website in a way against an identifiable group that might be considered inciting hatred,” she said.”


“One letter says ‘indigenous’ people “should be very grateful” for residential schools

“Where would they be today if it were not for the residential schools that were set up to help them? I expect they would still be living out in their isolated villages, uneducated, a very high rate of childbirth deaths, a very short life expectancy, and living in very damp, cold dwellings,” it reads.

‘SCAPEGOATING THE RESIDENTIAL SCHOOLS – 1′: http://endracebasedlaw.net/scapegoating-the-residential-schools-1/

‘SCAPEGOATING THE RESIDENTIAL SCHOOLS – 2′: http://endracebasedlaw.net/scapegoating-the-residential-schools-2/

‘SCAPEGOATING THE RESIDENTIAL SCHOOLS – 3′: http://endracebasedlaw.net/scapegoating-the-residential-schools-3/

‘SCAPEGOATING THE RESIDENTIAL SCHOOLS – 4′: http://endracebasedlaw.net/scapegoating-the-residential-schools-4/


The Background:
Speaking The Truth’ (Senator on Residential Schools) {March 29, 2017}:
“The {Chinese aboriginal} chairwoman of the Senate committee on ‘aboriginal people’ is asking a Conservative senator to rethink her place on the committee after she said there were positive aspects to Canada’s residential school system {An obvious truth…}…”


Conservatives Censor The Truth{April 6, 2017}:
I have been very clear that I do not in any way support Senator Beyak’s comments about residential schools. There is no way to explain her comments {If you truly believe that, you have much to learn!},” interim ‘Conservative’ Leader Rona Ambrose said. “She has been removed from the Aboriginal affairs committee in the Senate and I think that’s the right thing to do. I don’t think her comments send the right message.”


Aboriginal Liberals Say ‘NO’ To Freedom of Speech{April 10, 2017}:
“Thunder Bay-Rainy River MP and Liberal ‘Indigenous’ {‘Siberian settler’} Caucus chairman Don Rusnak is calling for the Conservative Party to remove Sen. Lynn Beyak…”


Sen. Beyak met with the Sioux Lookout Mayor’s Committee for Truth and Reconciliation in July. (lynnbeyak.sencanada.ca)

“I have commented favourably before in this space on Sen. Beyak’s remarks to the Senate on March 7 about native residential schools and the {Partial} Truth and {One-way} Reconciliation Commission.
She was widely reviled for her address. Fortunately, in recent days, the tide seems to have turned and many, including many native leaders, have come to her defence.

“Including a subsequent comment, she made seven principal points. These were that fewer than a third of aboriginal children attended residential schools while they were operating;
that very few of the 150,000 who did so were wrenched from their families, many of which were nomadic and destitute;
that we should revisit the Trudeau-Chrétien white paper of 1969;
{‘Canadians had a chance in 1969’ (White Paper):
‘White Paper Excerpts’:
https://www.facebook.com/ENDRACEBASEDLAW/posts/529686737053534 }
that changing the name of the Langevin Block in Ottawa because of H.-L. Langevin’s minor role in the residential schools is nonsense;
that the financial compensation paid to many who attended those schools obliges some of them to present a grim recollection of the schools;
and that there should be a “national audit on every single dollar coming and going out of the ‘indigenous’ file,
and a referendum among all ‘indigenous’ people aged 12 and over, about what their own ambitions for the future are. (The Trudeau-Chrétien white paper recommended a one-time compensation payment to every native person and the exchange of their native status for normal citizenship.)

“All of Sen. Beyak’s proposals are reasonable, well-informed, and constructively intended. (Langevin was John A. Macdonald’s patronage-minded minister of public works and singling him out in this way is outrageous.)

“She praised aspects of the {Partial} Truth and {One-way} Reconciliation Commission report and made clear her intimate knowledge of the subject and profound empathy with the native people. For her compassionate and perceptive insights, Sen. Beyak was thrown off the Senate Aboriginal Peoples’ Committee by her own party (‘Conservatives’), and N‘D’P MP Romeo Saganash said that Sen. Beyak’s words were

“like saying ‘Well there are some good sides to what Hitler did to the Jewish community‘.”

(As a residential school student, Saganash got a trip with his school hockey team to play in a tournament in Switzerland. Nazi death camps didn’t do that.)

“In fact, Sen. Beyak has shown why we have a Senate and why we should keep one, but appoint a larger number of conscientious and expert people in a range of public policy areas, to invest Parliament with more talent and greater integrity. We should be grateful to have such people as…Lynn Beyak in the public life of the country.”

–‘Premier Wall and Senator Beyak provide a rare opportunity to laud our public figures’,
Conrad Black, National Post, May 6, 2017


EXCERPTS {http://lynnbeyak.sencanada.ca/p107924 } :
“We wish to commend you for your attempts to offer “balance” in the historical perspective of Residential Schools, with the “good” that many dedicated educators accomplished over the years. As retired educators ourselves, with a combined experience of 26 years in Aboriginal and Metis schools, we witnessed first-hand the positive anecdotes and experiences of those who gained from their attendance at Residential Schools. Unfortunately, current orthodoxy forces their “voices” to be silenced.

“We appreciate your efforts to shine a light on this matter, as lonely as it may be, in highlighting that the Residential Schools experience was not “dark” for all, and that many owe their subsequent success in life, and that of their children and grandchildren, to the values and skills they gained.”
“Thank you for your courageous comments regarding the biased media slant concerning the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s report on Canada’s Residential School history. The media and many politicians in our country have consistently focused on the negative aspects of the residential School legacy without recognizing any of the positive aspects of the program.

“To hear the media on this topic would lead one to believe that every teacher or caregiver at any of the Residential Schools was a sadist at least and a pedophile at worst. The media and some of the government would have us believe that every child sent to one of these schools was abused physically and sexually.

“I, for one, do not believe this and resent the implication that I am somehow responsible for any of the collective abuses suffered by some of the children that were associated with these schools. With a very few exceptions, Residential Schools had been closed long before I was born. Likewise, I do not take credit for the many successes achieved by graduates of the residential school system.

“Thank you again for speaking this truth.

“…I am fully in support of your position and applaud your courage for bringing this forward.”
“Do not apologise. Above all do not resign. Your remarks about the residential school situation in this country need to be heard. As the brother of a nun who worked in the system, and the nephew of a Jesuit who worked there, too, I categorically refuse to believe that all the people who worked in these schools were as evil as they are being portrayed to be. Indeed, They were seeking, under the social rules that were generally accepted at the time to do good and to help these children.

“There are some people out there who can thank that much-maligned system for the education that they now have…despite what the politicians who have a vested interest in denigrating the system for their own political advancement have to say. We will never win the argument. but at least never let it be said that we didn’t speak up.

“Thank you!”
“Thank you for your comments on Residential Schools which I think were quite correct… I worked with Chipewyan people as an employee of the Catholic Church from 1991 to 2001 – a Pastoral Animator… I heard many positive comments by native people who had attended residential school in Fort Resolution. Two cases:

“One woman, a Chief of her community for some years, said,
I couldn’t wait to go back to residential school. You were clean and you had good food.’

“I knew another family, eight children. The Dad was a trapper who spent the winter on the barren lands. His wife contracted TB and was placed in the isolation hospital in Ft. Res. The children were taken by the Dad each year to the school to keep them safe. It was very hard for the youngest who was only 4 yrs at the time – traumatic even to be separated from parents and older sibs. However, the child survived where otherwise he may not have. The schools must be viewed in the context of the social and economic circumstances at the time.

“There is so much more to say about this issue.

“Good for you. Be strong. Blessings on you and your work.”
“Reviewed your comments on residential schools. I agree not enough discussion about positive experiences. I lived and worked in Ontario’s Far North for over 27 years in the healthcare industry.

“The effort was well-intentioned at the time. Thanks for being one of the few willing to raise this issue. Aboriginal peoples must not look to residential schools as the only reason for social dysfunction.”
“I am not a Conservative and I likely disagree with most of the Conservative Party’s policies; however, I do not agree with the backlash that you have received over the residential school remark. It is abhorrent that Romeo Saganash compared your comments to that of Hitler’s genocide of Jews.

“…You are right to mention that it was neither the residential school employees or government intention to be cruel or to wipe out an entire race. You were merely citing what the climate was at that particular time in history. Tomson Highway (Cree playwright) states himself in a 2015 interview: http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2015/12/15/tomson-highway-residential-schools_n_8787638.html
that not ALL residential schools were bad, and that not all survivors were traumatized. As an ex-residential school person, he says himself that he is a prime example.

“…To imply that all people who attended residential schools are ‘survivors’ implies that all were traumatized and mistreated.

“This is simply wrong.”
“…By the standard of that time, the government expended millions of dollars and recruited the best people they could find that would agree to live in remote regions far from the civilization they knew. Far from their homes, families, churches and other social supports they knew. That some of them may have been zealots, molesters or whatever is a problem we still face even with the societal safeguards we put in place to protect members of our society.

“From the history I have read, it is likely that the aboriginals received better treatment and education than society gave, the Irish, the Scots, the Polish, the Jews and other minority or out of power groups, like the poor. The Welland Canal in St. Catharines was dug by these low-power groups and if they died on the job as many did, it was just another bloody Irishman, or what have you. They likely were envious of the pampered aboriginals that got free school, free food, free housing and that still wasn’t enough.

“I’m no anthropologist but it seems every opportunistic culture, subsistence hunter/gatherers seeks to get what they can for no effort. There is always a clash between an industrial/ organized farming culture that values effort as opposed to a culture that will sit and wail until the government gives them stuff. Until that happens it appears they will let everyone around them die. It’s brutal way to live but that’s how it looks to me. If you took a bunch of Amish farmers from Southern Ontario and banished them to a reserve in Northern Ontario, within a year they would have built all of their members a new home, a new church and barns for every homestead. Within a year, they would have dug wells and built a water treatment plant even if it was a simple sand, gravel and charcoal facility. Within 2 years, they would be exporting lumber and furniture to Southern Ontario. At the same time, the aboriginals relocated to Amish country near Kitchener would have burned down the house and left the fields to gully and rot.

“I’m not saying all of them are like that but right now the Canadian society guilt trip route to more money and power is golden and being opportunist they’re grabbing all the hotel room towels and silverware they can.

“This is 1984 tactics. Media pity, aboriginals seem to be well-schooled in getting media pity and they have become very good at getting media coverage. Well, read your history, general Canadian Society — the government of the day didn’t recruit for sadists, they recruited for the best teachers, etc., in an effort to bring aboriginals into a society they increasingly chose to set themselves apart from. Don’t resign for speaking truth.”
“Your remarks on residential schools sounded a note of objectivity and balance that is sadly missing from public discussion of this issue. You drew attention to the problems that arose in the schools but you also reminded your colleagues that many who worked there have had their reputations besmirched by a mindless and undiscriminating wave of criticism. I very much hope that you will not be persuaded to retract any of your remarks because they are a beacon of sanity in an otherwise dark area of our public discourse and this should not be dimmed.”
“I just want to say I have never written a MP or Senator in the past and have generally Leftist views. However, I was very impressed by your courage in expressing the ‘other side’ to the issue of residential schools.

