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Haida strip two hereditary chiefs of titles for supporting Enbridge E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 21 August 2016 11:18

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Darin Swanson, head chief of the Yahgulaanaas/Janaas clan at the ceremony where two hereditary chiefs were stripped of their titles. Ernest Swanson, his nephew is to the left holding a staff. MARY HELMER / FOR PNG

 

 

Darin Swanson, head chief of the Yahgulaanaas/Janaas clan at the ceremony where two hereditary chiefs were stripped of their titles. Ernest Swanson, his nephew is to the left holding a staff. MARY HELMER / FOR PNG

Published on: August 17, 2016 | Last Updated: August 17, 2016 8:01 PM PDT
 

 

 

 

The extraordinary decision by a Haida clan to strip two of its hereditary chiefs of their titles for secretly supporting the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline is being closely watched by First Nations across Canada.

 

The rebuke, delivered last week in an elaborate ceremony witnessed by more than 500 people, came as the Haida Nation rejected what they say is a growing trend by companies to enlist the support of hereditary chiefs as a way of claiming broad First Nations support.

“This is an absolutely huge decision and I think it is a wake-up call to the hereditary system of governance and leadership,” said Grand Chief Stewart Phillip of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs. 

“I think First Nations across the province and throughout Indian country in general are paying attention to these developments.”

On Aug. 13, members of the clan stripped Carmen Goertzen and Francis Ingram of their titles, effectively removing them as representatives of two houses, the Yahgulaanaas Janaas of Daadens, and the Litjaaw Yaahl Naas. Goertzen, a well-known Haida artist, had held the position for 25 years. Ingram had only been appointed a year ago.

 

The Haida are made up of 22 house clans, each overseen by hereditary chiefs. An elected council represents the Haida Nation.

The men were part of a group of eight, including two other hereditary chiefs, who signed a letter to the National Energy Board in March supporting Northern Gateway’s request for a time extension to its permit for the bitumen transport pipeline. Earlier this summer, the Federal Court overturned federal approval of Northern Gateway, leaving the company with only one more “faint hope” opportunity.

Goertzen, Ingram and the others, including four men whom the Haida Nation says do not hold any hereditary position, formed a group they called Hereditary Chiefs of North Haida Gwaii LLP.

The head of the clan that Goertzen and Ingram represented said the community never knew the men had signed on to support Enbridge and that their letter made it look like the Haida at large had reversed their long-standing opposition to the project.

“I don’t think anyone in a clan can tell people who they can work for, but when you are a hereditary chief leader you have responsibilities to your clan and you have to consult with them on important issues like this,” said Darin Swanson, the head chief of the Yahgulaanaas Janaas clan. “As hereditary leaders, they didn’t do that. Everything was a big secret up till now. At the end of the day, they are crawling into bed with Enbridge. It is almost up to the point that Enbridge is accepting them as (representing) the consultation on the whole of Haida Gwaii.”

Attempts by Postmedia to contact Goertzen and Ingram were unsuccessful. But in an interview with Vice News, which broke the story, Ingram denied asking for an extension, even though he signed the letter. Goertzen acknowledged that Enbridge had paid the men fees to attend a meeting but that he had his community’s best interests at heart. 

 “To meet with them, we’ve been paid per diems, and we’ve had a few meetings, not even four days,” he told VICE News. He said his clan members were “blowing stuff out of proportion.”

Peter Lantin, the elected president of the Council of the Haida Nation, said the letter shocked his members because they had a consensus agreement to oppose the pipeline project and they see this as an attempt by Enbridge to divide them.

“The lesson to be learned in this is that there is a proper way to consult with us and at the end of the day, no means no. People are really questioning the integrity of the Haida Nation,” he said.

“The problem that we’re seeing with the tactics of Enbridge is that they know how we feel, they know what our answer is and they don’t like it.”

A spokesman for Northern Gateway said it was aware of the action against the two hereditary chiefs but maintained they had not represented the Haida Nation to them. It presented meetings with the eight as being for the purposes of discussing “West Coast marine emergency response, employment and training opportunities, food source protection, and other safety measures.”

“At no time have these individuals claimed to us either verbally or in writing that they represent or speak for the Haida Nation or their respective clans,” said communications manager Ivan Giesbrecht.

Phillip, whose organization represents 115 First Nations in B.C., said the implications stretch well beyond the Northern Gateway project and touch on other projects such as Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline project and the provincial government’s push to export liquefied natural gas.

“It is a clear message that hereditary leaders need to know and understand their stewardship responsibilities to caretake the land in a proper and responsible fashion,” he said.

This isn’t the first time First Nations have protested the support given to Enbridge by hereditary chiefs. The company says it has support of 31 aboriginal communities across B.C. and Alberta, including a number of First Nations, as well as Métis associations.

One of the “aboriginal stewards” of the Enbridge proposal is Elmer Derrick, a hereditary chief of the Gitxsan nation. A few years ago, members of the Gixsan seized Derrick’s office in Hazelton after he became the first hereditary chief to support Northern Gateway. Many of the nation’s other hereditary chiefs wrote letters saying Derrick doesn’t represent them, although others do support the project. The Gitxsan remain divided.

