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SAMSON CREE NATION
Samson First Nation - the most violent community in Canada, has finally
figured out what to do about it's gang and violence problems:
Dump Them on Someone Else
Evict troublemakers; chase them of the reserve and dump them on your
Samson Nation's governance has conceeded that it is incapable of managing it's
own Nation, and has turned to the usual tried and true method that First
Nations use to deal with issues they can not handle:
Let the White Man do it.
To be fair, Samson is not the first of the First Nations to implement an
Seems to me that this is a standard way that First Nations deal with issues.
Also seems to be a bit hypocritical. They demand that they have the right to
govern themselves, continually demand more money to "deal with issues", and
when they can't handle the issue, demand that someone else take the responsibility.
Samson - you claim to be an Independent, Sovreign, Self-Governing 'Nation',
yet you can't even manage to effectively govern yourself in a way that even
the smallest Town or Municipality manages to.
But let's be clear.
Samson is only one of the 4 First Nations at Hobbema. The others, Ermineskin,
Luis Bull and Montana Nations seem to manage. The issue of gangs and violence
is mainly a Samson Nation problem.
Samson - the wealthiest First Nation in Canada. Next to you, Montana First
Nation is a pauper. But they seem to manage.
So what's your problem?
As any business analyst can tell you, when there is an
operational problem in a business or corporate, it normally
boils down to a management issue.
Poor or faulty management.
For example, look at what we say about mismanagement in our
article on Attawapiskat.
Too often chiefs and councils in these places are more
concerned about money and position, rather than in leadership
Traditionally in our society Chiefs were not paid, nor were
they elected. The achieved their position as Chiefs because of
their demonstrated good leadership.
There is a reason why in Cree these traditional leaders were
called OKIMAW, "Chief" and why the Reservation/Government Chiefs
are called OKIMAKAN, "Immitation Chiefs".
How much did Big Bear, Bobtail, Maskeptoon or Poundmaker make
as chief? Zero! Nada! Nil! MAKIWEW!
Yet here we hear of Chiefs and Councilors managing to take home
over a $1 million in a year - while others on the reserve face
starvation or have to live in shacks.
Is this leadership? Is this good management of the Nation?
Do you know what the average salary of a Governor of a State in
the United States is? $6,000.
That's right - Six Thousand dollars to govern a State.
Too many First Nations lack leadership and management. Chiefs and Council are
too busy attending meetings at Las Vegas, or New York, or River Cree Casino.
Attending meetings and conferences, rather than management and leadership.
This is not to say that that leadership and ability are lacking on reserves
and in the aboriginal communities.
I know many - including on Samson reserve - who are effective leaders and
managers. But almost none of them are in management positions on the reserve.
They are not part of the Political/Nepotisitc elite, but they are the true
heirs of the Traditional Chiefs. They actually accomplish things. Those
positions are usually given to political appointees with no particular
skill, background or interest in the job.
A good friend from one of the backwater reserves not unlike Attawapiskat owns
and farms more land and has more businesses than the average Reservation.
His annual operational budget is over $4 million. He, himself, employs
about 100 people. He has little to do with his reserve and they have never
bothered to ask for his advice, let alone for his management skills.
He is not the only one.
These people are the true OKIMAWs, not the OKIMAKAN.
Some years ago we published an article about 'What Is A Chief' in MOUNTAIN
NEWS. It is perhaps worthwhile to post this online.
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