‘Boushie Update’

“The family of a Saskatchewan man who was shot and killed by a local landowner in 2016 plans to appeal an internal investigation by the RCMP that cleared officers of wrongdoing in how they interacted with them in the wake of his death.

“Colten Boushie, 22, was shot and killed in August 2016 on a rural property near Biggar, Sask. His death ignited racial tensions across the province and landowner Gerald Stanley — who has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder — goes on trial in February.

“But when seven officers went to Red Pheasant ‘First Nation’ {a ‘nation’ of 2,472 people} to inform his mother and siblings of his death, they surrounded and searched the family’s trailer. They were acting on a tip that a possibly-armed man had fled the scene of Boushie’s death to a trailer looking like that of his family… Continue reading ‘Boushie Update’

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‘Tribal Dysfunction Costs Manitoba Taxpayers’

This story continues without a resolution, from a combination of government incompetence and cowardice. As a result, the law is not being enforced against this aboriginal group, and the rest of Manitobans are paying for this unequal application of the law…

In 1996, an armed rebellion (including members of the ‘Manitoba Warriors’ criminal gang) which resulted in the arson of 3 homes (including the Chief’s), resulted in the eviction of 350 Band members from what was then called the Waterhen reserve in Manitoba. 

The dispute revolved around the competition for power between two dominant families {“Local legend has it that the bad blood between the Catcheway and Nepinak families dates back over 100 years.”}. Since then, the rebels have demanded their own reserve but the federal government insists that new land for it must be subtracted from the original reserve. The Waterhen (now Skownan) ‘First Nation’ refuses to sanction the changes, so the rebels have been housed since 1996 by ‘Manitoba Housing’, and have refused to pay rent for 21 years… 

“‘Indigenous’ {‘descendants of Siberian settler’} families who face eviction from ‘Manitoba Housing’ units in Portage la Prairie…have vowed to move onto the legislature lawn when they lose their homes.

They’ve been living in Manitoba Housing in Portage since 1996, but have never paid rent. The province says they owe more than $1.2 million Continue reading ‘Tribal Dysfunction Costs Manitoba Taxpayers’

‘Surprise, Surprise: Sanity Prevails’

“A landmark decision released…by Canada’s top court paves the way for development of the ‘Jumbo Glacier’ resort in the Kootenays region of British Columbia, despite strong objections from the Ktunaxa ‘Nation’. 

“The ‘nation’ was fighting the approval of a ski resort in an area held ‘sacred’ to them and had argued that allowing the mega-project ‘Jumbo Glacier Resort’ to go ahead would irreparably harm their spiritual beliefs and practices — a violation of their charter right to religious freedom.
{For the background, see below…}

“The ruling came out before the sun came up over the Ktunaxa ‘Nation’ on Thursday morning, located more than 3,000 kilometres away from the Supreme Court of Canada, in southeastern B.C.. Continue reading ‘Surprise, Surprise: Sanity Prevails’

‘Poisoning Children’s Minds’

“A few years ago, my preschool daughter decided to dress up as a Native princess for Halloween. As far as I know, my family has no Native ancestry. But she wanted to dress up in a “beautiful” costume, and a Native princess was the most beautiful thing she could imagine. 

“Her teacher sent her home with instructions to change her costume because it was “offensive”.

“This left her baffled.

“I think it’s beautiful,” she said.

Continue reading ‘Poisoning Children’s Minds’