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CONTRIBUTION · 31st December 2012
Kevin Annett
If we assume responsibility for our self or the world around us we will be harmed by the permanently raised and threatening arm of authority. And so, to avoid this danger, we learn to become servile and dependent victims who are acted upon, or who act at the command and initiative of others.
- Victor Frankl, Psychologist and Nazi Holocaust Survivor

Ours is a disappointed age. The End Times did not arrive after all with the close of 2012. But Canadians, at least, have been given a small consolation, of a sort: that is, if you believe their corporate media, who are suddenly raving about a new and supposedly "grassroots aboriginal protest movement" that pundits claim is sweeping the country, and calling itself the quite non-aboriginal name "Idle No More".

The protests of this mysterious group are undeniably real, as are the hundreds of eager, often non-aboriginal demonstrators who are about as worked up as Canadians can get over anything. But what exactly is this thing called Idle No More, and who runs and pays for it, is anybody's guess.

These latest, carefully managed demonstrations arrived right out of the blue, as only pre-fabricated dissent can, and has as its poster person an appropriately sympathetic figure: Chief Theresa Spence from the poverty-stricken Attawapiskat reserve in Ontario.

Chief Spence has been conducting a one-woman hunger fast to force Prime Minister Harper to halt his legislation, Bill C-45, that allows the government to sell Indian reservation land without first consulting the local state-funded tribal council "chiefs".

Wow. Now that's an issue to go to the barricades over, eh?

Well, maybe for reservation council chiefs like Theresa Spence and her organization, the state-funded "Assembly of First Nations", who obviously need to improve their bargaining position with Ottawa - and who are most likely the originators of the whole "movement". But how does any of that help your average poverty-stricken Indians, most of whom live off reservation?

Besides, it's all bull, anyway. Under the Indian Act, the government can already sell off any reservation land they want without first checking with their puppet chiefs, since all reserve land is owned by that fiction called "the Crown".

Hey! You mean this whole issue is a big fraud and a red herring? Surely not in Canada!

It seems that all those unfortunate Idle No More activists are being seriously lied to, and by the very people under whose banner they're protesting: that upstart class of native wannabe capitalists who want to profit off the sale of their own peoples' lands without having the feds interfere.

One such wannabe, "Chief" Ed John from northern B.C., has pocketed millions of dollars since the 1980's by forcing his own Carrier-Sekani people off their lands and signing illegal deals with Alcan and other mining companies. Ed's now a senior Canadian official at the United Nations - and a vocal supporter of Idle No More.

Surprised? I hope not. For none of this is new. History is replete with examples of masses of people being conned to fight and die for the interests of various elites, whether they be white or dark-skinned. Such "movements" are always created suddenly from the top-down just as Idle No More has been, trumpeting salvation for those who are duped into being the steam in somebody else's engine - and who gain nothing at the end of the day.

After all, how exactly will any of my dying aboriginal friends on Vancouver's mean streets benefit from the defeat of Bill C-45? Or all the moms on reservations who watch their kids decay as the housing and jobs and drugs are dealt out to the friends and family of the local "Chief"? In a word, not one bit.

I don't doubt Chief Theresa's sincerity. But she is, after all, the front piece of a machine controlled from elsewhere. And what matters is not figure heads but who and what they represent.

Nevertheless, all protest is good. It gets people moving, even if it is in the wrong direction. And who knows? This "Idle No More" thing is just starting. Movements do morph, and sometimes they escape the clutches of the string-pullers and are transformed from below. But that requires alternative leadership, with a different view, and strategy.

So far, no such alternative has emerged. The Idle No More activists, native and white, are still taking their cues from well-funded aboriginal politicians whose notion of revolt is calling for "more consultation" from the government.

No wonder the world thinks that Canadians are boring.

The whole farce reminds me of the sudden, solitary visit last year of top Apple, "Grand Chief" Sean Atleo of the Assembly of First Nations, to Vancouver's downtown east side slums.

Sean walked around the streets for an hour or so, saying hi to all the dying Indians who don't share his $200,000 a year salary. And then Sean made a big splash with the media with his comment about how his organization - and not all those homeless Indians he'd met, apparently - needed lots more money from Ottawa.

As common law reminds us, Let he who will be deceived, be deceived.

Idle No More is not a very well-crafted deception. After all, how many Indians that you know construct expressions like "Idle No More"? That language sounds more like the kind used by an academic-for-hire trying to sound radical: just like the very term "First Nations". But if it sounds politically correct and makes folks feel good, that seems to do the trick for most of the placard-waving crowd.

The real grassroots movements that pose a threat to Canada's colonial regime are never reported in the corporate media or listened to by the authorities. Such genuine movements are normally killed off before they can stagger to their feet. I've watched that happen more times than I want to remember, usually among impoverished people who have neither the right connections or funding on their side: simply the truth. And that makes them incomprehensible to many of the people presently engaged in respectable protest.