“My husband has worked and lived in several aboriginal communities in the north which greatly benefited from these schools and where the people speak very highly of the care and instruction they received. We are only given one side of the story.

“Thank you for speaking up for the many who know there is another side and are afraid or powerless to express this.”
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank and support you for the positive comment you made about some good that was done in residential schools.

“I spent over ten years living and working on reserves and northern settlements. And I remember, as a teacher, how often we had to convince the population to keep their children at home and go to the Day School, rather than to send them to a residential school. If the residential schools had been so bad why were parents insisting that their children go? I personally saw a lot of good emanate from these schools. I do admit mistakes were made but those same mistakes also existed in the population at large. Yes, most people were well-intentioned and worked with the knowledge they thought best…”
“What is going on?! I was so sorry to see the response to your comment about some good that came out of Residential Schools. Of course, there was good and there are Indigenous people out there who would agree. Unfortunately, they are afraid of being ostracized if they speak up and, from your recent experience, one can see why.

“I brought up the subject at my Discussion Group yesterday and set off “a box of fireworks”, too! Many Canadians have embraced the one-sided Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Report because there has been very little discussion allowed on any good that came from the schools.

“I feel great concern for truth and freedom of speech when I see the sort of reaction any discussion on Residential Schools brings. What are we trying to hide? What are we afraid of?

“Like you, I believe the institution of Residential Schools was well-intentioned and was an attempt to solve the “Indian problem” by integrating the children into the new way of life in order that they could function better with language, health and skills. Unfortunately, as in any area of life, there were some who abused the situation and were overly harsh in their choices of discipline.

“Times were difficult for many families during the era of Residential Schools, life on the reservations was not necessarily good,TB and Smallpox were the diseases of the time affecting many Canadians. My neighbour, before he died, told of having to go to school without shoes as his family could not afford them. There were many other hardships at the time.

“Why are we not allowed to put Residential Schools in context of what was happening in Canada during the period1884-1948 and later?

“I appreciate your attempt to put the record straight and do hope you will not suffer too much from opposing views. Please continue to stand up for what you believe.”
“I would like to commend you for your remarks on the issue of residential schools, especially on speaking up for the many teachers and helpers/staff, religious, cleric and lay, who gave the best years of their lives, and their best efforts to help with the education of First Nations children in often very difficult circumstances.

“You are right to point out that while the mistakes, wrongs and at times even evils of the system and the whole experience have to be pointed out and dealt with openly, there should be equal effort, zeal and persistence in uncovering and celebrating the abundance of good that has happened as well. There cannot be justice without justice for all!

“I have lived and worked in Prince Albert, SK, for a number of years and had the opportunity to meet retired teachers of residential schools, and listen to their experiences as well. Those I met, were all good, hardworking and well intentioned people. I also had the opportunity to meet ‘First Nations’ people, teachers and lawyers, who are now effective leaders and advocates among and on behalf of their people, exactly because they received education in those residential schools.

“I would like to encourage you to continue to witness to the whole truth on this important and sensitive issue.”
“…My grandfather, was the headmaster of a Residential School (Anglican) for over 40 years. (He retired in 1951).

“As far as I can tell from historical studies which include correspondence, news clippings and verbal statements my grandfather was well respected by the people of southern Alberta but in particular the Native Canadians affiliated with the Blood Reserve. My grandfather did not try to reduce the importance of the native culture. He learned the Blackfoot language and culture as did his own children (my mother included). He translated several documents including parts of the bible into Blackfoot. He was also initiated into the Blackfoot Kanai Chieftainship society and was given the name Chief Mountain of which he was known for many years.

“I realize that some of the governmental policies he had to follow brought discomfort to the children who attended the school but there is no evidence of abuse or any wrongdoing by my grandfather. On the contrary he and my grandmother who also worked there loved the Blood Indians and he worked hard to enhance their culture.”
“Just want to express my support for your correct, although unpopular, comments regarding the residential schools. This appears to have become an ‘all or nothing’ subject. Former residential school students who relate anything positive about their experiences are quickly silenced to further the agenda of the aboriginal industry.

“I’m not sure why the subject must be seen in black and white, as the suffering of those who were mistreated isn’t remotely diminished by discussing all aspects of the topic openly.

“We are constantly chided to ‘learn our history’ with regards to Canada’s residential schools. I would also suggest that we ‘learn our history’ with regards to the 120,000 British Home Children sent from Great Britain between 1869-1932 for ‘indentured servitude’, of which 8,000 died (some interred in two mass, unmarked graves in Etobicoke, Ont). Terrible things were done to all people, throughout history, both through malice and good (albeit ignorant) intentions.

“Reinforcing a ‘victim’ identity is a roadblock to actual healing, and the only ones who benefit from preventing healing to occur are the ones making money at it.

“It’s unfortunate that you’ll continue to face the wrath of those who expect you to tow the line, and no doubt be called a racist, the go-to position whenever an argument doesn’t bear scrutiny…but thank you for saying what needed to be said.”
“I wish to commend you in your attempt to bring some balance to the aboriginal file on residential schools. This took courage on your part for, as you know, in these times any criticism of or dissent on aboriginal policy seems inevitably to lead to a charge of being a “racist”.

“This has seemingly already occurred in your case with the comments of NDP MP Romeo Saganash who is reported to have likened your comments to that of a “Nazi apologist”. This type of reaction is both unfortunate and historically inaccurate. By implication it seeks to equate the residential schools experience with the Holocaust. And while the residential schools system had many and serious shortcomings, which you have rightfully acknowledged, it could hardly be equated with the horrific Nazi extermination of 6 million of our fellow human beings. In short, this is political overreach at its worst.

“Two other comments attributed to you also deserve some praise. The first is your defence of Hector-Louis Langevin. In this era of political correctness we are all too often willing to condemn the actions taken by historical figures on the basis of today’s mores and not those which prevailed at the time the historical decisions were taken – a dangerous practice which you have rightfully questioned.

“The second was your praise of Pierre Trudeau’s white paper — an initiative seemingly doomed to failure by vested interests. Had it succeeded, we presumably would have less exclusionary rhetoric (“nation to nation”) and more of an inclusionary perspective (one nation) in our contemporary discussion of aboriginal issues.

“In summary, keep up the good work and maintain your resolve to answer your critics and not bow to them. To fortify you in that regard, I sugest an article written by a couple of University of Manitoba professors in 2015 –
“Debunking the half-truths and exaggerations in the Truth and Reconciliation report”.

“My recollection, as might be expected, is that the article was greeted with cries of “racism”. Finally I would recommend to you a book entitled ‘Disrobing The Aboriginal Industry – Deception Behind The Indigenous Cultural Preservation’ by Frances Widdowson and Albert Howard (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2008).”
“You have been quoted of having said that the residential schools were partly staffed by “kindly and well-intentioned men and women”. I commend and thank you for this overdue statement. It is unbearable to read the politically correct evaluation that claims the staff were monsters. If not for these devoted nuns, countless Indians would have continued to live in squalor and poverty. The intent was clearly to enable these children and adolescents to live productive lives in Canadian society. If I have any critique to offer it is that I would have said “mostly” instead of “partly”.
“…Thank you for standing up for the ones who tried their very best to help the children, as their story will never be told…”
“…Politically, I am not a Conservative supporter, but I definitely support your comments regarding Residential Schools…

“No one, to my knowledge, has ever had the courage to speak up in support of the many hard working, well-intentioned people who spent many years of their lives trying to help our indigenous population. I truly believe the churches did not found the residential schools with the intention of bringing harm to the people; their intent was to help them assimilate into the majority population of the country in the hopes that this would enable them to find jobs and be able to enjoy a better life for themselves and their families away from the often hopelessness they faced with little or no formal education.

“I applaud you for your courage and encourage you to stay strong and definitely NOT resign from the Senate.”
“Although they may not have been “politically correct” I believe all your remarks were factual. One of the largest issues we face as a society is the fact most politicians will not speak about the true facts if they are deemed to be politically incorrect, even though they are the truth.

“Life teaches us that fixing any issue is impossible if you dance around the edges, the true issue must be confronted before any successful repairs can be completed…. patches may be put on, but they never last.”
“I agree with you 100%. When viewed through the lens of the times, I believe that the decision makers did not act with malice in trying to address the poverty and absence of education in the first nation communities. Certainly, the decision to assimilate first nations into Canada was and remains to be the correct one. History is full of past injustices and I feel no personal responsibility for the plight of first nations over and above my general feeling of the obligation to help people that are less fortunate. Further, I deeply resent having to pay taxes that are in part used to subsidise first nation programs that perpetuate the problems in first nation societies.

“…Stick with it, you are speaking for a very significant portion of the Canadian population.”
“I am writing to express my support of your comments regarding well-intentioned staff at residential schools. I have read much of the Summary of the Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. Sadly, unlike its title, it “honours” only some truths, but not the whole truth.

“Voices such as yours are an important and needed counterpoint to the findings of the report and I thank you for speaking out in support of this aspect of the residential school program.

“Please stand your ground.”
“…You deserve a lot of credit for sticking up for the truth. I am a life resident of the West Coast of Vancouver island.( 81 yrs.) at Tofino. Father Brabant, a missionary, came to this coast in 1875 & worked his entire life with the natives.

“In 1900, he built the first residential school at /Kakawis near Tofino. As an area historian, I have researched how the Catholic church taught these children before schools for white children existed…”
“I attended a First National Art Exhibition in Fort McMurray and I met a native artist who told me how grateful she was to the nuns and priests in her community who ran the school because for her it was a place of refuge, she said that her parents would go out on the trap-line and leave them to fend for themselves and she would go sit on the steps of the school and hope someone would help her.

“I myself am a product of a Catholic convent school and while some people who attended that school with me will now say that the nuns were racists and treated them unfairly, that was not my experience. Yes, they were strict, but the principles of kindness and consideration for others were held in high esteem and they instilled in me values that successfully took me through more than 40 years in the business world.

“For you to make an observation that is considered “politically incorrect” is very praiseworthy and commendable…”
“Every one of these Indian leaders bleating and shouting for your resignation are a product of the residential school system, and in a fashion verifies what the agencies of the day, had in mind, and were trying to accomplish, and did very successfully.

“The nation of no sinners, you and I, have been made to pay cold, hard-earned cash for a never-ending wailing and gnashing of teeth over exaggerated claims. Blackmail in it’s purest form.

“I am incensed by the head of the Anglican Church who is wilfully and obviously in complete denial, totally ignorant of the evidence and history, and/ or a self serving coward.

