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COMMENTARY · 20th January 2013
Merv Ritchie
The Cree, the Mohawk, the Apache and the Iroquois have nothing to do with the descendents of Demalahamid, Temlaham. Nor does; the Union of BC Indian Chiefs (UBCIC), the AFN (Assembly of First Nations), the Idle No More Movement or Attawapiskat Chief, Teresa Spence.

None represent the Tsimshian, the Gitxsan, the Haisla or the Tahltan. It would be difficult to find anyone in Ottawa, Indian or otherwise, speaking for any of the Nations of Northwest BC, the Sacred Circle.

Indians living elsewhere in Canada, or anywhere else in BC outside of the Northwest, have virtually nothing in common with Damelahamid.

The Northwest Coast was, and is, an identity all to itself. The first explorers and traders, followed by the missionaries, all described these people as having a unique, but similar 'Tsimshian' language. This unifying tongue is still spoken and taught today.

The general population, except for those living directly in Northwest BC, reference the totem culture only with the Haida Indian and Haida Gwaii; the islands most still call the Queen Charlottes. They think Emily Carr and the group of seven! Almost none know of the peoples residing on the land west of the Omineca Mountain range through to the Pacific Ocean; the people of Damelahamid.

Most do not even know where the Nisga'a territory is yet there has been a signed modern day treaty for twelve years.

The area is so remote if you were to ask residents of B.C. about a lava bed from a volcano anywhere nearby, 99 percent would laugh and excuse this as a ridiculousness notion. This stands true even for some living within 100 miles of the Nisga'a Lava Memorial fields.

As this location is a full eight hour drive west-northwest of Prince George, remote is almost an understatement. The highway into the territory is named the Highway of Tears after the numerous accounts of missing and murdered women from the Nations of Damelahamid along this often deserted stretch of road. To add to the tragedy for these people it was primarily the women of the Sacred Circle who were taken off the streets of Vancouver by Willie Pickton to be murdered on his Pig Farm, Piggies Palace.

It is difficult to unite in common purpose as the wounds are still raw, the emotions still at the surface.

Less than a generation has passed since some lived without roads or electricity. Yes, even in BC, Canada, not 30 years ago some tribes had no direct link or contact routes. It was only 150 years ago when this region was even entered to explore.

Maybe this is why the Tsimshian, Haisla, Gitxsan, Wet'suwet'en, Tlingit, Haida, Tahltan and Nisga'a are ignored; as long as no one knows this special place exists their territories can still be quietly stolen.

It is specifically about these peoples lands the Canadian Government passed its recent legislation, Bills C38 and C45. They did this to justify their continued assault which began with the deliberate genocide of these peoples by germ warfare.

READ THE UNCHALLENGED DETAILS HERE and read an extensive historical record HERE.

The Canadian government wishes to conduct a final solution on these people for the Mining and Petroleum industries.

While the Cree, Mohawk, Sioux, Apache, Iroquois, with the AFN, the UBCIC and others achieve media prominence, the Sacred Circle genocide and social dysfunction continues.

Still today these people are relegated to the shadows, their tragedies ignored. While Indians across Canada stand up and demand recognition for the harm done over the course of the last 300 to 400 years, the harm in the Sacred Circle is so fresh it remains difficult for the surviving elders to speak of it. Those who had their children abducted, their villages burned, their daughters raped and murdered, are still alive living with the pain right now.

It remains an ongoing tragedy which the efforts of the Idle No More movement east of the Ominica Mountain Range does not come close to addressing. The genocide continues today. These are not; Cree, Sioux, Apache or Iroquois. They are the people of Demalahamid, Temlaham. They are the; Nisga'a, Tahltan, Gitxsan, Wet'suwet'en, Haisla, Haida, Tlingit and the Tsimshian. The once most respected and admired traders in the Pacific Northwest. A unique totem culture based strictly on a Matriarchal, Matrilineal hierarchy with government structures based on feasting and decency. Something the British and Canadian governments abhorred and continue to destroy today.

