Revised May 18, 2016 Let me state upfront that the title or my tone in this commentary is not meant with any disrespect toward former Prime Minister, The Right Honorable Paul Martin nor in the point of our contact. It is only me – unapologetically speaking in my own voice, such as it is… I wrote Mr. […]
“…if the Micmac chose to resist his expropriation of land, the governor intended to conduct a war unlike any that had been fought in Nova Scotia before. He outlined his thinking in an unambiguous letter to the Board of Trade. If there was to be a war he did not want the war to end with a peace agreement. “It would be better to “root” the Micmac out of the peninsula decisively and forever.”
In response Cornwallis demonstrated how inhuman and ruthless he could be. On October 1, 1749, he called a meeting of Council aboard the HMS Beaufort; the following extract is taken from the minutes:
“That, in their opinion to declare war formally against the Micmac Indians would be a manner to own them a free and independent people, whereas they ought to be treated as so many Banditti Ruffians, or Rebels, to His Majesty’s Government.
“That, in order to secure the Province from further attempts of the Indians, some effectual methods should be taken to pursue them to their haunts, and show them that because of such actions, they shall not be secure within the Province.
“That, a Company of Volunteers not exceeding fifty men, be immediately raised in the Settlement to scour the wood all around the Town.
“That, a Company of one hundred men be raised in New England to join with Gorham’s during the winter, and go over the whole Province…
“…That, a reward of ten Guineas be granted for every Indian Micmac taken, or killed.”
from Daniel Paul – Governor Edward Cornwallis
Let us honour our Ancestors.
Let us go to the place of the Burying of the Hatchet Ceremony – and proceed from there… to root Cornwallis out of our Territories, decisively and forever.
It’s good to remember Pierre Trudeau’s 1969 attempt to assimilate the whole of the indigenous Nations. At that time, they were going to get rid of the Indian Act, and close the reserves, and offer the same solutions they’re offering now. They have only one solution: eliminate the “Indian Problem” by eliminating the Indian
Children are dying in Attawapiskat. They are dying because of a system designed by Canada to destroy them. From residential schools built to foster malnutrition, chronic disease, and despair – even torture; to the devastating 60s scoop; to substandard housing, a generation of bad water and toxic schools, the Government of Canada – through its genocide agency – successively, the Department of Indian Affairs, then AANDC, then INAC – has delivered on its mission of destroying the indigenous Nations in Canada.
It’s good to remember Pierre – in his buckskins and canoe – bringing the 1969 White Paper to “fix the Indians”
And it’s good of good old ‘tit Jean Chretien to remind us of that time: to remember that a genocidaire doesn’t need to dress up in a Nazi uniform, but can be a ‘tit gars de Shawinigan – by making decisions for the indigenous Nations; by adopting a native child (that worked out well didn’t it?); by the incredible double-standards that he maintained as Minister for Indian Affairs – a poisoned school and contaminated water for Attawapiskat; a golf course for Shawinigan. And this is the guy standing at Justin Trudeau’s elbow these days.
It wasn’t the Liberals who made the difference then; but the intelligence and activism of people like Harold Cardinal, who called them on every bit of their presumption, prejudice, and colonialist thinking. It was intelligence and activism that won the day – not the Gone Native Pierre with his supremacist concepts. So take a lesson from Pierre’s buddy Jean; and the way the supremacists of Canada have risen up to embrace him.
The machine of genocide grinds on; and those who serve the machine don’t even know they’re part of it. It’s up to the indigenous Nations to preserve themselves and their cultures and their children – as they have been doing for 150 years. That’s 150 years that Canada’s about to celebrate – by the way – with more money set aside for the fireworks than they’d ever consider allocating to – for an example – the education and health of indigenous children.
Pierre’s “gone native”, but the Natives sure ain’t gone.
Maybe it’s time for Gumistiyi earn some of those feathers..
and another one passes…
We’ve just passed our one year Auntie-versary and, not that we’re ones to wax polemic, we thought it worth mentioning a few things about Auntie This. 😉
Auntie This is a collective blog written by several people in collaboration and with the support and input of a larger group of people who have been working, formally and informally, to combat racism and hate speech against First Nations people.
The owners of this blog have been in contact with law enforcement about the hate speech documented on these pages and we have provided our full names and contact information to the authorities with our statements.
The purpose of the page is to:
– Expose use of misinformation and stereotyped rhetoric.
– Air the misinformation in order to create space for the Truth.
