Monday, July 02, 2007

The Enablers

Aboriginal Day of Action recap:

Winnipeg does it right.

Meanwhile in Ontario, Shawn Brant announces that he plans to break the law. Ontario asks, "How can we help?"

Dalton McGuinty smiles at the end of the day, knowing that not one drop of blood has tainted his re-election chances. Mission accomplished.

Fantino declares that Brant will be "held accountable".

Shawn Brant toys with the idea of turning himself in this week - (Globe)

Who's in charge in Ontario? And what about the next time?

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This story isn't over folks (from Globe link):

In a leaked training manual, the Department of National Defence lists militant Mohawks as a major national-security threat, alongside groups such as Islamic Jihad.

"You know, when they brought out the DND training manual, listing the Mohawks along with Hezbollah and Taliban, most people were so offended by that," Mr. Brant said. But he wasn't. "It was the first time I felt happy for being identified as what we are - not terrorists, but as an insurgency, people trying to overthrow this government."

There is also an Algonquin claim to Parliament Hill, along with "pretty much all of Eastern Ontario" (H/T to reader Mac).

If Friday is any indication of things to come, we may as well just hand over the keys now.

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Update: Upper Canada Catholic - Don't Get Mad at the Natives. This post contains an update explaining how police neglected their duty.


Anonymous said...


I think that we are so bending over backwards so as to not offend anyone is working to our detriment.
So we here in the west are waiting till the next big attack by “Militant” Islam before we galvanize into unity. Instead we are sniping at each other.
We were unified as one people against Hitler and Stalin. We had leaders such as F.D.R. and Churchill who knew who the enemy was.
Now we are so inclusive and worried about offending any culture that we are immobilized from taking any action whatever and just waiting for the next shoe to drop. So we are waiting, waiting for the next great explosion to happen so that we can then galvanize our people into action to protect our countries from the extremists. Trouble is that the next attacks may be so extensive and far reaching that there not be any family that will not be affected or left grieving for family members blown up by those shouting, “Allah, Allah”, thinking that they are pleasing God by their killing and maiming innocent human beings.

So we sit and wait till the militants play their cards of death.

Anonymous said...

Whatever McGuinty does or does not do - you'll criticize him.

It's a "federal" issue - that's who they're waiting on.

Do you want blood? Sounds like it.

Joanne (True Blue) said...

It's a "federal" issue - that's who they're waiting on.

Policing is a provincial issue.

Do you want blood? Sounds like it.

Funny how the aboriginals in Winnipeg were able to get their point across without taking a whole province hostage.

Brian in Calgary said...

"OK, let's roll," said a man clad in green camouflage ...

"Let's roll" was an expression used by one of the heroes who was involved in making sure the plane that crashed in Pennsylvania on Sept 11, 2001 didn't make it to the highjackers' intended target. It is obscene to hear it used by terrorists.

Joanne (True Blue) said...

Brian, that bothered me too when I read it.

I'm sure somehow they see themselves as 'heroes'.

Anonymous said...

Day after Canada Day and it's back to the usual Indian-bashing. Nice.

Joanne (True Blue) said...

it's back to the usual Indian-bashing.

You obviously didn't read the post.

Anonymous said...

TangoJuliette sez:

1.) Let's not get too simplistic about the state of relationships between First nations and The Rest of Us.

2.) I am certain that much of the liberal media and it's political masters are somewhat miffed that blood was not shed, that the Conservatives can actually negotiate their way through this horiffic rat's nest of a Liberal fiasco. Well, the Libs DO claim to have been in charge around this Country since before Manitou stepped off the Ark/canoe with Norah. Uh, no. Make that NOAH!

3.) Friday wrap-up of QP on CTV was not much more than what it usually is: some kind of a leftoid mental circle-jerk. CTV.Globe.Star. Globe. Star.CTV.

Best pundit line from the Globe and Mail boy, referring to the moderation and successful conclusion to the ADA: "Credit Chief Fontaine, kudos to Chief such-and-so, bravo to this dude, to that guy and to the other fella.

The double-headed clincher was when he crudgingly made some slightly favourable comment about the Conservative Government and Minister Prentice. Then he took it all back with the next little slap upside the head-bone.:

"This is certainly THE LAST SORT OF THING one would expect from a conservative Government!"

