On this July 1st, this “Canada Day”, this “150th anniversary”, here’s your reminder that “Canada” is trash and not worth celebrating.

The “Fathers of the Confederation” acted out of economic and geopolitical interests and “Canada” was not founded on the interests nor the voice of anyone but the bourgeois’.

Hundreds of underpaid Chinese workers died building a transcontinental railway that ran through indigenous lands, violating the treaties. Reminder that the Québécois are as insensitive as any other white people when they call a certain meal “pâté chinois”. Reminder that the Québécois are settlers too and that past oppression does not excuse us.

In less than a decade in the late 19th century, Cree, the Niitsítapi, the Nakoda, the Métis and the Sioux, to name a few, dealt with the extinction of bisons, famines, diseases and persecutions. In 1881 the Saskatchewan Herald mocked them for starving in the streets. The Canadian government then sent in more guns to defend the food supply, than food.

The RCMP and the Canadian police departments have a history of violence against Indigenous people (and specifically Indigenous women), people of colour, leftists, and the LGBTQIA2S communities. “Canada” purged thousands of queer people from the government and the army between the 1950s and the 1990s. Despite it being continuously shown as a cute symbol of “Canada”, the RCMP represents colonialism, capitalism and patriarchy.

Tens of thousands of Indigenous children were taken away from their homes, their land, their families, their culture and their language to “take the Indian out of them” in residential schools. The last one closed in 1996. Reminder of the ongoing, historical, intergenerational trauma of colonialism and racism.

Thousands more Indigenous children were taken away from their homes between the 1960s and the 1980s and given to strangers’ families. Thousands still live in foster care today, away from home.

The deadly trains still go through the town of Lac-Mégantic (and many more towns), despite the 2013 fire and the lost lives and the trauma, as a false compromise for pipelines.

The Canadian army takes part in various wars, in Afghanistan, Libya, Syria. “Canada” sells tanks to Saudi Arabia.

White Canadians love to make fun of, co-opt, appropriate and folklorize other people’s cultures.

White Canadians relish in images of great mountains, white snow, strong rivers and mighty winds in books, poems, plays, music, paintings; they relish in an idea of the “True North” that was never theirs. They willingly take part in the destruction of nature for economic interests anyway.

Justin Trudeau (as if his family name alone wasn’t a red flag) is a liberal; his PR team should not fool us; he keeps promising without delivering; his speeches and symbolic gestures are not enough, and he keeps approving detrimental policies just like his predecessors.

Indigenous people are not an artefact or a relic from the past; speaking of them in the past tense only serves white people’s interests and embarrassment.

The people of Attawapiskat are still in a state of emergency and have yet to see any promise fulfilled, more than one year after 9 people attempted suicide on a single day.

The Inuit in Nunavut, as well as Indigenous peoples in Alaska and Greenland, are punished and marginalized nationally and internationally for seal hunting. Sealing is a traditional and necessary practice in the north.

There are still hundreds (if not thousands) of missing and murdered Indigenous women whose cases are ignored or unsolved.

Water protectors exist in “Canada”, too. Many communities don’t even have access to clean water or electricity.

There are currently Indigenous activists on Parliament Hill, which is situated on unceded Algonquin land. Canadians and the Canadian media are currently afraid of a tipi.

PM Trudeau sat in the tipi last night, while protesters could not enter it and many were arrested on the site.

Many other protests, demonstrations, drum circles, prayers and road blocks are being held around the country. Reminder that violence is as legitimate as peaceful protest in the face of colonial violence.

Reminder that land is not property, that it is not mine, and that us settlers are uninvited and occupiers. We live comfortably at the expense of a land that we distabilize, plunder, poison, drown, starve.

Reminder that Canada is a society rooted in colonial, capitalist, patriarchal and racist ideologies that should not be celebrated.

Sources will follow when I have access to my laptop.

hey yall so i, a first nations canadian just wanna say june is national aboriginal month.
now we’ve got a lot going against us here so i would just really appreciate it if you all took the time to reblog this or reblog anything else pertaining to this because at this point i feel like we’re really being intentionally silenced considering:
its the same month as pride month and…
schools often arent even in commencement for national aboriginal day, june 21st.
so please honor and show your support for the first nations people who have died and suffered and continue to for you to live on our ancient traditional territories

The History of Waterhen/Skownan

(I am posting this as a backstory to my previous post http://canadadoesnotexist.tumblr.com/post/164049731222/to-my-indigenous-followers-and-those-who-are.)

Please help me get the story of the displaced Waterhen Anishinaabeg out there. Don’t let a corrupt policing system and a corrupt Chief get their way and paint the displaced families in a criminal light. Help us get justice.


In December, 1992, some residents of the Waterhen reserve demanded more financial accountability from their leaders, who had cloaked their dealings in a blanket of secrecy. The following year, the dissidents elected a majority of councillors to the band’s government who promised to address these issues.

