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Volume 3:04 April 2016
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NEW DEMOCRATIC PARTY (NDP)
Lame Duck; Dead Duck; Dead in the Water.
First, Kudos to Premier Notley for standing up to the idiot federal NDP LEAP
Manifesto to do away with petroleum and coal production. If these enviornmental
nut cases are so against the use of coal, oil and gas, then let them stop
using consumeables that use coal, oil and gas in their production. And that
includes plastics, metals, pottery, glass, paper and pretty well everything
else that we use today. In other words, back to living in brush shelters and
snaring squirrels (mind you, no wire snares).
On the other hand, s we said before, the NDP as a provincial government have
turned out to be duds and definately no better than the Conservatives. Still
spending money like drunken sailors with a budget plan that no housewife could
Hiring $100,000.00/month consultants (no doubt NDP cronies).
Tax the hell out of the ordinary person and throw the money away into the bottom-
less pit of pet projects.
Raised the taxation cost for the average Albertan by $1,000 per year. Added a
Carbon Tax, and then give a $1.50/barrel subsidy to oil companies.
The NDP can not help themselves. The NDP ideology is that 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!
Disbanding of the Environmental Review Board to be replaced by political appointees.
After all, what do the scientists know that the NDP ideology does not know better?
The NDP claim to be the party with the interests of the the Ordinary Man, the
Disenfranchised, and the Aboriginals at heart. However, they have shown them-
selves to be none of that.
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 reco-
gnize 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 initiatives.
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 aboriginal Cultural History sites. 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.
Rather, they have acted no different than the Conservatives. Spending on
rediculous projects. Creating new questionable positions. Hiring more staff
at exhorbitant wages. Cronyism. Raise the costs for the citizen and channel
more money to big business.
They have done nothing to benefit the average Albertan, let alone aboriginal
Do not forget that the NDP are Social Democrats. These are the next best thing
Social Democrats believe that everyone is entitled to a fair wage, and that the
government should tax the hell out of this to provide services that the Social
Democrats think that you should have. God has told them what is best for you.
Communits believe that the money belongs to the Communists, give everyone a
minimum survival wage (except Communist functionarise), and spend the rest of
the money on increasing the power and wealth of the Communist party. The
Communist Party is God.
Unless there is a micacle, there is no way they will not be re-elected. NoNDP.
Anybody but NDP.
Talk, talk, talk; Blah, blah, blah. B.S., B.S., B.S. Same old, same old.
As I have been saying, Prime Minister Trudeau has been saying all the right
things. So far the Liberals has been mainly blah, blah, blah: Promises and
Photo Ops, with little actual follow - other than the $4.8 billion spent over-
seas and the money spent on Trudeau's travelling around the world .
Like the past Conservativse, so far the Liberals have shown they have no
interest in aboriginal economic development initiatives, which is the key to
Aboriginal development and self-reliance.
Their Obsessive Compulsive Dissorder fixation has been refugees, at a cost of
$35,000 per refugee. They can now come into this country regardless of what
health issues they have. They can come in to the country and be elegible for
Canada Pension support, even though they never contributed a penny to the
Canada Pension or the Canadian Economy. They can come into the country even
if they have been involved with terrorist organizations.
They have toned down the rhetoric lately (put McCallum back in a box?) but
still plan to bring in another 250,000 over the next year.
Another of McCallum's pet projects is the Automatic Citizenship Progam. If a
foreigner brings $800,000 into Canada and buys a house, they get Landed
Resident Citizenship and passport in Canada. Interstingly, those areas of
Toronto and Vancouver where all these expensive house are also has the highest
welfare rate in Canada. These folks send their woman and children
to live in Canada in these multi-million dollar houses; and since these women
and children have no income, they can collect welfare.
At the same time they have spent $ZERO on Canadian problem issues - homelessness,
poverty and aboriginal issues. (Except of course the $2 BILLION welfare package
to Bombardier in Quebec).
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.
