CONTRIBUTION · 8th June 2011
Russell Diabo Shiri Pasternak
Government Prepares for First Nations “Unrest"
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 tighten up on gathering and sharing intelligence on First Nations to anticipate and manage potential First Nation unrest across Canada.
Information obtained by Access to Information requests reveals that almost immediately upon 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 Tobique First Nation, Tsartlip First Nation, the Algonquins of Barriere Lake, Teztan Biny (Fish Lake) First Nation, Six Nations, Grassy Narrows, Stz’uminous First Nation, the Likhts’amsiyu Clan of the Wet’suwet’en First Nation, Gitxaala First Nation, Wagmatcook First Nation, Innu of Labrador, Pikangikum First Nation, and many more. They include bands from the coast of Vancouver Island to the shores of the Atlantic Ocean.
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Comment by Janice P. Robinson on 14th June 2011
I agree that it is crucial for Prime Minister Harper to have the relevant and factual information about (at least) the Tsimshian Nation, our recognized Simoighets, and the REAL state of our nation before any further treaty "negotiations."
All service deliveries, to Northwest Coast First Nations, that involve HEALTH and EDUCATION are done on behalf of the INDIAN ACT. If they succeed in taking that from First Nations, then non-Natives can kiss socialized universal medicare GOODBYE too.
If you deal with Tsimshian at your place of work (HEALTH AND/OR EDUCATION), then YOU are responsible for the implementation of the INDIAN ACT....
It is terrible to feel disrespected/uncared for/abused by non-Tsimshian health practioners and educators (in hospitals, nursing homes, schools). Do you know what is worse than that? Yes you do. It is important to say that most professionals discharge their services impeccably.....no matter what colour you are.
These issues are addressed in the INDIAN ACT and potential "treaties."
Currently, the validity of the treaty process is in question. Prime Minister Harper needs to scout out the situation, and that is respectful. I don't know what got the beautiful village of Gitxaala on that list, but it looks like a good list to be on. Whatever......a little light on Tsimshian territory is a good thing.
Comment by Val on 9th June 2011
It would be very interesting to have all nations gather in unity to work on some of the top issues we face daily.
One of the issues is colonialism, the other residential school. If we had a government that truly cared, we would be about working with first nations communities and begin addressing some of these issues.
I would worry if there is radical movement, but doubt it.
I think the motive of Stephen Harper is to improve systems in first nations communities not make it harder. You have to admit the rules we currently live under are less than desirable, and most communities spend a great deal of time complaining about our lack of leadership. Lets give it time and see what good comes of it.
We can't ask for help and then say no thank you when it shows up.
Comment by Rudi Peters on 9th June 2011
If what you say did actually happen, there would be a lot of dead people, you are talking about a war.
There is absolutely no way that the FN's tribes would ever get together in unity, and if by some small miracle they did, there is no way that whitey is going to give up his lands. The blood bath would be very one sided, it would probably mean the end of any FN that participated.
Love this concept!
Comment by Nancy on 9th June 2011
Can you imagine if all of the Northern First Nations actually got together to voice their opinions and actually claim their territory ? In Unity?