Of course, he's from the Globe, and he's right.

Damn those Conservatives: they're all red-necked western SOB's who hate Canada, hate everybody in it and just can't wait to get to the hospital for that Mirrkin-Republican-Bushian implant that'll complete their dull and humdrum-ish, art poor and culture-ldepirved, philistine lives.

4.) Saw a coupla large photos of masked civilians in cammo attire. What! No gilly suiits? Don't know about you folks, but if my family were stuck in a cesspool with no potable water for more than five minutes, I'd be busting my hump, building shelter elsewhere. Moving the family out. Digging wells. That's what Dad is supposed to do. Pop's leadership and responsibility is supposedly all about tkaing care of family business. My Dad did it for his family. Same with my grandfathers. The women should be the ones negotiating, the men should be ensuring save shelter for the clan.

Nice phot ops. Nice photo cut lines too. "Our families are at risk because of foul living conditions.Our response is to camouflage and arm ourslves and sit around on our fat arses, in big comfy lawn chairs by the side of the four OH one. THAT'LL fix the water problem in my neighbourhood."

5.) Somehow, and I don't doubt it, but Canada's mis-treatment of Aboriginals over the past hundreds of years, is somehow a serious and negative contributing factor to this onging problem.


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Anonymous said...

tangoJuliette sez:

This is a pre-mptive posting./

NOTE/ In my opinion: Any chowder headed moroon who characterizes my last post as Indian-Bashing should have his head examined.

The many Aboriginal folks I served with in the military, did, and continue to do, the right thing(s). Likewise, many countless others that I have had no contact with. I do know that the blockaders of the 401 and 2 and the rail lines, are NOT representativre of most Indidans across Canada, and the USA.

The last mialing I sent in was my version of "complaining, whining slug-bashing."


cantuc said...

damn where does brant get the unmitigated gall to actually take a stand for what he believes in . in bloody canada of all places . unbelievable. . how typically UN - canadian.

Gannyaa said...

I post this again so that more people can read it. Original post at:

Treaties have been signed by many Countries, Nations, even by states and indigenous peoples all over the world.

My question is: why are those treaties signed by indigenous peoples not honored, where as countries like the USA is a part of the Southeast Asian Treaty and honor it?

I don't think that the Indian Act really has anything to do with the treaties. Treaties are signed by sovereign nations/countries.

If anything the police force of Canada (RCMP or OPP) should deal with Canadians not aboriginals, the Canadian Peace Keeper Forces (Canadian Army) is for conflict between Nations, unless of course Canada's Tin Can army and marine's can't handle the work load.

The treaties have to be rewritten to create rights and responsibilities. Responsibilities including use of natural resources, borders, etc.

Treaty - Google search

# a written agreement between two states or sovereigns

# A treaty is a binding agreement under international law concluded by subjects of international law, namely states and international organizations. Treaties can be called by many names: treaties, international agreements, protocols, covenants, conventions, exchanges of letters, exchanges of notes, etc.; however all of these are equally treaties, and the rules are the same regardless of what the treaty is called.

# A formal agreement between sovereign nations to create or restrict rights and responsibilities

Examples of International Treaties and Organizations

Southeast Asia Treaty Organization Members
* France
* Australia
* New Zealand
* Pakistan (which until 1971 included what is now Bangladesh)
* Philippines
* Thailand
* United Kingdom
* United States

Dutch American Friendship Treaty
* For over 60 years, the Dutch American Friendship Treaty has enabled USA citizens to start a business in Holland.

Russia China Friendship Treaty

The Treaty of Nanking
* Peace treaty between the Queen of Great Britian and Emperor of China.


As a grassroots person, the Indian Act is for Canadian's who were aboriginal, not indigenous people. The Indian Act overshadows that fact that we are Nations with treaties. Imagine a country with lots of little countries in it? How is that possible?

Negotiations, National Days of Action, Land Claims processes, Supreme Court rulings, all deter (mislead) indigenous peoples into thinking that they are not sovereign nations.

Once the hearts and spirits of indigenous people are laid out on the ground or buried, the Canadian government is free to assume ownership of the land, culture, language, whatever, and call it a Canadian Heritage.