We built such a grassroots movement on Vancouver's streets after 2005, consisting entirely of aboriginal survivors of the Christian death camps quaintly called "residential schools".

Through direct and unannounced occupations of churches and government offices, our movement forced the feds to admit that genocide had happened in the Indian residential schools. We scared the churches responsible like nothing has before then, or since. And we even made Idle No More possible, since Christian Canada knew that, after having its cathedrals and church offices seized by angry residential school survivors, no more could the murderers of Indian children simply ignore the ongoing Canadian genocide.

By 2011, that movement of ours had been destroyed from within and from without by well placed operatives, and it cost the lives of at least six of our best activists and friends: all poor and aboriginal, of course.

Our bravest and clearest people were killed, in plain sight, and as a warning to the rest of us. And like all uncontrolled opposition movements bubbling from below, our group was not only stamped out forcibly, but smeared and misrepresented by the media and hired mudslingers at every step.

That doesn't sound like Idle No More very much, does it? I don't imagine that many of their spokespeople will end up getting beaten to death by Vancouver cops or terminated with lethal injections in Catholic hospitals, as befell our organizers like Bingo Dawson and Billy Combes. The protected and controlled opposition doesn't run that risk.

But at the end of the day, the truth always does come out, and the little jerk behind the big mask emerges.

Just check out the website of the Assembly of First Nations and trace the corporate donors behind them and their local puppet chiefs, and you'll begin to see who the real "Idle No More" is: B.C. Hydro, Alcan, Power Corporation, North American Water and Power Alliance, Weyerhauser, and Cameco Uranium - to say nothing of all the Chinese resource consortia that own much of Canada's (formerly) Great White North.

These companies are the same ones that prop up the Harper Tory government, and such Big Money needs the tribal council chiefs to secure them their control over aboriginal lands and resources, freed of all government restraints. And that's why the contrived spectacle of a "conflict" between these same tribal elites and Ottawa is but the latest stage show managed from the Prime Minister's Office, to conceal its complicity, and from corporate board rooms, to grab the water, oil and uranium from under the feet of native nations across Canada, while we're all focused on the pseudo-political drama called Idle No More.

It's called the Big Distraction, people. But the very fact of its rapid staging right now means that somebody in charge is worried, and in need of deception. And I'll wager my next year's non-existent salary that Canada's upcoming condemnation in the European Human Rights Courts for Genocide is not exactly unrelated to this latest Distraction - and Big Money's rapid effort to grab what it can from us, while it can.

I’ll stay Stupid No More.

Read a report on Annetts work here and find direct links enclosed within the report.

Read more on the trickery of past Indian leaders and previous Canadian and BC government actions here
Annet Explains This Meaning.
Comment by Kitsumkalum Member on 6th January 2013
Canada is Queen Head of state Corporation. The Queen corporation owns wild life. Queen owns water, Queen owns global relestate. Queen is business partner with Church and State.

On the Indian Reserves. The Queen agents present a legal document for tribal elected leaders to sign a agreement of queen corporation business confidentiality. The elected Tribal Indian Chief and council are now (governed by Queen Corporation).

Kevin is explaining the elected official is a crown agent, placed himself in willful business blindness to signature his tribal peoples land to Crown Queen Head of State corporation. Meaning can sell, surrender, make money.

Now FIRST NATION ENERGY COUNCIL. Are BCTC who are treaty Negoiaters who are employees to Crown signature elected Chief and council. Are all controlled working towards a sell off land trade deal with Queen Corporation Head Of State. Again in willful blindess. Working on the Indians to settle a treaty for land and cash deal. For the FIRST NATION ENERGY COUNCIL " Energy oil giants.

Now these same leaders hijacked Idle No More.

Kevin is explaining that message.

Do Nothing?
Comment by CC on 2nd January 2013
And so Annett we are to do nothing? If we close our eyes everything will work out? There's a line in our Canadian anthem, "Oh Canada, oh Canada, we stand on guard for thee." That is what our First Nations people are doing. Our First Nations people ARE standing up for their country. How shameless that we the white people who crowded them out, brought disease, repeated genocide, imposed sterilization, don't fund the reserves (and yes there's greed and power struggles in any hierchy) don't do the same for our country. Now if we all look back to our European past and take into account people who fled here for a better life, for religious freedom, for freedom and we push out the natural inhabitants and we have the gall to sit back and sprout racist comments and how this or that power entity will take control or has control... the point is people are trying and fighting for their country. We all should look into our hearts and see if we are worthy of living here.
Gee, Mr. Annett...
Comment by Janice Robinson on 2nd January 2013
I was at the Skeena Mall that fateful day of judgement that you speak of. Personally, I didn't grasp the fact that it was specifically an "Idle No More" event until I arrived at the mall. If I did, I wouldn't have been so eager to take part, because.....I/we were not idle in the first place! Who thought of that stupid name?!

