Statement from the Idle No More – Kainaisksahkoyi – January 5, 2013
This is a statement and a position that we believe is in the best interests of our values, views and beliefs.
First and foremost all forms of termination from your government must stop immediately!
Also, stop all First Nations Legislation in Parliament and Senate, specifically :
1. Bill C-27 –First Nations Financial Transparency Act
2. Bill S-6 First Nations Election Act
3. Bill S-8 Safe Drinking Water for First Nations Act
4. Bill S-2 Family Homes on Reservation and Matrimonial Interests or Rights Act
5. Bill C-428 Indian Act Amendment and Replacement Act
6. Bill S-207 An Act to Amend the Interpretation Act
7. Bill S 212 First Nations Self-Government Recognition Act
We believe and understand that we have a very sacred connection to Kainaisksahkoyi (Blood Indian Reserve Lands) that Aapii stoo too kii, Ihtsii pait ta pi yoop’, Naapi Natosi, Aan aak’ aapai poot sim aka, maa nist aik sist sik oo pih’k’; that we were put here by them and we have a very sacred obligation to remain where we are. It is our duty as caretakers of our domain that we protect Mother Earth from foreign investors and invaders, whose interests are to rape whatever natural resources our lands possess. From what we’ve witnessed, the only interest and goal these foreigners are is to deplete the natural resources and destroy the natural environment and settings.
We were given a sacred language to honor and uphold as part of our way of life, Canada tried to destroy our language and we believe it to be Genocide. We were also gifted with a belief system that we acknowledge every day, at dawn we are reminded by Aapii soo waas,(morning star) of which appears in the horizon of the eastern skies. These are signs we have no control over and don’t wish to have, due to our connection and values we were taught by our grandmothers and grandfathers.
Secondly, we are indigenous to Kainaisksahkoyi, accordingly and by way of the Canadian concept “of which we had no input of these parameters live in an area supposedly represented by 2 Naa pii ko waiks, namely Ted Menzies and Jim Hillyer”. Accordingly, we have been looking all over for signs and indications that they represent this area. Regrettably, these 2 individuals choose not to contact us, we have never met with them, nor have they made any efforts or offers to visit our communities. We cannot help but believe that they do not wish to represent our views! This is acceptable, if we met with them we would speak in our language; we believe either one of them do not speak or understand our indigenous language.
We would like to draw to your attention that when the Supreme Court of Canada handed down Delgamuukw; Justice Larmer’s provided an opinion about consultation. This opinion must be recognized as a means of enforcing the fiduciary relationship established with the Indians of Canada. He writes as follows:
While the Crown always has a duty of consultation, the nature and scope of that duty vary with the circumstances. Lamer C.J. stressed that even in rare cases of minor infringement, “when the minimum acceptable standard is consultation, this consultation must be in good faith, and with the intention of substantially addressing the concerns of the aboriginal peoples whose lands are at issue. In most cases, it will be significantly deeper than mere consultation. Some cases may even require the full consent of an aboriginal nation” (par. 168).
Thirdly, we understand that changes have been implemented and we believe that we be briefed or consulted with these changes. We have on record never been advised, contacted, notified or even be invited to be advised about these changes. We have always had faith in the relationship our forefathers bestowed upon the Reservation. Treaties were signed to allow Naa pi ko waiks to pass and journey across out lands so that they can be our neighbors and share our natural resources. We have never given up our connection to the lands, as affirmed by your courts the Supreme Court of Canada, in the Delgamuukw case, it was decided that we have in our language Nooh pi poot toot spinaan, (placed with us a sacred relationship with the land) in your language it was called a “sui generis” relationship. This was the focal point of that case, therefore, we are only asserting a connection that rightfully belongs to the lands and us as Nii tsii ta pi kowaiks.
These 2 concepts were affirmed when the British North America Act was created; it is S.91(24) of the 1867 BNA Act……Indians and Lands reserved for Indians later referenced in the Canada Act of 1982 as S. 25 and S. 35.
Fourthly, we request input to the legislations your government has passed; we believe that you suspend the sections referencing all Indian Act amendments and possibly prorogue Parliament until we can formulate a meaningful series of consultations. The Blood Chief and Council have issued a statement (see attached declaration issued Dec 14, 2012) that they will not recognize these amendments and will not honor your initiative, we again request that we be given an opportunity to dialogue these initiatives, otherwise as already indicated we will not abide by the proposed initiatives and changes. We request to review them and counter propose amendments we believe would apply to our location.
