Category Archives: Accountability

‘Opening the Books’


A courageous woman from the Onion Lake Band in Saskatchewan, with the help of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, has won a court ruling that effectively restores the ‘First Nations’ Financial Transparency Act – at least for her Band.
Congratulations, Charmaine…

CTF Prairie Director Todd McKay and Charmaine Stick. (Kevin Martel--980 CJME)

“A Saskatchewan ‘First Nation’ is being forced to reveal how it spends its money after a legal battle that’s played out over the last year.

“The Saskatchewan Court of Appeal upheld a June 15, 2017, ruling from Court of Queen’s Bench which ordered Onion Lake Cree ‘Nation’ — {a ‘nation’ of 5,032 people} situated about 50 kilometres north of Lloydminster — to publish basic financial information. Continue reading ‘Opening the Books’

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‘Where Has All The Money Gone?’


‘Onion Lake resident calls for release of Band’s financial documents’

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“A resident of the Onion Lake Cree ‘Nation’ {a ‘nation’ of 5,032 people and “The country’s top oil producing ‘First Nation’”} is launching a court application to try to get answers about how her Band is spending its money.

“Charmaine Stick, an Onion Lake Band member, launched an application in Regina…asking the court to force her band to disclose its salaries, expenses and financial statements.

Continue reading ‘Where Has All The Money Gone?’

‘Dysfunctional Governance: Yukon’s Liard ‘First Nation’


“The Liard ‘First Nation’, {a ‘nation’ of 1,152 people} based in Watson Lake, Yukon, is asking the Federal Court to restore its control of the funding it receives from the federal government.ERBLDysfunctional Governance--Yukon's Liard ‘First Nation’800x800“The ‘First Nation’ has been under third-party management for two years. The condition was imposed after it fell more than $700,000 in debt and failed to abide by the ‘Federal ‘First Nations’ Transparency Act’. 

“The third-party manager is an aboriginal-owned B.C. company called ‘Ganhada’. The firm said it does not comment on cases, but its relations with the Liard ‘First Nation’ have been rocky. When it was first appointed, it took seven months for Ganhada’s workers to gain access to ‘First Nation’ offices in Watson Lake.  Continue reading ‘Dysfunctional Governance: Yukon’s Liard ‘First Nation’

‘Stop The Fraud!’


 “…we refuse to accept that Canada can demand accountability from us…”
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‘Monitoring of billions pledged to aboriginals is lacking’

“Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has gone to great lengths to foster a warm relationship with aboriginals. He has promised to fulfil every recommendation of the ‘Truth and Reconciliation Commission’, including an inquiry into murdered and missing aboriginal women which is expected to cost $40 million alone.

“More recently, aboriginals were among the big winners in the government’s first budget. They’ve been promised an extra $8.4 billion over five years for infrastructure, education and training.

“That’s all well and good, but extra injections of taxpayers’ money should be accompanied by oversight, so Canadians can be certain the funds are being properly spent.  Continue reading ‘Stop The Fraud!’

‘Fire Kills On Reserves’


This happens far too often on aboriginal Reserves (only last month, 9 deaths at Pikangikum). If they were simply Canadian municipalities rather than Constitutionally-segregated communities, these issues could be dealt with – and lives saved…: ERBLFireKillsOnReserves800x800‘Fire destroys Eabametoong ‘First Nation’s community hall in northern Ontario’ Continue reading ‘Fire Kills On Reserves’

We have no reason to be ashamed


 

I get a lot of attacks hurled at me, from people who think I am trying to make the natives look bad, so this is a post stepping up to the plate and putting myself in the same light, and same life lessons. I know more than the average person should about alcoholism, control issues, and the perpetual cycle of abuse.

In a microcosm I grew up with so many of the issues I now talk about politically, because the anchor this race blame game depends upon is based on controlling everyone with a set agenda of manipulative brainwashing dialogue, something I had as a child, that I was left on my own to figure out. It was ingrained in us to be “ashamed” of things no one should be ashamed of, and it took a long time to break free from it.

