Welcome to the Red-Volution

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397085_10151360851890329_1258254587_nBILL C-45. The illegitimate child of the Harper government, spawned asexually. No one else was needed to make this baby. It’s easier that way. You don’t need consent. C is for controversy. No.. C-45 isn’t a short name for Colt 45. Misleading huh?

This bill is only a sample of the several bills affecting First Nations.

Some of the changes found in this lovely bill are as follows:

Changes to the Navigation Protection Act (RENAMED) remove 99.5 % of the protection once held from Canadian lakes and rivers. This means that projects that would have had to prove to the Federal Government that they would not harm our waterways…no longer have to do this. Why? Cash Rules Everything Around Me CREAM get the money. Another river gone ya’ll.

Environmental assessment Act- Major Projects, like I don’t know lets say… Enbridge… that would normally take 6 years to approve.. Now take 24 months, cutting the time by over half.

Indian Act amendments Hey you there, with the land! Gather up 15 people from your reserve and hold a vote. Who cares if there’s 1000 members?! Cede and Surrender.

These are a part of Bill C-45. There is a mass amount of legislation on the table. One that is supposed to come out next year, and perhaps one of the more eviler ones. The First Nations Private Ownership Act [FNPOA].

Essentially, the FNPOA allows First Nations to gain full title of their land and the chop it up into parcels for members to hold. Therefor an Indian can go into a bank and now get a loan and solve all their problems, non drinkable water, maybe mould in the house, no work in the community… ? That is the basis of this Act, the belief driving it. In addition, this bad sally is a chunk straight out of the White Paper. Thought we beat that one didn’t we? Alas, the Government is persistent and clever in disassembling their Acts and naming them pretty names so we think they are harmless.

Plus! The FNPOA will allow people to sell their land to Non Aboriginals AND corporations. If people are struggling and the government is going to continue to make it harder to exist in First Nations communities then there are chances these will be sold off. What about our future generations? Where shall they live? How dare you insult us with such a piece of legislation. How fucking dare you? (I have the right to swear in my blog haha)

One more thing… This Act is based on thesm_shepard belief that acting and living as a collective is “outdated”. It is something short of “communism”. This act, is based on assimilation and individualism. Collectivism is not dead, just look at the past week. WE ARE STILL HERE!

The day came, just a few weeks ago, when my heart sunk to my stomach and realized this feeling, this identity called “Canadian” will forever be separate from me. My Grandma was 20 when she finally became a “citizen” in 1960. That right there is fresh. How can I be a Canadian when their Government is devoted to the undoing of my people and thereby denies my right to existence. There policies are saying to me, and thousands of other First Nations in Canada, that not only are we not equal citizens, like this civilization wasn’t birthed from our lands, our sweat, our backs but says that our very nature is offensive. I want my children and grandchildren to have fond memories of Canada, new ones. Ones where mutual respect and understanding exists.

IDLE NO MORE

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IDLE NO MORE is a beautiful movement, even though the circumstances under which we unite are not. A grassroots movement of First Nations people throughout Canada. In over 19 cities and COUNTING, First Nations people are taking to the streets and engaging in peaceful protests. We will no longer stay silent and sit idly by and let you continue to destruct our land and the ways of our peoples. This movement was birthed by our inherent duties and obligations, to watch out for the future generations and to take care of the land.

We stand united. Wmed_ernesto_girle will not back down. You will hear our voices rumble outside of your chambers until you let these voices at your decision making tables. We are fighting today so that the covenants that were signed by our Grandfathers and Grandmothers are honoured and respected. We are not going anywhere. We are here and we demand that you honour your commitments. We want change and we will have it.

I hosted a small Idle No More event in Merritt BC, a total of 6 of us armed with signs took to the streets. Our numbers were small but our hearts were big. After that we did a teach in session at the local education institution where we had around 35 Indigenous people of all ages. We drummed, we prayed, we did a presentation and we heard from leadership and signed petitions.After holding this and watching the videos, seeing the pictures, and hearing the stories from the Idle No More rallies, I don’t think I’ve ever been more proud to be a Dishinit Sakeh.

We are a beautiful people and our dreams are still alive.

When we are equipped with knowledge about the political climate, about the harper agenda, it is up to us to share our teachings. It’s action behind the scenes. Talk to some one and inform them about whats going on, if you have no clue then ask some one! We can use the white mans education and tools to defeat their systems. We view their papers and legislation through the drum, through our culture. Our ways always come first.

There is still work to be donestandup

Welcome to the RED-Volution.

In Spirit,

Helen Knott

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8 comments

  1. “How can I be a Canadian when their Government is devoted to the undoing of my people and thereby denies my right to existence.”

    You got me there. What a powerful thought. Are there petitions that could be signed? I am far away, but I believe in your cause~

  2. Good work my friend, even in small groups great things can happen. Anyone in this world is capable of great things. But in this case remember that we do this for the children and the 7 generations to come. *Hugs* if ya ever make it to Penticton at the En’owkin Centre. Tell em Jimmy says hi.

  3. We Haudenosaunee have long held that we are not Canadians nor Americans. We have our own Nation and that was enshrined in the Kaswentah, the Two-Row Wampum. All of our nations should be allowed to stand on our own. This colonial construct of Canada is nothing more than a foreign occupier, if you get right down to it. Their time is rapidly coming to an end.

  4. Traditional governence is not communism. It is Socialism with a co-operative intent to see everyone has thier basic needs cared for. When people are in a good place the community benenfits. It alows for people to be who they truly are as long as things are done with respect to others. That is why there is so many positions on the Medicine Wheel.
    Communism is imposing what a small group of people think is good for others and what they call equality is just a way to control and manipulate. It says people are all the same which is not true. It is one step away from a Dictatorship.
    Don’t let Harper govt make you a municipality. Demand seperation. It works for the French. Every time it gets brought up the governement quakes in its boots.

  5. in the days leading up to now, I’ve weathered a tide of emotion. Most recently, I’ve felt a little down-trodden. This, was mostly fueled by a lot of the negative comments made regarding our rallying cries of protest. I just wanted to thank you, Helen. Beautiful crafted by your words, and wholly uplifting. Your comment, to repeat ‘angrygaijin,’ really got me. But I found this passage if not more, then equally inspiring:

    “We stand united. We will not back down. You will hear our voices rumble outside of your chambers until you let these voices at your decision making tables. We are fighting today so that the covenants that were signed by our Grandfathers and Grandmothers are honoured and respected. We are not going anywhere. We are here and we demand that you honour your commitments. We want change and we will have it.”

    Hear, hear!

    Chi-meegwetch for sharing your thoughts. I’ve shared this link to many others in hopes they too don’t lose hope.

    1. Thank you for your kind words. And it is true, there is a lot of back lash and negative words and as long as your doing something worth while that demands change, there will be that. I’ve hit some of the same feelings but I always hold on to knowing that if I did nothing, that would not sit right with who I truly am. This is us taking a stand and honouring who we truly are.

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