Attawapiskat! Every two years there is another scandal in the news about the
Fourth World conditions that aboriginal people are subject to in Canada. There
is big outcry and the government promises to do something. They hire their
buddies to do a study at a cost of tens of millions of dollars, and nothing
is ever done. Four years later another scandal hits the news.
Syrians are more important that Canadian aboriginals.
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 or abo-
riginal papers. Of course, the same is true for the Oil and pipeline industries,
who's Aboriginal Liaison/Specialists assure me that their company is "different"
(yes, I mean you, Smith), and really have the best intersts of the aborignal
community at heart.
I am now on the verge of giving up on the Liberals.
Everyone seems to have Native Liaison Specialists. Do we have any MONIYAW (White
IDLE NO MORE
Who? Idle Again? Yes, Idle They Are!! Protests and activism are too much bother,
arn't they? What happened to Occupy The Land? Or Take Back The Land?
Every two years there is another scandal in the news about the Fourth World
conditions that aboriginal people are subject to in Canada. There is big out-
cry and the government promises to do something. They hire their buddies to do
a study at a cost of tens of millions of dollars (conducted by MONIYAWS), and
nothing is ever done. Four years later another scandal hits the news.
Having said that, we must also address our own role regarding living conditions
on reserves. I have visited virtually all the reserves and communities in our
region, from the poorest to the richest. By and large homes in these communities
are reasonably decent. Most are fairly average, some are excellent. However,
without fail, there are also those that seem to be little more than garbage
dumps, with heaps of trash all around the house.
Let me say that the condition of a home and yard are a personal responsibility.
Non one else is responsible for coming to clean your yard. It is not something
that you can blame on Ottawa, the White Man or the Band Council. it is a personal
responsibility. Take a bit of pride in yourself, your family, and your home.
A consortium including the Mountain Cree have begun the planning process to
develop a $10 MILLION dollar development of the Cultural Heritage Temple
Mounds site in central Alberta. This would preserve and protect the site,
develop the site, and make it available to the public to visit and use the
site. The site is 1,000 years old, an old First Nations ceremonial and farm-
ing village. It has/had burial mounds, temples and temple mounds, a village
with main street, ponds and farmsteads. We are currently undertaking fund-
raising activity and have some conditional promises for some $3 MILLION. The
government of Alberta, of course, has no interest.
PIPELINES TO NOWHERE
Like I have been saying, the pipelines are dead in the water. There will be
no pipelines built in the forseeable future.
Mountain News, November
Mountain News, December
Mountain News, January
Mountain News, February
I have had a meeting with the ATCO Aboriginal Liaison Specialist with regards
to the new power line going in to Jasper, who indicated that ATCO is interested
in involving us.
By the way, can I call myself a White Man Specialist?
$1.50 per barrel to the petroleum industry.
Not to mention the $2 Billion to Bombardier
$2 Billion in tax arrears written
of for the cigarette industry
$400 Million lost to the GM bailout
For the average Canadian - Nothing so far but increased
See also Mountain News, March
THE MOUNTAIN PEOPLE
Traditional Lands are defined by the Supreme Court of
Canada as those lands in which a First Nation Band excer-
cised its rights to residency, use, enjoyment and occupa-
tion prior to the time that it engaged with the Government
of Canada at the time of adherance to Treaty.
The Mountain People (ASINI WACHI WI INIWAK) first appear
in history in legends harkening back to the days when
spirits still walked this earth. These early legends place
them in the foohills of southern Alberta. The first date-
able legend dates back to around 15,000 years ago, and
describes an event that took part in central Alberta,
including the Medicine Hills, between Rocky Mountain House
Over the years we have developed a record of where the
Mountain Cree were recorded. These records extend from
northern California to Hudson's Bay and from the Yukon to Washington, D.C..
These lands include 3/4 of Alberta; southern Saskatchewan, portions of Manitoba
and Minnesota; northern and western Montana; portions of Wyoming; northern
Idaho; portions of Washington and Oregon; southeastern British Columbia.
