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Volume 3:02 February 2016
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Christine has suggested that we have a family reunion; perhaps this could be
done in conjunction with the Jasper National Aboriginal Days (see below).
Jade proposed that we again hold a Wilderness Camp at Lake Abraham. Both
sound good to me. Let me know what you think.
ATCO Electric is planning to run a power line from Hinton to Jasper. I have
been talking with them about possible upcoming opportunities with this line.
OLD NEWS: LIBERALS & NDP
As we said before, the NDP as a provincial government have turned out to be
duds and definately no better than the Conservatives. Spend, spend, spend,
corporate welfare, and bigger bureaucracy. What is wrong with these people?
True to NDP doctine (ideology) their approach is the Big Brother dictatorial
approach. We know what is best for you and you will like it - or else! You
know the old Communist approach After the Revolution Everyone Will Be Happy
- Those That are Not Will Be Shot!
Nothing appears to have changed.
The NDP have shown themselves to be no friendlier to aboriginal issues and
concerns than were the Conservatives. They also refuse to respond to communica-
tions from aboriginal groups regarding concerns raised. They also do not
recognize non-Treaty bands as being legal entities - even though the Supreme
Court of Canada has ruled that they are - and so refuse to deal with them.
They have shown no interest in supporting aboriginal economic development
They have done nothing about the failure of the Trans Mountain pipeline to
identify or protect First Nations Cultural Sites located along the pipeline
route, including burials and medicine wheels - but have approved that work
even though it is not up to professional standards - for which the Province
has previously barred other archaeologists from working in the province.
They have done nothing to protect the aboriginal Cultural History sites in the
Coal Valley that will be destroyed by strip mining. These sites include sites
of importance to our family, where our people once traveled, hunted and
These are both in violation of Legal requirements, and Breach of Trust with the
First Nations and the Alberta public to protect such cultural sites.
Is it time to begin a NoNDP movement?
And how about the Liberals?
I repeat, Prime Minister Trudeau has been saying all the right things and even
taken some action on them. He Talks The Talk, but does he Walk The Walk?
Does not look like it.
Other than the Missing Women issue, the Liberals have done nothing to date for
the First Nations community. Instead, Trudeau appears to be kind of busy
tripping around the world for photo ops.
Like the past Conservatives, the Liberals have shown they have no interest in
aboriginal economic development initiatives. Rather, they are more interested
in bailing out people oversees. To date the Liberas have spent $4.5 BILLION
overseas, including the Syrian refugees. At the same time they have spent $ZERO
on Canadian problem issues - homelessness, poverty, aboriginal issues.
And we're talking about things like addressing the Residential School Issue;
the Missing Women Issue; the 300 aboriginal communities without clean water;
the 290 aboriginal communities without a school; the failure of the National
Energy Board/Government to enforce the Supreme Court Duty To Consult rulings.
Seems the Syrians are more important that Canadian aboriginals. Minister McCallum
appears to have an obsession with them, and with 25,000 by a certain date.
Does he have OCD? They are willing to spend $35,000 per person on them and
$4.5 billion on the refugee issue. How much do they spend on aboriginal issues?
An indication of how supportive the NDP, Liberals and Conservatives are for
Aboriginal Development is indicated by the fact that none of them have any
advertising or placement in the largest internet aboriginal website.
However, I have to give the Prime Minister's office full credit on another
issue. I have been in touch with the PM office on several occasion. On each
and every occasion the PM office has responded with great courtesy and con-
sideration (with form letters), and appears to be giving serious considera-
tion the issues that were brought to their attention.
No that they are doing anything about it.
So far they still have my Goodwill.
As I said, seems the Syrians are more important that Canadian aboriginals.
Minister McCallum They are willing to spend $35,000 per person on them and
$4.5 billion on the refugee issue. How much do they spend on aboriginal
And now they want to bring in another 25,000!!!!!
A nice 94 year-old little lady - who has tried to hide her aboriginal background
until some 10 years ago, said to me "This is disgusting. These refugees get
everything handed to them on a silver platter. They get treated better than
our Indians? If the Indians don't protest about this then they don't deserve
to be treated better."