Blood Tribe Chief and Council
The Blood Tribe Chief and Council wish to declare and affirm they will not recognize any law passed by the Federal Government of Canada and any other government, that does not have First Nations consent and any such law will not apply on our lands, Blood Indian Reserve #148 and #148 A. This position has been acknowledged and affirmed by the Chief Charles Weaselhead and the Blood Tribe Council.
For more information, contact:
Blood Tribe Administration
(403) 737-8106 or cell# (403) 308-0760
The following are requests we believe are within our treaty rights as referenced and recognized in the Constitution Act of 1982: s.25 and s. 35.
We believe that s. 87 of the Indian Act has to remain in the legislation; it is intended to protect the Indians and lands reserved for Indians per se. The purpose of the Royal Proclamation of 1763 was to protect the Indians and this is what we believe is a recognition and a continuation of what the Crown is obligated to do by law. Accordingly in the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision on Guerin it was interpreted that there is a fiduciary relationship with the Indians, and not necessarily the Chiefs or AFN.
25. The guarantee in this Charter of certain rights and freedoms shall not be construed so as to abrogate or derogate from any aboriginal, treaty or other rights or freedoms that pertain to the aboriginal peoples of Canada including:
(a) any rights or freedoms that have been recognized by the Royal Proclamation of October 7, 1763; and
(b) any rights or freedoms that may be acquired by the aboriginal peoples of Canada by way of land claims settlement.
In addition to our requests, we believe Canada has not lived up to its Treaty obligations! We believe the contents of the Treaties have been ignored and we at this time request that provisions of Treaty 7 be implemented as soon as possible. We believe that the $5 annual payment must be prorated and brought up to par with today’s cost of living index.
We also request that the agriculture portion of Treaty 7 must be implemented so that we can work towards being self-sufficient. We also believe that Canada must acknowledge the Treaties by recognizing representation for each Treaty area. As we have experienced no MP took the time to explain the contents of Bill C-45 or any issues facing the First Nations of Canada. Therefore we request a representative equivalent to a Member of Parliament be formulated. This representative would be elected as the representative for each Treaty area. We also believe that each Reservation be represented in each of the Provincial Legislative Assemblies. We allowed the Crown to allow settlers to become homesteaders, in lieu of this transaction, we believe that representation from each Reservation be realized.
Insofar as your statement on June 11, 2008 when you stood in front of Canada and in the House of Commons, you apologized to the Aboriginal People of Canada. We took it to heart and believed that a sincere and genuine effort is finally becoming a reality. In lieu of your statements and in an effort to promote a better and meaningful relationship you said the following:
“I stand before you today to offer an apology to former students of Indian residential schools.
The treatment of children in these schools is a sad chapter in our history.
“The government of Canada sincerely apologizes and asks the forgiveness of the aboriginal peoples of this country for failing them so profoundly………………….
It will be a positive step in forging a new relationship between aboriginal peoples and other Canadians, a relationship based on the knowledge of our shared history, a respect for each other and a desire to move forward together with a renewed understanding that strong families, strong communities and vibrant cultures and traditions will contribute to a stronger Canada for all of us.
God bless all of you. God bless our land”……….
We believed your statements! we didn’t for a moment take into consideration that we might be hearing a Naa pi ko wan, speaking with a fork tongue. Kainai also known as the Blood Tribe made you an honorary Chief. In the tradition of a Chief in our Tribe, he is to protect, honor and be an example to the Tribe. He is to be honest, humble, respectful and more so, to act in the best interests of the Tribe. The elders of the Tribe are very disappointed and somewhat believe that they have been betrayed, however, in our tradition we believe that we sometimes make honest mistakes, and give the benefit of the doubt to the perpetrator and allow them to redeem themselves or possibly allow them to get back on track. The onus is in your hands, if you believe you can redeem yourself we welcome that! On the other hand, if you wish to ignore our advice, we cannot control our warriors who may request the gifts from you; is a part of our tradition.
May the Creator be with you, we pray that you will make the right decision.