This page supports anti-oppression. This page has a no-tolerance policy towards any racism, sexism, classism, homophobia, transphobia, ablism…
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“Stories gain and lose power once they’re spoken”
I have little to say here; under risk of losing power…
Stories gain and lose power once they’re spoken. My mother was over-cultivated with story. The legends became too layered and profound to inherit. She spent days at her typewriter trying to convey the most important things about our lineage as Nlaka’pamux.
Native people say the distinction between stories in our culture and theirs is that the land is a character itself, not setting. My great-grandfather cleared forty acres with only a few tools after the government told his people they could no longer travel seasonally. They didn’t want the Natives to move, in a way to stop what an unmovable force we were. After the smallpox epidemic, we were still alive, able to irrigate, fish, navigate the river basins, and build lodges. The women understood the land was sacred and familial. They planted raspberry bushes that fenced in the yard, a snowball tree inside our circular driveway…
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“In 2012, blogger Cliff Pervocracy coined the term “missing stair” to describe individuals who pose a danger to others, but are tolerated within a community because everyone is aware of their issues. If you know about a missing stair in an unlit stairwell, you can work around it and avoid it. No one bothers to fix the missing stair because jumping over it works just fine.
But if no one told you that there was a missing stair, and it’s just assumed that you’re aware, it’s all too easy to be hurt.
Every time you allow someone with a known history of harassment to drum for your band, or play at your venue, or come to your party, you’re saying that their presence matters more than other people at the event feeling safe. You’re putting the onus on potential targets to be aware enough to leap over the missing stair, rather than roping off the stairwell with caution tape. And if someone does get hurt, it’s their fault; that’s what happens when you use a shitty, jacked up staircase, dude.”
EDIT: We have received a response from the owner of Beerland.
At my four thousandth punk show, I was told to “never come to another punk show.” It will take a long time before I feel safe at one again.
My recent visit to Austin started out uneventfully. My vacation was simply a country-fried version of my music-filled life in Chicago, with Lone Star instead of Hamm’s, and Frito Pie instead of cheese fries. I was already infatuated with the venue Beerland, comparing it an alternate universe version of my beloved Empty Bottle.
I had actually been to Beerland two nights running, figuring that those devoted to moderation rarely achieve greatness. The second night, the opener was local band Lower Berth. Their noisy psych rock inspired three dudes in the sparse crowd to utterly lose their shit. No one…
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“I will never, as best as I’m able, close myself off to the historical and current truths of Canada’s aboriginal people.
I will never claim that the TRC is the Healer of healers, and now we can all go home. Much truth is still being hidden by the Canadian government, and many stories are still being silenced.
I will never say that Canada is a champion for women’s equality as long as aboriginal women and children are still prime targets for abuse, kidnapping, trafficking and dehumanization.
I will never say that reconciliation must look the same way for everyone, and work on one timeline.”
It would be another 100 years before the last residential school was closed in Canada — 1996. I graduated high school in 1996. I was preparing for my freshman year at college. I was under the impression that residential schools all looked like the picture above: black and white, old and grainy, things of the past, sad but irrevocable pieces of history.
Today I’m sitting in a cafe that’s live-streaming Edmonton’s Truth & Reconciliation Events. Due to the crazy traffic and parking fiasco I went through, I wasn’t able to make it physically to The Shaw Conference Centre today. Live-streaming is the next best thing, I guess.
What am I to think?
We were the haters, the oppressors, the mongerers, the rapers, the abusers, the greedy mouths that took…
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“The violence of the education system is (in part) its strategic and gross misrepresentation of Indigenous peoples that simultaneously attempts to render Native peoples and history invisible and extinct”
“I’m not saying every teacher isn’t worth their pay,
I’m simply saying most of them don’t know of colored pain….”
by Jenell Navarro
For the past three years, I have taught a course in my department titled “Ethnic Studies 310: Hip-Hop, Politics and Poetics.” This class, a favorite of mine to teach, always generates interesting responses when we discuss Native hip-hop. Since the university I teach for is located in California, I have many students who were raised in the public education system of this state. This means that they have all conducted a “mission project” in the fourth grade during their elementary school education. This project does not implement a critical lens on the colonial and genocidal project of the mission system, nor does it offer these students accounts of Indigenous resistance to this violent and abusive system. Instead, the assignment romanticizes and celebrates these missions within California’s history to the point that, when these fourth graders become young adults and enter into their college curriculum, many of them…
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Worth your interest in reading, and your support, if possible.
Rather than wait for Prime Minister Stephen Harper to call an inquiry into Canada’s 1,200 missing and murdered aboriginal women, Kawennáhere Devery Jacobs decided to make a movie.
