02 September 2007

A wise and noble people...

Were nowhere to be seen...

More than 200 native and nonnative people shouted down a sheriff who was delivering a court order that called for the immediate removal of a blockade at a proposed uranium mine north of Sharbot Lake.

Yesterday, two sheriffs, escorted by Ontario Provincial Police, were met on the road outside the mine by Ardoch and Shabot Obaadjiwan First Nations warriors who would not allow the court officers on the property.
Once again, it's the inarticulate, nonsensicle voice of the cult of personal victimization. You'd get more coherent communication from a boxcar load of starving, tormented chimps.
Shabot Obaadjiwan war chief Earl Badour, who oversees the security of the protesters at the site, said he met the officers with a group of about 24 warriors.

"I said to them we were not speaking," said Badour.

Badour then signalled for the native flag to be turned upside down as a symbolic gesture that "all natives are in distress."
And then he held his breath until he turned blue.

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kursk said...

"I said to them we are not speaking.."

Yeah? ..and this court order says i don't really give a rats ass if you speak or not..speaking is over, upholding the law is where we are now at..

What part of shut up and obey do they not understand?

Tell them you are going to come back with the riot quad next time..

Neo Conservative said...

kursk said... Tell them you are going to come back..."

that would involve political will... not a commodity in generous supply, in ontario these days.


dmorris said...

Police in Ontario actually attempting to enforce the law, I don't believe it!

And the Indians shouldn't, either. Hold fast, Chief, the Great White Father in Toronto will cave pretty quickly, there's an election coming.

Hand out some "Dudley George" masks, that should have everyone on the run.
Oh, yeah, anything around to burn, tires, police cars, bridges?

Anonymous said...

Prison for all those idiots.

ewalden said...

Unfortunately this is not just a native issue in this case.
Us righties are pissed too.
View from the local Con candidate.
Property values are already being affected and sales dipping in the market. This thing is screwing more then just these natives.

Neo Conservative said...

"ewalden said... his is not just a native issue in this case"

totally not the point, my friend.

how can you negotiate, or even discuss what's happening here, if the aboriginals hijack the issue and then act as if they're starring in a less-civilised remake of "lord of the flies."

maybe next time they'll decide your house is on sacred land. watch property values plummet then.

anarchy is most decidedly not the answer... not now... not ever.


Anonymous said...

Mining Uranium in anyone's neigborhood gets them worried about health and environment issues. Native or non native, increased cancer risk and contamination of out natural resources is no joke. I am thankful that the community both sides of that gate, are there to stand against the mine.

Neo Conservative said...

"anon said... Mining Uranium in anyone's neigborhood"


how can you negotiate, or even discuss what's happening here if you replace the law of the land with hysterical lawlessness?


Anonymous said...

Apparently King George II gave them the land in 1763 in a proclamation that also recognized the nation-to-nation relationship that the Crown has with the indigenous peoples of North America and acknowledged the Aboriginal title of their homelands.

From what I hear these particular lands were never ceded. So the rule of law (and the Ipperwash commission) would suggest the discussion should be as one between nations, rather than cops and trespassers.

I would have thought even a righty would be against a Mining act, such as the one we have in Ontario, which allows the Government to sell the mineral rights to my (non-native) land to a corporation without even consulting me. The Algonquins just cut a better deal back in the day than we colonial subjects did.

Neo Conservative said...

"anon announces... From what I hear these particular lands were never ceded."

from what you hear?

there's an entirely new concept... "anecdotal law."

no real study, or law school required... "your honour, rumour has it..."

lemme know how that works out the next time you're in court.


Anonymous said...

It's not new, it's at least as old as "stand-up law": If you can't refute a point with facts then hit'em with a zinger.

Anonymous said...

The pivotal question in cases such as this one is what is required on the part of the Crown (as well as its agents, and ministries) to maintain the honour of the Crown and to achieve reconciliation between the Crown and Aboriginal peoples as is required under Section 35 of the Constitution Act of 1982?

Aboriginal title and rights are still in existence in the Kiji Sìbì (Ottawa Valley), including what became Northern Frontenac County.

These lands were never ceded or surrendered to the Crown. As the Algonquin community holding title and rights within the lands in question, and as an Aboriginal community whose rights are embedded, recognized and guaranteed in the Section 35 of the Constitution Act of 1982, clearly both the Province of Ontario and the federal government have Constitutional duties and obligations to protect aboriginal lands from the detrimental activities associated with uranium mining.

What’s more, Frontenac Ventures Corporation should not have been granted claims or staking rights on these traditional lands without prior notification by the Ministry of Mining and Northern Development, and they should not have been allowed to purchase crown lands without our consent, as the Algonquin people are the only autonomous authority within those lands.

Neo Conservative said...

it's good to know this is all so legally "cut and dried"... all the aboriginals have to do is stop acting like crazy children and go to court and get their own injunction.

oh wait... they don't recognise the "white mans law", do they?


Anonymous said...

neocon realized...'oh wait... they don't recognise (sic) the "white mans (sic) law", do they?'

By George!!! If I interpret your naive regurgitation of post-colonial jargon correctly, I believe you've got it. Or at least you are getting close.

At any rate they are also blockading on the settlers' behalf. Supporting good conservative ideals, as expressed by Randy Hillier, PC Candidate and longtime leader of the Lanark Landowners Association:

"First, Ontario should award all property owners the subsurface rights to their land...