So where is Idle No More. Where is the indignation?
PIPELINES TO NOWHERE
Like I have been saying, the pipelines are dead in the
water. There will be no pipelines built in the forsee-
It is now no longer simply a matter of a failed process
and failure by the pipeline firms to bother to get com-
munity support or a political issue. It has now become
an economic issue
Simply put, the bottom has fallen out of the economic
window. There has been too much downsizing and business
loss to now allow for a quick turn-around and upgrading
for a start-up if and when a pipeline project is back
Furthermore, OPEC has lost control of oil pricing. Saudi
Arabia originally dropped the price of oil to punish
Russia for flooding the market, and the U.S.A. for it's
massive and uncontrolled fracking. Saudi Arabia was
willing to keep the price low to damage the Russian
economy. Now that Saudi Arabia is willing to let the
price rise it is too late. To raise the price the pro-
duction of oil would have to be curtailed. But Saudi
Arabia is no longer in charge. Iranian oil - which had
been banned from international sale - is now back on the
market. They have millions of barrels surplus in stock
and are producing 1,000,000 barrels a day. Any cutback
by the Arabs will be filled by Iran, who are willing to
sell even cheaper in order to grab a sizeable market share.
The price will remain low until Iran feels it has a secure market share - which
will be at least another year down the road.
And then there is Lybia. Civil war in Lybia (as well as Iraq and Syria) keeps
them from producing and selling their oil. As soon as these countries stabilize
they too will be dumping oil on the market, just as Iran is doing now. This
will be a few years down the road and keep the price down for all that time.
So the question now becomes, why would anyone want to build a pipeline in
Canada to sell oil for which there is no market and at less than the cost of
Yes, the pipelines could still make money from shipping fees, and the govern-
ment would still be making money from taxation and royalties - but the pro-
ducers would have to market their oil at next to nothing or even at a loss.
Why would they want to continue production. There comes a point where it
would be cheaper to shut down and leave it in the ground.
At these prices, there is no reason to produce oil. Without oil there is no
need for a pipeline.
Yes, our politicians have this mania to ship out as much oil as possible even
at bankrupcy prices, as long as they can claim royalty and tax money. But the
producers can not afford to produce the oil at those prices.
Again, without oil there is no need for a pipeline. The only way that pipeline
and oil production can be justified is if the producer makes money. The only
way they can make money is if the price is right. If the price is not right,
it would mean that production and pipeline operations costs would have to be
paid by the Government - that's by Mr. Taxpayer, you and me.
Pipeline construction at this time is a pointless loss of money.
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FIRST NATIONS EXCLUSION
The flawed National Energy Board is merely the most recent example of the POLITICS
OF EXCLUSION that has been practiced by the Governments and Establishment in
Canada. It is an intentional policy of excluding the First Nations from
benefitting from the use of First Nations lands and resources.
The policy dates back to the 1870's, from the moment that the Government of
anada decided to make Treaties with the First Nations. The purpose of the
Treaties was to take away the land and resources from the First Nations. The
policy was one firstly of Ethnic Cleansing - removing the First Nations from
the land - and secondly, of taking away the First Nations rights and subjec-
ting them to exclusive domination. Both of these were contrary to International
Law and to promises made in the treaties.
The intent of the POLITICS OF EXCLUSION is to concentrate power and wealth in
a small special-interest group, which is commonly referred to as THE ESTABLISH-
MENT. The Establisment makes up the political parties and political leadership,
and the corporate owners and managers.
DESTRUCTION OF THE COMMONS
A common tactic of the Establishment is the Destruction of The Commons. Histori-
cally, lands were owned by the community as a whole. The Destruction of the
Commons is the move by the Establishment to take away these lands from the
community and put the ownership into the hands of the leadership of the Establish-
ment. This was done by the Government of Canada after the signing of the treaties.