The Chief, who was re-elected, refused to work with the new quorum. It took a year and a half, but the council majority finally got what it wanted. On March 23, 1994, the Regional Director of federal Department of Indian and Northern Development Canada (DIAND) convened a meeting of the Chief and council, where a band council resolution calling for an independent audit of the Waterhen band passed. The department then appointed a third-party manager for the band.

That should have ended the issue. But DIAND refused to provide the quorum with details of the band’s funding agreements and the Chief’s supporters then broke into and occupied the band office. The RCMP were called to assist, but did nothing. They stated: “As to who has the authority of the band has to be determined by DIAND.”

In April, 1994, at its own expense, the council quorum obtained a court order against the Chief and his supporters and removed the band’s records. A month later, the group obtained another order appointing them the legitimate representatives of the band. Served with these documents, DIAND’s lawyer repeated that the department took no position in the band’s internal matters, the same response it had made for years to the many letters and petitions from band members demanding accountability.

This official neutrality had devastating consequences.

On or about May 17, 1994, frustrated by official disregard for court orders, the quorum attempted to enter the band office and was forced away by the Chief’s supporters, who set up barricades. The councillors returned to court and obtained an order to have the barricades removed. They came down, but the third-party manager cut off all payments for the dissidents, including their honorariums. He refused to work with or even meet with the quorum unless the Chief was present and refused to assist them in preparing the mandated audit.

Finally, in November, 1995, DIAND Minister approved a new band election. The quorum and their supporters were told “that it is going to be payback time” and were harassed and threatened at the polls. The Chief and his supporters were voted back into power. By February, 1996, all control of funding had been returned to the Chief.

But the genie was out of the bottle. During their brief period of control, the quorum had distributed the band’s books among their supporters, whom they tersely dubbed “the people.” In February, 1996, the Chief obtained a court injunction ordering the council quorum and unnamed “supporters” to return the books. The Chief said he could not do band business without them.

Frustrated by his opponents’ refusal to staunch the flow of information, the Chief adopted new tactics. Early in April, 1996, with the assistance of the RCMP, the Chief removed his supporters from the reserve, leaving the rest of the band members to fend for themselves. At band expense, the Chief’s group stayed in paid lodging in and around Dauphin, Manitoba. The crisis reached a point of no return on April 24 when the Chief obtained an interlocutory court injunction order against the dissidents, and against unnamed members of a notorious aboriginal gang, the Manitoba Warriors, whose role in the affair remains murky to this day.

The RCMP barricaded entrances to the Waterhen First Nation, which is mostly surrounded by water. Police in airboats patrolled the reserve, at times setting off explosives and firing teargas. The RCMP and the members of the force’s Emergency Response Team (ERT) entered the reserve at night, and were observed flat on the ground crawling about. Helicopters roamed overhead with bright spotlights illuminating the reserve sky. Street lights were smashed and dogs on the reserve poisoned. The reserve was under siege.

Over the weeks before the Chief’s faction fled and the barricades went up, violence against the dissidents had been growing, with the Chief’s supporters brandishing guns and threatening to declare war. Verbal and physical assaults occurred and tires were slashed. The displaced families insist that they did not respond in kind. Even after the barricades went up, they limited their protests to picketing with posters calling for justice and protesting band corruption.

But what appeared to be a well-organized series of events made quorum supporters look like criminals. The acts ranged from petty vandalism to serious acts like arson. Two houses, including the one assigned to the Chief, burned to the ground. The dissidents warned each other not to go near the burning homes, for fear they could be blamed.

Who did it? Today the displaced families and their friends wonder if these acts were not in fact the work of the Manitoba Warriors. They had observed known members of the gang entering and exiting the barricades with impunity at all hours of the day and night, apparently with the knowledge and consent of the authorities. Waterhen Chief held court for the media outside the barricades and attributed the criminal acts to his opponents.

Subsequent events are forever seared in the memories of the dissidents. In the early morning hours of May 19, the RCMP and the ERT, armed with machine guns, stun grenades and vicious attack dogs, stormed the reserve and terrorized the residents. They invoked the Chief’s interlocutory order and removed everyone, including women, children, elders and youth, from the reserve at gunpoint.

Heavily armed men kicked open doors of sleeping residents and ordered women, children and adults to drop to the floor with automatic weapons pointed at their heads. The attack dogs were allowed to bite many of them. Witnesses say the police had no pity, even though the people showed no resistance. They were handcuffed, with some loaded into waiting police vehicles and others into buses. The children were apprehended by a native child care agency chaired by none other than the Waterhen Chief. Their parents were taken to jail.

Two days later, the RCMP allowed the Chief and his supporters to return to Waterhen. Then destruction ensued. Two more houses were torched, this time ones belonging to quorum supporters, and many others looted and ransacked. Vehicles belonging to dissidents were pushed into water-filled ditches. In spite of a continuous, 24-hour police presence on the Waterhen that lasted for 30 days after the Chief’s faction was restored, the RCMP made no arrests.