SOME HISTORICAL EXAMPLES OF “ETHNIC CLEANSING” RECEIVE MORE NOTICE AND AWARENESS
VIDEO OF THE “IDLE-NO-MORE” DEMONSTRATION
WINNIPEG, MANITOBA DECEMBER 10, 2012 IDLE NO MORE DEMONSTRATION
Please consider signing this petition to end Ethnic Cleansing in Canada as this is what is going on and has been going on since the “founding” of Canada.
Genocide wears many masks, offers many enticements and has many accomplices. Among the classic instruments of genocide is divide-and-rule and corruption among and by some elements of the populations targeted for genocide. Custer had Indian scouts. The Nazis had Jewish and other collaborators. The Celts had the Black and Tan; and so many examples in history of those who collaborated and sold out not only themselves, but their families, their nation and what they dared to claim, their “blood”.
No State of ground ever undertakes Genocide openly and without pretexts. If, for example, treaties cannot be kept as they threaten existing settler interests and lack of property rights, property rights in their own terms and laws, or, if making new treaties to legitimate what has been stolen can no longer work, then if a whole People becomes say extinct as a People, then existing treaties are null and void and no need for any new ones. This is all documented fully at the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at the University of Minnesota with documents on the history and present realities of the Blackfoot Nation. These documents and others, have been presented to the U.S. and Canadian Governments directly and in trial with no responses or rebuttals.
Intra-Tribal corruption, drugs and alcohol, Indian Residential Schools, police corruption and apathy, DIA corruption and the tenets of the Indian Act, blood-quantum definitions of Indianness by non-Indians (statistical and definitional extermination) thefts and takings of lands by non-Indians, missionaries, all have been and are being used, to assimilate and/or totally exterminate as Indians and as whole Peoples or Nations, the Indigenous Peoples and First Nations as whole Peoples and Cultures along with their own property rights and land ownership.
Here are some documents from inside the Kainai or “Blood” Band of the Blackfoot Nation at Cardston, Alberta. These types of issues and crimes are not only found virtually everywhere there are Indians in America and Canada, but also among the other Bands of the Blackfoot. Like so many other documents and reports of Elders on drug trafficking and the like, were given over to RCMP about which they have done nothing and refuse to do anything even as crimes are going on under their noses.
I was told by Elders I trust and have reason to do so, that they have approached RCMP on the Canadian Reserves, and FBI on the American reservations, about drug dealing, child abuse by members of Tribal Councils, corruption and many serious crimes, and nothing was done except to tip off the alleged perpetrators. This resulted in some of the victims fleeing for their lives from their homes and families. [I know this because some of them showed up to see me in Vancouver, Washington terrified of ever going back to the Rez]
One Elder at the Lil’Wat Reserve in Mount Curry in British Columbia told me of reporting drug dealing going on right in front of RCMP sitting and observing and was told “He is not on our list”. Yet before the Winter Olympics in B.C., Elders reported being visited by a team who identified themselves as from CSIS, and wanted to know if there would be any protests against the Olympics with a warning against it. They had nothing to say about serial corruption that was literally killing people; but were so concerned about any Indigenous protests ruining the PR and atmospherics for the Olympics. The same thing has gone on in Blackfoot Country and wherever there are Indigenous Peoples for many years.
AMERICANS AND CANADIANS, THIS IS GENOCIDE AND IT IS GOING ON IN YOUR NAME AND NO PHONY APOLOGY BY THE HARPER GOVERNMENT WILL STOP IT
Imagine, what evil could be worse than Hitler. What could that be? How about What “Inspired” Hitler? that which inspired Hitler from his own mouth and writings? Imagine that no less than Hitler was “inspired” [his words] by his reading of U.S. and Canadian histories and treatment of Indigenous Peoples. Imagine an evil that not even Hitler could think up on his own and needed inspiration for: the possibility of genocide on a mass scale; but how to conduct genocide; how to hide genocide; how to get mass acceptance for genocide; how to legitimate and make “legal” genocide (e.g. Wannsee Conference of the Nazis January 20, 1942); how to euphemize genocide; and how to cover genocide all up.
