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Warren Yuill
Jesus Built My Hot-Rod
07:11 PM on 12/21/2012
cue -melodramatic music
cut - to pitiful and anguished native leader.
roll -that beautiful bean footage.
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All Seeing Guy
Center of the storm
06:46 PM on 12/21/2012
"Meet with me, consult me and do it until I get everything I want."
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06:33 PM on 12/21/2012
Don't these people know by now these 'tactics' and attempts to force people into doing things doesn't work? Apparently not. Demanding things does not usually get you what you want. Like temper tantrums with children
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AcunningDisguise
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11:31 PM on 12/21/2012
"Don't these people know by now these 'tactics' and attempts to force people into doing things doesn't work?"

I agree the Oil companies should be ashamed and embarrassed.
12:15 AM on 12/22/2012
Wake up, smell the coffee...&...look beyond your nose...lladyon
05:20 PM on 12/21/2012
It's incumbent on Mr. Harper to show some leadership and deal with this situation. I was horrified to hear the comments of the Lieutenant Governor of Canada when he claimed this was a political situation and none of his concern. Most aboriginal tribes still consider their treaties to have been made with the Queen of England and therefore, as her representative in Canada, this official is abrogating his responsibilities.
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rickthaluddite
What noisy cats are we
10:59 PM on 12/21/2012
It might take Queen Elizabeth herself contacting Chief Spence to invite her to Buckingham Palace to discuss her concerns?
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Cariboofly
Aye, Ready, Aye & Semper Fi
01:31 AM on 12/22/2012
" the Lieutenant Governor of Canada"
No such office.
02:30 PM on 12/22/2012
I stand corrected. You knew who I was talking about though.
04:43 PM on 12/21/2012
Gee Charlie didnt the reserve have similar problems for years and you just voiced your concern last year
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SayBlade
Living off avails of hard work. Need a real job.
11:47 PM on 12/21/2012
A little research goes a long way to cure historical deafness.
12:22 AM on 12/22/2012
Where did the millions go Spence suffers from Chiefs historic blindness
03:58 PM on 12/21/2012
"Last year, the diminutive leader from Attawapiskat...."

Diminutive? Go get your eyes checked.
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04:46 PM on 12/21/2012
Went through a controlled weight loss while a teenager. If her condition is moderated by a doctor Tiny Chief could have nothing to worry about
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03:39 PM on 12/21/2012
Perhaps the rupture is what is required. Governments react to crisis not suggestion. They don't replace a broken bridge, they replace a fallen bridge if they need to cross. That applies to every government by the way, band, federal, municipal, or kindergarten.