“Of course the CBC being the largest negative racists and National bigots have displayed to the reader their own cowardice by eliminating any comment/opinion contributions from their readers as it relates to Canadian/native issues…”
“It pains me to listen to those who would call into question your views on the Residential Schools in Canada. You are entirely correct in stating that many who went there had overwhelmingly positive experiences. At Six Nations, the ‘Mohawk Institute’ (called by many the “Mush Hole”) was administered by the Anglican Church. It was founded in 1837 on the request of the Hereditary Chiefs and Clan Mothers and when it was closed in 1970, the Chiefs pleaded with the Government to keep it open. Most of the Reserve teachers had been taught there, and anyone who cared to be objective about the matter would agree that the positives far outweighed the negatives.

“You can read the specifics of what I am saying in various blog postings I have written over the years. Most are summarized in the most recent of the series: https://deyoyonwatheh.blogspot.ca/2016/06/six-nations-residential-school.html .

“I am weary of the politically correct police among us who would say that it is “racist” to even mention any positives attached to the Residential Schools. It goes against the party line, and those who dare question the “accepted view” that the Residential Schools were a vehicle for “cultural genocide” will be severely sanctioned.

“The aim of my blog has been to show how it is only beliefs that matter at Six Nations, objective facts and evidence are of little consequence.

“Thank you for standing up for the truth…”
“My mother has a cousin who attended a residential school and whenever she is asked about it, she tells that her experience was a good one. In fact she credits the residential school system with having provided her the opportunity to have a good education. Her experience in residential school was so good that when the federal government offered a blanket cash settlement to all former attendees, she refused to take it…”
“…it should be recognized the environment the children left in many cases was even harsher than the schools to which they were transferred. By the early 20th century, the trading in furs which had sustained the indigenous people and coaxed them “off the land” had either died or moved further west. Left behind were communities where alcohol, disease (particularly TB) and overpopulation overwhelmed the meagre health and social services available. (Problems the Government is still wrestling with). In the far North, incarceration for crime in a Southern correctional facility, warm and fed, was said to be often seen by local inhabitants as a confusing reward, not a punishment.

“The Governments of the day felt the way to handle these problems was to save at least the children from these conditions by relocating them to schools where they would be safer and more secure. The Churches, seeing the opportunity the schools offered for large scale conversion to Christianity, were eager to take on the administration. There is no doubt acculturation was one intention of the program and job training for the “white” society another, but this was the mores of the time and a practice throughout all remote regions of the British Empire…”
“…we feel that the government at the time had the best of intentions for the children of the north …and in our opinion…it was better to attempt some program … than to simply leave the children of the north (native and white) to make their way on their own.

“I often wonder what problems they would have today if no one learned to read or write…no sports … Who would be naïve enough to think that, alcohol, drugs, incest would not have found its way into the lives of the North’s children? It’s far too easy to blame everything on the white man and their residential schools for the way some of the native people are still acting today. Generations removed from these schools are still blaming the schools for the way they treat their female relatives today…”
“You said what the majority of Canadians would want to say. There were some bad ‘apples’ and there was abuse, but not all the teachers were bad, not all the cooks were bad, not all the cleaners were bad, etc. The children that died, were not killed. Most would have died on the reserves, considering the conditions at the time.

“I think most of the people involved worked hard doing their jobs to make the children safe and happy.

“It is incredible that they would choose to use the word ‘SURVIVORS’. That word is connected to the concentration camps and should be left that way. No comparison….. concentration camps were set up to KILL people… no food, no clothing, no dignity.

“Residential schools set up to ‘educate’, feed, clothe… and take care of the children. Unfortunate that there were some who mistreated the people in their charge.

“Please do not apologize for me…… I was not there. Charge the people responsible and make them apologize. Dig them up if they are dead.!!!

“Stay strong and do not let the ‘Bastards’ who are not willing to stick their necks out and are going along with the scenarios that the natives have come up with…”
“Your statement about residential schools has needed to be said for a very long time. I applaud your forthrightness, honesty and courage. You have public attention, and now you are getting to the heart of it…

“When the youth can no longer find a reason for effort in the cultural vacuum of the reservations — and then lead a life of dissipation — racial snobbishness and prejudice should not prevent them from participating in our culture. And education is the key, as it always has been, e.g. the residential schools…”
“I believe in equality for all Canadians. I cannot read the minds of those who lived many years ago and came up with the idea of residential schools, but logic would tell me that they saw the poverty and conditions of the reserves and thought the best way to help those people to better their lives was through education. It is easy to look back and say some mistakes were made, but many benefited from that education. Neither do I see the logic in asking today’s leaders to apologize for decisions make by leaders many years ago.

“And, I absolutely agree that reservation leaders should be held accountable for the tax payers money that goes into these reserves. It is obvious from the stories we hear of what chiefs and counsellors pay themselves that the money is not distributed fairly.”
“…Aboriginal issues are very complicated and will defy any kind of real solution as long as debate regarding the issues is stifled by the media and aboriginal advocates. You have suffered a great deal of abuse in the media. I applaud your courage in trying to give a least a small correction to the totally one-sided perspective regarding residential schools.”
“…I strongly support your contribution on this committee, and your honest enquiry of the issues affecting native communities. We need more people like you to provide balance and perspective… I think that residential schools were an noble and honest attempt to treat natives, as equals and integrate the community into the new productive, rewarding Canadian life. Had that not been attempted, there would have emerged a cry of neglect, abuse and discrimination. Sadly now, those efforts are being portrayed as cultural genocide and child abuse. The easiest way to destroy a people is to put them into, and keep them in, a state of dependence…”
“I know of two direct friends and another indirect acquaintance who were students in Indian residential schools. They tell me, off the record, that the Indian residential schools made them what they are today. They do describe a harsh environment but one which also brought them literacy, a love of learning, and true affection for many of their teachers. Their experience may not have been universal, but it is ridiculous to suggest that the Indian residential school system was unmitigated evil.

I wish you the best as you withstand the current barrage of unwarranted criticism. You have been made an unfortunate target and have been unjustly vilified for speaking what is plainly obvious. Please know that I and countless other Canadian sympathize with your situation and offer you our support.”
“Given the entrenched special interests on all sides on these issues, Senator Beyak’s views may well be unwelcome. But they are certainly not “racist”. Racists seek to divide and build walls between people. Beyak, rather, envisions Canada as more all-embracing, bringing our peoples closer together, sharing fully in all that our country has to offer.”

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‘Boushie Update’

“The family of a Saskatchewan man who was shot and killed by a local landowner in 2016 plans to appeal an internal investigation by the RCMP that cleared officers of wrongdoing in how they interacted with them in the wake of his death.

“Colten Boushie, 22, was shot and killed in August 2016 on a rural property near Biggar, Sask. His death ignited racial tensions across the province and landowner Gerald Stanley — who has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder — goes on trial in February.

“But when seven officers went to Red Pheasant ‘First Nation’ {a ‘nation’ of 2,472 people} to inform his mother and siblings of his death, they surrounded and searched the family’s trailer. They were acting on a tip that a possibly-armed man had fled the scene of Boushie’s death to a trailer looking like that of his family…

“Alvin Baptiste, Boushie’s uncle, said the entire internal investigation was a “cover up“, and maintains his sister and her children were mistreated.

“We don’t have no rights here. It’s like we don’t have no rights at all, just sweep us under the rug, kick us under the bus, just move on, forget about what happened. That’s how they look at it. Just another Indian,” he said…”

–‘RCMP clears itself of misconduct in Colten Boushie investigation’,
Charles Hamilton, CBC News, Nov. 02, 2017

Feature IMAGE: Colten Boushie’s mother Debbie Boushie (L) and Christine Denny speak to the media outside of North Battleford Provincial Court House. (Gord Waldner–Saskatoon StarPhoenix)


“Colten Boushie’s family filed a public complaint with the RCMP in December 2016, expressing concern about the manner in which officers surrounded the family trailer on Aug. 9, 2016 and told Debbie Baptiste that her son was dead.

“In a letter sent to Boushie’s family, RCMP Supt. Mike Gibbs said a “thorough investigation” was done into the complaints and that there was no evidence to support the claims that officers were behaving inappropriately.

“The family said it was insensitive the way police vehicles surrounded Baptiste’s residence on the Red Pheasant ‘First Nation’, that it was unacceptable for an officer to tell a grieving Baptiste to “get it together” and ask if she had been drinking, and that it was illegal for officers to search the trailer.

“In his letter, Gibbs said no RCMP officers recalled hearing anyone ask Baptiste if she had been drinking or telling her to “get it together”.

“Gibbs writes that RCMP interaction with the Boushie family was “unique” because officers were still looking for a man who may have witnessed the shooting. He said a large number of officers were sent to the home for “safety and tactical reasons”…

“Boushie’s family also complained that the RCMP sent out a prejudicial news release about Boushie’s death that made Boushie look like a criminal. Gibbs said that wasn’t the intent of the release and that protocol was followed when it was sent out…

“Chris Murphy, the lawyer for the family, called Gibbs’ letter “shocking”.

“I don’t believe it. I don’t believe that’s what police believed at the time. I believe that this is an after-the-fact justification of what the RCMP did the night Colten Boushie died because the two versions of events just cannot co-exist,” he said.

“He said that if police truly believed there was an armed person in Baptiste’s trailer, they would have cleared the residence first, rather than first informing Baptiste of her son’s death and then asking one of her other sons for permission to search the trailer.

“Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (FSIN) Chief Bobby Cameron said he was not surprised that RCMP cleared the members of any wrongdoing in this case and that the FSIN will continue to stand behind the family.

“They know what they’ve endured, they know what they experienced and if they felt any wrongdoing or felt that they were being mistreated for certain reasons, they’re not going to lie just for the plain fact of lying,” Cameron said.

“Boushie, a resident of Red Pheasant ‘First Nation’, was 22 years old when he and four other people drove on to a farm in the RM of Glenside near Biggar on Aug. 9, 2016. Boushie was fatally shot during a confrontation with the property owner, Gerald Stanley.
{See below for background…}

“His death ignited racial tensions in the province. Some people suggested Boushie, a resident of the Red Pheasant ‘First Nation’ {‘Siberian settler community’} deserved to be killed for trespassing. Others pledged vigilante justice against Stanley.

“Stanley has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder and is set to stand trial in 2018.”

–‘It just leads to a feeling of hopelessness’: RCMP internally cleared of mistreating Colten Boushie’s family after fatal farmyard shooting’,


Colten Boushie – Facebook

The investigation was conducted by a senior RCMP officer from outside the local detachment, Inspector Teddy Munro, who is himself ‘indigenous’, according to the family’s lawyer. The official response to the family was signed by Superintendent Mike Gibbs.

“…Mr. Boushie’s uncle, Alvin Baptiste, calls it a whitewash.

“I disagree with this investigation totally. I think it’s bogus, it’s a cover-up,” Mr. Baptiste said. “The RCMP has done something wrong and they’re trying to cover themselves. When it comes to ‘First Nations’ people, we’re treated like third-class citizens.”

