Excerpt from Statement of Unity adopted by chiefs meeting with the Assembly of First Nations on December 6, 2012. (Courtesy Chiefs of Ontario)

Canada's Senate Passes Bill C-45 as Aboriginals Vow Not to Honor It

ICTMN Staff
12/14/12

Bill C-45 passed 50–27 as aboriginals across Canada continued protesting under the motto “Idle No More,” and Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence began her fourth day of a hunger strike to protest abhorrent reserve conditions.

The bill will be sent to the Governor General and become law once he signs it, the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network reported. Conservative Algonquin Senator Patrick Brazeau, who voted in favor of the bill, told APTN that many chiefs supported it and that fear mongering had led to a misunderstanding of the bill. Many First Nations claim the bill undermines sovereignty and treaty rights, with some even going so far as to say that Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government is trying to terminate all their rights.

The bill amends the Fisheries Act, the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, hte Navigable Waters Protection Act and the Canada Labour Code, according to the Chiefs of Ontario. First Nations reacted immediately and strongly to the passage, citing the lack of consultation with First Nations during the creation of a bill that profoundly affects aboriginals' daily lives. 

“Bill C-45 will not be enforced or recognized by their First Nations," said a statement released by the Chiefs of Ontario in conjunction with the Nishnawbe Aski Nation, Anishinabek Nation, Grand Council Treaty No. 3, Association of Iroquois and Allied Indians, and Independent first Nations.  

“At no time in the nine months that Bill C-45 was being considered did the Government of Canada discuss any matters related to it with First Nations—this bill breaches Canada’s own laws on the fiduciary legal duty to consult and accommodate First Nations," said Assembly of First Nations (AFN) Ontario Regional Chief Stan Beardy in the statement. "The Canadian government just gave birth to a monster.”

Chiefs unanimously adopted a Statement of Unity at the Assembly of First Nations' conference on December 6, 2012. 

Resolution Adopted by First Nations Chiefs (Courtesy Chiefs of Ontario)

 

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Harper government is self-centred to say the least ... undemocratic is more descriptive

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I pray this to be born, count me in. I'm game!! People who are guided by principles of "PEACE", "HARMONY", and "RESPECT" !!!! governed by our Creator I give power to. May all who seek movement , empowerment , justice, harmony and balance, I join in prayer for a complete manifestation of unification. I will stand with a universal movement to spiritually motivate cosmic energy to create what is ask for the First Nation People. Godspeed!!! Native Americans Unite in Prayer!!

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Can you post a bit of information about the bill? This article just says that it amends some previous acts. Thanks!

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THESE PEOPLE WHO I CONSIDER IMMIGRANTS ARE AS IGNORANT AS THEY COME !! One only has to look at their past to see the evilness -past and present. I am ready to DIE for my people, i am ready to FIGHT no matter the consequences. Mark my words these people are going to be the downfall of all mankind !!! They have no regard for Mother Earth, They have no respect for the resources that she offers to all people to live and survive ...We have been here since time immemorial; they have been here for a mere 200 years, and all ready they have manage to FUCK everything up ! They have the AUDACITY to call my people savages ..lol ...Really, to that i would say lets start comparing HISTORIES ..not ... HIS story ...

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we have always been ignored and the Gov. of our lands always disregarded us broken promises and lies is all we ever gotten. When a crisis happens to our people they form, Royal Commissions that only serve to give jobs to the people who sit on the commision's and again they are stored on the shelves to collect dust just like all the other royal commisions the Gov. has commisioned.Hoping that the ans. will be different and problems they have ignored have lessened.The dept of Indian and Northern Affairs proudly say they are resposible for us yet do nothing and know nothing of us....They ( Provincial n Federal Gov. all levels of Gov. only give us notice when they want a photo op then back to doing nothing once they have lied and stolen more n more of our lands and negleting and our rights. )

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Harper stood up in Parliament of Canada and apologized for the treatment of First Nation people in Canada in June of 2008; he said a new relationship between his government and first nation people will occur. Its been 4 years since the apology, instead he is implying ethnic cleansing and genocide on First Nations people of Canada.

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im sick of aboriginals saying my land ,its all our land now, if u go back in history ull see their were people here way before the aboriginals so who can really say who was here first.second of all why do i havet to suffer because my ancestors screwed up , does that seem fair, i don't think so.im white i grew up poor and on welfare, i would love to be able to go to school for free and hunt for free and receive a lot for free, but i cant cause im white, is that racism u tell me.also if we stop propping them up they will get better on their own we dont need to carry them. they are people too who can find their own way like the rest of us , we gotta assimilate together and live together equally and evenly. also by doing that we should have more money for all races to go to school or more money to help all of us. cause im sick of being called a greedy white man , when im in the same boat as most aboriginals , but they at least have more oppurtiities to better themselfs with all the free things we provide.

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people every one is all the same so dont think that you could say things about native poeples were all equal #$%#

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People have no right to critsize our people where the first ABORIGINALS that came too the city but what do we get now this Steven Harper guy has no buisness trying too take our treaty rights and if he gets in this might be starting a war between the first nation people..

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I'm sick of these white people saying this is their/our land, ummph ever sick you are, since your are so smart check the history books, treaties that were signed

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I'm sick of these white people saying this is their/our land, ummph ever sick you are, since your are so smart check the history books, treaties that were signed

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Keep fighting the fight as the song goes....Oh Canada' Our Home And NATIVE Land.