This land transfer was illegal, as the treaties did not legally transfer this
land (or contents) to Canada. Again, this was part of the policy of Ethnic
Cleansing - get the First Nations off the land (and confined to reserves) so
that the land can be claimed and sold by the Establishment for their own
The Destruction of the Commons was not a phenomenone exclusive to Canada. It
had been practiced in Europe for some time, where the Peasants were deprived
of their Common Lands. In Germany it was the principal cause behind the Peasant
Revolts, which lasted several hundred years and laid waste to much of central
Europe. In Scotland it led to the Clan Wars of the Scottish clans against the
English which lasted several hundred years and is the main cause behind the
Scottish Independence movement today. In Ireland it led to centuries of war-
fare which has only recently ended (if it actually has).
History teaches us that Destruction of the Commons invariably leads to on-
going uprisings by those deprived (be they Peasants or First Nations) that
last for centuries. It does not end until those deprived are justly compen-
stated or become full participants in their society.
However, the Establishment normally resists compensation or inclusion of the
Colnialism is the extreme case of Destruction of The Commons.
History has shown us that in no case does the Colonial power Establishment
surrender it's powers, turn over the colony to the orignal occupants, or
integrate the indiginous occupants into the Establishment willingly. In every
case, the powers that be - the Establishment - will attempt to side-track or
minimize any advances or gains made by the colonised people.
Even when the courts rule that the colonized people have certain rights and
the government certain obligations (as has the Supreme Court of Canda), the
Establishment will try to circumvent or side-track the law. A common tactic
is to establish a process to settle the matter, and make it so convoluted
and expensive that it is virtually impossible to succeed. Such is the case
with the National Energy Board Hearings, Alberta Utilities Commission Hearings
and Energy Resouces Conservation Board processes. This is standard proceedure
in colonial situations. At one time First Nations were prohibited by law from
even questioning government decisions and process.
History has shown that in every case (except India), the lands were returned
to the indiginous only after armed rebellion by the indiginous people. In
India Ghandi's non-violent rebellion worked simply because India's population
so massively outnumbered the British that the threat of violence was enough.
The only remaining colonial occupations today are Canada, Australia, New
Zealand and the United States - all of them Anglo colonies. And even here,
Australia, New Zealand and the U.S. have returned more rights to the indigi-
nous than has Canada.
For a while it seemed that Canada was about to take steps towards compensating
the First Nations for the lands and resources stolen from them, as it was
instructed to do by the Supreme Court. Of course, the government has tried to
sidestep this obligation through a convoluted "Consultation" process, which
in turn has been hijacked by the corporate Establishment.
In other words, it is going nowhere fast.
The ultimate lesson of history is that the First Nations people should not
expect to be either compensated of integrated into mainstream. The Establish-
ment will not allow it. History shows that the Establishment will only relent
after a successful rebellion.
Problem with that is that this rarely results in any improvement in the con-
dition of the "Peasants", the ordinary person. All it does is put in a new
Establishment, who are usually worse than the ones the replace. But that is
THE MOUNTAIN PEOPLE - The First Chiefs
The Cree people were the original people in Alberta. As the ice retreated
some 15,000 years ago the ancestors of the Cree (and Blackfoot) moved into
the land, the ancestors of the Cree being the Ice-Front people. Cree legends
can be dated to reach back to these times.
According to Cree legendry, the Cree have been in the Mountain Cree territory
ever since those times.
However, little is known about individual persons from those early times.
The first name we have is that of ATSPU. ATSPU ("Wolverine") was actually a
Kutenai. He was the Head Chief of the Plains Kutenai around 1650 A.D..
Several bands of the Plains Kutenai, including his own, were mixed Kutenai
and Cree. About 1650 A.D. a youth named SISIP PIMOTEW was born on the upper
Oldman River to a Cree father and Kutenai mother. Early on his parents were
killed by the Shoshone and he was raised by his Kutenai grandmother. Although
dirt-poor and plagued with a deformed foot, he grew up to become a noted
warrior, eventually attracting a following of Cree and Kutenai. SISIP PIMOTEW
married a daughter of ATSPU. Our family is descended from a daughter of
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ROSSDALE BURIAL AREA
Nothing new to report.
