"Our Home And NATIVES Land?"

 

In my younger days we were taught what was called our National Anthem, singing it out loud at school and other Canadian events.  With what has been happening with our First Nations brother's, it got me to wondering as to whether the words in the song have been wrong all this time.  Unfortunately though, even with a website's capacity for its content, I could not even begin to scratch the surface with respect to the ever growing problems between First Nations and the Government of Canada, or should I say with the rest of us Canadians.

A very brief history, scientific research has shown that our Natives originally were from Europe and/or Asia, they weren't "home grown" Canadians.  They were in fact the first people to inhabit this area we know as Canada and to date there are approx. 1.4 million strong, consisting of three distinctive groups, the First Nations (used to be called Indian's but some found it offensive), Inuit (who do not live on Reserves as some Status Indians do) and the Metis, who have only recently been designated as actual Indians and able to now receive any benefits that the other groups have to date. Complete Government info can be found at:     http://www.aadnc-aandc.gc.ca/eng/1100100016202/1100100016204

The main reason that I've started this "rant" is not a result of any prejudice I have against our First Nation brother's but rather the way in which they, or some of them, and the Government of Canada, have totally screwed up our great country through their indecisiveness and inability to settle claims and the complete and utter pathetic way in which First Nations people and the Government handles our money!  Approx. 6.5 billion dollars a year is spent on a total of 614 Bands.  I tried to figure out how much that works out to for each Band but my calculator doesn't handle that kind of input.  Instead, let's deal with something much more simple and while perhaps not indicative of other Bands, it does give a good example as to what is pissing off Canadian Taxpayers.   Lets talk about Attawapiskat and Chief Theresa Spence.  The only reason I bring this example up is that it is one that has been in our face for some time now and it only seems to get worse, so here we go.

Attawapiskat, a reserve which has approx. 1500 natives living on it, of which a third are under 19 years old.  Since 2006 approx. 104 million dollars has been "pumped" into the reserve to help it with its continuing problems.  Some sources say its more like 131 million but lets not split hairs, its alot of money either way.  The upsetting part about the money is the manner in which it has been used and abused.  Some literature states there are actually 3 Chiefs on the reserve and 18 band councilor's while other sources say 1 Chief (Spence) and 8 councilor's.  As stated by various news agencies the wages of these hard working folk varies greatly but from the Canadian Taxpayers Federation: http://taxpayer.com/blog/03-01-2013/fed-closer-look-chief-theresa-spences-pay  they state that she receives a tax free salary as Chief of $70,000.00, for us "whiteys" that would be in the neighborhood of 90 grand but needing a job that paid approx. 110 grand before taxes.  What was not mentioned was the daycare that she runs as well, that brings in a paltry 8 grand a month.  Then throw in her boyfriends salary as a "consultant" at $850 per day for whatever the hell he does and it all winds up being a pretty decent living, for them. 

Chief Spence was whining about the DeBeers mine on their property, that they got ripped on the deal.  There's not much point in me going through point by point of the contract but I have found the agreements online and it can be found here: http://www.sdsg.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/Outline-DeBeersAttawapiskatIBA.pdf  When you read through the agreement it indicates that DeBeer's has been living up to their contract's and in fact employ a 1000 First Nations people, which is nearly a third of the entire workforce!  The report also indicates that the Attawapiskat Band receives funds (cash) to the tune of 10 million dollars which is put into a trust fund.  They have also injected tons of other cash into the community to help out with poor housing and the schooling problems.  According to Spence this is not so.  Here's a good link to check out: http://www.sunnewsnetwork.ca/video/2070949556001

It's my humble opinion that Chief Spence is doing nothing but damage to First Nations reputation and trying to make a martyr of herself in the process.  Her "hunger strike" which was just downgraded by her own people to a "fast" is a farce!  I'd be checking around the teepee she's staying in for KFC bones cause there isn't any way that she's only drinking liquids and hasn't lost a pound!  Have you ever gone in for a colonoscopy??  You have to "fast" for a couple days with nothing more than clear broth and Jell-O.  I can tell you that even after this short period of time I was a mess, feeling very weak and not even being able to drive!  She's been doing this for a month now and looks like the day she started it, what's up with that!  All Spence is doing is trying to draw attention away from her mismanagement of millions of dollars and trying to get the sympathy of her own people and the rest of us Canadians.  Spending money that was meant for a school on a arena and a Zamboni??  Really? 

