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Volume 3:05 May 2016
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Tanisi. Hello again. Welcome the Mountain News.
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Condolences and best wishes to our families, kinsmen and friends at McMurray.
Let me know if you need anything.
NEW DEMOCRATIC PARTY (NDP)
Again, Kudos to Premier Notley.
Firstly, she has shown a professional aproach in the face of the Fort McMurray
disaster and provided good leadership.
Secondly, she has faced down the environmental doomsday nut cases who think
Chinooks and forest fires are a tangible sign of global warming - and McMurray
Thirdly, she has been keeping the lid on the fringe-element ideologues in her
Not enough to counteract the earlier problems of the NDP leadership, but at
least stabilized into a holding pattern. Had she been a bit more forceful in
her response to McMurray she could probably have re-captured a possible
election win next time.
Of course, then she blew it.
Spending $1,000,000/year to hire a few NDP cronies as NDP Spin Doctors (PR
people) to get the Purity of the NDP Policies across to the peasants.
Smells just like the old TORIES. Can you say REDFORD? PRENTISE?
And the Love-In with WYNN, from the financially bankrupt Province of Ontario,
which Notley wants to copy.
So, we are back to the
Still "Talk, talk, talk; Blah, blah, blah. B.S., B.S., B.S. Same old,
As I have been saying, Prime Minister Trudeau has been saying all the right
things, but so far the Liberals has been mainly blah, blah, blah: Promises
and Photo Ops, with little actual follow-up - other than the $4.8 billion
spent overseas and the money spent on Trudeau's continuous travelling around
Got to say, nice of Trudeau to visit Canada for a few days to drop in at Ft.
McMurray and to assault a female Member of the Opposition in Parliament.
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.
Got to congratulate them for putting McCallum back in the box and locking it.
At least no more assenine statements from Imigration.
On that note, the Liberals have been spending $35,000+ per year on the Syrian
refugees. So far nothing (ZERO) for the Fort McMurray
Syrians are more important that Canadian aboriginals and even middle-class
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.
Still, 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).
Residential School Issue; 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
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
aboriginal 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.
On the other hand, the Minister's Office has asked to meet with me regarding
problems with the National Energy Board hearings as they affect the First Nations
I have to say, I was the verge of giving up on the Liberals but still in a
However, the deal with the Metis of Manitoba changed that. This seems to be a
clear indication that the Liberals do intend to actually follow through on the
Supreme Court rulings on aboriginal rights.
It that is the case, I fully support the Liberals.
IDLE NO MORE
Who? Idle Again? Protests and activism are too much bother, arn't they? What
happened to Occupy The Land? Or Take Back The Land?
Not a peep.
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
farming village. It has/had burial mounds, temples and temple mounds, a
village with main street, ponds and farmsteads. We are currently undertaking
fundraising activity and have some conditional promises for some $3 MILLION.
The government of Alberta, of course, has no interest.
I have recently initiated talks to purchase the property.
So there has been a tentative approval by the National Energy Board for the
Enbridge and Trans Mountain pipeline projects.
As I said before, the regulators would invoke the Greater Good clause - which
they did. Historically, this has meant that First Nations and aboriginal
concerns and rights are swept aside and ignored for the "Greater Good" to the
The saving grace is that this is not a blanket approval, but come with some
150 conditions that must be met by the companies, including going back to the
aboriginal community to get a better result from their support.
As I mentioned above, the Minister's of Natural Resources Canada has asked
his office to meet with me regarding problems with the National Energy Board
hearings as they affect the First Nations intervenors and specifically with
regards to the Enbridge project.
Furthermore, the Government of Alberta has opened itself to a lawsuit by
accepting the Trans-Mountain Pipeline Heritage Resources Study, even though
it has been proven to be a farce, which is contrary to Law. At the same time
Trans Mountain can be struck with an Injunction. And this has all the earmarks
of going on to become a Constitutional Challenge to the Supreme Court.
Mountain News, November
Mountain News, December
Mountain News, January
Mountain News, February
ASSOCIATION OF FIRST NATIONS ARCHAEOLOGISTS AND HISTORIANS
A professional association of First Nations archaeologists and historians is
in the process of registering.
Founding members number some 30 individuals, including persons with University
degrees and individuals with field experience on archaeological projects.
Founding members also include 9 First Nations consulting firms and two First
The AFNAH will be acting as an Advocacy group with Government and Industry, and
will be fielding contracting and consulting services.
If you have any questions, please contact me.
The consultation process with ATCO's Jasper project seems to be going ahead.