“On the night Mr. Boushie died, several RCMP vehicles were dispatched to his mother’s home on the Red Pheasant ‘First Nation’ near Biggar, Sask. Mr. Boushie’s mother, Debbie Baptiste, said she was sitting in her living room around 10 p.m. when police vehicles with lights flashing drove up at speed, cut across the grass and encircled the house. The family said that was an unusual and disrespectful way to notify Ms. Baptiste of her son’s death.

“According to the report, the RCMP was faced with a “unique” situation. They believed they needed to simultaneously perform a next-of-kin notification and a search of the family home. Police say they believed that a witness to the homicide might be inside and might be armed…

“Shortly after telling Mr. Boushie’s mother and brothers that Mr. Boushie was dead, officers started searching the house. They looked through every room with flashlights…

“Police are not allowed to search a home without a warrant or without the informed consent of the occupants. The family alleged that the search was illegal and insensitive. They said a ‘white’ family would not have been treated that way {That’s a somewhat racist assumption}.

“The RCMP officers involved told the investigator they obtained consent before searching. According to the police account, Ms. Baptiste and one of her sons were still on the floor, where they’d been crying, when Corporal Jason Olney asked if he could

“take a quick look around to see if anybody else was in the residence”.

“Cpl. Olney said that one of Ms. Baptiste’s sons gave him permission to search, an account backed up by a second RCMP officer. But he could not say which of Ms. Baptiste’s two sons, William Boushie and Jace Baptiste, gave him the okay, “as he gets them mixed up“, the report said.

“In this incident, there was no definitive evidence other than the word of the witnesses and the police,” Supt. Gibbs’s letter states, in reference to the search. “Based on the difference in the recollection of events by witnesses and that of the officers, I am unable to support your allegation.” …

“The police said the search of the home was necessary because they were looking for someone who had “fled the homicide investigation

“The RCMP letter to the family said it could not support the allegation of “improper attitude“. The officers had to take a tactical approach, and in this situation their conduct was acceptable, the letter said. Supt. Gibbs drew the same conclusion about the decision to encircle the family home…

“There were two additional complaints filed with the RCMP, although they did not relate directly to the way the family was treated that night.

“The family was upset by the news release issued the day after Mr. Boushie died. It said police made it sound as though Mr. Boushie was a criminal who got what he deserved…

“The report looked at the national policy on news releases and had the Aug. 10 release reviewed by the force’s national communications office. It determined that proper protocols had been followed in this case. Supt. Gibbs said he did not support the family’s allegation. Nevertheless, he offered an apology.

“I apologize if you felt the media releases depicted your son as a thief, and caused your family further anguish, as that was never the intent,” Supt. Gibbs wrote.

“The RCMP in Saskatchewan subsequently changed its procedures, so that Aboriginal Police Services now reviews all news releases involving “serious or sensitive matters” involving ‘indigenous’ people…”

–‘RCMP probe clears force for its conduct after Colten Boushie shooting’,
JOE FRIESEN, Toronto Globe and Mail, NOVEMBER 3, 2017


Aug. 9, 2016
“After a day of drinking and swimming, 22-year-old Colten Boushie and four of his friends are driving home to Red Pheasant ‘First Nation’ when they stop at Gerald Stanley’s farm in the Rural Municipality of Glenside. Boushie is fatally shot.

Aug. 11, 2016
“Stanley, 54, is charged with second-degree murder. Someone starts a ‘GoFundMe’ webpage to help pay for his legal fees {which was subsequently closed down by aboriginal pressure tactics}. In a press release, RCMP identify Boushie and say three people who had been in the car with him were taken into police custody as part of a related theft investigation. Boushie’s family tells the ‘Saskatoon StarPhoenix’ that Boushie and his friends had driven onto Stanley’s farm because they needed help with a flat tire. Many people discussing the story online suggest Stanley’s actions were justified because ‘indigenous’ people are responsible for rising crime in rural Saskatchewan, which is leaving farmers scared and with no alternative but violence.

Aug. 12, 2016
“The Federation of ‘Sovereign’ ‘Indigenous’ ‘Nations’ blasts the RCMP for its “biased” news release. F‘S’‘I’‘N’ Chief Bobby Cameron says the law-enforcement agency

“provided just enough prejudicial information for the average reader to draw their own conclusions that the shooting was somehow justified.”

Aug. 14, 2016
“Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall condemns the “racist and hate-filled comments” that have become prolific on social media and online forums since Boushie’s death.

“None of us should be jumping to any conclusions about what happened. We should trust the RCMP to do their work,” Wall wrote on Facebook. “I call on Saskatchewan people to rise above intolerance, to be our best and to be the kind of neighbours and fellow citizens we are reputed to be.”

Aug. 18, 2016
“Hundreds of people chanting and holding signs reading “Justice for Colten” rally outside Battleford Court of Queen’s Bench when Stanley appears for his bail hearing.

Aug. 19, 2016
“Stanley is released on $10,000 cash bail, ordered to remain within a six-kilometre radius of his home on electronic monitoring and have no contact with Boushie’s family. F‘S’‘I’‘N’ vice-chief Kim Jonathan expresses disappointment with the decision and says it may further fuel racial tensions in the province.

Aug. 24, 2016
“Ben Kautz, a councillor for the ‘Rural Municipality of Browning’, resigns over an inappropriate social media comment he made about Boushie’s shooting. Kautz had written on a Facebook page that “(Stanley’s) only mistake was leaving witnesses”.

March 14, 2017
“Delegates at the ‘Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities’ (SARM) convention vote 93% in favour of a resolution calling on its leaders to lobby the federal government for more relaxed self-defence laws. F‘S’‘I’‘N’ vice-chief Kim Jonathan says she is “disgusted” by the resolution and worried it could lead to more violent confrontations. Lionel Story, deputy reeve of the ‘Rural Municipality of Kindersley’, which submitted the resolution, says it was not a response to Boushie’s death, but rather an effort to make would-be criminals “think twice” before trespassing on people’s property.

April 4, 2017
“Boushie’s family and friends flock to North Battleford provincial court for the first day of Stanley’s preliminary hearing, which is held so a judge can decide if there is enough evidence to order a trial. So many people show up that proceedings are live-streamed to an overflow courtroom and court security is ramped up to levels rarely seen.

April 5, 2017
“As the preliminary hearing continues, Stanley’s lawyer, Scott Spencer, tells media there have been “many threats” made against his client and “it has been a constant concern for the Stanley family”.

April 6, 2017
“A North Battleford provincial court judge decides there is enough evidence for Stanley to stand trial. Boushie’s family and supporters say they are pleased with the decision and ask the people gathered to respect the legal process…

July, 2017
“The Assembly of ‘First Nations’ votes to support a petition by Boushie’s family that calls for a new Crown prosecutor and an out-of-province lead investigator for the case. {Why?}

Stanley’s trial is set to begin on Jan. 29.”

–‘Colten Boushie shooting: A timeline’,
Andrea Hill, Saskatoon StarPhoenix, August 8, 2017


See also:
“Aboriginal activists and race-baiters have been having a field day accusing the Caucasian farmer of racially-motivated murder. The irresponsibility of these accusations goes without saying; yet, media outlets – particularly the CBC – continue to provide a platform for this racial propaganda…”

Race Activists Stir The Pot’ (Saskatchewan Murder) {August 24, 2016}:

“Once again, aboriginal leadership has impugned the integrity of the RCMP with unsubstantiated racial bias allegations. Perry Bellegarde used the opportunity to focus on the ‘racist’ nature of the backlash on social media, rather than the irresponsible attack on the police that provoked the controversy…”

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‘Tribal Dysfunction Costs Manitoba Taxpayers’

This story continues without a resolution, from a combination of government incompetence and cowardice. As a result, the law is not being enforced against this aboriginal group, and the rest of Manitobans are paying for this unequal application of the law…

In 1996, an armed rebellion (including members of the ‘Manitoba Warriors’ criminal gang) which resulted in the arson of 3 homes (including the Chief’s), resulted in the eviction of 350 Band members from what was then called the Waterhen reserve in Manitoba. 

The dispute revolved around the competition for power between two dominant families {“Local legend has it that the bad blood between the Catcheway and Nepinak families dates back over 100 years.”}. Since then, the rebels have demanded their own reserve but the federal government insists that new land for it must be subtracted from the original reserve. The Waterhen (now Skownan) ‘First Nation’ refuses to sanction the changes, so the rebels have been housed since 1996 by ‘Manitoba Housing’, and have refused to pay rent for 21 years… 

“‘Indigenous’ {‘descendants of Siberian settler’} families who face eviction from ‘Manitoba Housing’ units in Portage la Prairie…have vowed to move onto the legislature lawn when they lose their homes.

They’ve been living in Manitoba Housing in Portage since 1996, but have never paid rent. The province says they owe more than $1.2 million

“‘Manitoba Housing’ has been trying to work out the dispute, even offering in 2011 to waive rent owed since 1996 if the families agreed to pay rent from that point… The families have always refused to pay.

“They’ve been living in ‘Manitoba Housing’ in Portage since they were forcibly removed from Waterhen ‘First Nation’ {‘Siberian settler community’} in 1996 after repeatedly protesting against the Chief and Band Council of the day, resident Donna Gabriel said.
{Waterhen is now known as Skownan ‘First Nation’ — a ‘nation’ of 1,512 people.}

“They have not paid any rent in Portage and owe the province more than $1.2 million, said Andrea Slobodian, press secretary to Families Minister Scott Fielding.

“Slobodian said ‘Manitoba Housing’s position is,

“A handful of tenants refusing to pay rent for 20 years is not fair for the thousands of other tenants of Manitoba Housing who do pay rent.”
{Then why has it taken 20 years???}

“Slobodian said ‘Manitoba Housing’ has been handling the situation, which has involved the courts and residential tenancies commission in recent years. She said Ottawa has refused for decades to provide housing for the families, because they were no longer living on a reserve.

“The dispute finally reached the Manitoba Court of Appeal, which ruled in late June in favour of ‘Manitoba Housing’. Even then, ‘Manitoba Housing’ gave the residents a grace period to find other housing, she said.

“Gabriel said ‘Manitoba Housing’ will be evicting 18 families, including children, the elderly, and disabled persons.

“We’re going to be homeless,” Gabriel said during a rally at the legislature Thursday afternoon. “The sheriffs told us we have to move out or they’ll lock us out Monday.”

“After Monday, we’re going to have a sit-in here. We’ve got to go somewhere,” Gabriel said.

“Gabriel agreed the families have never paid rent for their accommodation.

“The (provincial) government started an eviction process since 2010,” she said. “Before that, they never bothered with us, that the rent wasn’t paid.”

“Gabriel said when the families were removed from Waterhen, they moved onto the legislature lawn, and that’s where they’ll live…unless the province reverses its decision.”

