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When is Consultation, Consultation?

Ovide Mercredi

National Chief – AFN

During a Treaty Roundtable meeting of the Alberta Chiefs, I took note of a federal government document outlining their strategy to define and ultimately impose their own form of self-government. Based upon the content of this document, I called a press conference and subsequently handed-out copies of my outline of the document's content as presented by the Minister of Indian Affairs, Ron Irwin.

 

My decision to release this outline is based on a number of reasons. It is my firm belief that the federal government is not living up to its stated commitment of a fair, open and meaningful dialogue with First Nations on some of the long outstanding fundamental issues affecting First Nations. The outright refusal of DIAND to release this document flies in the face of federal rhetoric regarding a new relationship with First Nations based on full disclosure and transparency of information.

Governments plan their activities far in advance. If this document contains the sum of First Nations consultations, and possible with other associated groups, should it be kept from the people most affected? Should the First Nations and their leadership be denied right of access to a document that details the federal self-government agenda? Of course not! This document must rest firmly in the hands of First Nations if meaningful discussion, debate and hopefully, resolution is to take place.

During a chance encounter with the Minister Irwin, he allowed me to review a written summary of the document in question. It is my understanding, which has yet to be confirmed, that this document has already been shared with the provinces and other First Nations groups. I wonder aloud, whether Minister Irwin will return to Cabinet claiming that a thorough and complete consultation with First Nations has now produced a "final" solution to the Indian problem.

First Nations are long past accepting the notion that the "Great White Father" knows what is best for our communities, our organizations and our nation-states. Further, it isamazing to see the 1969 White Paper reappear in 1995 with a new coat of paint. The First Nations' fight against assimilation policies is now afoot.

The "Red Book", the supposed benchmark of the Liberal Government was explicit in its detailing of how the Liberals would resolve outstanding issues like the inherent right to self-government and treaty resolution. Unfortunately, as has always occurred in the past, federal promises remain empty and unfulfilled. It no longer matters which government First Nations confront, their intentions to diminish and ultimately limit our collective rights remains the same. The Charlottetown Accord set a benchmark for Aboriginal people in terms of our collective rights. The current Liberal government's approach is blatantly regressive and distant from the content of Charlottetown.

The recent last minute refusal of the Minister of Health to sign the Health Framework agreement with Manitoba First Nations on the basis that Health is not a Treaty Right indicates a severe lack of good faith. This agreement had been in negotiations for over two years and is proof positive that there is no intention of this government to resolve the fundamental issues of treaty rights and is in fact doing everything in its power to distance itself from these issues. Similar to the Buffalo Jump tactics of the mid 1980's, the process of dumping administrative control of under-funded federal programs and services to First Nations communities and organizations without recognition of these services as rights continues unabated. Our rights are now being defined by senior and middle management bureaucrats via internal policy development processes that do not include First Nations.

That is why, I have chosen the tactic of going public with our demand for Minister Irwin to release immediately his government's strategy document for defining and imposing self-government. I ask that you read the following outline carefully and you will understand as I do, that the federal agenda is proceeding with or without First Nations input. I would like to get your input on the content of this document so that we can publish them in a forthcoming issues of AFN-NEWS. So please write or fax your comments to:

AFN – NEWS

c/o Jean LaRose

55 Murray St., 5th
Floor

Ottawa, ON

K1N 5M3

(613) 241-6333 FAX

Remember
the words of Tecumseh in his plea for a united Indian front as he
spoke to the Osage in 1811, when he said:

Brothers
– We all belong to one family; we are all children of the Great
Spirit; we walk in the same path; slake our thirst at the same
spring; and now affairs of the greatest concern lead us to smoke the
pipe around the same council fire!

Brothers
– We are friends; we must assist each other to bear our
burdens. The blood of many of our fathers and brothers has run like
water on the ground, to satisfy the avarice of the white men. We,
ourselves are threatened with a great evil; nothing will pacify them
but the destruction of all the red men.

Brothers
– If you do not unite with us, they will destroy us, and then
you will fall easy prey to them. They have destroyed many nations of
red men because they were not united, because they were not friends
to each other.