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A Historic Day for Wild Salmon E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 19 August 2016 21:31

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www.voyageforsalmon.com  

On August 18, 2016 the Musgamagw Dzawada’enuwx came together to perform ceremony on the Sir Edmund salmon farm at the entrance to Kingcome Inlet.
People came from Alert Bay, Gwayasdums (Gilford Village) to join the Dzawada’enuxw in the second boarding of a salmon farm in the past 72-hours.
 
On August 18, 2016 the Musgamagw Dzawada’enuwx came together to perform ceremony on the Sir Edmund salmon farm at the entrance to Kingcome Inlet.
People came from Alert Bay, Gwayasdums (Gilford Village) to join the Dzawada’enuxw in the second boarding of a salmon farm in the past 72-hours.
The governments of Canada and British Columbia have allowed the Norwegian/Japanese salmon farming industry to put millions of Atlantic salmon into Musgamagw Dzawada’enuwx territory even though this nation has said “no” for almost 30 years.
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The federal government of Canada has been issues transfer permits to the salmon farming industry that allows them to put fish carrying viruses associated with disease into all waters of BC, including Musgamagw Dzawada’enuxw territory.  I took one of the companies, Marine Harvest, and the government of Canada to stop this and won, but there is no evidence that they are abiding by this ruling.
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“The people who are benefiting from these farms are benefiting over the suffering of our people” Dzawada’enuxw hereditary leader Farron Soukochoff .
“We have heard the words of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, that honouring the rights of First Nations are a “sacred obligation” to the Liberal Government of Canada,” said Hereditary leader and chief councilor Willie Moon, “our people have spoken we want salmon farms out of our territory.”
The rudeness with which the salmon farm employees were told to conduct themselves was in stark contrast to the integrity of the people performing ceremony with cedar bows. It was hard to witness.
If you want to help this brave effort to restore a large part of the BC coast so that it can once again produce wild salmon and herring, please go to their website www.cleansingourwaters.com 
Donate money for fuel for the boats, and travel, write to them to offer support, show solidarity in other parts of BC and the world and send pictures. Like the Facebook page musgamagw dzawadaenuxw cleansing our waters  Write to the editors of your newspapers, who are ignoring this movement and tell this is news.  Write to your MPs and MLAs.  This Nation is on the front lines for all of us and for future generations. The two Norwegian/Japanese companies, one of them owned by Mitsubishi, do not have to destroy these waters, sometime known as the Broughton, to become richer.  They do not have to do this.
It is time to stop destroying our planet.
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Montreal Declaration for a Nuclear-Fission-Free World E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Monday, 15 August 2016 22:42

As citizens of this planet inspired by the Second Thematic World Social Forum for a Nuclear-Fission-Free World, conducted in Montreal from August 8 to August 12, 2016, we are collectively calling for a mobilization of civil society around the world to bring about the elimination of all nuclear weapons, to put an end to the continued mass-production of all high-level nuclear wastes by phasing out all nuclear reactors, and to bring to a halt all uranium mining worldwide.

Last Updated on Monday, 15 August 2016 22:45
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Mayor of Paris remains committed to the struggle to reclaim her city from the car: Hume E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Monday, 15 August 2016 22:15

Mayor of Paris remains committed to the struggle to reclaim her city from the car: Hume

Anne Hidalgo admits her traffic plan is “radical,” but makes no apologies.

“I would like to give Parisians back the space that cars have taken from them,” the Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, told the Star in an email interview.

“I would like to give Parisians back the space that cars have taken from them,” the Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, told the Star in an email interview. (AFP/GETTY IMAGES)  

 

By CHRISTOPHER HUME

Urban Issues and Architecture

Sun., Jan. 10, 2016

The news from Paris has not been good. Between recent terrorist attacks and last week’s Charlie Hebdo memorials, the City of Light has been cast into darkness.

Through it all, however, the French capital carries on and is embarked on an ambitious, even radical, urban remake aimed at reclaiming the city from the car.

Last Updated on Monday, 15 August 2016 22:46
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SUBMISSION TO THE CANADIAN DEFENCE REVIEW: MOVING FROM MILITARIZED SECURITY TO COMMON SECURITY E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Monday, 25 July 2016 07:38

 

PREVENTING WAR AND ARMED CONFLICT BY MOVING FROM MILITARIZED SECURITY TO COMMON SECURITY

SUBMISSION TO THE CANADIAN DEFENCE REVIEW 

By Joan Russow PhD

Peace Earth and Justice Project

Global Compliance Research Project

OUTLINE

OVERVIEW

SECTION A WHAT CANADA SHOULD NOT BE DOING

SECTION B. WHAT CANADA SHOULD BE DOING IN CANADA

SECTION C ACTIONS THAT COULD BE PROMOTED, BY CANADA ,            INTERNATIONALLY

1. Changing the UN system by abiding with principles in the charter of the UN

2. Reallocating military expenses

3. Opposing militarism by member states of the United Nations

4. Abolishing nuclear weapons

5. Disbanding NATO

6. Determining what constitutes real threat

7 Determining what constitutes real terrorism

8. Redefining what constitutes global security

 

D. CONCLUSION

E. RESPONSES TO DEFENCE QUESTIONNAIRE

 

F.  ANNEX: INTERNATIONAL INSTRUMENTS

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PADDLE FOR THE INLET IS A HUGE SUCCESS! E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Monday, 11 July 2016 18:17

BY Saanich Inlet Network News..