–‘Manitoba Housing evicting 18 families who haven’t paid rent since 1996’,
Nick Martin, Winnipeg Free Press, 08/10/2017

FEATURE Image: Donna Gabriel and fellow evictees.

COMMENT: “Some one down at Manitoba Housing should have their ass kicked for letting this go on for 20+ years. These people are thumbing their noses at the generosity of the taxpayer with this ridiculous attitude of entitlement they have developed. Time to make everyone pay their share like the taxpayers are “forced” to — no more exceptions.”
“This is truly unbelievable !!! The government should NOT forgive the debt that’s owed.”
“After reading the background, maybe the province should be sending the bill to the feds. It would be interesting to find out if the reserve has been funded including these people or excluding them from the population. If they’ve been included in the numbers but not provided for, maybe the feds can take it out of whoever’s pockets it lined. If they have been excluded, maybe whatever they would’ve received should go to the province to cover costs, unless it somehow went to them directly — in which case, there’s a lot of explaining to do.”
“As shameless as these people are, the sheer hubris and feigned indignance is hilarious. Still, there will be people who will defend these folks while attacking Manitoba Housing, the Manitoba government and anyone who speaks poorly of the freeloaders.”
“Simply unbelievable — a free ride for twenty years and they have the unmitigated gall to complain — man, talk about entitlement!!!”
“This leaves me speechless. An absolute slap in the face to hard-working people who struggle to pay their rent. Evict them all and if they move to the Legislative Grounds, charge them with trespassing.”
“But they will claim that it’s their land stolen by the white man when these lands were ceded under Treaty #1!!! This is enough!!! What is wrong with a system that panders to a minority group that is supported by the non-indigenous majority group who pay the taxes?!!”


Sheriffs issued eviction notices, Manitoba Housing homes. (Acelynn Catcheway)

“A group of 18 families facing eviction by Manitoba Housing have been given a little more time to leave.

“The Manitoba government has confirmed it’s allowing Portage la Prairie residents who have been living rent-free until at least Sept. 7 to leave the social housing village where they have been residing since 1996.

“That’s when the group will get the meeting they demanded with ‘Indigenous’ and Northern Affairs Canada after protesting their eviction…

“Waterhen ‘First Nation’, now called Skownan ‘First Nation’, is about 290 kilometres northwest of Winnipeg…”

–‘Families facing eviction by Manitoba Housing get extension’,
Austin Grabish, CBC News, Aug. 28, 2017


Donna Gabriel (Photo by Mike Blume)

“Residents’ organizer Donna Gabriel said Monday that the families are unhappy with news coverage — the story is not that they haven’t paid rent, or that some of them also receive social assistance, she said from Portage la Prairie.

“Our people are very upset about what you’re writing,” Gabriel said…

“Gabriel said that the province promised the residents they’d get free housing back in 1996, when they were removed forcibly from Waterhen — now known as Skownan ‘First Nation’ — after protesting against the Chief and Band Council of the day. That’s the story, she said. {The province has no legal responsibility for these wards of the federal government…}

“It’s not us who’s breached,” said Gabriel. “Talk to the Manitoba government.”

“Gabriel said she was surprised to read in Saturday’s ‘Free Press’ that ‘Indigenous’ and Northern Affairs Canada Minister Carolyn Bennett has suggested creating a new reserve for the families.

“Well, of course, that’s what we’ve been demanding the last 20 years. We’re entitled to land, as treaty people,” she said. “I haven’t heard anything yet (from Bennett).”
{You left the reserve. THAT was your ‘Treaty entitlement’ land…}

Families Minister Scott Fielding said in an interview Monday that he has 1,000 people on a ‘Manitoba Housing’ waiting list who are all prepared to pay rent.

“There has been fairness {???} over a 20-year period,” he said. “We’re going to abide by the court decision.”

“The province has been more than patient for many years, and now it’s in the hands of the sheriff, Fielding said. He estimates the 18 families owe more than $1.2 million in rent.

“Fielding said that it’s up to Ottawa to decide if it will pay the housing costs of ‘First Nations’ residents who are no longer living on the reserve.

“Meanwhile, Winnipeg Centre ‘Liberal’ {aboriginal} MP Robert-Falcon Ouellette weighed into the fray while at an unrelated event Monday.

“You have to go back to whatever the original ‘injustice’ was. Are they ‘refugees’ in their own land?” Ouellette said in an interview…
{What a fool…}

“The Chief and Band Council involved in the 1996 dispute are long gone.

“Skownan Chief Cameron Catcheway declined to be interviewed Monday.

“I’m not going to answer nothing right now,”

he said from the community about 108 kilometres northeast of Dauphin.

“I’d rather talk to the people in Portage, if they have the courage to give me a call,” Catcheway said.

“And if Ouellette has something to say, he can call Skownan, said Catcheway.

“The final action and its timing are up to the Sheriff’s department, said Fielding, whose staff referred any inquiries about evictions to the Sheriff’s department.

“It in turn referred inquiries to ‘Manitoba Justice’, which said the sheriff will choose when to start evictions.”

–‘Officers have until Aug. 28 to evict Manitoba Housing families in Portage’,
Nick Martin, Winnipeg Free Press, 08/14/2017


Waterhen, Manitoba housing protest. (Austin Grabish–CBC)

From 2011:
“The members have not been paying rent for the houses for about 14 years, Gabriel said. She said this was based on an agreement the members made with then-Minister of aboriginal affairs for Manitoba David Newman in 1998.

“We acted on a good faith basis for us to pay reasonable rent and in turn, a relocation process to take place and it was going great for about a year,” Gabriel said. “But for some reason, the Manitoba government stalled and they never gave us any reasons to say why they suddenly just tossed the relocation process.”

“Once the relocation process stalled, she said, the Band members saw that as a break in their agreement with the province, which is why the group stopped paying rent.

“A 1998 letter from Newman states that in return for the Waterhen members paying reasonable rent, the provincial government would work with the Band members in their efforts to form a new reserve.

“A procedure was started, called “The Process to Develop a Working Plan that will Identify Options for the Relocation of Waterhen ‘First Nation’ Band – Portage” and meetings were held from December 1998 to July 1999, with a now-defunct company called ‘Phaze Studios Inc.’ facilitating the meetings between the province and the Waterhen Band members.

“In those meetings, the Band members decided they wanted a new reserve set up and had picked a location near the Norquay Colony, and they wanted to have on-reserve status again. It was also noted in meeting minutes that to do that, the federal government would have to be involved.

“The eviction order from ‘Manitoba Housing’ is another bump in the road for the Band members, who Gabriel said were forced off the Waterhen ‘First Nation’, now named the Skownan ‘First Nation’, about 110 kilometres northeast of Dauphin on the bank of Waterhen Lake, back in 1996.

Fifteen years ago, approximately 350 members of Waterhen ‘First Nation’ were legally evicted by the provincial and federal government and transferred to Manitoba Housing units in Portage la Prairie after protesting against then-chief Harvey Nepinak, claiming the Band’s managers were mishandling their money.

While some Band members had been convicted in Manitoba courts for criminal activity relating to a blockade that was set up near the reserve, those convictions were overturned by the Supreme Court of Canada.
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“The ‘Manitoba Housing’ eviction notices are just the latest blow to the Band members, Gabriel said, who feel their basic human rights have been violated by the eviction from the then-Waterhen ‘First Nation’.

“Where are we going to go?” Gabriel said Wednesday. “We’re without a land base.”
{So are most Canadians. Get a job…}

A spokesman for ‘Manitoba Housing’ said that organization has always taken the position that the Waterhen members were required to pay rent and they’ve all signed leases.

“In July 2010, the spokesman said via email, ‘Manitoba Housing’ put forward a proposal to the Waterhen tenants at Zelana, located in the city’s northeast end, to address rent arrears and provide a payment plan to begin paying for damages incurred over the years…

As for the “Process to Develop a Working Plan” for the Waterhen band members that was abruptly stopped in July 1999, provincial spokesman Matt Williamson said the provincial government, even after that process stopped in July 1999, continued to try and work with the Band members and the federal government, as the Band members indicated they wanted to start a new reserve.

“Matters relating to on-reserve aboriginals usually fall to the federal government; however, an Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) spokesman said the federal government has already explained its situation to the Waterhen Band members.

“We are aware that some members from Skownan that are in Portage la Prairie have expressed a desire for a new reserve,” said Jeff Solmundson, communications officer for INAC in Winnipeg. “We have given them information about it — our policies — and where it stands now is, any decision involving establishment of a new reserve would have to have the consent of Skownan’s chief and council. And it would involve a transfer of their existing reserve land.”

That means, the current Skownan Chief and council would have to agree to have the Skownan ‘First Nation’ shrink in size and have the amount of land it shrinks by declared a reserve elsewhere for the displaced Waterhen members.

“Solmundson said that INAC has explained this policy to the Waterhen group in Portage over the past several years.”

–‘Waterhen members on the verge of being displaced again’,
Rob Swystun, The Daily Graphic, January 28, 2011


Waterhen ‘First Nation’ Conflict (RED POWER MEDIA)

The Background — From 1996:
“An RCMP investigation unit is on the Waterhen ‘First Nation’, piecing together the events of a month-long armed standoff that displaced 300 residents from their homes.

“Police are looking into reports of criminal activities believed to have been committed by rebel members of the Waterhen ‘First Nation’. The crimes include vandalism, looting and arson. At least three houses were burned to the ground, including the residence of Chief Harvey Nepinak.

“A temporary RCMP detachment will be set up on the reserve for the next three weeks to a month, said RCMP Cpl. Randy Daley.

“We have a long investigation to do here into all the activities that have been going on. We want to make sure that people can get back to their lives as quickly as possible.”

“The standoff ended on May 19, when police on morning patrol noticed that the barricade, usually defended by armed rebels, was unmanned. They seized the opportunity to secure the 20-metre-long structure, built with old cars, tractors and wagons. The 100-man tactical unit then moved cautiously into the community, but met little resistance. No shots were fired and no injuries were reported.

“By evening, the rebels, along with their leader Gordon Catcheway, had been taken into custody. Among those arrested were members of the ‘Winnipeg Warriors’, an aboriginal street gang with a reputation for violence and criminal activity.

“The sudden end to the standoff came at a time when tensions between reserve dissidents and police had escalated. Two days earlier, Catcheway backed away from a tentative agreement to end the standoff. That same evening, the Chief’s house was set ablaze, followed by police cutting off phone service.

“Police also fired flares toward the barricade and sounded sirens for a couple of hours overnight…

“The standoff began April 14, when opponents of Chief Nepinak erected the barricade and banished the Chief and his supporters from the community. The rebels demanded a separate reserve of their own, accusing Nepinak of corruption and intimidation. The Chief has always denied the charges…

“Catcheway has been trying unsuccessfully to remove Nepinak from office for many years. He lost the last two elections to the Chief, the most recent one held in November, 1995.