Of the people dragged from the Waterhen reserve, thirty-five people were charged and many convicted of mischief, intimidation and various related charges. They couldn’t afford lawyers and lacked any knowledge of court processes, but appealed the convictions, some all the way up to the Supreme Court of Canada. None of the convictions stuck. Most of them, however, were never allowed to return to the reserve.

The Waterhen’s people are forever divided, a tragedy that could easily have been avoided had Waterhen’s Chief been accountable and opened the band’s books to reserve members, or had DIAND exercised its authority to clean up the band’s finances when the majority quorum on its council repeatedly requested help.

But just imagine if you backed the wrong political faction in your neighbourhood and then had your home and possessions and your livelihood seized. In Canada, this should not be allowed to happen.

anonymous asked:

out of honest curiosity, why do you think your prime minister is corrupt?

Alrighty! Sure Trudeau is better than Harper, but he didn’t really leave a high set bar after his time in office did he. Anyways, I’m going to start off with stating that part of the reason I don’t like Is definitely because of the view that everyone seems to have of him. Everyone views him with the rose tinted “Canadians are perfect and nice and can do no wrong” glasses. When he was elected people only focused on how he was “young and attractive”! He goes to pride parades! He’s liberal! He’s Canadian! How could he be bad!! WEELLL UM SO basically…..

Justin Trudeau has made many promises that he has yet to follow through with among other things. Here’s a good article which goes through all these promises and includes sources. What I want to focus on though is how Justin Trudeau is dealing with the Indigenous people in Canada.

1. Indigenous nations still do not have the power to veto resource projects. Trudeau flat out told the Indigenous nations that they would have veto power. If they said no, projects such as mineral mining, or pipelines could be stopped. However, when Trudeau was approached with opposition towards the Kinder Project, he said that the Indigenous nations were never given the right to veto such projects.

2. Trudeau said he would be investing $50 million dollars per year into the Post-Secondary Education Support Program. This program puts the donated money towards improving “the employability of First Nation and eligible Inuit students by providing them with funding to access education and skills development opportunities at the post-secondary level.” (x) but he has yet to follow through with this budget.

3. Between 1980 and 2012 alone there have been over 1000 Indigenous women who have been murdered. As of April 30th 174 Women had been reported to be missing for over thirty days. Though Trudeau has opened an investigation into these events, little to no progress has been reported. The investigation itself is being said to take up to two years. On top of this, only five commissioners have been placed to work on this case, which seems insufficient considering a number of women who are missing or who have been murdered. After eleven years, the government Finally decides to look into this case, but they don’t seem to be taking it seriously. Even the families of the affected aren’t being given grief trauma. Nor are the being given the chance to reopen these cases through the legal system. 

I could go on honestly, but I’m hoping that some other people have some differing views or anything to add so here’s this! Sorry it took a while to respond, I wanted to be able to write out a proper response :)

This man has lead possibly the most diverse campaign in the leadership race. He has tackled issues Canadians of all stripes face and he is unapologetic about standing up for justice. From his allyship with the LGBTQ+ community to his advocacy work to end racial profiling in Canada, Jagmeet has proven that he is the best option for Prime Minister in today’s Canada. YOU can make that happen. Sign up to become a member of the NDP before midnight tonight (Aug. 17) and you will be eligible to vote for Jagmeet in the leadership race this fall. Let’s make sure he wins and becomes the best party leader and best prime minister we have ever seen. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE A CANADIAN CITIZEN, you only need to be a permanent resident and the minimum age is 13. Link to sign up: jagmeetsingh.ca/membership

Random Fact #986

Indigenous Canadians don’t get “free money”. The money they get belongs to them, but the government has control over it like a parent has control of a child’s bank account. 

If that wording sounds demeaning, that’s because the government’s actions are demeaning.

This pisses me off

So when i work i read the paper. I stumbke across an article titled “UCP leadership candidate calls for big minimum wage rollback on Alberta”


I go “okay what”


Basically UCP (United Conservative Party) leader candidate Doug Schweitzer wants to deny the 15 min wage the NDP promised for 2019 amd keep it at 12.20


Why?


“We need to make Alberta the most competitive business environment in Canada and repel the NDP’s $15/hour minimum wage- it is out of touch and just isn’t going to work for Alberta,” said Schweitzer, a Calgary lawyer. (DIRECT QUOTE FROM THE ARTICLE)


Like honestly most people work like 30 hours a week if they’re lucky at one job. On the new wage NDP promised, that’s $450/week, roughly $1800/month, and $23400/52 weeks (roughly 1 year)


Now, what does $12.20/hour give us? $366/week, $1464/month, and $19032/52 weeks (roughly 1 year). That is an overall difference of $84/week, $336/week, and a total difference of $4368/52 weeks.


Look at all that money that could really fucking help people out!!!!!


I am so mad at this asshole!!!!