Give it up Theresa and get back to looking after your people in you community that are really suffering!  It's First Nations people like you and some of your followers who really get Canadians pissed at what's going on with your people.  Your trying to lead Prime Minister Harper around by the nose like a dog has failed, and your stories change more often than I change my shorts.  In my opinion your nothing short of a outright liar, and should be stripped of being Chief and have someone else come in that truly cares about your people.

Listen, I'm all for helping people, as long as they are willing to help themselves.  The problem we have with First Nations has been brewing forever, and it has to stop.  The money that has been poured into nothingness has to stop.  The crappy living conditions on these reserves has to stop.  The First Nations whining has to stop.  Whatever treaties were signed a 100 years ago and haven't been adhered to, I'm just guessing that that is all in the past and there's little chance of reviving them.  You say that we "stole your land" and that you want it all back,  I don't think it works that way.  We took your land by force??  Ya, probably, but that's what wars do.  Would you expect us to give all the land back that Hitler took in WW2, even though we won the war?  What you have to do now is move forward, and judging by he amount of money that the Federal Government has already "given" you, there will be plenty more where that came from.  But, you can't have people like Theresa Spence looking after things on your reserves, that's just money pilfered and there's nothing to show for it other than her streaked hair and fancy jewelry she sports. 

As far as the Idle No More protests, keep them going, but keep them legal.  One of the First Nations (and I believe it was the Chief from Manitoba) said that his people were peaceful folk, have you checked your own history!!  Good god, there was no one more brutal than some of the tribes way back when, and they were butchering their own kind!"This is what Indians did to Indians and this just happened to be Indians meeting whites. But the automatic thing in battle is that all the adult males would be killed. That was automatic. That was one of the reasons that Indians fought to the death. The white men were astonished by it but they were assumed that they would be killed. Small children were killed. Very small children were killed. A lot of the children in say, the 3-10 range were often taken as captives. The women were often raped and often killed. And all of the people in those settlements back in those years knew what a Comanche raid was — knew what a Comanche raid meant. ... And it's an interesting kind of moral question as a historian about Plains Indians or American Indians in general. You have to come to terms with this — with torture, which they practiced all across the West — and these kind of grisly practices that scared white people to death."  Don't hand us that peaceful BS, check out the Internet sometime and see what "your people" did way back when.  Your decision to not attend PM Harper's meeting was stupid, and no doubt it was only to support the poor starving Chief Spence.  When you go into a battle you'd best check out your backup before you proceed because you just might be left standing on the battle field by yourself!  Spence is the last person I'd want to be supporting over any First Nation matters.  Have a look at this You Tube clip from Sun News: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1JWTotEc_XA

This First Nation's issues will go on for years, but more than likely for decades.  Like a smoker, unless they are willing to quit, then they won't.  If First Nations is not willing to move forward, and I don't mean forget the past, some things cannot be forgotten, but for God's sakes move on from it.  Do more as a First Nations, Metis or Inuit, show yourselves and us that you can and will be part of the solutions and not the problems, and the rest of Canada will stand with you, I know I would.  In closing, here's a blurb that circulated a while back from the Chief Louie of the Osoyoos band, he pretty much hits the nail right on the head:

Chief Clarence Louie, Osoyoos BC speaking in Northern Alberta, speaking to a large aboriginal conference and some of the attendees, including a few who hold high office, have straggled in.

'I can't stand people who are late, he says into the microphone. Indian Time doesn't cut it. ' Some giggle, but no one is quite sure how far he is going to go. Just sit back and listen:

'My first rule for success is Show up on time.' 'My No. 2 rule for success is follow Rule No. 1.' 'If your life sucks, it's because you suck.' 'Quit your sniffling.' 'Join the real world. Go to school, or get a job.' 'Get off of welfare. Get off your butt.' He pauses, seeming to gauge whether he dare, then does.
'People often say to me, How you doin'? Geez I'm working with Indians what do you think?' Now they are openly laughing ..... applauding. Clarence Louie is everything that was advertised and more.

'Our ancestors worked for a living, he says. So should you.' He is, fortunately, aboriginal himself. If someone else stood up and said these things - the white columnist standing there with his mouth open, for example - you'd be seen as a racist. Instead, Chief Clarence Louie is seen, increasingly, as one of the most interesting and innovative native leaders in the country even though he avoids national politics.

He has come here to Fort McMurray because the aboriginal community needs, desperately, to start talking about economic development and what all this multibillion-dollar oil madness might mean, for good and for bad.

Clarence Louie is chief and CEO of the Osoyoos Band in British Columbia's South Okanagan. He is 44 years old, though he looks like he would have been an infant when he began his remarkable 20-year-run as chief.. He took a band that had been declared bankrupt and taken over by Indian Affairs and he has turned in into an inspiration.

