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COLONIALISM IS ALIVE AND WELL IN CANADA

The Mountain Cree (ASINI WACHI NEHIYAWAK) Traditional Band is one of the descendant bands of the Mountain Cree People, who's ancestors came to this part of the land some 15,000 years ago. The Mountain Cree (ASINI WACHI NEHIYAWAK) Traditional Band is made up of the descendants of the Mountain Cree Bobtail Band who have never signed a a Treaty with Canada. The Band and Band Members have never surrendered any land, property or rights. In the 1870's the state of Canada annexed and occupied the Canadian west and expropriated the First Nations lands, properties and rights without compensation or obtaining a legal surrender. The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that this was an illegal act. The Mountain Cree (ASINI WACHI NEHIYAWAK) Traditional Band is recognized as a Non-Treaty Band by the Government of Canada, with rights and relationships to Canada as laid out by the Supreme Court of Canada (in DELGAMUUKW v. BRITISH COLUMIA, 1997).
The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled (DELGAMUUKW v. BRITISH COLUMIA, 1997) that such bands still retain all their traditional sovreignity, property and rights which pre-date the state of Canada. We have been included by the state of Canada in the Pipe- line Hearings and the Consultation process. Being a Non-Treaty Band, the ASINI WACHI NEHIYAWAK (Mountain Cree) Traditional Band does not have a Reserva- tion, but still owns and holds all it's traditional territory wherein it has the right to excercise it's traditional rights. Click here for more information on the Mountain Cree. In 2018 the ASINI WACHI NEHIYAWAK (Mountain Cree) Traditional Band had to buy back some of it's own lands at Mirror, in the County of Lacombe, in order to establish a Band Office. Mirror is a small community of some 430 people in an economically depressed area. It had been our intention to establish a Band Office, a major Museum of the Mountain Cree, and other supporting services that would attract business to the community and create at least 10 jobs. However, the County of Lacombe demands that the Mountain Cree must pay the County privilige of having to buy back it's own property again, and ordered the Mountain Cree to cease from operating any "business" activities, in- cluding a Band Office. They have also ordered that the Band and C.E.O./Chief of the Band is prohibited from selling any of his or their personal property without permission from the County, and claim that the County has the right to enter and inspect the premises at any time without notice. They have also threatened the Mountain Cree and C.E.O. with legal action, and expropriation of the property should we not comply to their demands. Click here for a more detailed discussion. This, in fact, is extortion and a throwback to Government Colonial policy of the 1870's, and is in complete contravention of current Canadian law and the Supreme Court rulings. This, of course, is in the best Colonial tradition practiced in Africa and Asia by the British, Portuguese and Spanish. Canada is the last holdout of the British Colonialism. This colonial mindset is still ingrained in Canadian governments, agencies and system. It is systemic. You can contact the County of Lacombe to express your opinion. The Mountain Cree Band is now challenging the County of Lacombe orders in the Supreme Court. Supreme Court challenges tend to be costly. We estimate that this will cost us $4,000,000. To help cover our costs we will be requesting public contri- butions, and be on GOFUNDME and FUNDRAZR. We will be mailing out periodic updates to all donors and subscribers. Supporters will also be elegible for various gifts, such as one of our publications, and visitations to our facilities and Bed and Breakfast accomodations. Our facility also contains our affiliate, Heritage Consulting. Heritage Consulting specializes in Western Canadian Native and Historical research, and maintains files on over 4000 tribes. Our files are the most comprehensive on-line files on the history of Indian Tribes, the Fur Trade and Aboriginal/Fur Trade genealogies and biographies.
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Researchers can now order data from Heritage Consulting, or do their own research in the Heritage Consulting Databank located in Mirror, Alberta. This databank is the largest databank dealing with Western Canadian aboriginal history and genealogy To date we now have - over 2,000,000 pages of information - biographies/histories on 1,000,000 westerners from before 1890 - comprehensive histories of over 30,000 tribes and bands We expect to double our data in the near future. Our Northern Plains Research Center includes a Museum, a 20,000 volume library, our electronic database, a cafeteria and in-house accomodation, all operated by the Mountain Cree Band. The facility is shared with the ASINI WACHI NEHIYAWAK (Mountain Cree) Traditional Band offices. For more details click on the subjects in the adjacent box.
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