Local legend has it that the bad blood between the Catcheway and Nepinak families dates back over 100 years.

“Approximately 300 Band members spent the duration of the standoff in the nearby community of Dauphin.

“A variety of prominent people met with the rebels during the month, hoping to negotiate an end to the conflict. They included an associate chief provincial court judge, two MLAs, a Pentecostal minister, a reserve Elder and the Mayor of a nearby community.”

–‘Arrest of rebels ends month-long standoff’,
Michael Smith, Windspeaker — Volume:14, Issue:2 — 1996


VIDEO (at bottom of article):

‘Windspeaker’ Editorial:
“…Neither do the armed rebels at Waterhen have a legitimate cause. They have contested — and lost — a number of Band elections. They do not have the support of the community, most of which ran away when they seized power.

When they claim to be poor, hard-done-by, discriminated-against victims, it’s time for the community — a community that has had the strength to support Oka and Wounded Knee — to stand up and say “NO”.

Not every Native person behind a barricade has a legitimate reason to be there. Some of them are simply criminals. They should be dealt with as such, and they should be dealt with harshly.

And, while it’s worthy to support a cause, we have to be careful of what we support. Each cause must be judged on its own merits and, if possible, away from the rosy glow of romanticism given to the underdogs. Legitimate causes are damaged by the illegitimate actions of others.

“Really oppressed people don’t need this kind of ally. Native people with real problems must say strongly, clearly:

“Get off our side!”.

–‘Spoiling for a fight’,
Windspeaker, Volume:14, Issue:2, Year:1996, Page 6


Waterhen Evictees (Source: Beth Macdonell)

The rebels’ version of events:
“In December, 1992, some residents of the Waterhen reserve, the Gabriels among them, demanded more financial accountability from their leaders, who had cloaked their dealings in a blanket of secrecy. The following year, the dissidents elected a majority of councillors to the Band’s government who promised to address these issues. Arthur Gabriel, who had never before served on the Band council, was one of them.

“Harvey Nepinak was re-elected as Chief, but he refused to work with the new quorum. It took a year and a half, but the council majority finally got what it wanted. On March 23, 1994, the Regional Director of federal Department of Indian and Northern Development Canada (DIAND) convened a meeting of the Chief and council, where a Band council resolution calling for an independent audit of the Waterhen Band passed. The department then appointed a third-party manager for the band.

“That should have ended the issue. But DIAND refused to provide the quorum with details of the Band’s funding agreements and the Chief’s supporters then broke into and occupied the Band office. The RCMP were called to assist, but did nothing. They stated:

“…Who has the authority of the Band has to be determined by DIAND.”

“In April, 1994, at its own expense, the council quorum obtained a court order against the Chief and his supporters and removed the Band’s records. A month later, the group obtained another order appointing them the legitimate representatives of the Band. Served with these documents, DIAND’s lawyer repeated that the department took no position in the Band’s internal matters, the same response it had made for years to the many letters and petitions from Band members demanding accountability.

“This official neutrality had devastating consequences.

“On or about May 17, 1994, frustrated by official disregard for court orders, the quorum attempted to enter the Band office and was forced away by the Chief’s supporters, who set up barricades. The councillors returned to court and obtained an order to have the barricades removed. They came down, but the third-party manager cut off all payments for the dissidents, including their honorariums. He refused to work with, or even meet with, the quorum unless the Chief was present, and refused to assist them in preparing the mandated audit.

“Finally, in November, 1995, DIAND Minister approved a new Band election. The quorum and their supporters were told “that it is going to be payback time” and were harassed and threatened at the polls. Nepinak and his supporters were voted back into power. By February, 1996, all control of funding had been returned to the Chief.

“But the genie was out of the bottle. During their brief period of control, the quorum had distributed the Band’s books among their supporters, whom they tersely dubbed “the people”. In February, 1996, Chief Nepinak obtained a court injunction ordering the council quorum and unnamed “supporters” to return the books. Nepinak said he could not do Band business without them.

“Frustrated by his opponents’ refusal to staunch the flow of information, the Chief adopted new tactics. Early in April, 1996, with the assistance of the RCMP, the Chief removed his supporters from the reserve, leaving the rest of the Band members to fend for themselves. At Band {ultimately taxpayer} expense, the Chief’s group stayed in paid lodging in and around Dauphin, Manitoba. The crisis reached a point of no return on April 24 when the Chief obtained an interlocutory court injunction order against the dissidents, and against unnamed members of a notorious aboriginal gang, the ‘Manitoba Warriors’, whose role in the affair remains murky to this day.

“The RCMP barricaded entrances to the Waterhen ‘First Nation’, which is mostly surrounded by water. Police in airboats patrolled the reserve, at times setting off explosives and firing tear gas. The RCMP and the members of the force’s ‘Emergency Response Team’ (ERT) entered the reserve at night, and were observed flat on the ground crawling about. Helicopters roamed overhead, with bright spotlights illuminating the reserve sky…The reserve was under siege.

“Over the weeks before the Nepinak faction decamped and the barricades went up, violence against the dissidents had been growing, with the Chief’s supporters brandishing guns and threatening to declare war. Verbal and physical assaults occurred and tires were slashed. The Gabriels and their associates insist that they did not respond in kind. Even after the barricades went up, they limited their protests to picketing with posters calling for justice and protesting Band corruption…

“But what appeared to be a well-organized series of events made quorum supporters look like criminals. The acts ranged from petty vandalism to serious acts like arson. Two houses, including the one assigned to the Chief, burned to the ground. The dissidents warned each other not to go near the burning homes, for fear they could be blamed.

“Who did it? Today the Gabriels and their friends wonder if these acts were not in fact the work of the ‘Manitoba Warriors’. They had observed known members of the gang entering and exiting the barricades with impunity at all hours of the day and night, apparently with the knowledge and consent of the authorities. Chief Nepinak held court for the media outside the barricades and attributed the criminal acts to his opponents.

“Subsequent events are forever seared in the memories of the dissidents. In the early morning hours of May 19, the RCMP and the ERT, armed with machine guns, stun grenades and vicious attack dogs, stormed the reserve and terrorized the residents. They invoked Chief Nepinak’s interlocutory order and removed everyone, including women, children, elders and youth, from the reserve at gunpoint.

“Heavily-armed men kicked open doors of sleeping residents and ordered women, children and adults to drop to the floor, with automatic weapons pointed at their heads… Witnesses say the police had no pity, even though the people showed no resistance. They were handcuffed, with some loaded into waiting police vehicles and others into buses. The children were apprehended by a native child care agency chaired by none other than Chief Nepinak. Their parents were taken to jail.

“Two days later, the RCMP allowed Chief Nepinak and his supporters to return to Waterhen. An orgy of destruction ensued. Two more houses were torched, this time ones belonging to quorum supporters, and many others looted and ransacked. Vehicles belonging to dissidents were pushed into water-filled ditches. In spite of a continuous, 24-hour police presence on the Waterhen that lasted for 30 days after the Chief’s faction was restored, the RCMP made no arrests.

Of the people dragged from the Waterhen reserve, thirty-five people were charged and many convicted of mischief, intimidation and various related charges. They couldn’t afford lawyers and lacked any knowledge of court processes, but appealed the convictions, some all the way up to the Supreme Court of Canada. None of the convictions stuck. Most of them, however, were never allowed to return to the reserve. That included the Gabriels, who supplied most of the information for this report, backed up by police notes and videotapes that by law have to be shared with court defendants.

“The Gabriels’ ranch operation, and another belonging to Gilbert Catcheway, were totally dissolved and the assets turned over to an organization called the ‘Tribal Wi-Chi-Way-Win Farm Credit Corporation’, one of whose directors was, guess who, Chief Nepinak. The erstwhile entrepreneurs asked the RCMP to intervene in this confiscation, but they were advised that it was a civil, not a criminal matter.

“In an effort to recover their assets, they have been in and out of the courts for eight long years, with no end yet in sight. As with so many native Canadians who have had their possessions seized, they are locked into a series of revolving courtroom doors. Just to pay their legal bills, the Gabriels must continually raise funds among those aboriginals sympathetic to their plight.

“The courts are reluctant to administer common sense remedies because a long history of judgements says the Chief’s powers are not limited by Canadian common law {Another example of Race Based Law}. Although their case seems hopeless, for the Gabriels the courts are their only alternative. But even if they eventually receive justice, their dreams of financial independence are gone. And how do you replace the pride in the ranch you built, the loss of your home and all your possessions?

“Canada’s ‘First Nations’ {‘Siberian settler communities’} hold many budding entrepreneurs. But who would be foolish enough to invest their savings and sweat equity in a venture when, at the whim of Band politics, you could lose everything? For Indian reserves fraught with poverty and welfare dependence, the plight of the Gabriels serves as an object lesson. Hard work may or may not be rewarded. So, why bother? Not to colour all ‘First Nations’ with the same brush; many respectable leaders do very well for their people. Sadly, under the current system, they are in a minority.

“Harvey Nepinak is no longer Chief, but is now employed by the ‘West Regional Tribal Council’ based in Dauphin, Manitoba. The Waterhen’s people are forever divided, a tragedy that could easily have been avoided had Chief Nepinak been accountable and opened the Band’s books to reserve members, or had DIAND exercised its authority to clean up the Band’s finances when the majority quorum on its council repeatedly requested help…”

–‘A Reserve Torn Apart (Unabridged Version)’,
Frontier Centre for Public Policy, July 13, 2005



Waterhen, 1996 (CBC)

‘Letter to the Editor’:
“In 1996, with helicopters hovering in the sky and shining bright spotlights on the ground, the RCMP barricaded all entrances into Waterhen Reserve; then, armed with machine guns, stun grenades and…attack dogs, they stormed the reserve, setting off explosives and firing tear gas as they rounded up and evicted approximately 350 members of Waterhen ‘First Nation’ on orders of the provincial and federal government, and transferred them to ‘Manitoba Housing’ units in Portage la Prairie.

“Their crime was protesting against then-chief Harvey Nepinak, claiming the Band’s managers were mishandling their money. Nepinak and his followers had ‘abandoned’ the reserve and were staying in lodging around Dauphin, paid for with reserve funds.

“The Waterhen group entered an agreement in 1998 with then-minister of aboriginal affairs for Manitoba David Newman, with the goal of setting-up a new reserve for them near the Norquay Colony. Development of that plan was abruptly stopped in July, 1999 by the provincial government because it had ‘determined’ {‘been told by the federal government that’} the current Skownan ‘First Nation’ (formerly Waterhen) chief and council would have to agree to have the Skownan ‘First Nation’ shrink in size, and have the amount of land it shrinks by declared a reserve elsewhere for the displaced Waterhen members.