And, it was NOT specifically about what "chief" Theresa Spence has been up to lately, nor about residential schools, nor about fishing, nor about pipelines, nor about providing another opportunity for politicians and pundits to squeeze for all it was worth . Nor was it meant to be another event that you got to be Indian to understand...(and yet, you cannot describe it fully) It also was not about a bunch of Indians having one hell of a good time!

But hey....all of the afore-mentioned issues and groups were there in the Skeena Mall that day. I was not at the event last week at West Edmonton Mall. I think the Idle ones hijacked/used that one also. Each event has its own personality. But, who's using who....for what? Where?

I did not notice any stupid people there, that day.
Conspiracy theories
Comment by David on 2nd January 2013
Wow! I would never have guessed that Stephen Harper and the Conservatives are actually behind the Idle No More movement. I wonder how they convinced Theresa Spence to go on a hunger strike? Or maybe the NDP has infiltrated the Conservatives which have infiltrated Indian Reserves. No, wait, it must be the Wild Rose Party that infiltrated the NDP that infiltrated the Conservatives that infiltrated the First Nations. The real orchestrators must be the Wild Rose Party. Or maybe they were infiltrated by the Tea Party...
Case's in point - The Bolsheviks, Greece and Egypt
Comment by Merv Ritchie on 31st December 2012
All through history and into the current day we find examples of those in control maintaining their control at the expense of good caring people. The Russian Revolution at the turn of the last century was a huge popular successful uprising that was immediately (in ten days) taken over by the very same masters the people were throwing out. Lenin, Trotsky and then Stalin, was the result.

Recently in Greece the population threw out, by vote, the government, which was doing the bidding of the IMF and the World Bank. Ah-hah, a new election was immediately called and the newly elected agreed to once again do the bidding of the World bankers.

In Egypt we now see the same thing, almost identical to Russia in November 1917. Anyone who desires to understand the absolute grip of authority and control must read “Ten Days That Shook The World” by journalist John Reed in 1919. In no uncertain terms he details this insidious mastery of all of us. The November Revolution was led by the workers and the soldiers of Russia and they together seized power for the benefit of all. This was masterfully twisted with people and organizations waiting in the wings to resume complete control, taking over the people again. The people rose together, succeeded and then were tricked into accepting imposters as their leadership by the new propaganda.

Today the West is being told the people of Greece are arguing over the price of toothpaste and other trivial matters in an effort to discredit. We are told Egyptians new government is now a good one and the renewed protests are just minor discontent.

Annett is quite correct when he suggests the entire “Idle No More” movement will likely be a ruse, or be used as a ruse.

All true Indians, traditionalists, those who live the reserves and with the “Band council” experience, understand the intense corruption within their own ranks.

Every time a leader achieves a position of authority he or she begins to accept the gratuitous, platitudes of the “white settlers”. During the previous hundred years, from the “Allied Indian Tribes of BC” through the “Native Brotherhood” the “North American Indian Brotherhood” the “Confederacy of the Interior Tribes of British Columbia” the “Nisga’a Tribal Council” the “Allied Tribes of the West Coast” the “Confederation of Native Indians of British Columbia” including Frank Calder’s 1968 “Unity Constitution” to today’s Union of BC Indian Chiefs”, which legitimizes the “AFN (Assembly of First Nations)” every leader, almost without exception, betrays their own people.

An extensive list of these betrayals with the concerted and combined efforts of the Canadian and British Columbian Governments can be found in the article, “How the Tsimshian get Flim Flam Shim Shammed. Link here.

Today the Kitsumkalum and Kitselas are being betrayed once again by their “Chief Negotiator”. The Haisla saw the same with former Kitamaat Village Council of Wilson. The Gitxsan face it with GTS (Gitxsan Treaty Society). Nothing seems to ever change. Men and women fall for the platitudes and comfortable lifestyle at the expense of their own people.

So to the list of names detailed in the "Flim Flam" article of Andrew Paull, Guy Williams and Frank Calder we can add the names; Ed John, Gordon Sebastian and Gerald Wesley. All living well, and most certainly "off reserve".

Even in Russia, 100 years ago, we can see the trickery. The questions remain, will history continue to cycle through or will the people finally face the reality and take 24/7/365 responsibility for their communities? Relinquishing your personal responsibility at any time to any body is what directly leads to the loss of our freedoms. We accept the RCMP as our protectors when we must be our own protectors. We expect our MP and MLA’s to do our bidding, when we must do our own bidding. Maybe we are all susceptible to giving up freedom for the creature comforts. When we do though, the result is always the same.

This article on Venezuela attempts to demonstrate what real people can achieve. But most Westerners believe what their media tell them about Chavez.

As Annett states, it is time to be “Stupid No More”!