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Monday, 13 June 2011

Harpers Thugs!

Harper targeted First Nations for increased surveillance, fears Native “unrest,”
newly released government documents show
Money for housing on reserves slashed, money for surveillance of Natives increased
For immediate release: June 13, 2011
Newly exposed internal documents from Indian Affairs and the RCMP show that shortly
after forming government in January of 2006, Prime Minister Stephen Harper had the
federal government step up intelligence gathering on First Nations to anticipate and
manage First Nations political action across Canada.
Information obtained by the First Nations Strategic Bulletin through Access to
Information requests reveals that almost immediately upon Harper’s taking power in
2006, the Department of Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) was given the lead
role to spy on First Nations. The goal was to identify the First Nation leaders, participants
and outside supporters of First Nation occupations and protests, and to closely monitor
their actions.
To accomplish this task, INAC established a “Hot Spot Reporting System.” These weekly
reports highlight all those communities across the country that engage in direct action to
protect their lands and communities. They include Tsartlip First Nation, the Algonquins
of Barriere Lake, Six Nations, Grassy Narrows, the Likhts’amsiyu Clan of the
Wet’suwet’en First Nation, Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, and many more.
“Rather than listening to the needs of First Nations communities Harper is making plans
to use force to stifle the dissent that inevitably arises from chronic poverty and
dispossession in Native communities,” said Russell Diabo, Mohawk policy analyst, in
response. “First Nations education and housing is chronically under-funded, but policing
and surveillance of legitimate Indigenous movements is always a priority.”
The documents reveal that First Nations are a closely monitored population who are
causing a panic at the highest levels of the Canadian government.
Says Gord Elliot of Tsartlip First Nation, “Obviously trust and good faith are expected
when working with INAC, the RCMP and other agencies of the Government. We are
outraged to discover these same Ministries are spying on us. We were identified as a
‘hotspot’ because we had a roadblock demonstration to voice our concerns about the
Treaty process and non-acknowledgment of Section 35 Constitutional Rights and Title.
We felt we had no choice because the Canadian Government won't acknowledge our
Constitutionally protected Aboriginal Rights and Title.”
For more information and to obtain original documents, contact:
Shiri Pasternak, media spokesperson: 647-227-6696 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            647-227-6696      end_of_the_skype_highlighting
Media Spokespeople:
Russell Diabo, editor and publisher, First Nations Strategic Bulletin: 613-296-0110 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            613-296-0110      end_of_the_skype_highlighting
Gord Elliot, Councillor, Tsartlip First Nation: 250-883-3970 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            250-883-3970      end_of_the_skype_highlighting
Shawn Brant, Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory: (613) 813-2057 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            (613) 813-2057      end_of_the_skype_highlighting

Friday, 3 June 2011

Northern gateway pipeline.

 This morning I caught the last part of a (co-op radio 102.7) radio speak with Irene Lanzinger from BC Federation of Labour.  She spoke about the complex issues between First Peoples, Labour unions and environmentalists. 
My first response is whats so complex?  Here is why.  We potentially could kill off Indigenous Nations! Destroy the lands that all nations live on and with and for what purpose?
To drive our cars? One large company can make lots of money and respond to pressures from other countries that want the oil?  Apparently there will be about 60 permanent jobs.  Is this all worth the devastation?

Check this video from 10 year old child (Ta'kaiya)
Transporting Alberta tar sands oil to the B.C. Coast
The Northern Gateway Pipeline is a proposal by Enbridge to construct twin petroleum product pipelines 1,170 kilometres between Brudenheim (located just north of the city of Edmonton) and Kitimat, B.C.
One pipeline would carry 525,000 barrels per day of Alberta tar sands crude oil westward to a new oil tanker port at Kitimat. The other would carry condensate – a lighter petroleum product used to dilute bitumen – eastward for use in transporting the tar sands crude oil.
Enbridge’s stated reasoning behind its proposed pipeline is that it would facilitate access to new markets for Canadian tar sands oil. Currently, the majority of tar sands oil is shipped south to U.S. markets.