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New research finds at least 3,000 confirmed Indian residential school deaths

Posted by seumasach on July 27, 2013

National Post

18th February, 2013

TORONTO — At least 3,000 children, including four under the age of 10 found huddled together in frozen embrace, are now known to have died during attendance at Canada’s Indian residential schools, according to new unpublished research.

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Canada obliged to reveal info on abuse of aboriginal school kids

Posted by seumasach on July 25, 2013

PressTV

24th July, 2013

A superior court of general jurisdiction in Canada has ordered the government to release millions of documents on its residential school system, which will reveal secrets of abuse and torture of aboriginal children at government-funded schools, Press TV reports.

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Canada’s toxic spill of anti-native racism

Posted by seumasach on December 10, 2012

Eric Walberg

PressTV

19th October, 2012

News that should warm the heart of any supporter of native rights and critic of Stephen Harper — that native activists will finally get a voice at OPEC (however weak) — has been greeted by the silence of the liberal lambs. Where are voices of reason? Where is the opposition in Canada’s so-called democracy?

The only public response to former Roseau River chief Terrance Nelson’s efforts to help his people — Canada’s First Nation (as opposed to the settlers who stole the land and who export and destroy our resources) — is to accuse him of treason, of consorting with the enemy, the enemy being a nation which has never threatened Canada, the US or any other nation with aggression. A nation which is instead the victim of harsh sanctions and unrelenting subversion by Canada and its ‘friends’.

Nelson and former Dakota Tipi chief Dennis Pashe were in Iran this week meeting with government officials and academics. According to APTN (Aboriginal Peoples Television Network), the Iranian government is willing to back First Nations leaders if they want to address OPEC at its next confab 12 December in Vienna, to get a better deal on the 2.5 million barrels a day of oil that is pumped from Indigenous territories and sent by Canada to the US.

Nelson plans to tell OPEC that the native people of Canada are the true owners of Canada’s petroleum resources. “We call upon the government of Canada to consider the experiences of other countries regarding fair distribution of the natural resources’ income. The OPEC nations have had a similar history in dealing with colonial powers,” said Nelson in Tehran.

Nelson met with Mohammad Javad Larijani, Iran’s secretary for the High Council for Human Rights. “As we defend the rights of people in Bahrain, Iraq, Afghanistan and Palestine in the international organizations, we will also defend Canada’s Aboriginal population. Canada has exploited and even committed genocide against the Aboriginal people rather than investing in their treasure of cultural and civilization wealth,” said Larijani.

“We were warned not to go to Iran, and Western media have consistently tried to dehumanize and demonize the Iranian people. The people of Iran are nothing like the lies told in Western media,” said Nelson on Iran’s PressTV. Even as he spoke the EU was blacking out PressTV.

Nelson visited several university classes. The Iranian NGO Peace Lovers Society agreed to provide university scholarships to 10 First Nations students to study in Iran in the area of oil and gas, medicine and economics. Iranians have a lot to teach Canadians about oil and imperial greed. Britain and Russia occupied Iran during both WWI&II, and Britain and the US orchestrated a regime change in Iran in 1953 to make sure the oil kept flowing to the ‘good guys’.

Lesson number one: there are no ‘good guys’ in imperialism; there are only exploiters and victims.
Lesson number two: the exploiters are always right and the victims always wrong.
Lesson number three: if the victims manage to take control of the oil, asserting their rights, they better watch out, as the exploiters will do everything in their power to snatch back the black gold.
Lesson number four: if you manage to unite your people and keep control of the oil, you can survive even the most aggressive aggression.

For a half century now, the Canadian government has tried to whitewash its exploitation of natives. Wrote New Democratic Party MP Thomas Berger in 1966: “They began by taking the Indians’ land without any surrender and without their consent. Then they herded the Indian people onto reserves. This was nothing more nor less than apartheid, and that is what it still is today.”