For more information go to Rossdale
JASPER 2016 NATIONAL ABORIGINAL DAY CELEBRATIONS
Aboriginal Days celebrations at Jasper are scheduled to be held on Saturday
June 18. As usual, Odin and I will be there on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and
leave Monday. Plan to be there with us.
Here again is another opportunity for our drummers and dancers to take part.
The first Registered drum groups will be paid. Pay is usually $1,000 or
Want to pose for photos? Can make $200 or more/day (must have or borrow an
Odin will probably again host a feast at the Cultural grounds. There will
again be opportunities for family participants to take part in activities
and earn some traveling money. I will post these jobs later.
I plan to canoe the Athabasca River and will probably do some storytelling.
If you have any traditional knowlege, teachings or artifacts that you would
like to share, Parks is interested in having you share them.. Let me known.
Admission to the Park will be free and camping at the designated camping
area will be free for members and guests.
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Drum Group (June 18, Jasper) pay $1,000.00+
Time to start thinking about the upcoming summer jobs in Banff and Jasper.
Brewster Icefield Tours/Resort is holding open 4 jobs (housekeeping,
maintainance, hospitality) for our people for the summer.
David Thompson Resort has a job opening for one of our people.
Saskatchewan River Crossing Resort has a position open for us.
If you want to get the monthly Mountain News send me your e-mail. Let other
family members know too.
Do Not Forget! This year I am offering to give a Graduation Gown to any of the
girls in the family who graduate (matriculation/University Admission) from High
School, from College (Certificate/Diploma) or University (Bachelor Degree).
The offer is open to families registered with the family society. So register.
I would like to propose that next year the family sponsor an Honoring
Ceremony and Giveaway in honor of all our family members who have died. I
pledge $1,000.00 towards such a ceremony.
JASPER NATIONAL PARK
The offer from Jasper National Park for preferential treatment (waived fees)
for members of the family is still open. To enter into an agreement with
Jasper I need the participation of two family elders to sign the agreement.
I have a meeting with Jasper Park on May 5-6. Any of our Elders interested in
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Sisip Pimotew O Koma (c1610-), Atspu (c1630-), Sisip Pimotew (c1650-),
Ki Tonahew Api (c1715-1808c), Kona Wapa (c1715-1774c), Anthony Henday
(c1735-), Ente Iskwew (c1735-), Ente Iskwew O Ka Sisa (1755-), Louis
Joseph Piche (c1776-1843), Magdalene Apitas Iskwew () Piche, Ki Tonahew
Wiyan () Hughes (-1819) Piche, Jacques Cardinal (c1777-1839), Piyesiwak
Chak Petit Couteau (-1848), Pesew Iskwew (Piche) Cardinal (c1800-),
Alexis Bobtail Piche (c1810-1900), Susanne (Cardinal) Kline (c1805-),
Jean Baptiste Cardinal, Weasel Mountain (c1850-), Asini Wachi Pime,
Isabelle Piche, Susanne (Dion) Mountain, Adam Mountain (c1850-),
Pikwanis Bugle (c1867-), Magdalene (Klyne) Schock (-1952), Joseph
Cardinal (1890-), Justine (Cardinal) Penner, Felix Cardinal, Isdadore
Desjarlais (1903-), Mike Mountain (1908-), Julia (Cardinal) Mountain,
Magloire Cardinal, Lawrence Mountain (1918-1988), Leo Mountain (c1911-
2005), Kathleen (Cardinal) Mountain, Elsie (Cardinal) Quintal, Willi
Fromhold (1923-1993), George Mountain (-1994), Sam Bone, Maryanne
Mountain (1944-1980), Stanley Ross Mountain (1938-1980), Noral Mountain,
Philippe Mountain (-1986), Elizabeth Mountain (-2005), Adam Mountain
(-2005), Ashley Mountain (-1993), Joan A. Mountain (1962-1995), Cory
Mountain (-2005c), Edna Mountain (1960-2005), Irene Mountain (1958-1994),
Jane Mountain, Lawrence Francis Mountain, Leo Mountain (-2004), Lester
Mountain Cardinal, Norman Malone Mountain, Brian Bone, Carrie Bone,
Ruby Mountain (1964-2016), Henry Bugle (-2016)
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