Tag Archives: Reserves

‘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’

‘Mohawks Using Race Based Law To Shelter Organized Crime’


‘Police Target Biker-Mohawk Criminal Organization’

“The ‘Surete du Quebec’ say nearly 60 arrests were made Wednesday morning, targeting biker gangs and what they’re calling ‘aboriginal organized crime outfits’, on charges of selling contraband tobacco, drugs, and money laundering. ERBLMohawkTobaccoAndOrganizedCrime800x800“Raids took place in residences and shops, mainly located in the greater Montreal, the Laurentians, Lanaudiere, Monteregie, and on Kahnawake in Quebec, as well as on Six Nations in Ontario.  Continue reading ‘Mohawks Using Race Based Law To Shelter Organized Crime’

‘Aboriginal Reserves Sue For $3 Billion’


“Oil-producing Saskatchewan ‘First Nations’ have launched a class-action lawsuit against the ‘Government of Canada’, claiming it mismanaged developing the resources on ‘First Nations’. ERBLAboriginalReservesSueFor3Billion800x800“The class-action lawsuit claims that the federal government owes the ‘First Nations’ an estimated $3 billion, because the government agency that is responsible for protecting their oil and gas resources has allowed the natural resources to be drained away for decades without demanding that ‘indigenous’ communities be compensated…  Continue reading ‘Aboriginal Reserves Sue For $3 Billion’

‘End The Inequality’


“All Ottawa has to do is stop treating people based on their race, and fund child welfare programs in ‘First Nations’ communities the same way they’re funded in every other Canadian community… It’s called equality.”ERBLEndTheInequality800x800“The federal government doesn’t need to conduct more studies and pay more consultants, bureaucrats and lawyers to figure out how to provide ‘First Nations’ communities with proper child welfare services. But that’s exactly what Ottawa is about to do in the wake of a ‘Canadian Human Rights Tribunal’ report that found the feds discriminate against aboriginal people when it comes to child welfare programs.

“Instead, all Ottawa has to do is stop treating people based on their race, and fund child welfare programs in ‘First Nations’ communities the same way they’re funded in every other Canadian community, and the problem would be solved overnight.  Continue reading ‘End The Inequality’

‘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?’

‘Ontario Refuses To Enforce The Law’


     “I know I could’ve done  all the stuff that they asked me [to do] by paperwork, but then I’m thinking, ‘I come from here’”, Necan said. “Why would I start paying a permit to build on ‘my own land’?”  

“It’s not a precedent-setting case, because it never made it to trial, but her lawyer said Necan’s unwillingness to be pushed out of her own {ancestors’} ‘homelands’ is a good example for others…  

     “I hope that inspires others to take a stand against ‘colonialism’ and oppression.”

ERBLOntarioRefusesToEnforceTheLaw800x800“Darlene Necan, a ‘homeless’ – and more importantly, in this case, ‘aboriginal’ –woman from northern Ontario, plans to move into the cabin she built herself after the provincial government withdrew its charges against her in court today. 

“The ‘First Nations’ woman was facing charges from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry for breaching the ‘Public Lands Act’ and was facing more than $10,000 in fines after constructing a one-room cabin on Crown land… {on what she says was once her family’s trapline}.   Continue reading ‘Ontario Refuses To Enforce The Law’

‘NO GO’ Zones On B.C. Reserves’


“B.C.’s representative for children and youth, Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, said she estimates there are about 25 of B.C.’s 203 ‘First Nations’ who have so-called ‘no-go zones’ on their reserves, in attempts to prevent visits from social workers.”ERBLNoGoZonesOnB.C.Reserves800x800FB‘Social workers left girl at risk in ‘no-go zone’

“A vulnerable aboriginal girl was left at risk because social workers were afraid to visit a ‘First Nations’ reserve where they had been previously threatened with a knife and a gun…

“The 14-year-old girl lived with a sometimes-violent, mentally ill mother, suffered physical and emotional abuse, and was likely sexually assaulted by at least two people in her community before taking her own life…the report said.

“B.C.’s representative for children and youth, Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, said the social workers {afraid of aboriginal violence} effectively turned the reserve into a “no-go zone” that prevented them from protecting children in dangerous situations. Continue reading ‘NO GO’ Zones On B.C. Reserves’

‘Not Very Neighbourly’


“The tolls arbitrarily imposed on the Morley reserve Monday went straight into the pockets of the band members who collected them. And the only legacy they left was one of anger and frustration among the drivers who, through no fault of their own, had to ransom themselves so they could continue their travels…” 

ERBLNotVeryNeighbourly800x800“After a deadly accident closed part of the Trans Canada Highway west of Calgary on Monday, drivers who attempted to take a detour through a ‘First Nation’ were told to pay $20 or turn back.  Continue reading ‘Not Very Neighbourly’