“At this time, Waterhen members ceased paying rent for the housing they were forced into, in hopes of bringing the government back to the negotiating table.”
{And when this didn’t work, they simply continued to pay no rent…}


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The gangs of Winnipeg{December 15, 2013}:
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‘Poisoning Children’s Minds’

“A few years ago, my preschool daughter decided to dress up as a Native princess for Halloween. As far as I know, my family has no Native ancestry. But she wanted to dress up in a “beautiful” costume, and a Native princess was the most beautiful thing she could imagine. 

“Her teacher sent her home with instructions to change her costume because it was “offensive”.

“This left her baffled.

“I think it’s beautiful,” she said.

“I think it’s beautiful, too.” I told her, trying to explain the teacher’s thought process in terms a four-year-old might understand. “But some people might think it’s offensive because you’re not really a Native princess.”

“But why can’t I dress up as one?” she asked.

“I didn’t have a good answer because, frankly, I disagreed with the teacher.

The message my daughter got was that she could not pretend — could not even imagine herself — to be a Native person. She got the message that a barrier existed between herself and the “Native princess’ she wanted to be — the barrier of race. And nothing could surmount that barrier. Not even a child’s imagination.

“This is a horrible message to send to our children.

“Now, a French school board in Ontario, ‘Conseil scolaire Viamonde’, is proposing that children should not wear Halloween costumes that portray cultures outside of

“their own”.

“Essentially, the board is sending kids the message that a Jamaican boy can’t imagine himself a ‘ninja’. A Latino girl can’t dress up as a ‘coureur des bois’. And an Ojibwa child can’t pretend to be a gondolier.

“The board is saying it is better to stifle imagination than to believe that we share enough common humanity that we might be able, just for a day, to imagine ourselves as someone else.

“It might be tempting to shake this off as a tempest in a teapot. But it’s just the latest manifestation of a movement that is gaining a dangerous grip over Canadian intellectual, educational and artistic circles.

This movement holds that any person who seeks to portray a person of another race or culture is committing the unforgivable offence of “cultural appropriation”.

This movement attempts to force us to define ourselves by our racial heritage. It’s a highly dangerous movement, especially in a multicultural society like Canada. 

“In a multicultural society, it’s absolutely necessary that we find the common humanity in all people, not only in theory, but in our daily lives. We have to approach each person as an individual, not as a member of a “race,” “ethnicity,” or “culture” that is often different from our own.

“When the United Nations proclaimed the ‘International Day of Yoga’ in 2016, renowned spiritual leader Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev said that yoga is

“India’s gift to the world”.

“That’s a beautiful thought: to view the best aspects of our many human cultures as gifts to the world. Not as possessions of an exclusive bloodline.

“Let’s fight back against the ‘intellectual’ {‘racist’} movement that seeks to confine each of us into a tiny ethnic box.

Let’s fight for our right to define ourselves as human beings, rather than representatives of a particular race.

Let’s fight for the right of our children to imagine themselves in someone else’s shoes.”

–‘The Halloween ethno-police frighten me’,
KATE JAIMET, Toronto Star, Oct. 15, 2017

Feature PHOTO: Christina Fallin (Instagram)


See also:
“Once again, aboriginal activists are using Hallowe’en costumes as an excuse to attack other Canadians.”

–‘It’s That Time Of Year Again’ (Hallowe’en) {October 31, 2016}:

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‘Race Based Law Not Fair To Anyone’

Lawyers continue to be the main beneficiaries of Race Based Law: 

“The federal ‘Liberal’ government has spent more than $110,000 fighting a ‘First Nations’ {‘descendant of Siberian settlers’} girl in court to block payment for orthodontic treatment that cost just $6,000, according to documents released under the ‘Access to Information Act’ and shared with ‘CBC News’. 

“Josey Willier, a Cree teen living outside of Calgary, had ongoing problems with her teeth that resulted in chronic aching pain in her lower gums… A Calgary-based orthodontist, Mark Antosz, recommended braces to avoid invasive jaw surgery in the future.

“Stacey Shiner, the child’s mother, sought payment for the braces under the ‘First Nations’ and Inuit health benefit program,
but was denied by Health Canada, the department that administers the insurance plan. She appealed three times to no avail, and ultimately took the case to Federal Court.

Between January 2016 and April 2017, the government spent $110,336.51 in legal fees as part of its fight to avoid paying for the procedure. The final cost will likely be higher, as a decision on this case was not handed down until May.

The judge assigned to Willier’s case, Sean Harrington, ultimately found in favour of the government.

“In his judgment, Harrington said he found it “reasonable” that Willier’s treatment was not covered.

“The procedure followed was fair…. There is nothing in the record to suggest that any child in Canada, ‘First Nations’ or not, would have been treated any differently than Josey was.”

That decision is now being appealed

{Segregated} Health services for ‘First Nations’ people living on reserve are funded almost exclusively by the federal government. While provincial health care plans often exclude dental care, the federal program for ‘First Nations’ includes regular cleanings, X-rays, root canals and other procedures.

“The ‘First Nations’ health program also covers certain orthodontic treatments, but only when the case is deemed medically necessary. A claimant must have “severe and functionally handicapping malocclusion” (overbite) to be eligible. The department determined Willier’s case fell short after it consulted with four orthodontists of its own choosing…

“In a statement Thursday, Health Canada defended its decision to deny care, adding in 2014-15 it funded approximately $5 million in orthodontic treatment for other kids.

‘Health Canada’ also said the program for ‘First Nations’ children is more generous than what is available to others.

“The NIHB program covers the full cost of orthodontic treatment when it is medically necessary … whereas private plans typically cover only one-quarter to one-third of costs.”

“Sarah Clarke, the lawyer representing the girl ‘pro bono’, has already filed an appeal to the Federal Court ruling. The government’s legal costs will almost certainly go up, she said, because lawyers will have to respond to the latest factum filed in court last week…

–‘Ottawa spent $110K in legal fees fighting First Nations girl over $6K dental procedure’,
John Paul Tasker, CBC News, Sept. 29, 2017

Feature IMAGE: Jane Philpott, now the Minister of ‘Indigenous’ Services, was minister in charge of the ‘First Nations’ and Inuit health benefits program.
(Fred Chartrand–Canadian Press)


See also:
‘Treaties Do NOT Guarantee Health Care for Aboriginals!’:

“Treaty Number Six was unique as it was THE ONLY TREATY OF ITS SORT WITH AN IMPLIED PROVISION FOR HEALTH CARE. It allows a medicine chest to be kept in the home of an Indian agent for the use and benefit of the aboriginals.

“Some aboriginals have ‘interpreted’ this provision as extending to all who signed the Numbered Treaties. It is also ‘interpreted’ by some as a promise by the federal government to provide free health care to every aboriginal person in Canada — forever.”

–“1876 – 1877: The Indian Act, 1876 and Numbered Treaties Six and Seven”,
Well, then — let’s investigate, shall we? …

While the federal government denies free medical care is part of the treaty, it does fund it for Status Indians as a matter of “policy”… In practice, this means that Ottawa picks up the tab on behalf of Status Indians for services such as dental care, not covered by most provincial health plans.”

–“The treaties – a summary”, CBC News Online, Nov. 17, 2005
So, are we clear about that? We are NOT providing ‘Status Indians’ with free and supplemental health care because of Treaty obligations, but as a matter of “policy”…

We at ERBL believe that Canadian aboriginals, as Canadian citizens, are entitled to be part of the provincial health care systems, and it is discriminatory and ridiculous to have a separate medical system for one racial or ethnic group. However, the “free” and “supplemental” parts of aboriginal health care delivery are also discriminatory towards the rest of Canadian citizens, and are therefore offensive — no matter how well intended… Help should be provided on the basis of need — not race or ethnicity…”

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Treaties guarantee free health care for aboriginals‘ (Treaty 6) {May 23, 2015}:

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‘Enough Of Us Hating Ourselves’

“Europeans and those from other continents who immigrated legally to Canada and their descendants, have a right to live here equal to that of any ‘indigenous’ person.” 

“It is surely time for a serious, non-partisan, open-minded public policy discussion of the subject of ‘indigenous people’ {‘descendants of Siberian settlers’}. I believe there is a very strong consensus that everyone wishes them well; most people acknowledge that the native people have some legitimate grievances and want to address them, and almost everyone acknowledges that official policy in this area has been unsuccessful. And a great many people are tired of the issue and impatient for a change in the ambiance of ever-greater expense and more militantly-expressed native grievances. 

“The federal Ministry of ‘Indigenous’ and Northern Affairs spends approximately $10 billion per year and there are substantial expenses in this area in some other departments, and by provincial and territorial {and municipal, and regional} governments. There are about 1,500,000 ‘indigenous’ people, of all descriptions, in a Canadian population of some 36 million. ‘Indigenous’ people are about two to three per cent of the populations of Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island, five to seven per cent in Newfoundland, Alberta, and British Columbia, around 15% in Manitoba and Saskatchewan, and rather more than 50% in the three territories combined.

“Despite the fact that many hundreds of billions of public dollars have been spent with constructive intent in Canada in this field since the Second World War, and for decades Canadian courts have generally been very sympathetic to the petitions and legal demands of native groups and individuals, it is not discernible that their condition, quality of life, or socio-economic levels of achievement have progressed much. Everyone regrets this and very few people claim to have much idea of what to do about it. It is a highly-sensitive issue and any discussion of it is fraught with the explosive danger of being construed as racist, reactionary or misanthropic. I am none of those and I think that most people can agree that any analysis of this subject must begin with a recitation of facts, some of which conflict with conventional wisdom and the habitual case advanced by nativist militants.

Most of the ‘indigenous’ were nomads. They did not occupy this country in the conventional sense, though it is easy to think otherwise when almost every ceremonious official begins all public remarks with a reference to the native group that was traditionally, in pre-European times, at or near the place where they are speaking. They did not build many structures intended to be durable, and mainly lived in tents which they moved frequently (or igloos). The exceptions were fairly-rudimentary wooden structures, which is why the location of unsuspected burial grounds creates such controversy when raised as evidence of an ancient settlement. The natives were themselves immigrants, across the Bering Straits between Siberia and Alaska….

“The ‘indigenous’ people were extremely skilled in various handicrafts, and as woodsmen, hunters, and warriors; they were physically remarkably strong and nimble and had a life expectancy approximately equal to Western Europeans at the time of contact. But the claim that the civilization the Europeans found in what is now Canada was in any other sense competitive with that of Western Europe is nonsense.

Aboriginal Chiefs,1867 (Photo–Archives Canada (F. Dally))

“For all its failings, this was the Europe of Shakespeare, Descartes, Galileo, Michelangelo and Leonardo. Many of the things we think of as touchstones of an advanced technological society — agriculture, written languages, metallurgy and knitted fabrics and materials — were largely or entirely absent. Even the wheel was not to be found.

“It is also bunk that the Europeans invaded and usurped an ‘indigenous’ “nation” or group of nations, in the manner that is now often implied, similar to how Nazi Germany invaded Poland or the Netherlands. The country was very sparsely populated and no native group or authority purported to govern anything larger than mainly itinerant bands or tribes, or to have borders or any concept of national space and jurisdiction.