*Aboriginal people were deprived of their land and cultural traditions. Children were removed from their families and forcibly sent away to residential schools where many were sexually abused by their white teachers.
*Aboriginal people are three times more likely than non-Aboriginals to be victims of violent crime, and at even higher risk of sexual assault.
*Aboriginal people are six times more likely to be in prison. Only 2.8% of the Canadian population, natives account for 18% of federal prisoners. In the Prairies, 50% of prisoners are Aboriginals.
*First Nations children in western countries live in Third World conditions, with an estimated 80% of urban Aboriginal children under the age of 6 living in poverty.

Harper refused approval of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in 2007. Canada’s ambassador John McNee complained at the time that the UN declaration gives “Indigenous peoples the right to the lands and resources which they have traditionally owned”. He said this language was too vague, leaving the government open to expensive law suits. Instead Harper issued a cost-free apology in 2008 for the “lasting and damaging impact on Aboriginal culture, heritage and language” resulting from Indian Residential Schools.

Canada is facing a fateful moment in its history: will it stand up to the oil industry and safeguard our resources and environment for future generations? Native leaders like Nelson are allies in protecting the future, but are treated like enemies. ‘Friends’ are those who destroy the environment through oil spills and destructive extractive processes, so-called ”extreme energy”, the notorious ‘oil sands’ that the Harper government is promoting now in traditional native lands.

The real equation is: Extreme energy= extreme methods= extreme disasters= extreme opposition. The campaign against Nelson is a toxic spill of anti-native racism, blatantly supporting both the oil-mongers and war-mongers. The real terrorist in the equation is not Iran or Nelson, but Canada’s angelic-looking prime minister and his shrill chorus in the mainstream press, urging war on Iran, denying natives their long-infringed rights, and preventing them from even talking to those who are sympathetic to them.

For those who believe the demonizing depiction of Iran in the media, the US travel writer Rick Steves provides a healthy corrective in his 2008 travelogue about Iran (www.ricksteves.com/iran/). He met hundreds of ordinary people and returned convinced that whatever the differences, Iran was no enemy and deserves our understanding.

He points out the irony is that Iran represents what a sensible Christian (American or Canadian) would like culturally — modest dress for women, no alcohol, religious education, promotion of family values, the discouraging of lewd public behavior, drugs and premarital sex. “Both societies seek a defense against the onslaught of modern materialism that threatens their traditional family values.”

The difference for fundamentalist Harper being that Iran combines that with national independence and use of the country’s resources to help the people, not a handful of rich executives.

This supposedly makes Iran ‘undemocratic’. In contrast, the ‘democratic’ EU last week was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, for “the advancement of peace, reconciliation and democracy”, even as it fuels the war fever against Iran and infringes “reconciliation and democracy” by banning PressTV from European airwaves and imposing even harsher sanctions.

John Berger is one of the NDP’s great elders. Why isn’t the NDP defending native rights today, especially with regards to resource management and environmental protection — where the natives have a lot to teach the white man? Why doesn’t Harper apply for Canada’s admission to OPEC, and make Canada a vigorous, independent voice in world affairs?

He was awarded the 2012 World Statesman of the Year for his work as a “champion of democracy”. His achievements include increasing Canada’s arms spending, keeping troops in Afghanistan, militarizing the Arctic, and beginning construction of the $880-million Communications Security Establishment in Ottawa to “distinguish Canada as a leader among its intelligence allies”.

In other words, to remake Canada as a security-obsessed adjunct to the US. In our Looking Glass world, this makes Canada ‘democratic’. In the words of Humpty Dumpty, “When I use a word, it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.”

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Canada has ethnic cleansing of aboriginals on agenda: Native ex-chief

Posted by seumasach on October 15, 2012

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UN censures Canada for violation of children’s rights

Posted by seumasach on October 10, 2012

PressTV

10th October, 2012

The United Nations has censured the Canadian government for its gross violations of the rights of children and has accused the country of “serious and widespread discrimination” against First Nations children

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How racism destroyed a great cricketer

Posted by seumasach on October 4, 2012

Eddie Gilbert: The True Story of an Aboriginal Cricketing Legend By Mike Colman and Ken Edwards ABC Books, 2002 280 pages, $29.95 (pb)

Green Left

6th November, 2002

Only one bowler has ever knocked the bat out of the hands of Don Bradman, cricket’s greatest batter: Eddie Gilbert. Only 15 bowlers have ever dismissed Bradman without a run to his name. Eddie Gilbert was one of them. Yet, whilst Bradman played test cricket for Australia for two decades, Gilbert was never selected to play at the sport’s highest level.

