Solidairity Banner Drop with idle No More in KW above 401

4 Jan

Today settler allies joined urban indigenous youth in an action of solidarity with the Idle No More movement. At about 3 in the afternoon a banner with a bear claw and the slogan idle no more was held up above the hiway 401 until rush hour ended. This banner was greeted with many honks of solidarity from drivers, and several paaserbyers came and asked questions. The event garnered much enthusiasm from participants despite the freezing cold and crazy winds.

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9 Responses to “Solidairity Banner Drop with idle No More in KW above 401”

  1. doug January 5, 2013 at 12:30 am #

    Just a few facts about this crook of a Chief that is trying to extort more money from Canadian taxpayers by crying poor.What happened to the $100 million that they can’t account for that was squandered away while the band members were living in filth.
    Let this women continue her “diet”.

    Attawapiskat is a small town in Northern Ontario. About 1500 people living 300 homes. But they have 3 chiefs on the payroll, 18 councillors on the payroll — that’s 21 full-time politicians.

    “Did you know that in the middle of the so-called housing crisis where they need more money that Chief Theresa and the band has $9 million stock portfolio…Attiwapiskat has $9 million [in stocks] – like in Apple, in China Mobile, in Banks. Maybe if you have a housing crisis you sell a few stocks.”

  2. alan January 5, 2013 at 1:18 pm #

    Holy crap Doug! I’ve heard whispers and innuendos only about money available to certain individuals. Do you have any references, footnotes, newspaper articles, anything? if you do be polite and apparently factual as in your above comment because I’d like to learn more. I am aware that the Mennonite Central Committee are about to show support for Chief Spence and I don’t believe they would do that if they had any knowledge of serious sums of money being diverted from the needy in Attiwapiskat.

    • doug January 5, 2013 at 3:54 pm #

      Google Chief Theresa Spence and you will find all kinds of interesting info.MCC will support the needy whether or not money was diverted from them since the band members have no control over the money,only the crooked Chiefs and council.

      The Chief Spence household made $250,000 last year.She drives an $80,000 Escalade and the band members live in destitute.Something wrong with this picture?
      My opinion is they are protesting because now Harper wants them to account for all the money that is given to them and they don’t like it.

    • doug January 7, 2013 at 2:45 pm #

      Yes Canada should be ashamed but she is no Canadian hero.What did she do with the money given to her town other than spend it on herself ,family and friends while everyone else lived in squalor! She is an embarrassment to natives everywhere and should be held accountable!

  3. Laurel L. Russwurm January 7, 2013 at 6:40 pm #

    Doug, did you actually read the links I shared? Although I generally support the idea that anonymity is valuable for free speech, the fact that you are casting personal aspersions (ad hominem attacks) from behind a barrier of anonymity dilutes your argument. Who are you to throw stones?

    It’s really easy to judge others until you’ve walked a mile in someone else’s shoes. Why aren’t you suggesting that the Prime Minister and Parliamentarians first give away all their posessions an live as simply as the poorest Canadians do?

    I don’t know how accurate the numbers you quote are, but I dwp-comments-post.phpo know that even if they are correct, since before the beginning of recorded history, each human society has traditionally made sure its leaders are housed and clothed and fed so that they can appropriately represent their people.

    It’s why Canada gives its Prime Minister a mansion to live in, for instance. Prime Minister Harper would make us all look bad if he showed up at a word summit dressed the way Canadians living below the poverty line have to dress, driving a car which couldn’t pass an emissions test. The other world leaders wouldn’t treat him as an equal, but as a charity case if he did.

    Even so, the gross numbers you mention aren’t all that high. There are civil servants making more than that on the $100k list every year. Chief Spence lives in an exceedingly isolated community, so I assume she has disproportionately high travel costs to contend with in order to represent her people. And as we have seen, she has had to go to extwp-comments-post.phpreme measures just to get a meeting in an attempt to help her people.

    Chief Spence is indeed a hero to her people. She is risking her health, and her life, to help them. Seems like a pretty good investment to me. Even so, her income is not very much at all, especially when you consider what Prime Ministers, Premiers and even Mayors are paid.

    • doug January 7, 2013 at 7:28 pm #

      I guess you just choose to overlook the fact that all the money given to her cannot be accounted for.I have no problem with what she makes or drives but crying poor after been given over $100 million since 2005 won’t get much sympathy from most TAXPAYING Canadians.

      You can choose to believe whom ever you want but in my opinion Chief Spence and her council are a bunch of crooks and are certainly no hero’s!!

      http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/attawapiskat-audit-scrutinizes-reserve-s-record-keeping-on-millions-spent-1.1103496

      • Laurel L. Russwurm January 8, 2013 at 7:39 am #

        It’s interesting that you think this money was given to Chief Spence. I’m not sure when she became chief, but the term of office is three years.

        Even more important, for almost the entire time covered by the audit (April 1, 2005 to November 30, 2011) Attawapiskat finances were under the “co-management” supervision of the federal government … which gave authority for finances back after ten years, according to the Government of Canada’s website, Audit of the AANDC and Attawapiskat First Nation (AFN) Management Control Framework

  4. Laurel L. Russwurm January 8, 2013 at 8:03 am #

    Oh, and Doug? If you are really concerned with the squandering of taxpayer money, you might want to read Highlights from the Report of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples. This Royal Commission cost Canadian taxpayers a pile of money. And you know what? It did a pretty good job.

    They studied the problems and set out reasonable solutions. But succeeding Canadian governments have ignored the findings of this commission instead of following its recommendations and addressing the problems.

    Reading some shoddy news reports thrown together to make The Government of Canada (Canada’s biggest advertiser) happy does not make you an expert. Do you have kids, Doug? If you do, you can thank your lucky stars they didn’t have to go to school in Attawapiskat.

    There was a time in this fair land when the land didn’t belong to us. Remember the War of 1812? The only reason Canada wasn’t absorbed by our American friends was thanks to First Nations fighting for our sovereignty. And has Canada played fair with our First Nations people? Hell no.

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