The Mohawk actress portrayed an aboriginal teen fighting the powers that be in Jeff Barnaby’s reservation revenge epic Rhymes for Young Ghouls, and had a recurring role on last fall’s APTN comedy Mohawk Girls.
She spent 2014 in New York City pursuing her acting career. Returning home in December, the Kahnawake native decided to step behind the camera for a cause that is close to her heart. Her coming short fiction film Stolen recounts the last 24 hours in the life of a 14-year-old aboriginal girl who runs away from a group home.
As of Thursday afternoon, Jacob’s had raised nearly $7,000 of the $15,000 needed by March 29 to make the movie via a campaign on crowdfunding site Kickstarter.
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As we have been documenting, “End Race Based Law” has been pursuing a project of slandering First Nations cultures, denigrating indigenous leadership, and allying itself with some of the grossest white supremacists in Canada (see here)
The energy required to keep that drum-beat of hate going has been extreme; and the administrators of ERBL have seemed amazingly creative in digging up new slanders and accusations to level against people who are simply asserting their own legal rights. However, it turns out that the job hasn’t been that difficult: ERBL is merely putting old wine in new bottles – decanting hatred from a well-known source.
This past week, Steven Blaney, federal Minister of Public Safety, pretty much called the strategy out: “The holocaust did not begin in the gas chambers; it began with words“.
As we will show, ERBL has been consciously mining some of the oldest slanders of antisemitism in a continuing hate campaign against the indigenous nations of Canada.
To begin: classical antisemitism is always set up as a conflict between struggling nation against an alien and parasitic intruder. For this tactic to succeed, it’s necessary for the person who is being influenced to identify strongly with that nation – to the exclusion of all other alliances:
ERBL regularly pushes this button – in accordance with a government which is similarly plumping patriotism over all other considerations. In the case of ERBL, this nationalism is clearly all-encompassing; and does not allow for any particulars of historical fact, or ethnic identity to intrude on a supra-national “Canada’.
“Canada” becomes fetishized; and – as we shall see – any identity outside “Canada” becomes, by definition, the enemy of Canada – and of ERBL’s audience.
Below: ERBL at it’s most manic; and a “Canada” straight out of 1984, both graphically and in spirit.
As part of the almost religious evocation of “Canada”, any criticism of Canada’s glorious past – and its glorious leaders – is tantamount to treason.
Below, ERBL attempts to protect the reputation of Sir John A: proponent of an “Aryan Nation“; ethnic cleanser; and famously corrupt speculator. His role as the founder of the Indian Act and a calculated policy of genocide needs to be ignored in respect for the greatness of Canada.
From the perspective of ERBL’s supra-national “Canada” the continuing existence of indigenous national identities is treated as some kind of sickness.
Even more: the whole officially acknowledged project of assimilation has to be treated as a fiction. To do this trick, ERBL has to actually redefine “genocide” – along with the Canadian government ; and ignore the actual definition of “genocide” created by the man who actually invented the concept – and word.
And – hey!: while we’re denying genocide; and redefining clearly defined concepts; and creating an ideal state which is clearly disconnected from its actual history; why not double-down by describing well-known survivors of that historical experience as liars?
ERBL keeps checking off those strategies which have been well-defined by the antisemitic movement for the last few centuries. And it becomes increasingly difficult to see those similarities as accidental.
“Stop FN lying”: Stay classy, ERBL!
Having set the grounds of a supra-national “Canada”; and having set up the victims of a century-long genocidal project as untruthful, ERBL then looks for the results of that five-generation project of decimation – in order to blame the indigenous people for the effects of the Indian Act.
Below: Indian Act regulations – and a federally posted notice – are somehow blamed on First Nations bands.
Any attempt to break out of the restraints of the Indian Act – and actually earn a living – is similarly criticized. This is ERBL merely championing the policy of the Indian Act in making sure the indigenous people can not compete with the dominant society on any level.
Similarly, judicial attempts to address a well-known and well-documented prejudice in the justice system against indigenous people somehow become a benefits of “race based law”.
Most fantastically, the actual experience of a young woman – and her strong stand against victimization – becomes the fault of “ONE RACE”; and an exploitation of that woman.
Each example builds on the next; and ERBL’s “blame game” reduces a continuing struggle for cultural – and physical – survival as “bullying” . Here “ONE RACE” reaches through the TV set to threaten poor Canada with its not-wanting-to-be-curbed and its not-wanting-to-be-denigrated.