The only difference between then and now is that the genocide of First Nations cultures is based on policy and paper, not guns and ammunition. Can First Nations together fend off another full frontal attack on our collective rights?

Ekosi

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I know the treaty issues are huge here but what can be done today to engage a community after so much conflict has occurred? What would a good engagement strategy look like? Surely a lot of people are uneducated and fearful of what they don't know, with exploration and development come economic activity and jobs...we do need that
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Excellent article. Thank You for having the courage to tell it like it is
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You tell them the truth.
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So sad. So important that you write it
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fraud is fraud.... the right to foster a return in common good of its citizens....

the queen cant take without fostering and paying the returns off the land to our unborn.....

like you cant go to china or any other country and demand everything without a return...

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its just a con-in-a-sultan-suit double dealing the deck.... English words you got to love hidden meanings like reconciliation sounds like to-re-hide-what-was-hidden... or re-concil-a-nation
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Thank you for this warning message to all First Nations people and Canadians. We are in perilous times as was foretold by our ancestors. The people now must come together around the The Tree of Life and the Great Law of Peace and to live in a good way as we were intended to live 'For as long as the sun shines and rivers flow'.That is the truth in the treaties and it is our responsibility to be aware, to educate ourselves and to take act on behalf of the earth and the coming generations.
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Ovide knows what he is speaking about. In 1996 at the end of his term as National Chief of the AFN, he and the Assembly were denied the right to review the RCAP which contained the plans for the $2.5 billion dollar Indian Residential School Resolution Canada Settlement, the Gathering Strength Action Plan which promised First Nations economic prosperity, and the policies which are being implemented now. Phil Fontaine, former National Chief was a chief negotiator under the RCAP and was promoted to National Chief of the AFN after Ovides term. Decisions made under his leadership have affected all First Nations people today, First Nations leaders must start with their own people and not make more harmful decisions that is going to hurt the next generation. We need to put our good minds and hearts together if we are to go on as First Nations people in the way we were intended.
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Shawn Atleo's "sudden" departure; Another politician goes, & here comes "our new" political leaders? Why the Non Shareholding NATIVE & non Native Canadians, et al, (95% - 99%) are living in Fear of The c - Ci Treaty, The CET Agreement & The TP Partnership and the enterprises that are derived from them?

While education is critical for Aboriginal Canadian children to, not only survive, but flourish, in both; Native communities & urban communities, the "sudden" resignation of The Assembly of First Nations National Chief, Shawn Atleo, leaves the aforementioned most vulnerable community members (MVCMs) continuing to be deprived of the information that is in The W.A.D. Accord* & thus, continues to prevent the most "vulnerables" from utilizing The Accord in order start getting the benefits that Aboriginal Canadians, et al, are entitled to by way of:
1) a) re-opening the existing treaty & land claims settlements with the government of Canada to accommodate the aforementioned information that Aboriginal Canadians, et al have been deprived of, including The Compensation embodied in The WAD Accord
b) re-formulating the ongoing treaty & land claims settlements that are presently being negotiated with the government of Canada to accommodate the aforementioned information that the most vulnerable Aboriginal Canadians (ie. 95% - 99% of the members of Native communities), et al, have been deprived of, including The Compensation embodied in The W.A.D. Accord
&
2) the international arrangements that are continuing to be utilized by corporate Canada in order to supersede, minimize, &/or, eliminate Aboriginal Canadians economic, educational interests, etc. with the foreign signatories of the FT Agreement (FTA), NAFT Agreement (NAFTA), C-CI Treaty (C-CIT), CET Agreement (CETA), TP Partnership (TPP), et al, as was the case with Jay's Treaty vs. Aboriginal Canadians.

Perhaps, the reader might also consider learning more about what the other potential signatories to the aforementioned arrangements are willing to share about the provisions for the retroactive Compensation, as well, before continuing their support of PM Harper's (corporate Canada's) secret arrangements, tribunals, punitive penalties to be paid by the domestic & foreign non shareholders by way of further major cuts to program funding, transfer payments, services, etc.