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The life and death of an Australian hero, whose skin was the wrong colour

Posted by seumasach on October 4, 2012

John Pilger

4th October, 2012

The life and death of an Australian hero, whose skin was the wrong colour

Arthur Murray died the other day. I turned to Google Australia for tributes, and there was a 1991 obituary of an American ballroom instructor of the same name. There was nothing in the Australian media. The Australian newspaper published a large, rictal image of its proprietor, Rupert Murdoch, handing out awards to his employees. Arthur would have understood the silence.

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Aboriginal museum is forced to display evidence of the Canadian genocide

Posted by seumasach on May 14, 2011

Intel Hub

Source: Teka News

14th May, 2011

See also:

Unrepentant: Kevin Annet and Canada’s Genocide

For the first time in Canadian history, a public museum will exhibit evidence which makes reference to overtly genocidal policies by both the churches and government of Canada towards indigenous people, including in the deadly Indian residential schools.

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Happy New Year to our readers-Emmet’s speech from the dock.

Posted by smeddum on January 1, 2011


Robert Emmet’s speech on the eve of his execution.

My Lords:

What have I to say why sentence of death should not be pronounced on me according to law?  I have nothing to say that can alter your predetermination, nor that it will become me to say with any view to the mitigation of that sentence which you are here to pronounce, and I must abide by.  But I have that to say which interests me more than life, and which you have labored (as was necessarily your office in the present circumstances of this oppressed country) to destroy.  I have much to say why my reputation should be rescued from the load of false accusation and calumny which has been heaped upon it.  I do not imagine that, seated where you are, your minds can be so free from impurity as to receive the least impression from what I am going to utter–I have no hopes that I can anchor my character in the breast of a court constituted and trammeled as this is–I only wish, and it is the utmost I expect, that your lordships may suffer it to float down your memories untainted by the foul breath of prejudice, until it finds some more hospitable harbor to shelter it from the storm by which it is at present buffeted. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mayors in the Bolivian Amazon to Expel USAID from Their Municipalities

Posted by smeddum on July 23, 2010

Wilson García Mérida, Bolpress

21/7/10

Bolivia Rising

A transcendent fact has happened in the multicultural State of Bolivia. The mayors of the municipalities of the autonomous region of Pando, in the Bolivian Amazon, decided to expel from their jurisdictions the various NGOs, foundations and companies operating in this area with funding from the Agency of Cooperation of the United States (USAID in its acronym in English) noting that these entities “are those that generate internal conflicts within the country, interfering in our political process of national liberation to undermine the democratic legitimacy of our government,” said a statement issued on July 6 by the municipal authorities of the Amazon frontier with Brazil and Peru. Read the rest of this entry »

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Fidel Castro: We send Doctors, Not Soldiers

Posted by smeddum on January 25, 2010

Reflections by Comrade Fidel
source

23rd Jan 2010

WE SEND DOCTORS, NOT SOLDIERS.

In my Reflection of January 14, two days after the catastrophe in Haiti, which destroyed that neighboring sister nation, I wrote: “In the area of healthcare and others the Haitian people has received the cooperation of Cuba, even though this is a small and blockaded country. Approximately 400 doctors and healthcare workers are helping the Haitian people free of charge. Our doctors are working every day at 227 of the 237 communes of that country. On the other hand, no less than 400 young Haitians have been graduated as medical doctors in our country. They will now work alongside the reinforcement that traveled there yesterday to save lives in that critical situation. Thus, up to one thousand doctors and healthcare personnel can be mobilized without any special effort; and most are already there willing to cooperate with any other State that wishes to save Haitian lives and rehabilitate the injured.” Read the rest of this entry »

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