Give the indigenous people's their treaty rights and country status, provincial status (or territory), under the umbrella of peace, or face the consequences.

A country can easily defeated from the inside out. Where will the line of defence be drawn?

Easy enough to ban Afganistan and Islamic terrorists, but what about insider threats? Some indigenous nations are not waiting much longer, ie Shawn Brant.

Thanks for the voice.


SouthernOntarioan said...

Not to put too fine a point on it but the aboriginal people in signing the treaties agreed to submit to the authority of the King (or Canada) ultimately. Meaning that for all intents and purposes the native peoples can't carve out their own 'sovereign nations' inside Canada. The 'treaties' were signed gave them land inside Canada not for the purposes of carving out a nation, but for the purposes of survival and the preservation of aboriginal culture.

Self-government in these areas allows native groups to address their problems in a fashion that is more in line with their cultural history and circumstances under the ultimate authority of the Canadian justice system. It is the same reason that Quebec exists as a predominantly francophone province or Nunavut as an Inuit territory. To provide a minority cultural group protection. But we cannot carve out hundreds of 'provinces' in Canada without damaging the political structure irreparably.

But lets take your comment about sovereign nations to its ultimate conclusion. If the native people want to be treated as sovereign nations then we should set up our borders and border crossings, tax the 'imports' from native lands, require them to stop using our money as their national currency, cease providing postal service, etc..

Its again like the Quebec sovereignty-association debate. If you want to be a separate nation then ask to be a separate nation with all the costs therein. But if you want to be part of Canada and enjoy the benefits of being part of Canada then stop threatening to 'separate' and demanding 'sovereignty'. Because, like francophone separatists in Quebec, native groups shouldn't be able to have it both ways.

Joanne (True Blue) said...

damn where does brant get the unmitigated gall to actually take a stand for what he believes in...

Cantuc, this was obviously meant in a sarcastic manner, which is fine.

I do give him credit for successfully assessing and exploiting the weakest links in Ontario - the McGuinty government and the OPP. He is a very clever man. I can't think of another person with as much clout in Ontario as Shawn Brant at this moment.

On the other hand, "taking a stand" usually involves some kind of risk. I can't see any risk for Brant in this one. Can you?

Joanne (True Blue) said...

Southern Ontarioan - I look forward to hearing Gannyaa's response to your comments. Very eloquently stated, BTW.

PGP said...

It's a mugs game to organize protests. Brant and his cronies are nothing more than that.

The fact that the various government agencies refuse to do their jobs where laws are being broken is the real problem. The underlying causes of that unwillingness or inability to do their jobs are something that really needs to be dealt with!

I suggest a good start would be to elect an entirely new government in Ontario. Boot out Every Incumbent and start with a clean slate.

Joanne (True Blue) said...

Boot out Every Incumbent and start with a clean slate.

There are a few worth keeping; a very few.

Gannyaa said...

Dear SouthernOntarioan and Joanne (true blue);

I'm no expert in civil law nor international law. Neither am I a diplomat or a political science minor, or a philosophical hobbyist.

What I do believe is that Canadians can honor all their relatives, all people living in Northern North America.

Some indigenous men have married Canadian women and have had children. Do you think those men hate their white mates? Think.

Maybe the government of Canada is trying to retrace it's steps, actions it took years ago.

Forgiveness a big part of the power of peace. Some native children still have to overcome the injustices of the Government of Canada and it's Indian Act. I've written a blog on it, as I have been directly affected with the assimilation antics of the Canadian Government's policies which every elected party follows like a creed. Forgiveness doesn't mean forgetting, how else can we stop repeating history?

"Residential Schools, Boarding Homes for Aboriginal Children and
Trauma-based Coercive Mind Control"

I try to tell my story like it is. Some may perceive it as a means to trigger an emotional response. I never took a writing, composition, or professional journalism.

This blog and others are very educational. Like a great room with thousands of voices...


Joanne (True Blue) said...

Like a great room with thousands of voices...

Very poetic, Gannyaa. I checked out your blog. Lots of symbolism and examples of native heritage. I don't pretend to understand it, but I do appreciate the beauty of the cultural and spiritual history.