Shame is a powerful tool and it’s being used on Canadians who are not the same race as natives, the same way it was in my family growing up. Some fell for it and became that, too, but I learned how to repel the subversive abuse and control tactics of “shame”, because I did the work and learned it was a tactic to stun and subdue a person, in order to control them. I do not let anyone make me feel ashamed for the things I know are more important than being popular, or liked. I feel proud that I can’t be swayed by abuse and bullying, even though it did damage. I earned being able to talk about these issues, and it took decades to learn it. I can honestly say I am not a sheep because of the abuse I endured and the skills I learned from it all.

It’s been a challenging line for me to walk, to know what “shame” does to debilitate the human spirit, and yet I know I have also “shamed” so many of the people who used their race to come attack, abuse, bully, and even give death threats, in order to silence me, all of us, really. That’s a hard one on me, because I do try to be fair, and I don’t want to shame people, really, but how do I get them to listen and stop abusing and shaming us, for things none of us even did?

SHAMING A PHANTOM ENEMY, THEY HAVE NO ONE PERSON OR NAME….IT’S JUST EVERYONE WHO IS NOT THEIR RACE. It’s not fair, it’s abusive, and it’s very “inherently” racist.

I can take the bullying I get in this issue, because I was raised with threats, bullying and abuse. That’s what created the “bully’s bully” in me over time. I had to toe-the-line for controlling alcoholics who could and often did flip my world upside down at any given control freak mood, so I have a great amount of sympathy, and a sense of protection, towards the grassroots aboriginals who go through this on the reserves. Money was the weapon used to control in our family, like it is on the reserves all too often, and I really, really know what that’s like, to be stuck and not able to escape the Chief who won’t help you if you don’t stroke his ego or play the game. Trying to leave, or bring change, awareness or better ideas to the chaos, only results in being ostracized, cut off of funding, and more shaming.

I know.

I had to navigate through so much, and it took me down a few times, and it broke me. I struggled with substance abuse, and not knowing how to unravel the complexity of these issues. How do you get out, when no one else will come with you? How do you stand alone, no matter who is trying to drag you back down into the abuse?

Everything I am here sharing, to try as hard as I can to bring a new conversation and a new dialogue, is all stuff I had to learn by life challenging me. I am rough around the edges because it hurt me and I got damaged and tough, but I also got tons of therapy and really believe in taking accountability for how we feel.

During my mother’s death recently, I was tested again by the forces I grew up with, but I won’t go backwards into the cycle of abuse, so when I encourage the natives to do this, I am doing it too. It’s super hard, and it takes real work, but there is so much information, help and resources out there, and Lord knows the natives get more resources than anyone else, so my challenge to CHANGE THE DIALOGUE, CHANGE YOUR LIFE, is how I survived.

I really do challenge all who use their race to blame others in Canada, and everyone for that matter, to do the work, own your stuff, and learn what the cycle of abuse is, and how to get out of it. Google it, the information is everywhere. “Co-dependent No More” is a perennial best seller in the self help category, it was my first voyage into learning about my own contributions to my life and abuse issues.

I do not want to shame and I do not want to see anyone behave shamefully, so in this conversation, whether you are for race laws, or against them, no matter what race you are, the main reason my banned list is so long, is because I shut down abuse.

For the natives on Twitter who hounded me recently, and everyone else who asked me why I ban, that is the reason. I am shutting down the cycle of abuse, not allowing the perpetual broken record of self inflicted dialogue that is a shaming spirit breaker. No one on this page is going to abuse anyone, and that includes the natives. We do not allow anyone to cross that line.

This is a political issue about race laws, but it’s mired in the game of shame and guilt, and so we have to talk about the human side of how this race bullying has worked….shame.

Break the cycle of abuse from all sides. The natives need to stop shaming others, and others can’t shame them. They need to regain their dignity and no amount of blaming & shaming others who are not their race, will accomplish that task.

I said from the start that this was about being brave enough to start a new conversation, where we ask the aboriginals to work on their racism and abuse issues and see what their race agendas are doing to hurt themselves, and others. It’s lose/lose with shame based thinking, no one gets out and no one gets better.

CHANGE THE DIALOGUE, CHANGE YOUR LIFE.

I do not feel guilty or ashamed for wanting equal laws. I spent years and years enduring shame and abuse, to learn how to say that, and mean it. I do not feel guilty for being alive here, and the natives have to stop trying to implant that abusive idea, that invalidation, and that racist shame into our national psyche.