The only reference to address the source of the women in the recently released Government report on the missing and murdered women from the Vancouver Downtown Eastside, was encouraging a transit bus system along the highway of tears. These women were the potential authority, the matriarchs. A bus? The government offers these women who had their children ripped from their arms, their communities burned, their ancestors graves disturbed, a bus?

The systemic tragedy continues as the government leaders continue to claim there is no money, even for the bus. It seems alright, still today, to not only rape pillage and plunder the land and resources, but also the people.
Comment by Bobby on 1st March 2013
Conservatives, who rules this country, are not supported by Indians, so therefore they ignore this group, just like they ignore all groups in society that are not voters, or do not vote Conservative. There is no benefit for them to pay attention. And even if they did, they would simply give lip service plus the minimum bribe to have their way with you. Thats why.
thank you ...
Comment by this little nobody on 30th January 2013
... to Maureen, a voice of reason in this bizarre debate.

I pray more reasonable heads will prevail when push comes to shove. God help us all otherwise.
The Bible is full of rubbish
Comment by David on 23rd January 2013
So the Jews didn't originate from Israel? Wow, the writers of the Bible sure put one over on us. I wonder where the real location of Jerusalem is, Scotland? That would explain why Jesus the Jew is portrayed as a Scotsman in historic paintings.

Footnote: We almost have Apaches and Navaho in the Northwest. The Wet'suwet'en, Apaches, and Navaho all speak a Dene language. The Navaho don't have the letter "v" in their language. They call themselves, "Dene."
Comment by Intelligence Answer on 20th January 2013
The insistence of the federal Government upon control over its Native "wards" has characterised federal - Native relations since Confederation. As White points out:



Perhaps we should recall the various measures the bureaucrats introduced during this period to ensure "orderly administration": (1) the development of single piece of legislation in 1876, to govern all the Indian Nations, regardless of varying traditions and history: (2) the systematic destruction of tribal governments and replacement of them with band councils with were really an extension of the Department's (Indian Affairs) structure: (3) the systematic attempt to destroy Indian culture and the outlawing of Indian religious ceremonies: (4) the introduction of compulsory enfranchisement provisions to control bad Indians: (5) the systematic attempts to harness and discredit Indian leaders who attempt to develop or strengthen Indian political organization (1980:6)


On the reserve, the IIAP is a "total" institution in that it has a monopoly on the delivery of services to a captive clientele. Its organization is characterized by specialization, hierarchy, and regimentation, while its clients are relatively uneducated, unspecialized, and varied. By limiting the choices available to its Native clients, the IIAP shapes and standardizes Native behaviour at minimal cost and risk to itself.

The success of the IIAP is not assessed on the basis of the assistance it provides to the Natives , but rather on the basis of how effectively it has kept Native behavior under control. The brighter officials at the IIAP know perfectly well that they will not be fired, transferred, or demoted for failing to help Natives receive decent education, find jobs, mend broken homes, and and settle into life in the city. Rather, the officials assessments will be based on the number of Natives they handled, and at what cost per person. Programs that fail to meet their announced goals do not result in fired personal or radical organization changes. The upper management of the IIAP can simply blame failures on a need for organizational restructuring, a lack of adequately trained fieldworkers, a poorly allocated budget, and so on.





ISBN: 0-13-609876-2



The reality above source is telling the truth to assimilated behaviors in Indian Reserves in many communities. Sad but that is the facts, documented from Intelligent parties who see how it is.

1980 Generation In Terrace BC our Native Culture was and still forbidden to be exercised in traditional practice. We are grass roots people growth behavior "controlled". This institutional management comes from PMO Privy council.

Canadians do not think your far from control too? The same practice on Indians is the same control on Canadian behavior. Just stop and think?

Thank you,

Boy, that's a lot of gaul.
Comment by Merv Ritchie on 20th January 2013
Having spent six years of my life devoted to a singular issue, consistantly struggling to survive, driving broken down vehicles, attending all meetings, live streaming events, filming, reporting, working 24/7 to address the serious issues my white race caused, and you say I don't care, just want to kick up shit and see what turns up?