Europeans and those from other continents who immigrated legally to Canada and their descendants, have a right to live here equal to that of any ‘indigenous’ person.

“Frequently-made allegations of attempted genocide against ‘indigenous’ people by Canadian governments rest on one written command by the agitated British general Jeffery Amherst during the Seven Years’ War that perhaps a communicable disease could be put in some blankets distributed to rebellious Indians, but nothing came of it, and the incident did not occur in, and has nothing to do with, Canada
{See: http://freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1417518/posts }

The claim of ‘cultural genocide’, an attempted transposition of the concept of physical extermination — as in Nazi death camps — to education, is also fraudulent. As I have written here and elsewhere before, it is scandalous that the present federal chief justice would fasten the prestige of her position to such a monstrous defamation {!}

{‘THE POSITIVE SIDE OF RESIDENTIAL SCHOOLS’: http://endracebasedlaw.net/the-positive-side-of-residential-schools/
‘SCAPEGOATING THE RESIDENTIAL SCHOOLS – 1′: http://endracebasedlaw.net/scapegoating-the-residential-schools-1/
‘SCAPEGOATING THE RESIDENTIAL SCHOOLS – 2′: http://endracebasedlaw.net/scapegoating-the-residential-schools-2/
‘SCAPEGOATING THE RESIDENTIAL SCHOOLS – 3′: http://endracebasedlaw.net/scapegoating-the-residential-schools-3/
‘SCAPEGOATING THE RESIDENTIAL SCHOOLS – 4′: http://endracebasedlaw.net/scapegoating-the-residential-schools-4/ }

“It was misconceived and unevenly administered and much horror and great sadness resulted. But the alleged desire of Justin Trudeau to ask Pope Francis for an apology is an outrage {!}. The churches involved were carrying out government policy. And the national inquiry into missing and murdered Aboriginal women is itself another flawed exercise. There are 164 missing Aboriginal women, and there have been, since 1980, about 1,100 Aboriginal women murdered, and about 90% of those murders have been solved — a similar proportion to the success of homicide investigations for non- ‘indigenous’ women. The plight of Aboriginal women is tragic and distressing, but we already know many of the reasons behind it, and could begin meaningfully addressing them today while sparing us the expense and delay of an inquiry that has been dysfunctional from the very outset.

“This federal government should stop truckling to this Anglo-French-Canadian self-hate, which is a blood libel on French and English-speaking Canadians. It should restore the ‘Accountability Act’ of the Harper government and impose a reasonable standard of conduct on the most autocratic native leaders. A referendum should be held among native people offering a series of generously-funded options, from assisted integration in the society of the whole country to continued separateness {? No…}, but with assurances of responsible local government and meaningful employment, even if in useful forms of workfare. And there must be some theory of eminent domain for the national interest in matters like the ‘Kinder-Morgan’ pipeline, with equitable compensation where appropriate.

“There are many splendidly motivated and very qualified experts in this field, native and non-native. The governments should avail themselves of them and end this long slide into deepening victimhood unjustly laid at the door of the whole population of Canada. Almost all Canadians are altruistic and want treaties that have been violated to be honoured with compensation {on BOTH sides}. But they are tired of grovelling to complainants, many who are not blameless in their own condition, and of courts even accepting to hear such nonsense as the claim that Ktunaxa ‘Nation’ of 800 people would suffer religious persecution by the departure of the spirit of the grizzly bear from a mountain in the Kootenays if a ski area were built on part of that mountain, and that they had been inadequately consulted under the ‘Charter of Rights and Freedoms’ after 25 years of intense good faith negotiation. 

{This Isn’t Religion, It’s Madness{June 1, 2016}: https://endracebasedlaw.wordpress.com/2016/06/01/this-isnt-religion-its-madness/ }

“In this as in some other matters, Canada must behave as the mature and well-motivated country that it is, and condemn efforts to portray John A. Macdonald, chief founder of the country and a great statesman even in the era of Lincoln, Bismarck, Disraeli, and Gladstone, as an evil racist.

{Trashing Canada’s First Prime Minister{January 12, 2016}:
https://endracebasedlaw.wordpress.com/2016/01/13/trashing-canadas-first-prime-minister/ }

“As Michael Ignatieff used to say (rather ineffectually):

“Rise up Canada; generously but firmly”.”

–‘Aboriginals deserve a fair deal, but enough with us hating ourselves’,
Conrad Black, National Post, August 4, 2017

Feature PHOTO: A family of Slavic immigrants photographed around 1911. (Library and Archives Canada)


From 2014:
Conrad Black — who, aside from anything else, is an historian noted for his voluminous research — has released his newest book, “Rise to Greatness, the History of Canada from the Vikings to the Present”, and is under attack for his accurate portrayal of ‘Indian’ life when Europeans arrived. His response:

“With trepidation, I will violate the advice of Napoleon (first) — and in a civil context and slightly different words, the Duke of Wellington — not to disturb an opponent when he is busy making a mistake.

“Some early reviews of my just published “Rise to Greatness, the History of Canada from the Vikings to the Present”, have, predictably, tried to review me rather than the book… No one has disputed that it is a rigorous and substantiated promotion of a more flattering view of Canada and Canadians than has ever been advanced in any serious work of history before…

“Where I suspect the critics may be preparing and loading siege cannon, and bringing Napoleon and the Duke of Wellington’s maxim to mind, is on my treatment of the native people. I made it very clear that I admired their skill as craftsmen, artists, woodsmen, hunters, their physical prowess, and that they have been treated shamefully, and that we must work much harder than we have to make amends. I gave appropriate attention to those native leaders who played prominent roles in Canadian history, such as General Brock’s ally Tecumseh, the Shawnee leader, and John A. Macdonald’s ally against Louis Riel, Crowfoot, the Blackfoot chief. But where my compulsive opponents are twitching at the temptations of bellicosity is in defence of the civilization of the native peoples at the time of the arrival of the Europeans in North America in the 16th and 17th Centuries.

“Here, I take leave of the Emperor and the Iron Duke, and advise my old adversaries:
‘Don’t do it’.

At the arrival of the Europeans, the original inhabitants of North America shared a Stone Age civilization; they had not discovered the wheel, had barely begun the cultivation of crops or the construction of even primitive permanent buildings, and devoted almost all their energies not required by hunting to constant and purposeless warfare, featuring the torturing to gruesome death of women and children.

Their talents were great and they were often impressive and handsome men and women. They have many just grievances that remain unredressed, but they were millennia in arrears of the civilizations of Europe and would have benefitted tremendously from progress, had that progress been introduced in a far-less-destructive way.

“It is a fine thing that talented novelists such as Chateaubriand with his “beaux sauvages”, James Fennimore Cooper (“Last of the Mohicans” and “The Deerslayer”), and some able contemporary writers should romanticize these native societies; this is excellent literature. But it is fiction, and I am writing history.

“The ‘CBC’ unearthed someone to claim on its website that I was motivated in my reflections on the native people by snobbery and economic condescension. If he wants to stop playing ‘trick or treat’ and write that I am a racist, which is what he was implying, it will be my pleasure to sue him and the outlet he uses for his vitriol, for defamation, as I have successfully sued many others.

“No element of mere controversy should retard the progress of Canada’s recognition of the immense proportions of what this country has achieved these 400 years since Champlain founded Quebec. From a handful of Frenchmen and not many thousands of natives, to one of the 10 or 11 most important of the world’s nearly 200 states; one of the most prosperous, peaceful, and tolerant countries on Earth; the only trans-continental, officially bicultural, parliamentary confederation in the history of the world. Canada has endured the death of fewer than 200 people in civil strife in its autonomous history, and has only participated in four wars in that time — all just, and all victorious.

“Canada is a country of great accomplishment and infinite prospects. Let us celebrate that and how, by the solidity of our people and the high quality of many of our leaders, we got here. Back-biting can be left to other days and less distinguished issues. But if you can’t resist and want to engage over the bucolic glories of the ‘first nations’ when the white men arrived, be my guests, but have no illusions about the figurative scalping that awaits you.”

–‘A word of reply to my critics’,
Conrad Black, National Post, December 6, 2014




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‘Tearing Down Canada’s History’

“A call for the removal of the Edward Cornwallis statue in Halifax has reached an all-time high {Evidence?}, with a protest planned for Saturday.

“The ‘Facebook’ event “Removing Cornwallis” is calling for the {ILLEGAL} removal of the former governor’s statue in Cornwallis Park, with a gathering there scheduled for Saturday, July 15 from noon to 3 p.m.

“Come join us to ‘peacefully’ {‘illegally’} remove Cornwallis statue, a statue that for too long has been representing {phony} ‘genocide’ in ‘Mikmaki’ {There’s no such place},” reads the ‘About’ section of the event.

“We are calling on our ‘warriors’, ‘protectors’, ‘allies’, friends and lovers to join us in this ‘historic’ {‘illegal’} event.”

“According to the discussion on the Facebook page, the event is being hosted by the Mi’kmaq ‘First Nation’.

“As of Monday afternoon, about 220 people said they would attend, and roughly 780 people showed interest {As of Thursday, this was 380 going, 1,300 interested}.

“Suzanne Patles {aboriginal race activist}, who created the event, also wrote an open letter to ‘Halifax Regional Municipality’ Mayor Mike Savage on Monday.

{Suzanne Patles is an aboriginal race activist and member of the self-styled ‘Mi’kmaq Warriors Society’. She was involved in criminal activity at the Elsipogtog, New Brunswick anti-fracking riots, and was arrested {See link below}. She is a Canadian traitor who preaches race politics…}

“She wrote that it is of the

“utmost importance that this ‘colonial genocidal’ statue be removed if true {one-way} ‘reconciliation’ is to be achieved.”

“In April, Halifax Regional Council debated reconsidering the use of Cornwallis’ name on public infrastructure. Councillors voted 15-1 for a staff report to create an expert panel to weigh in on commemorations of Cornwallis.

“Patles says that if Halifax is to commemorate the founding of Halifax, the truth about ‘First Nations’ treaties must also be recognized {That’s for sure!}.

“It is time for you to step up to the plate and restore peace. Remove Cornwallis immediately,” she writes. {NO – it’s time for YOU to stop threatening illegality and violence!}

“This is not a time to develop committees regarding this issue.”

–‘Protest planned at Cornwallis statue site’.
Halifax CHRONICLE HERALD, July 10, 2017


See also:
Stand Up for Canada!’ (‘Proud Boys’) {July 11, 2017}:

Demonizing The Past: Cornwallis {July 12, 2017}:

Mi’kmaq ‘Outraged’ Over Arrests‘ (Suzanne Patles) {June 14, 2013}:

N.S. man charged with throwing Molotov cocktails{March 10, 2014}:

NS Energy Minister Shut Down by Mi’kmaq Women{April 9, 2014}:
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