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TROUBLE IN THE FIRST NATIONS: Native Canadians See Way of Life Under Assault

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Canada's West Coast First Nations are feeling overwhelmed by crises affecting their land rights, economic well-being and health, prompting warnings in one territorial dispute with a local energy company that the country risks a degeneration of Aboriginal-

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Mike S (86)
Tuesday May 29, 2012, 4:49 pm
Noted and shared. Thank you Cal.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday May 29, 2012, 5:06 pm
Noted. Thanks.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday May 29, 2012, 5:09 pm
Noted. Thanks.

Nancy C (806)
Tuesday May 29, 2012, 6:36 pm
Bribes and lies. The fact that emergency capabilities are discussed should have halted any contracts with tribes. I'm sure the dangers were not properly exposed to the tribes. Many times, sacred ground is completely overlooked as with the Mohawk Ancestral Burial Ground in Oka,1990. We need to keep speaking out and acting in any way possible to aboriginal peoples who care for and know about mother earth in ways we do not. They and their lands are some of the most valuable resources we have left.

JL A (281)
Wednesday May 30, 2012, 11:10 am
all the more reason for the UN to be taking a good look at human rights issues...

Kerrie G (116)
Wednesday May 30, 2012, 12:40 pm
Noted, thanks.

. (0)
Wednesday May 30, 2012, 2:09 pm
What ever became of the meeting between Prince Charles, and the Native Americans?

Elle B (84)
Wednesday May 30, 2012, 2:32 pm
Thank-you for faithfully covering news of 1st Nations and indigenous peoples across the earth. Agree wholeheartedly with Nancy.

The degradation of 1st Nation Peoples just keeps marching on. A rear-view. . .
Prior to signing the Treaty of 1855 on June 9th at Walla Walla, WA, during the largest gathering of 1st Nation peoples [over 2,000 warriors, plus women and children] that lasted about a month in May-June, Gov. Stevens asked Chief Kamiakin of the Yakama Tribe to speak after he had presented his treaty ideas in writing--Chief Kamiakin said,

"I am afraid that the white men are not speaking straight; that their children will not do what is right by our children;
that they will not do what you have promised for them."

Although The treaty allowed the various tribes 2 years to resettle at their new reservations, Gov. Stevens opened Indian lands to white settlers just twelve days after the treaty was signed. In October Chief Kamiakin led warriors in resistance and never surrendered. He was wounded by a falling tree shot down by a canon and escaped to Canada. He later returned to his home in Washington State. After he was buried, someone removed his head and shoulders for "public exhibition." His family later retrieved them for reburial.

The U.S. and Canada are in states of disgrace until the Two Row Wampum Belts, Chain of Friendship and ALL subsequent treaties and agreements are are recognized and honored in perpetuum.

Andrew Jackson's Indian Removal Act signed on May 28, 1830 and subsequent "Trail of Tears" marks the path of SHAME that we still walk today.

Robert O (12)
Wednesday May 30, 2012, 2:58 pm
Thanks Cal.

Sheryl G (360)
Wednesday May 30, 2012, 3:36 pm
Well stated Nancy. I wish this was the first time this was happening but this is the same disregard that has been given to these people for the last 300 plus years. It never ends, it only goes into another how can we screw them to get what we want saga.

Russell R (87)
Wednesday May 30, 2012, 6:58 pm
Take your pipe line and shove it! That includes the XL pipe line!

RosemaryRannes HusbandNeedsPrayers (650)
Wednesday May 30, 2012, 8:27 pm
Nancy , Elle B. and Dandelion have said it all ... i just want to add this ...
Shame on those bands that have accepted the money. All that glitters is not 'gold' ... oil spills are deadly!
I just hope and pray that other bands do not succumb to the big payouts promised. Money means nothing when you're dying of cancer and related toxic diseases caused by polluted watersheds, rivers, and soil contamination ....
Somewhere someone needs to see the big picture ... kudo's to the ones who do !

Vicky P (476)
Wednesday May 30, 2012, 8:59 pm
Rosemary is right, sadly. Some natives chiefs have accepted money from the government in exchange for them building on the land, it's sad..

Past Member (0)
Wednesday May 30, 2012, 9:03 pm
If only First Nations numbers would increase so that war against the invaders would be a real option for restoration of sacred living again on these lands. I am so sick of this empty=souled, ignorant, money-oriented, destructive, profane society.

Michael M (60)
Thursday May 31, 2012, 8:45 am
It is not population increase that is of value - it is that cultures may have to be altered to recognize what these First nations coalitions are saying.

They themselves recognize that population increase out of proportion to the world that sustains them is in itself wrong, and creates the destruction and injustice that North American tribes have always seen in thoughtless invaders.

Both Canada and the USA have positioned themselves as eager to embrace endless growth and human overpopulation. Native peoples have better perceived themselves as living in harmony with other life.

The recent (since the arrival of Europeans) acceptance of certain technologies like horse, gun, money, permanent settlement (except in those places where for instance, the returning salmon allowed a different lifestyle, or the small Mandan trading tribes), overvaluation of symbolic money, these all were recognized by tribal leaders as sine qua non for their peoples' existence in the face of the overwhelming invasion.

The real message of the Northern BC tribes is that life of the land they know, including theirs, is of value, value infinite compared to a destructive way of being that eats all other life, preventing it from its natural regeneration.

Consider this before you claim that overpopulation is an answer.

Having been indigenous to my own continent here, I have been taught by the living beings who communicated to me their value. I will not stand for the terrible burying of what each being knows as its own song.

Please be very careful of what you espouse - it may merely be that very energy you despise blinding you to the message from all that lives.

wayne hall (3)
Thursday May 31, 2012, 9:00 am
Thanks Cal interesting, and thanks elle b, for your comment now I have gained some knowledge of the Native Canadians, Dam oil / gas companies. I partition them. Good luck to the native canadians in there plight.

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Thursday May 31, 2012, 12:37 pm
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