I deal with the abuse in my family and my family members, the exact same way, and I am never embarrassed to go get help when I need some balance and wisdom, or when I am the abuser and I need to regroup.

We are all in this together.
ONE NATION, ONE LAW

Michele Tittler
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‘Mea Maxima Culpa: The Ruse of Political Apologies’


“It all seems a little bizarre, and a reversal of normal morality, which is…that ‘those who do harm must pay’.

“Instead, we, who did no harm, must apologize publicly for something over which we had no control, and politicians — who stand to gain by appearing morally upright — are extracting money from millions of citizens who were not even alive at the time, using it to pay off descendants who have suffered no harm, and whose only connection to the deemed sins of the past is their blood.” ERBLMeaMaximaCulpaTheRuseOfPoliticalApologies800x800-2“Is there a vague public awareness that we may be engaged in some unspecified evil at the moment, for which we could be taken to task by future generations? And if so, are we trying to alleviate the coming judgement by our children, so to speak, by apologizing now for the actions of those who came before us?

“Why else are we judging our predecessors so harshly, and in such boldly self-confident terms? Why are present-day politicians so eager to pay off survivors (or their descendants) for actions or events deemed quite normal at the time — but considered sins today — with money that is not theirs? …  Continue reading ‘Mea Maxima Culpa: The Ruse of Political Apologies’

‘Keep The Accountability’


    “Once all is said and done, there’s an awful lot of money, aimed at improving the collective lives of ‘First Nations’ people, that’s being eaten up by high-paid and self-righteous leadership.”

    “Our leadership has no need for huge payouts while their people struggle to get by. And it’s especially angering when they take the money and still talk about honoring our traditions. 

    “So why not open the books on band management? Why not allow Canadians and their own people to see how much they are paid, how much they ring up on expenses, and how the fiscal dollars directed toward the community are divided and spent?”

ERBLKeepTheAccountability800x800“Is Ottawa’s promised ‘nation-to-nation’ relationship with ‘indigenous peoples’ mainly about protecting the power of ‘First Nation’ leaders and ignoring the interests of the grassroots?  

“The first sign in that direction occurred in December, when the Trudeau government announced it was taking teeth out of the ‘First Nations’ Financial Transparency Act’, a piece of legislation that provides basic local financial data to ‘First Nation’ Band members. The government lifted sanctions and stopped court actions against ‘First Nations’ communities that weren’t complying with the ‘Transparency Act’. 

“Where this goes is anyone’s guess, but let’s hope the Liberals (and the NDP) do not fall back into their pattern of supporting chiefs against their members.   Continue reading ‘Keep The Accountability’

‘Election Payback – A Licence To Steal?’


“A law without consequence for non-compliance is a toothless law. As such, soon many ‘First Nations’ people across the country will again be in the dark as to how their elected leaders spend public dollars.”
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“For all practical purposes, this is a repeal of the act, being carried out without actually bothering to give members of Parliament any chance to debate it. It is ironic that a law about transparency is being gutted in such a non-transparent way.”ERBLElectionPayback-ALicenceToSteal800x800‘Statement by the ‘Honourable’ Carolyn Bennett on the ‘First Nations’ Financial Transparency Act’:

“Today, I directed my Department to cease all discretionary compliance measures related to the ‘First Nations’ Financial Transparency Act’ and to reinstate funding withheld from ‘First Nations’ under these measures.

“Furthermore, in keeping with our commitment to a renewed, ‘nation-to-nation’ relationship, the Government of Canada will suspend any court actions against ‘First Nations’ who have not complied with the Act…” 

Continue reading ‘Election Payback – A Licence To Steal?’

‘Finally, The Truth…’


“Across Canada, in nearly one-third of all homicide cases in 2014, the accused person was of aboriginal descent, although indigenous people only make up five per cent of the Canadian population, the report shows. The likelihood aboriginal people will be accused of homicide is 10 times greater than for the non-aboriginal population.”ERBLFinallyTheTruth800x800“For the first time, police-reported data includes whether victims and people accused of homicide were aboriginal.  

“Of the 431 people accused of homicide in Canada, 32% were aboriginal — 10 times higher than the rate for non-aboriginals. 

http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/151125/dq151125a-eng.htm   Continue reading ‘Finally, The Truth…’