On the other hand, somehow ATCO has chosen to usurp the process and protocols
of the Jasper Aboriginal Fortum and seems to have invited itself to put on a
Barbecue at the Jasper Aboriginal Day Celebrations without approval from the
Aboriginal Forum or the Host Nation. In doing so, they have usurped the Feast
that we have traditionally put on, so we will no longer be hosting the Public
THE MOUNTAIN PEOPLE - Chief Pesew
Chief PESEW ("Bobcat") was born as Louis Joseph Piche down east on the Great
Lakes. He was the Great Grandson of the explorer Jean Nicolette and his Nipissing
wife. He joined the fur trade in the 1780's and was sent to Pond's House/Fort
Chipewyan as an assistant to Peter Pond. When Pond was sent east for trial for
murder he was accompanied by Piche. Piche was then transfered to Pond's partners,
the Grants, and spent a few years on the Assiniboine River. From there he was
sent with Grant to build Fort Edmonton. Here he was the senior non-commissioned
officer. He remained here until 1813, when he was transfered with Alexander
Henry to look after Rocky Mountain House. From Rocky Mountain House he was
headed up the outfitting and wranglers for David Thompson's journey across the
Athabasca Pass. For the next few years Piche headed the supply trains to the
new Henry House and Jasper House.
In the meantime one of Piche's daughters married a Peigan chief, the couple be-
coming the founding parents of the North Peigan. Another daughter married
Jacques Cardinal. Cardinal had been one of David Thompson's boatment and
junior officers. Jacques had been the man who had been sent ahead of David
Thompson in 1807 to blaze and clear the trail across Howse Pass so it could
be 'discovered' by David Thompson. In 1813 Cardinal was transfered to Jasper
House as the senior assistant to the trader. Cardinal's daughter then married
Michel Klyne (Cline), the trader.
Piche remained at Rocky Mountain House, where he had a house, until 1822, when
almost all the Metis employees of the fur trade were laid off. Almost immediately
they were hired on contract for the Bow River Expedition and sent to the Bow
River to build Bow Fort; some went on the the Missouri River. With the completion
of the post they were again laid off. Piche and most of the Metis remained in
the area and organized themselves as the Mountain Cree and Mountain Nakoda bands,
under the chieftainship of Piche. This would become the heartland of these two
bands. From here they ranged north to the Athabasca River and south to Fort
Laramie (Wyoming). Other members of the band worked with the fur trade as far
distant as the Pacific Ocean.
In 1840 Piche and his people quickly accepted the christianity brought by the
Methodist Missionary Robert Rundle, but at the same time Piche sent his son
with a delegation to Red River to request a Catholic missionary, resulting in
Fr. Thibeault being sent west. In 1843 Piche and a son were killed near Penhold
in a gambling dispute. The Mountain Cree band now dispersed into several factions.
Two factions were those of his sons Piyesiwak Chak and Kiskiyew (Bobtail). With
the death of Piyesiwak Chak, the two factions recombined under Bobtail.
Bobtail would become Head Chief of the West People of the Cree, Nakoda, Soto
and allied peoples.
The name PESEW is likely a wrong transcription of his actual Cree name.
At the moment a book is in the works.
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
Mountain News, April
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-statement 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.
For more information go to Rossdale
I have started discussions to purchase an office-resi-
dential-retail building. Has room for offices, a re-
search center, accomodation, museum, store and restaurant.
Will need staff if i go ahead.
DID YOU KNOW - There are about 30,000 descendants of
Bobtail band who never took Treaty.
JASPER 2016 NATIONAL ABORIGINAL
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.
Our usual public feast has been pre-empted by ATCO so we
will not be hosting the usual feast. 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.
I have a meeting in Jasper with Parks and with several businesses on May 4-6.
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, Maintainance
Jasper Pyramid Lake Lodge & Cabins: Housekeeping
Kider-Morgan Trans-Canada Pipeline, Edmonton District: Engineer
Kider-Morgan Trans-Canada Pipeline, Edmonton District: Security Supervisor
Mountain Parks Resorts (Banff, Jasper), Housekeeping, Maintainance
North Saskatchewan River Crossing: Housekeeping, Maintainance
Our Native Land, Sales Clerk (accomodation available)
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)
1977 Olds; G+; $7,500.00
1967 Cougar (early production; rare serial 900), matching #'s; VG; $14,000.00
1967 Cougar (early production/week 2; rare), matching #'s; VG; $8,000.00
Finally got hold of my birthday lists. I am still missing most of you so send me your birthdays so
I can get them included. Sorry the ones I missed last month.
Bone, Lawrence (deceased) May 03, 1963
Bone, Dennis May 04, 1972
Twin, Donald May 05
Mountain, Robyn May 13, 1983
Twin, Christine May 20
Mountain, Neil May 25
Mountain, Lawrence Jun 05
Champagne, Megan Jun 06, 1996
Mountain, Braden Jun 23,
Bone, James Jun 26, 1992
Mountain, Vicky Jun 28
Badger, Anthony Jul 5, 1975
Mountain, Crystal Jul 17, 1985
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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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
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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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