The departure of Mr. Atleo seems to have been particularly well timed as it avoided the attention that the potential signatories to the aforementioned arrangements (Agreements, Treaties, etc.) are expressing on behalf of their countries' non shareholders who will not be the beneficiaries of the enterprises that can be generated by the "arrangements", ie. the uncertainty for the 95% - 99% of the citizens of the signatory countries that is caused by, amongst other things:
1) The NOTIFICATION of PREEXISTING CHALLENGES to the China - Canada Investment Treaty (C-CIT; FIPPA)**,
2) The NOTIFICATION of PREEXISTING CHALLENGES to the EU - Canada Comprehensive Economic &Trade Agreement (CETA)***,
3) The NOTIFICATION of PREEXISTING CHALLENGES to the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP)****,
4) et al,
&
5) the reopening & renegotiating existing "superseding" arrangements (Agreements, Treaties, etc.).
In conclusion, with the departure of Mr. Atleo, do the non shareholding readers think that they will start to obtain the information that they have been deprived of, or, will corporate Canada continue to secretly & successfully play off the most vulnerable community members against the potential foreign investors by way of "our new" political leaders?

*The WAD Accord; Google; "The W.A.D. Accord""...
** "...PREEXISTING CHALLENGES to C-CITreaty; Google; "Prime Minister Harper; You've Been Served with The NOTIFICATION..."
*** "...PREEXISTING CHALLENGES to CETA; Google; "Presidents of the EU; You've Been Served with The NOTIFICATION..."
****"...PREEXISTING CHALLENGES to TPP; Google; Relevant PRESIDENTS/PRIME MINISTERS of the potential signatories to the TPP; "...You've Been Served with The NOTIFICATION...".

Sincerely,
David E.H. Smith
- Researcher
- "Qui tam..."

For more Info. & Questions re; The Relationship between Human (Nature) Rights & Economics in the C-CI Treaty, the CET Agreement, TPP, et al, via The WAD Accord,
see; Facebook; David Smith, Sidney, BC,
or,
Google; "David E.H. Smith" to access "RECENT ARTICLES, LETTERS & NOTIFICATIONS" by DEHS,
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"HELP IS ON THE WAY?; The INHUMANELY HIGH RATES of SUICIDES, etc. in Canada"
Written by David E.H. Smith

Re; the NESKANTAGA First Nation's (Canada) high rate of SUICIDES.
After discussing with a
psychologist (Native), et al, the relationship BETWEEN:
the DEPRIVATION of the most vulnerable Native community members, et al, of the simplest & most basic information, such as the information in The W.A.D. Accord* (aka; The Australian Question).
and
the high rates of:
1) SUICIDES,
2) despair,
3) disenchantment,
4) unemployment,
5) poverty,
&
6) etc.,
that are found in many Native communities, et al, across Canada,
the PSYCHOLOGIST CONCURRED.

I have subsequently shared some of the aforementioned information, et al, with, &/or, have had the information & questions improved by, amongst others:
1) senior politicians & bureaucrats; both, federal & provincial, Canadian, et al,
2) the relevant lobbyists' clients & the executives of the political parties operating in Canada,
3) the "coveted" foreign investor, et al,
4) the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.
&
5) et al.

If you are interested in utilizing the aforementioned information to minimize, &/or, ELIMINATE the aforementioned major contributing factor to the SUICIDES, etc,
&/or,
have questions regarding the basis for The Compensation (similar to the compensation re; theResidential Schools, except larger, et al) to the most vulnerable community members, et al, for being deprived of the aforementioned simplest & most basic information,
then,
you might consider contacting the above groups & individuals in order to obtain some of the information that is in The W.A.D. Accord, etc.,
then,
contacting me by mail at:
2173 Bradford Ave., Sidney, B.C. CANADA. V8L 2C8.

By way of closing, does this information & the information in The WAD Accord belong to you, or, to the community members?
And, what do the psychologists that the Neskanataga are utilizing know about the aforementioned relationship & do they concur, or, not?

Sincerely,

David E.H. Smith
- Researcher
- "Qui tam..."