Here, ERBL creates a meme which it can ascribe to the indigenous “ONE RACE”, though it has appeared on no known indigenous site:
Here, it attacks any institution which might consider giving indigenous people fair representation in the main stream media:
Because representations of the “ONE RACE” are so very scary:
Even if the institution happens to be the Supreme Court of Canada, protecting the Constitution; as well as the Treaties that created the country and that Constitution.
So ERBL’s supra-national “Canada” rejects the judiciary, as well as any government which might recognize the continuing role of the indigenous nations in the history of Canada: “Not Canada”
Instead, the continuing existence of those indigenous nations – and their continuing struggle to assert their rights – is treated, explicitly, as a threat to Canada. Natives are regularly portrayed as saboteurs, as fifth columnists. This is a classical technique of European antisemitism.
The demonization of the indigenous nations avoids no libel: here, they are even “communist” – a libel shared with the European antisemites
And – of course – it’s all about the money. ERBL – and those antisemites – love to use money to stand in for the “ONE RACE”
Because we know that living on a reserve – or a shtetl – is all about the Benjamins – and that running a band gas station is the route to unlimited wealth:
ERBL – in its demonization of the indigenous nations – even pulls an ancient trope from the antisemitic play book: incest. This is a libel which has been used for centuries against the Jews, the Roma and the Sinti; and ERBL has pulled it from the back pages of the antisemitic histories to use in the present day – purely to denigrate and race-bait.
Any discussion of the situation of indigenous women is immediately derailed by ERBL’s fascination with incest:
In fact, ERBL’s peculiar obsession with incest – though clearly effective in demonizing and silencing a large group of people – is mighty suspicious; and leads us further into our suspicions about their inspiration.
You see, the administrator of ERBL shares this obsession with a particular antisemitic historical figure – who learned his antisemitism in Vienna – home of that seminal theorist on incest, Sigmund Freud; and home of Michele Tittler’s grandfather.
Freud also wrote a great deal about “projection”: the dynamic where someone “projects” their problems on to a scapegoat. For example: that historical antisemite, who was romantically involved with his cousin – yet was quite excited about the possibility of incest among the Jewish people.
This Viennese historical figure was unstinting in his fascination – and hatred – for Jews. They were always portrayed as stereotypes of malevolence:
Malevolent stereotypes who had special privileges: (In this case, a description of a case which bears no resemblance at all to the actual event)
Parasites who were merely a drag and obstruction on an otherwise great nation.
And – of course – could be demonized with any number of examples cherry-picked from history.
The leaders of the community are always treated as malevolent
And the continuing life of that community is seen as a direct threat to the existence of that supra-national “Deutschland”.
And so war is invoked…
Civil war to protect the supra-national state from that fifth column of parasites:
Those “race based thugs” – like Hitler!
And with that brilliant evocation of Godwin’s Law, ERBL reveals the face of the figure that inspires their denigration and slander of the indigenous nations.
It “rhymes with Tittler”; and here we have a problem:
Because Hitler is used so indiscriminately to castigate opponents, that the use of his name almost immediately trivializes an argument – as can be seen by Steven Blaney’s misuse of the Holocaust in a vain attempt at historical seriousness.
But – in this case – the parallels between his thinking and ERBL’s ideology are unmistakable.
And it’s hard to believe that the Austrian-born Hitler – resident of Vienna between the World Wars – did not have some things in common with the Austrian-born Konrad Tittler, Michelle’s grandfather and and also resident of Vienna – world capital of antisemitic thought – between the wars.
And – unless Michele Tittler has been spending her nights reading up on Hitler’s theories – it’s hard to credit the fact that she is blandly repeating the many libels contained in Mein Kampf – while seeking to profit from her dissemination of hate – as AH did when he wrote Mein Kampf to make some money from his notoriety while serving a term in prison.
And it’s hard to credit that Steven Blaney, Minister of Public Safety, is unaware that his own government chose to remove the sections of the Criminal Code which would have prevented Michele Tittler from profiting from the spreading of hate speech on the internet; sections which have never been replaced with anything that could be used against such genocidal language.
When he says ‘The Holocaust did not begin in the gas chamber, it began with words’, Blaney has drawn a link straight to ERBL’s door; and straight to his own door. As “Minister of Public Safety” – perhaps he should be more interested in the genocidal language being used within Canada’s borders today, by ERBL and their vicious allies. And perhaps – as “Minister of Public Safety” – he should have a little chat with Facebook about their continuing support and promotion of an obvious Hate Group on their platform.
Canada has already weathered one long instance of genocidal thinking. It doesn’t need to support the continuing promulgation of that thinking by mercenary hate-mongers.
Ladies and Gentlemen: The Patriot – Michele “Canada” Tittler