We now have a database of several hundred maps showing family ranges, spiritual
and sacred sites, trails, campsites, burials, springs and so forth through this
Maski Piton's Band publication
Louis Joseph Piche publication
Jacques Cardinal publication
Mountain News, November
Mountain News, December
Mountain News, January
Mountain News, February
Mountain News, March
In the recent Supreme Court ruling (Congress of Aboriginal People vs. Canada)
the Supreme Court ruled that both Metis and Non-Status Indians have Indian/
Aboriginal Status equal to that of Treaty Indians, and that this status extends
to any person of aboriginal ancestry. Actually, this is a re-statement of an
earlier ruling that was challenged by Canada, but is now a forcefull re-state-
ment of same, as well as clearly stating that these people must be recognized
as having Indian and Aboriginal rights, including rights to their Traditional
Lands and to be included in the Duty To Consult legislation.
However, the Supreme Court in previous rulings has made it clear that these
are Collective Rights, not Individual Rights. That means, that in order to
excercise such rights, a person of aboriginal ancestry must be a member of a
legally recognized First Nations Band; the Supreme Court has also established
what the rules are that constitute an First Nations Band that is to be legally
recognized. This includes Treaty Indian Bands, Metis organizations, Indian
organizations and organized Non-Treaty Bands.
Recognized First Nations Bands can take in these new members if they meet the
existing Membership criteria. Most Treaty Indian Bands have shown a marked
reluctance to take in new members and C-31, C-62 returnees an have actively
excluded persons due to descent.
Several years ago the Government of Canada recognized the ASINI WACHI NIHIYAWAK
(Mountain Cree) BOBTAIL TRADITIONAL BAND as a legitimate and legal Non-Treaty
Band. The AWNTB operates under Traditional Law, and membership is according to
Traditional Law. As such, AWNTB has broad membership rules and can accept
members that have been excluded by other bands. In theory, it would now even
be possible for transfers between existing Treaty bands and the AWNTB.
AWNTB is currently attempting to track the descendants of the Bobtail Band who
did not enter Treaty or who withdrew from Treaty, as these would be elegibel
ROSSDALE BURIAL AREA
Nothing new to report.
Again, an indication of how supportive Edmonton is for Aboriginal issues is
indicated by the fact it does not have any advertising or placement in the
largest internet aboriginal website.
For more information go to Rossdale
DID YOU KNOW - There are about 200,000 descendants of Jacques Cardinal.
About half are Non-Treaty.
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 better.
Odin will 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.
Previously Enbridge provided some funding. We hope to be able to obtain some
events funding again this year from sponsors.
The following Jobs are available to Mountain members
ATCO Electric: Summer Student (Post-secondary): various positions
Banff Lodges of Banff Park: Housekeeping, Maintainance
Banff Springs Hotel: Housekeeping
Cline River Resort: Housekeeping, Maintainance
Jasper Brewster Glacier Icefields Tours: Maintainance Man, Driver
Jasper Brewster Glacier Icefields Chateau: Housekeeping
Jasper National Park: Summer Student (Post-secondary) Parks Interpreter
Jasper Pine Cabins: Housekeeping
Jasper Pyramid Lake Lodge & Cabins: Housekeeping
Kider-Morgan Trans-Canada Pipeline, Edmonton District: Engineer
Kider-Morgan Trans-Canada Pipeline, Edmonton District: Security Supervisor
North Saskatchewan River Crossing: Housekeeping, Maintainance
Social Media Blog Editor
Aboriginal Days positions:
Drum Group (June 18, Jasper; pay $1,000.00+)
Tourism Service: Sales Clerk/Booth Attendant
Tourism Service: Photo Booth operator (posing in costume with tourists)
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.
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Joseph Piche (c1776-1843), Magdalene Apitas Iskwew () Piche, Ki Tonahew
Wiyan () Hughes (-1819) Piche, Jacques Cardinal (c1777-1839), Piyesiwak
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