* For those who may not be familiar with The WAD Accord, &/or, its recent developments, see below the less comprehensive version of The W.A.D. ACCORD (aka; The Australian Question), &/or, The Accord can be accessed on line by way of the submission entitled:

"Towards a More Informed Opinion regarding the Environmental Impact & Context of the NGP (Pipeline), et al", Researched & Submitted by D.E.H.S., July 24, 2012 to the Enbridge Co.'s NGP Joint Review Panel..

Contact:

Ms. Colette Spagnuolo,
GatewayProcessAdvisor@ceaa-acee.gc.ca
Process Advisor, Northern Gateway Project.
(22nd Floor, 160 Elgin St. Ottawa ON K1A 0H3).
regarding:
gatewaypanel.review-examen.gc/cl... r-eng.html
Public Registry; File #A43076.
All letters of comment are under "F". This comment is available.
under the subfolder "S".
Further questions?;
GatewayProcessAdvisor@ceaa-acee.gc.ca
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David E.H. Smith -
Shawn Atleo's "sudden" departure; Another politician goes, & here comes "our new" political leaders? Why the Non Shareholding NATIVE & non Native Canadians, et al, (95% - 99%) are living in Fear of The c - Ci Treaty, The CET Agreement & The TP Partnership and the enterprises that are derived from them?

While education is critical for Aboriginal Canadian children to, not only survive, but flourish, in both; Native communities & urban communities, the "sudden" resignation of The Assembly of First Nations National Chief, Shawn Atleo, leaves the aforementioned most vulnerable community members (MVCMs) continuing to be deprived of the information that is in The W.A.D. Accord* & thus, continues to prevent the most "vulnerables" from utilizing The Accord in order start getting the benefits that Aboriginal Canadians, et al, are entitled to by way of:
1) a) re-opening the existing treaty & land claims settlements with the government of Canada to accommodate the aforementioned information that Aboriginal Canadians, et al have been deprived of, including The Compensation embodied in The WAD Accord
b) re-formulating the ongoing treaty & land claims settlements that are presently being negotiated with the government of Canada to accommodate the aforementioned information that the most vulnerable Aboriginal Canadians (ie. 95% - 99% of the members of Native communities), et al, have been deprived of, including The Compensation embodied in The W.A.D. Accord
&
2) the international arrangements that are continuing to be utilized by corporate Canada in order to supersede, minimize, &/or, eliminate Aboriginal Canadians economic, educational interests, etc. with the foreign signatories of the FT Agreement (FTA), NAFT Agreement (NAFTA), C-CI Treaty (C-CIT), CET Agreement (CETA), TP Partnership (TPP), et al, as was the case with Jay's Treaty vs. Aboriginal Canadians.

Perhaps, the reader might also consider learning more about what the other potential signatories to the aforementioned arrangements are willing to share about the provisions for the retroactive Compensation, as well, before continuing their support of PM Harper's (corporate Canada's) secret arrangements, tribunals, punitive penalties to be paid by the domestic & foreign non shareholders by way of further major cuts to program funding, transfer payments, services, etc.

The departure of Mr. Atleo seems to have been particularly well timed as it avoided the attention that the potential signatories to the aforementioned arrangements (Agreements, Treaties, etc.) are expressing on behalf of their countries' non shareholders who will not be the beneficiaries of the enterprises that can be generated by the "arrangements", ie. the uncertainty for the 95% - 99% of the citizens of the signatory countries that is caused by, amongst other things:
1) The NOTIFICATION of PREEXISTING CHALLENGES to the China - Canada Investment Treaty (C-CIT; FIPPA)**,
2) The NOTIFICATION of PREEXISTING CHALLENGES to the EU - Canada Comprehensive Economic &Trade Agreement (CETA)***,
3) The NOTIFICATION of PREEXISTING CHALLENGES to the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP)****,
4) et al,
&
5) the reopening & renegotiating existing "superseding" arrangements (Agreements, Treaties, etc.).
In conclusion, with the departure of Mr. Atleo, do the non shareholding readers think that they will start to obtain the information that they have been deprived of, or, will corporate Canada continue to secretly & successfully play off the most vulnerable community members against the potential foreign investors by way of "our new" political leaders?