 

 

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This past Saturday approximately 200 paddlers took to the water in the Saanich Inlet to let Steelhead LNG know there is strong opposition to their Malahat LNG proposal and that the community wants to keep the inlet LNG Free!

Thank you to all the paddlers that answered our call! It was an amazing afternoon! It is very likely there will be another "Paddle" planned for the near future!

Paddlers had an incredible welcome from W̱SÁNEĆ First Nations leaders and then headed out on the water to build the local community and enjoy the Saanich Inlet.

View and share our Facebook Live videos on the Saanich Inlet Network Facebook Group.
Last Updated on Monday, 11 July 2016 18:42
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Habitat III: time to implement habitat I call to reallocate the military budget E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Monday, 11 July 2016 08:19
By joan russow PhD
Global compliance Research Project
 
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On the 40th anniversary of habitat I time to implement the recommendation:
 
"The waste and misuse of resources in war and armaments should be prevented. All countries should make a firm commitment to promote general and complete disarmament under strict and effective international control, in particular in the field of nuclear disarmament. Part of the resources thus released should be utilized so as to achieve a better quality of life for humanity and particularly the peoples of developing countries" (II, 12 Habitat 1).
 
and subsequent similar recognition or commitment:
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NATO SUMMIT 2016: PREVENTING WAR AND ARMED CONFLICT BY MOVING FROM MILITARIZED SECURITY TO COMMON SECURITY E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 08 July 2016 08:19

 

by Joan Russow PhD

 

Peace Earth and Justice Project

Global Compliance Research Project

 

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ACTIONS THAT COULD BE PROMOTED BY INTERNATIONALLY

 

1. Changing the UN system

2. Reallocating military expenses

3. Opposing militarism by member states of the United Nations

4. Abolishing nuclear weapons

5. Disbanding NATO

                        6. Redefining what constitutes global  common security

Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 July 2016 07:22
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Politics for the planet: why nature and wildlife need their own seats at the UN E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 03 July 2016 10:14

by Associate Professor of International & Political Studies, UNSW Australia Stefanie Fishel

Assistant Professor, University of Alabama

Whether we consider wild weather, unprecedented Arctic melting and global temperatures, or the Great Barrier Reef, the global environment is generating alarming news. Predictions of multi-metre sea level rises, the collapse of marine biodiversity and food chains, and global warming far beyond 2? are equally concerning. Is our system of global environmental law and governance adequate to this crisis?

Our short answer is “no”, but what should be done? We believe new international institutions and laws are needed, with one fundamental purpose: to give a voice to ecosystems and non-human forms of life.

Last Updated on Sunday, 03 July 2016 20:59
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Sanders wins concessions in Dem draft platform E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Saturday, 02 July 2016 06:37

by By Ben Kamisar

 
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Bernie Sanders won a handful of concessions in the Democratic National Committee’s platform, with the party lining up behind his vision on the minimum wage, financial regulation and other issues.
 
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draft version of the platform was released Friday, amid an ongoing battle to get Sanders to end his presidential campaign and endorse presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton
 
The platform explicitly calls for a $15 minimum wage, a position long espoused by Sanders. 
 
"Democrats believe that the current minimum wage is a starvation wage and must be increased to a living wage," the text reads. 
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Vermont's new GMO law could spur change across U.S. GENETICALLY ENGINEERED FOODS MUST BE CLEARLY LABELLED ON FOOD PACKAGES IN STATE STARTING JULY 1 E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Saturday, 02 July 2016 06:26

Vermont's new GMO law could spur change across U.S.

Genetically engineered foods must be clearly labelled on food packages in state starting July 1

By Alison Northcott, CBC News Posted: Jul 01, 2016 11:00 AM ET Last Updated: Jul 02, 2016 6:46 AM ET

Erica Wiggins shops for groceries with her children in Georgia, Vt. A new GMO-labelling law goes into effect July 1 in the state.

Erica Wiggins shops for groceries with her children in Georgia, Vt. A new GMO-labelling law goes into effect July 1 in the state. (Jessica Rubinger/CBC)

A new GMO labelling law in Vermont is sending ripples through the North American food industry. Starting July 1, processed foods sold in the state that contain genetically engineered ingredients must say so on the label

Similar laws exist in countries across Europe, but for now, genetically modified organisms don't have to be labelled in the rest of the U.S., or in Canada.

Last Updated on Saturday, 02 July 2016 20:50
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