By Pamela Palmater - rabble.ca
...[T]he way in which the gathering unfolded really showed how little consideration the Conservatives have for First Nations. The whole event was entirely controlled by the Conservatives, in terms of the rushed date, the very restricted agenda, the attendees, location, speakers, and timing. More than that, the entire meeting was steeped in symbolism, none of which reflected our peoples, Nations and histories, but was representative of the dictatorial and confrontational stance of the Conservatives vis-a-vis our Nations.
By Mike Head - WSWS
A 22-person panel appointed by the Gillard [Labor] government released a report last month proposing changes to the Australian constitution that would purportedly give the federal government new powers for the “advancement” of indigenous people. Far from addressing the appalling social conditions of ordinary indigenous Australians, the amendments would authorize the imposition of regressive programs that will only worsen the plight of Aboriginal people.
By Zig Zag - January 24, 2012
Ultimately, the Crown-[Assembly of First Nations] summit is about furthering the economic and political assimilation of Native peoples, a long-standing goal of the colonial state and one now championed by the Indian Act chiefs who are themselves fully assimilated into the capitalist system.
January 23, 2012 - Intercontinental Cry
One Zapotec has died and another is in recovery after a group of municipal police officers and other armed men opened fire on a crowd of protesters in the municipality of San José del Progreso, Ocotlán, Oaxaca, Mexico...Cuzcatlán, a subsidiary of the Canadian mining company Fortuna Silver has already received a permit to build [a] pipeline. Opponents of the mine maintain that the permit should not have been issued because the municipal government failed to obtain the community's free, prior and informed consent.
By Dan David - Media Co-op
Normally, the mainstream media jumps all over stories...that show dysfunction or crisis in Indigenous communities. It lets editorialist's gnash their teeth and wring their hands, eventually coming to the conclusion that the situation...is just too complicated to do anything, ending in a ritualistic throwing up of hands. This is just the reaction that governments depend on. It means they can go back to ignoring Indigenous communities, when they’re not shoving them around to make way for oil, logging, mining or other corporate interests, or just because Ottawa can and does shove them around.
By Harsha Walia - January 19, 2012
"We're not foreign - these are our lands."
- Nadleh Whut'en Chief Larry Nooski commenting on Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver's theories about radical foreign environmentalists and socialist billionaires hijacking the Enbridge Joint Review Panel hearings.
By LINH DINH - Counterpunch
As I write this, the US is encircling, harassing and sabotaging Iran, yet few Americans seem alarmed that for the sake of oil, again, and that increasingly elusive economic growth, their leaders may kill millions and wreck this earth even further, but as their empire convulses and collapses, most Americans will find themselves reduced to the level of those they’ve been annihilating. They will discover that they, too, are just collateral savages.
By Derrick O'Keefe - January 6, 2012
Over the next few years, the Harper government will spend tens of millions of dollars celebrating the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812...[The] hype about a war fought 200 years ago is in part designed to reinforce a false image of consensus in Canada today. In this way Harper's War of 1812 obscures the reality of Harper's political and resource wars of 2012.
January 6, 2012 - Toronto Media Co-op
On December 20th 2011, a member of the G20 Investigative Team came to his home at Sagatay Men's Residence to serve [Ryan Rainville] with an appeal of his sentence. The implication of this action is that his sentence is too light. It is clear that Ryan’s pride in his convictions and anarchist values have led them to target him in an attempt to send a clear message to other anarchists, that our politics and bodies will be criminalized if we do not fall in line.
By Pamela Palmater - rabble.ca
If Canada's national security laws permit such broad surveillance of our activities -- then my question is what First Nation activities are NOT considered a potential threat to Canada? I would like to know how much money across all federal departments are allocated to spying on First Nations people? I would also like to compare that to the costs to provide housing, water and basic necessities of life to First Nations in need. I am guessing that I would not be entitled to this information either.
By Aiyanas Ormond - December 15, 2011
The Conservative Omnibus Crime Bill (OCB) is the legislative component of the mass incarceration agenda in Canada. It will significantly increase the number of incarcerated people in Canada, at a huge cost...The OCB targets groups that are vulnerable to labeling and vilification: ‘drug dealers’, ‘terrorists’ and ‘human traffickers’. In reality the people who will fill the new jail spaces are the poor, Native folks already over-represented among incarcerated people, people who are addicted to drugs and criminalized immigrants and refugees.
By Susan Allan - 12 December 2011
Like its counterparts around the world, the Gillard government is slashing spending on education, health and welfare in response [to] the deepening global financial crisis. In the first three months since Labor’s May budget and its “tough-love” approach to welfare, more than 20,000 unemployed Aboriginal people have had their welfare payments suspended. This amounts to 20 percent of all Aboriginal people on welfare. Nationally, 10 percent of all unemployed have incurred suspensions.
By James Mackay and Niigaanwiwedam James Sinclair - Sunday 11 December 2011
The [Canadian] government's response to the crisis has been a combination of arrogance and bullying...[Prime Minister] Stephen Harper...stood up in parliament to argue that widespread corruption on the part of band leaders was to blame..."It is incredible that the Harper government's decision is that instead of offering aid and assistance to Canada's First Peoples, their solution is to blame the victim, and that the community is guilty, and deserving of their fate."
December 8, 2011 - Linchpin/Common Cause
Throughout his court proceedings, Ryan proudly proclaimed his anarchist values and defended the use of property destruction during anti-capitalist protests that weekend to disrupt the economy...Ryan eventually plead guilty to three counts of Mischief Over $5000 and Breach of Peace. On October 31st, 2011 with at least a dozen supporters present, Ryan made the following statement to the court.
Harper Government Conducts Surveillance of First Nations Instead of Resolving Violations of Indigenous Peoples' Rights
By The Defenders of the Land - December 6, 2011
The Defenders of the Land...condemned reports that in 2007, the Harper government established a national and international police surveillance network to spy on Indigenous Peoples and their supporters for defending Indigenous Peoples' self-determination and land rights..."Many of the so-called 'communities of concern'...are members of our network. They are not extremists or terrorists. All of their protests or political actions were in defence of their constitutionally recognized and internationally affirmed right of self-determination and land rights as Indigenous Peoples.["]