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I can understand to some degree why the overtaxed , underpaid society in Canada, would be whining about some of their hard earned money going to us Native /Aboriginal or as we say original people. What I do want to point out is that we were born into this legacy as all else were theirs........we have to deal with many of the same issues as non natives if not more. Furthermore , we pay our way much much more than people know, we have property taxes , income tax and other painful giving up of hard earned money as well as paying for your own education.......why, because our little postage stamp sized reservations are getting so overcrowded . Free education , what a farce , we have education that is so understandard it is not even close to being funny. We have assimilated so much so that if we lost your pennies for funding , it would not impact us as much as you think........quit hating and being so jealous and get to know us......fact is you may find that you like our people because we are likable.

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Its all about gas and oil hydro dams the government will pay you off be patient and get your money

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if government never intervened with original orientals they would not even be here in present time

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What do people about natives extorting money from contractors that work for oil company's is that ok with natives?

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THANK GOODNESS> I hope they mean what they say. Idle no more . Now they will all go out and get a JOB.

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I am a taxpayer "I quote TAX PAYER" and was born in this country!! Ive been denied student loans while I watch aboriginals get a free education! Ive been turned down by banks for busness loans, while i watch aboriginals get them no problem! Ive tried to get a job at a mine in northern Ontario and was told that I was wasting my time for only natives who lived on the reserve near by would get the jobs. I m tired of watching everyday canadians get blamed for shit that happened 200 years ago. Im sick of listenig to aboriginals in this country blaming everyone else for their problems of today when its their own responsibilities to fix their own problems. Go ahead ! make threats of defending your so called land! I was born here to so i should have a rightful claim to it aswell, seeing that ive been paying my dues. Fuck you first nations! sick of the shit. Yous are the worst conservationists of nature! yous rob lakes of fish, hunt when ever the fuck yous like and contaminate your own water supplies cause your all to drunk to know the difference between the toilet and your well caps. Go ahead and stop major highways across the country in protest, thinking that if you hold things up ,you will cut the dumb whiteman off from his money! Trust me your only cutting off your nose to spite your face. Te federal government hands out billions of dollars per year to you assholes and where the fuck does it all go!! to your greedy chiefs and the rest pissed into the snowbanks!!.

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wtf

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9 billion spent by government under the present totally outdated Indian Act. it needs to be changes but your chiefs will cry murder about it because their source of personal wealth will be amended so that the band gets the money not just a few higher class families like themselves. Wake up natives your chiefs (almost all of them) are robbing you blind.

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As a white man born in Canada I fully support This Resolution Adopted by First Nations Chiefs . It not only effects Native Canadians, it effects All Canadians. The World Agenda is to make us all slaves and Hostages to The World Evil of Corporations. We must all Stand together as Equal Human Beings to fight against this tyrany and save the land which is creator's land. We are here to take care of the world not destroy the land and make people slaves to money. Little by Little they will try to take away everything. Thank you for taking the biggests first stand against Tyrany. My Prayers are with you and all people.

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legitamate companies that actually harvest the natural resources that generate jobs and new money for the economy need the restraints loosened, theres no legitamate reason to have consultations with first nations peoples over lands they have no more rights too than any other human on earth, the oldest remains ever found in north america were that of a caucasian male. When first nations leaders take millions of dollars from foreign companies to fight the canadian government they lose all credibility. Just like chiefs paying themselves 100's of thousands of dollars while their neighbours are starving in poverty. This bill will provide jobs and money.

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I am a Whiteman and I am so ashamed how many of you so called Whiteman shoot their mouths off bad mouthing the natives and yet clearly knowing nothing about what you talk about. Why does it seem so unlikely that you have any history education? I totally agree that the natives have been shit on for many, many, years, but also agree that to many use the excuse that they (Native) and have been mistreated. No we do not owe you everything, but at the same time if a treaty was agreed on, then this, nor any other government has any rights to take it away or change it without your consent! It is totally to bad that you (the native) had been put on reserves and had all your rights taken away. Stay strong and do whatever you need to do to protect your rights! Hold fast and strong your land and your heritage!

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The world "belongs" to no man...we are all here together for the good of mankind no race/creed/color is above or below the other and what is beneficial for one is beneficial for all !!!

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Food for thought, why not treat indians like canadians ... maybe they will start to get the respect they so dearly seek. And as for the comment about "They have no regard for Mother Earth, They have no respect for the resources that she offers". I guess that would be all the booze and drugs that all the indians so respect and love. And then blame everyone else for their misfortunes. Canada will be a great place to live, when everyone in canada lives as one.

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I am not First Nation but, I agree this strategy by the Harper government is undermining the traditional decision-making process of aboriginal people and must not be tolerated! This appears to be a direct attempt to fragment the First Nation community and, once again, remove land from First Nation people. I have posted my support on BONDFIRES.org. I pray for Chief Spence and the First Nation People and will continue to support this honorable and worthy cause!-Izzie J

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all they want is more more more more.. the blacks let it go why cant the natives.. seriously.. maybe stop crowding the beer stores and stop taking free money from the govt all the dam time.. annoying.

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Suck it up "first nation" losers. You're a bunch of pathetic whiners. Enjoy the benefits that we are willing to provide for free. If you want something: wake up, stop drinking, and try to work for a change.

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