"Second, revenues from mineral revenues on Crown lands should be shared with municipalities...(well, they may have their own interpretation of this one)

"Third, it should be the local people themselves who decide whether mineral exploitation goes ahead..."

source: "Ontario Mining Law is a Mess" By Randy Hillier and Scott Reid

Neo Conservative said...

anon protests... they are also blockading on the settlers' behalf"

ya just gotta love that aboriginal altruism.

and randy hillier, of course... it's exactly the same thing.

remind me again... which tract of land have randy and his band of conservative thugs illegally occupied this week?


Anonymous said...

Skeletons in legal closet
Activists charge Law Society made away with stolen Six Nations funds

As rain drizzles onto the old stone cobbles outside the Law Society of Upper Canada on Queen West this August 21, Six Nations activists are giving the org, to which every Ontario lawyer belongs, a back-to-school history lesson.

It's being taught by Janie Jamieson, one of the originators of the ongoing Caledonia reclamation. She charges that the venerable society, founded in 1797, was funded in part by money stolen from the Six Nations trust.

"Canada has a deep-rooted history in regards to its illegal activity and discrimination against Indians," she says, addressing 30 supporters outside the Law Society's building.

Jamieson's argument comes from Six Nations perusal of archival Indian Affairs records. These, Aboriginal legal experts say, demonstrate clearly that money raised by the Crown through selling or leasing Six Nations land in the 18th and 19th centuries and supposedly held in trust for them was siphoned off to many government projects, with no record of repayment.

Among these were cash payments made to fund budding municipalities and various public works and a mystery 1847 transfer in the amount of $1,000 to the Law Society of Upper Canada.

"Our money was used to run many projects that created this country," says Six Nations' Philip Monture, who has spent 30 years researching issues related to land rights.

"Between the 1830s and Confederation, our money was used to start running the country. There were no financial institutions per se that were creating revenues like Six Nations lands were. We built a lot of the infrastructure within the province of Ontario today, and we've got no returns for it."

At Indian and Northern Affairs , media rep Patricia Valladao responds that a lot of complex historical issues are at stake, and ongoing negotiations between Six Nations and government are a painstaking process. "The parties have to work through these challenging issues," she says, "but the use of the media in negotiations is not conducive to a peaceful and timely result."

And the Law Society itself? The organization exists, it says, to uphold the "independence, integrity and honour of the legal profession." It's made its home in Osgoode Hall, famous for its ghosts, but it seems unaware of this embarrassing skeleton rattling in its closet.

"The issue predates Confederation, and the Law Society is conducting a search of archival records,'' says spokesperson Susan Tonkin. "We don't have all the necessary information available yet."

Native rights lawyer Chris Reid, attending the rally, points out, "One of the issues we've raised both in the case of Caledonia and in the case of the Ardoch Algonquins and uranium is the failure of Canada and the government of Ontario to respect their own law and the many treaties or agreements that have been made with Indian nations."

A sign carried by a tall Mohawk man puts the argument succinctly: "Break a treaty break a law."

Meanwhile on the campaign trail, Conservative John Tory steps into Mike Harris's brimstone-scented tracks in this election with a promise of zero tolerance for Aboriginal occupations.

Tory is using the oldest trick in the New World: turning legitimate native protestors into criminals in the eyes of the public. In this day and age, governments accomplish this by stalling on landclaim negotiations and then relying on the courts to grant injunctions. It's a strategy that the Ipperwash Inquiry found repugnant.

Caledonia demonstrators defying a court order faced a violent OPP raid a year ago last April, holding lands they never relinquished.

The Algonquin today face similar issue in their anti-uranium blockade at Sharbot Lake near Kingston."Every time a judge has made an injunction against indigenous people, it has led to more violence against us,'' says Robert Lovelace, a former Ardoch Algonquin chief who is showing his support at the Law Society protest.

As the protest winds down, lawyer Sarah Dover offers to take demonstrators to see the Law Society's replica of the two-row wampum a document in the form of a beaded belt, one of the earliest treaties between European settlers and the Haudenosaunee, the centuries-old Iroquois confederacy.

A motley crew bearing cameras, signs and a baby, we file in past three skittish security officers. Even the baby is walked through the metal detector. We tiptoe upstairs, through a maze of marble, mahogany and tapestry.

A couple of demonstrators point upward. Glowing above our heads, embedded in a stained glass window, are images of wampum belts. Like the relationship between Canada and the Iroquois, these windows and this building are older than Canada. Like Osgoode Hall itself, the rule of law is built on earlier foundations.

In a quiet back stairwell, we find the replica wampum, presented when Mohawk Michael Mitchell of Akwesasne was called to the bar. Two parallel beaded rows represent the two sovereign nations: the canoe of the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) and the boat of the settler peoples from other parts of the world who came to stay. Though they travel the same river, they don't intertwine or merge. Two parallel lines move forward, side by side together.
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Neo Conservative said...

"anon said... It's being taught by Janie Jamieson"

take a closer look my friend... janie jamieson's got about as much credibility as peewee herman.


Neo Conservative said...

oh, by the way... where does janie jamieson stand on beating a man unconscious with a two by four?

or is that just considered counting coup?