No 645 Posted by fw, January 3, 2013
The document, reproduced below, highlights the kinds of issues that precipitated the Idle No More movement. Unfortunately, no references are provided to link the alleged treaty violations to specific sections in the cited legislation, which would make verifying the accuracy of the claims prohibitively time-consuming.
To access the original version of the document, click on the linked title. The version posted below includes added hyperlinks and formatting changes.
The Harper Government of Canada is currently putting through 8 BILLS that violate treaties and are meant to destroy and assimilate First Nations in the same way the 1969 White Paper was meant to.
The 1969 White Paper aimed to eliminate the Indian Act, Get Rid of Treaty Rights, Do Away with Reserves Lands, and Assimilate.
Never in history has there been so many bills regarding and impacting First Nations been pushed through the House of Commons at one time. They are below.
All found below are changes of the Indian Act, impositions, and encroachments of legislations onto First Nation people without the right to free, prior, and informed consent
Bill C-45: Jobs and Growth Act (Omnibus Bill)
I. Land Surrenders
II. Navigable Waters Act
Bill S-2: Family Homes of Reserve Matrimonial Interests of Rights Act
First Nation Education Act
Bill S-212: An Act to Amend the Interpretation Act
Bill S-212: First Nations Self-Government Recognition Bill and FNPOA
Bill S-8: Safe Drinking Water for First Nations
Bill C-428: Indian Act Amendment and Replacement Act
Bill C-27: First Nations Financial Transparency Act
Before attempting to push these through, Harper made a pre-emptive strike against First Nations by slashing funding (sometimes up to 80%) to fracture capacity where we could protect ourselves fully through our organizations.
All points on this handout can be found at Idle No More Alberta – Dr. Pamela Palmater* (Videos Parts 1-4). Click on the Tab Dr. Pamela Palmater and scroll down the page. The 4 videos are also accessible on Youtube
All of these Bills are also in direct violation of Article 18, 19 & 20 of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).
IDLE NO MORE idlenomore.ca
*Dr. Pamela Palmater’s Bio (Click on the link for the complete bio)
In brief — Dr. Pamela D. Palmater is a Mi’kmaw citizen and member of the Eel River Bar First Nation in northern New Brunswick. She is a mother of two boys, Mitchell and Jeremy ages 20 and 18 and comes from a large family of 8 sisters and 3 brothers. She has been a practicing lawyer for 14 years and she holds the position of Associate Professor and Chair in Indigenous Governance in the Department of Politics and Public Administration, and heads the Centre for Indigenous Governance at Ryerson University.