Stamping your feet, pouting, hysteria, none of that works. Being born with native blood (and I daresay most of the people in Canada with it are unaware it is even there) does not disenfranchise or enfranchise you. You do.
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John David Payne
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03:22 PM on 12/21/2012
The hunger strike is a red herring to deflect attention from Chief Spence's and her tribe's former leaders corruption on a massive scale. She looks in the photo as though she can afford to miss a few meals.
Funny how the chiefs and their cronies always make plenty of money and their families are paid well to do nothing Take a look at the latest consolidated financial statement.for Attawapiskat. It is time aboriginals stood on their own collective feet. Give them absolute title and the ability to buy and sell land on the reserve and write each one a final cheque and be done with it
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ejais
06:22 PM on 12/21/2012
Her income and monies for the reserve is online for all to see. They wanted transparency and accountibility.The courts decided and found through audits that no mismanagement or corruption had happened. However when Aboriginal Affairs was asked the same question they are unable to account for the billions of dollars they manage under first nations name.All that money that people throw around is not what these first nations get. Aboriginal Affairs gets the money first then after they are done taking their share they give the rest to all communities. 100 million of that money that was to be allotted for a school for first nations children was used to pay Aboriginal Affairs legal fees for the human rights violation lawsuits they been faced with.Do your research before you spout off things that really have no basis and more importantly take away from the bigger picture. If the protection for the waters and the protection of the indigenous lands are removed who profits? Read up on Nexen sale and China's desire to buy out Canada's resources.Stop poking your finger at the misrepresented and start really standing up for your rights because stephen harper just removed your democratic voice and you dont even know or care.
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John David Payne
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02:48 AM on 12/22/2012
Look at the statements for 2010 which detail who got paid what, convenientlt not shown on 2011 statement. Income in excess of $34 million for a reserve band of just over 1,500 people. That's $20,000 TAX FREE for every man, woman and child on the reserve. Your dollar distribution method is incorrect insofar as this band is concerned. Income was as stated. As to taking care of land and waterways I have senn first hand the aboriginal at work on the water. Try googling the Nechako River. Once a big producing river for fish, now zero thanks to native over fishing in commercial manner. Land left covered in junk and garbage and scrap metal as far as the eye can see. Custodians of nature LMAO
06:27 PM on 12/21/2012
No, your statement is the true red herring.
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John David Payne
godisimaginary
02:41 AM on 12/22/2012
Check out the financial statements, particularly those from 2010 where it details who got paid what and note that in 2011 there is no disclosure of payments. Income was in excess of $34 million dollars for a band on reserve of hust over 1,500 members. That is a tax free income of more than $20,000 for every man, woman and child on reserve. That is a good income for anyone in any area of Canada, considering nobody works for it, before the chief and council decide what will be done with it. People on welfare in Canada do not make that much. Why should natives/aboriginals be entitled to such largess
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02:12 PM on 12/21/2012
Not just social media. This is a grassroots movement that has seen the light. Harper has gone after our Aboriginal and Treaty rights protected by the Constitution. He has to consult with First Nation leaders before he implements any changes to the legal framework. The government policies of assimilation and cultural genocide continue and Harper will not be happy until the words of Duncan Campbell Scott come to pass. Scott said, "we will continue until there is not an Indian left in the body politic". (1925) As First Nations people, we have resisted the colonialization, the assimilation moves (residential school), we have listened to the courts uphold our rights, and then start to limit them. I protest for my children, my grandchildren, our elders, our families, our communities. Harper needs to meet with Chief Spence and our leaders. She has taken a stand and she is not going to give up. Idlenomore will not give up. I pray for Chief Spence. I pray that the Government listens and respects our treaty/aboriginal rights protected by the supreme law of Canada. The Creator gave us the responsibilities to care for our land, the animals, the oceans and each other. That is what we are doing now, so it is not just a social media thing. Listen
07:10 PM on 12/21/2012
I am not first nation and I agree 100% with your post. How can anyone disagree with truth.
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whisperindave
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02:06 PM on 12/21/2012
The government of Canada is now as foolish and morbid as the U.S. Government is. It is chock full o' NeoCon nuts who follow in the sloppy footprints of the Bush Administration. In fact Harper is a Bush crony that went to school with G.W. as did the former President of Mexico...(you see a pattern here?) They don't care about anything but getting the 1% more and more of the economic pie until they have it all. Canada is in serious trouble with the tar-sands project, global warming opening up new vulnerable lands to fracking and oil drilling, shale mining and other environmental issues. Of course Harper's treatment of the Native Canadians is inexcusable. Meanwhile he goes home to worship Christ, who admonished him and other worshipers to follow Him, give all they have to the poor and leave their vaunted positions as princes of their lands...But no. Even on Christmas, Christ is forgotten. And so another human being suffers in silent protest as the Canadians have their Christmas Feasts. And so it goes
02:56 PM on 12/21/2012
beautifully put.
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Stormlight
03:05 PM on 12/21/2012
Well Christians don't follow the tenants of Jesus's beliefs anyway. If they did then the world would actually be a better place.
01:44 PM on 12/21/2012
Come out to Port Alberni and look at the New 9 Million Band Office ( with no conference room), and the many late model cars parked in front.
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ejais
06:28 PM on 12/21/2012
Have you ever walked up into the band office and started a respectful dialogue on how their community runs?
12:25 AM on 12/22/2012
When you've been suppressed for over 100 years, I doubt you'd be willing to sit & "start a respectful dialogue on how" the "community runs".
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WetCoastLiving
It's MY opinion, WE don't have to share it
01:24 PM on 12/21/2012
As much as I dislike the CONs, the government should not be held captive by her choice to go on a hunger strike.
12:20 AM on 12/22/2012
Obviously you & Harper have the same inhuman mentality...
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WetCoastLiving
It's MY opinion, WE don't have to share it
10:53 AM on 12/22/2012
Yes, that's it.  It couldn't possibly be that it's her choice and she can come off it anytime.  Also, it's not the rest of the countries fault that they weren't able to manage the funds they received.  If the rest of us in Canada have to, then so should they.  Before you go there, this has nothing to do with race and everything to do with accountability.
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12:57 PM on 12/21/2012
I wish her all the strength in the world. She has my undying admiration for what she is doing.

That said, Harper is neither a good nor decent person.
It is very likely that if she dies, he would use the resulting uprising as an excuse to violently suppress First Nations people further.
I can only hope that his current and future actions will unmask him before the world as the hateful, manipulative racist he is.

Good luck Chief Spence. You are an inspiration.
I do not doubt your resolve, therefore I am very afraid for you.