In 2000, the band set a goal of becoming self-sufficient in five years. They're there.

The Osoyoos, 432 strong, own, among other things, a vineyard, a winery, a golf course and a tourist resort, and they are partners in the Baldy Mountain ski development. They have more businesses per capita than any other first nation in Canada.
There are not only enough jobs for everyone, there are so many jobs being created that there are now members of 13 other tribal communities working for the Osoyoos. The little band contributes $40-million a year to the area economy.
Chief Louie is tough. He is as proud of the fact that his band fires its own people as well as hires them. He has his mottos posted throughout the Rez.
He believes there is no such thing as consensus, that there will always be those who disagree. And, he says, he is milquetoast compared to his own mother when it comes to how today's lazy aboriginal youth, almost exclusively male, should be dealt with.

Rent a plane, she told him, and fly them all to Iraq. Dump'em off and all the ones who make it back are keepers. Right on, Mom.
The message he has brought here to the Chipewyan, Dene and Cree who live around the oil sands is equally direct: 'Get involved, create jobs and meaningful jobs, not just window dressing for the oil companies.' 'The biggest employer,' he says, 'shouldn't be the band office.' He also says the time has come to get over it. 'No more whining about 100-year-old failed experiments.' 'No foolishly looking to the Queen to protect rights.'
Louie says aboriginals here and along the Mackenzie Valley should not look at any sharing in development as rocking-chair money but as investment opportunity to create sustainable businesses. He wants them to move beyond entry-level jobs to real jobs they earn all the way to the boardrooms. He wants to see business manners develop: showing up on time, working extra hours. The business lunch, he says, should be drive through, and then right back at it.
'You're going to lose your language and culture faster in poverty than you will in economic development', he says to those who say he is ignoring tradition.
Tough talk, at times shocking talk given the audience, but on this day in this community, they took it and, judging by the response, they loved it.
Eighty per cent like what I have to say, Louie says, twenty per cent don't. I always say to the 20 per cent, 'Get over it.' 'Chances are you're never going to see me again and I'm never going to see you again' 'Get some counseling.'
The first step, he says, is all about leadership. He prides himself on being a stay-home chief who looks after the potholes in his own backyard and wastes no time running around fighting 100-year-old battles.
'The biggest challenge will be how you treat your own people.'

'Blaming government? That time is over.'

13-01-19
I had to put this on the site as well, this crap is never-ending and our Gov't has to do something about it:

Subject: Toronto Sun Editorial: a Must Read

Toronto Sun Editorial: a Must Read

When 82 First Nations chiefs and band councillors make more than the
prime minister, all while many of their people live in abject poverty,
something is horribly amiss. It's not new, but it is amiss.

In Alberta alone, for example, 47 chiefs and councillors made more last year than the PM's $317,574.

We have serious reservations about that.(no pun intended)

Now, since the money these chiefs and councillors pocket is grant money
from taxpayers, auditing their books in search of ne'er-do-wells and
misappropriated dollars would normally receive no political pushback.

But the Liberals need ink, don't they? They're a political embarrassment
in search of some buzz. So, looking for a headline grabber, along comes
Liberal aboriginal affairs critic Carolyn Bennett to label the
newly-introduced First Nations Transparency Act -- Bill C-27 -- a
"racist" and "paternalistic" piece of legislation. Well done, Ms.
Bennett. There's your news hit. Now please go away.

There is absolutely nothing "racist" or "paternalistic" about Bill C-27,
a vital and long-overdue piece of legislation that deserves quick
passage so that all Canada will finally get to know down which hole the
billions in First Nations' grant money goes.

From the outside looking in, and this is what raises many hackles, it
would appear that too many chiefs and not enough Indians are living
the good life on
the taxpayers' dime. Bill C-27 should clear up the mess up. Much like
the CBC vs. the Taxpayer, First Nations band members deserve
transparency and accountability from their elected officials, and
they are not getting it when their leaders refuse to come
clean with where the government's money goes, or how much goes into
their own pockets.
What is "racist" about that?
Now, you may have never heard of the Glooscap First Nation reserve in
Nova Scotia but you might be interested to know that one Mi'kmaq
politician there pulled in almost $1 million in pay in 2010, while band
councillors each earned between $210,000 and $260,000. Now, close your
eyes and try to envision just how big the Glooscap First Nation must be
to warrant such mammoth salaries. Give up? Well, in 2009, the population
actually living on the reserve was 87. We didn't drop any zeroes.