*The WAD Accord; Google; "The W.A.D. Accord""...
** "...PREEXISTING CHALLENGES to C-CITreaty; Google; "Prime Minister Harper; You've Been Served with The NOTIFICATION..."
*** "...PREEXISTING CHALLENGES to CETA; Google; "Presidents of the EU; You've Been Served with The NOTIFICATION..."
****"...PREEXISTING CHALLENGES to TPP; Google; Relevant PRESIDENTS/PRIME MINISTERS of the potential signatories to the TPP; "...You've Been Served with The NOTIFICATION...".

Sincerely,
David E.H. Smith
- Researcher
- "Qui tam..."

For more Info. & Questions re; The Relationship between Human (Nature) Rights & Economics in the C-CI Treaty, the CET Agreement, TPP, et al, via The WAD Accord,
see; Facebook; David Smith, Sidney, BC,
or,
Google; "David E.H. Smith" to access "RECENT ARTICLES, LETTERS & NOTIFICATIONS" by DEHS,
*******
"HELP IS ON THE WAY?; The INHUMANELY HIGH RATES of SUICIDES, etc. in Canada"
Written by David E.H. Smith

Re; the NESKANTAGA First Nation's (Canada) high rate of SUICIDES.
After discussing with a
psychologist (Native), et al, the relationship BETWEEN:
the DEPRIVATION of the most vulnerable Native community members, et al, of the simplest & most basic information, such as the information in The W.A.D. Accord* (aka; The Australian Question).
and
the high rates of:
1) SUICIDES,
2) despair,
3) disenchantment,
4) unemployment,
5) poverty,
&
6) etc.,
that are found in many Native communities, et al, across Canada,
the PSYCHOLOGIST CONCURRED.

I have subsequently shared some of the aforementioned information, et al, with, &/or, have had the information & questions improved by, amongst others:
1) senior politicians & bureaucrats; both, federal & provincial, Canadian, et al,
2) the relevant lobbyists' clients & the executives of the political parties operating in Canada,
3) the "coveted" foreign investor, et al,
4) the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.
&
5) et al.

If you are interested in utilizing the aforementioned information to minimize, &/or, ELIMINATE the aforementioned major contributing factor to the SUICIDES, etc,
&/or,
have questions regarding the basis for The Compensation (similar to the compensation re; theResidential Schools, except larger, et al) to the most vulnerable community members, et al, for being deprived of the aforementioned simplest & most basic information,
then,
you might consider contacting the above groups & individuals in order to obtain some of the information that is in The W.A.D. Accord, etc.,
then,
contacting me by mail at:
2173 Bradford Ave., Sidney, B.C. CANADA. V8L 2C8.

By way of closing, does this information & the information in The WAD Accord belong to you, or, to the community members?
And, what do the psychologists that the Neskanataga are utilizing know about the aforementioned relationship & do they concur, or, not?

Sincerely,

David E.H. Smith
- Researcher
- "Qui tam..."

* For those who may not be familiar with The WAD Accord, &/or, its recent developments, see below the less comprehensive version of The W.A.D. ACCORD (aka; The Australian Question), &/or, The Accord can be accessed on line by way of the submission entitled:

"Towards a More Informed Opinion regarding the Environmental Impact & Context of the NGP (Pipeline), et al", Researched & Submitted by D.E.H.S., July 24, 2012 to the Enbridge Co.'s NGP Joint Review Panel..

Contact:

Ms. Colette Spagnuolo,
GatewayProcessAdvisor@ceaa-acee.gc.ca
Process Advisor, Northern Gateway Project.
(22nd Floor, 160 Elgin St. Ottawa ON K1A 0H3).
regarding:
gatewaypanel.review-examen.gc/cl... r-eng.html
Public Registry; File #A43076.
All letters of comment are under "F". This comment is available.
under the subfolder "S".
Further questions?;
GatewayProcessAdvisor@ceaa-acee.gc.ca
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