Sunday, June 24, 2012


Atleo facing accusations of a too-cozy partnership with Harper in AFN election

"The issues for the more than 700,000 members of First Nations living both on and off reserves are clear: more than 100 rural and remote communities lack access to safe drinking water, housing crises abound across the country, northern communities face rising food prices, land rights and resource-revenue sharing issues are heating up on resource-rich reserves, and claims that Canada is not honouring its various treaties are rampant."
Blah! Blah! Blah! Blah!
"While supporters of incumbent AFN national chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo — who is seeking re-election — say he has spent the last three years fostering relationships and laying groundwork for change, his critics say his approach has been too conciliatory and even go so far as to accuse him of being too cosy with the Harper government."
Can't have that, now can we?
"But Romanow said there are many First Nation communities which saw the Ottawa Gathering as a mere "photo-op" and many in those communities who refused to participate in the education panel, which they said was created without consultation."
This old saw about the lack of consultation is getting really, really tiresome. What the heck do you think Atleo was doing? Facilitating consultation is precisely what he was doing, dingbats.  Consulting has been the status quo since the second half of the 1940s.

So which sectors of the Indian Industry (lawyers, academics, consultants, civil servants, Chiefs who award themselves big salaries) are represented here?

Academic (and legal): 
"Pam Palmater, a Mi'kmaw lawyer and professor at the University of Toronto"

 "Diane M. Kelly, an Ojibway from Onigaming First Nation, who is also a lawyer and the first female Grand Chief of the Grand Council of Treaty #3

"Joan Jack, a lawyer and band counsellor from the fly-in Aanishinaabe Ikwe community of Berens River First Nation in Manitoba."

 "George Stanley, former chief of Frog Lake First Nation and current Regional Chief of Alberta"
"Dene leader Bill Erasmus, the regional chief in the North and brother of former AFN National Chief Georges Erasmus"
Oh. And I guess being a strutting, loudmouth boor in addition to being a member of the standard Indian Industry professions helps as well:
"Terrance Nelson is a former five-term chief of Roseau River Anishinabe First Nation in southern Manitoba. He made headlines earlier this year when he took the plight of First Nations to Canada's Iranian consulate. A self-proclaimed "radical," Nelson has said "the Northern Gateway project is dead if I am elected national chief." His focus is on sovereignty and land rights for First Nations."
Double yawn. I suspect his term as Chief on Roseau River was similar to that of the Mad Mullahs and I-am-a-dinner-jacket, too. He'd fit right in.

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Blogger Dave in Pa. said...

"So which sectors of the Indian Industry (lawyers, academics, consultants, civil servants, Chiefs who award themselves big salaries) are represented here?"

The corruptocrat chiefs and the blood-sucking lawyers, of course.

June 25, 2012 9:28 am  

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