Not only is what I present balanced, it is fair, informed, researched and accurate. Those who attack do so in an adhominum manner, never presenting actual information to challenge the facts presented, just wanting to attack personally.

Be offended, that is fine, but at least take the time to present a defense, something worthy for debate.

To accuse me of not caring shows a complete lack of comprehension and understanding.

Not only did I take the time to do the research, I even provided the links so one can continue further readings.

Your charges against my writings are without any foundation.

I would be glad to address any topic presented as a debate on the issues. Questioning my convictions, which are clearly laid bare, is hardly worthy of response.
Oh really
Comment by Maureen on 20th January 2013
Congratulations, you successfully misdirected and misconstrued my points once again. It is so much easier to accuse and soap box then actually provide an informed and balanced position, which is the mark of someone who actually cares, not just someone who's primary goal is to kick the shit and see what turns up. Time to get new boots.
Letís put this in some context.
Comment by Merv Ritchie on 20th January 2013
Letís put this in some context.

First we accept it has only been a hundred and fifty years since westerners entered this region.

Second we acknowledge it takes an appreciative amount of time and study to understand any culture.

Now we must accept the western peoples caused serious harm to the people of the Northwest Coastal culture.

And today we must also appreciate the structures which perpetrated the harm have only been partially stopped.

The residential schools have now closed and the Indians here are now considered people but the subjugation has not stopped.

And this law of subjugation, the Indian Act, cannot be withdrawn until the Indian people have been assisted in rebuilding what our western systems have so effectively destroyed.

We cannot say, we are sorry and now you can get on with your lives. Genocide requires so much more.

In the case of Germany and the Jewish people, they got their own Country, an entirely new country they never even occupied previously.

We are still occupying the country we committed the genocide in.

Is this why no one wants to talk reality?

As I said - Letís put this into some context.
In response to "tired of hearing about it".
Comment by Merv Ritchie on 20th January 2013
The Sacred headwaters was coined by the Tahltan people and the local environmental groups who supported them to save the Klappan Headwaters.

We do not believe we can take credit for carving out the path of the major rivers which form the profile of a Chief with headdress facing east (new picture attached). Nor can we take credit for creating the unique matriarchal and matrilineal totemic culture specific to the area. Or the Sacred Circle drawing, which was painted by Henry Kelly, a man of mixed Damelahamid decent. We didn't make up Temlaham/Damelahamid either.

You may be tired of hearing about the treatment of these peoples but most people have never heard the truth and it bears repeating and repeating. Just like the genocide in Germany (my heritage) bears repeating and repeating. There is not a shred of difference for the cultural impacts to the peoples.

Even Patty Hurst, a short term hardship by a single person, began to side with her captors. Just imagine how these Sacred Circle residents have psychologically changed after generations of brutal repression and subjugation. No wonder some pretend to be from Fiji and the Bahamas. Some even try to claim they have Italian heritage. Some girls try to dye their hair blonde to fit in. Some just try to die and attempt suicide. And to draw reference to the earlier statement on Germany, some of Jewish decent pretended to not be Jews.

Many are so messed up from subjugation and cruelty they would do anything to disassociate from their own. Many suck up seriously tight to their captors.

But gee, thanks for the credit!

Sorry you get tired of it. We get tired of the bigotry and racism, but has it stopped?
And the sacred circle is your creation
Comment by Maureen on 20th January 2013
AND just to clarify - did you create the myth of the SACRED CIRCLE or can you clarify your original sources on this matter.
Comment by Maureen on 20th January 2013
Seems to me you don't represent local First Peoples either. I am getting tired of the anti this and that rants frequented in the Daily, and honestly if there are as many Aboriginal identities as their are individuals, who identify themselves 'Native' out there.

If FN individuals find empowerment and expression and pride in movements such as Idle no More, then all the power to them. The rest is political boogie man, conspiracy theories that do nothing but stir the pot of disunity and distrust. While I may endorse healthy skepticism and cautionary presence of mind in organizations and movements, it is beyond me why sometimes you have to make grand sweeping statements of who the local 'true' FN are, when you clearly are not.