According to James Pool in his book Hitler and His Secret Partners:
“Hitler drew another example of mass murder from American history. Since his youth he had been obsessed with the Wild West stories of Karl May. He viewed the fighting between cowboys and Indians in racial terms. In many of his speeches he referred with admiration to the victory of the white race in settling the American continent and driving out the inferior peoples, the Indians. With great fascination he listened to stories, which some of his associates who had been in America told him about the massacres of the Indians by the U.S. Calvary. He was very interested in the way the Indian population had rapidly declined due to epidemics and starvation when the United States government forced them to live on the reservations. He thought the American government’s forced migrations of the Indians over great distances to barren reservation land was a deliberate policy of extermination.
Just how much Hitler took from the American example of the destruction of the Indian nations his hard to say; however, frightening parallels can be drawn. For some time Hitler considered deporting the Jews to a large ‘reservation’ in the Lubin area where their numbers would be reduced through starvation and disease.” (p. 273-274).
And also from James Pool:
“ The next morning Hitler’s ‘plan’ was put in writing and sent out to the German occupation authorities as ‘The Fuehrer’s Guidelines for the Government of the Eastern Territories: ‘ the Slavs are to work for us. Insofar as we don’t need them, they may die. Therefore compulsory vaccination and German health services are superfluous. The fertility of the Slavs is undesirable. They may use contraceptives and practice abortion, the more the better. Education is dangerous.
It is sufficient… if they can count up to a hundred. At best an education is admissible which produces useful servants for us. Every educated person is a future enemy. Religion we leave to them as a means of diversion. As to food, they are not to get more than necessary. We are the masters, we come first.
Always contemptuous of the Russians, Hitler said: ‘For them the word ‘liberty’ means the right to wash only on feast-days. If we arrive bringing soft soap, we’ll obtain no sympathy…There’s only one duty: to Germanize this country by the immigration of Germans, and to look upon the natives as Redskins.’ Having been a devoted reader of Karl May’s books on the American West as a youth, Hitler frequently referred to the Russians as ‘Redskins’. He saw a parallel between his effort to conquer and colonize land in Russia with the conquest of the American West by the white man and the subjugation of the Indians or ‘Redskins’. ‘I don’t see why’, he said, ‘a German who eats a piece of bread should torment himself with the idea that the soil that produces this bread has been won by the sword. When we eat wheat from Canada, we don’t think about the despoiled Indians.” (James Pool, Ibid, pp. 254-255)
And from a speech by Heinrich Himmler (date not given):
“I consider that in dealing with members of a foreign country, especially some Slav nationality…in such a mixture of peoples there will always be some racially good types. Therefore I think that it is our duty to take their children with us, to remove them from their environment, if necessary, by robbing or stealing them… (Telford Taylor “Anatomy of the Nuremberg Trials”, Alfred A Knopf, N.Y. 1992, p. 203)
And from John Toland, preeminent biographer of Adolf Hitler:
“Hitler’s concept of concentration camps as well as the practicality of genocide owed much, so he claimed, to his studies of English and United States history. He admired the camps for Boer prisoners in South Africa And for the Indians in the Wild West; and often praised to his inner circle the efficiency of America’s extermination—by starvation and uneven combat—of the ‘Red Savages’ who could not be tamed by captivity.” (John Toland, “Adolf Hitler” Vol II, p 802, Doubleday & Co, 1976)
“Set the blood-quantum at one-quarter. Hold to it as a rigid definition of Indians, let intermarriage proceed, and eventually Indians will be defined out of existence. When that happens, the Federal Government will be finally freed from its persistent Indian problem.” (U.S. BIA Document quoted in The Legacy of Conquest: The Unbroken Past of the American West by Patricia Nelson Limerick, p. 331, W.W. Norton and Co. NY, 1987)
and from Canada:
“It is readily acknowledged that Indian children lose their natural resistance to illness by habitating so closely in these schools, and that they die at a much higher rate than in their villages. But this alone does not justify a change in the policy of this Department, which is geared towards the FINAL SOLUTION OF OUR INDIAN PROBLEM.” (Department of Indian Affairs Superintendent D.C. Scott to B.C. Indian Agent-General Major D. McKay, DIA Archives, RG 10 series). April 12, 1910 (emphasis added)
CALLS AND LETTERS OF SUPPORT, EXPRESSIONS OF OUTRAGE TO THE RCMP AND HARPER GOVERNMENT ARE NEEDED TO STOP GENOCIDE AND THE CORRUPTION THAT IS BOTH A CAUSE AND EFFECT OF GENOCIDE DONE IN YOUR NAME.
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