I discovered an interesting pattern over the past few months. My investigation began at Occupy Vancouver when indigenous associates of Harsha Walia’s came to the camp who were identified as ‘elders’. I later found out that the truth was that none of them were recognized as elders, nor were they members of their band councils. In fact, none of them were even from British Columbia!
How did she get away with this deception? Well, the answer is simple- and a little bit embarrassing for the non-indigenous people in the encampment. The sad truth is that most Canadians are completely ignorant about indigenous culture and governance- and, rather sarcastically, people on the Left often take advantage of this ignorance to hoodwink us into believing they have the backing of indigenous bands. Quite often they don’t…
The next incident I discovered was when researching Kevin Annett’s claim to have the support of the ‘Six Nations Elders’ in his fraudulent discovery of a mass grave on their territory. What I learned was that the Elders Council did not support his work at all- in fact, they had publicly denounced what he had been doing there.
So, who was supporting him? He found a dissident in the band named Bill Squires, he and his daughter were conned into connecting his name to Annett’s fraud. Annett labelled him as an ‘elder’ and most people fell for that hook, line and sinker. The problem is that the official band council had already made a ruling. This is typical of the ambiguity that the Lefties use to create division and to fool non-indigenous people.
When people on the real band council objected, Annett began a campaign of smearing their names on the Internet. Two of the people who he attacked, Jan Longboat and Frank Miller were bona fide elders. The pain he cause for them, and others in the Six Nations was part of a sarcastic plot to hurt their bands internal relations.
Annett conducted the same deception back in 2008 with the Squamish Nation. He claimed he had the backing of the Squamish when he interrupted the services of a Vancouver church while grandstanding for his fraudulent book. He had the backing of Gerald Johnson, a man who claimed he was the hereditary chief of the Squamish nation. The truth is that the Squamish never had a hereditary chief in the entire history of their nation. The real band council later made an announcement that Johnson “appears to be having personal issues and delusions.”
The more I’ve become aware of this situation the more incidents I see- it is quite astounding really, and it seems that the problem is becoming an epidemic. Take, for example, the battle over the Enbridge pipeline in British Columbia. I was researching my article on the threat of eco-terrorists when I noticed this pattern again. There’s an environmentalist ‘action camp’ going on this week, they too are featuring two ‘hereditary chiefs’ who will attend.
If you listen to what the Canadian media has been putting out, you would believe that the majority of indigenous nations are steadfastly against building the pipeline. On the other hand, Enbridge claims to have the support of 60% of the First Nations’ councils who are on the pipeline’s right-of-way. So, where is all of the noise coming from- are we talking about ‘hereditary’ councils, or the real thing?
Today I discovered another example in a story led by the radical left anarchist publication Media Co-Op. In their story they claim that the “Traditional Algonquin Elders Council” is filing a suit against Resolute Forestry for “illegally logging without consent on unceded Algonquin Territory.” Do you see what is fishy about this? It is the word “traditional” that caught my attention. This group is separate from the Algonquin Nation Tribal Council.
The Media Co-Op states that Louise & Solomon Wawatie “Land Defenders” are currently being held in-custody on charges of mischief and breaking a court injunction that had restricted them from protesting Resolute’s logging activities. They say that the Wawaties are being held without bail for “”asserting their sovereign rights over their unceded territory.” The question is, whose rights are they asserting- if they are not part of the official band council, are they just making believe they have any authority?
As I’ve mentioned, the biggest problem here is that most Canadians are ignorant of the complexities of indigenous relations. The people on the radical left take advantage of this ignorance and do tricks to fool us into thinking that the majority of indigenous people are for, or against, specific issues. The truth is that, often, this is a big deception.
So, in the future, if you read or see something in the media about indigenous claims that uses words like ‘traditional’, ‘elder’, or ‘hereditary’ I’d strongly recommend that you look deeper into who is being represented. I’m sure there are other red flags to look for, and I’ll be continuing my investigation of this issue. When I learn more I’ll share it with you, my beloved readers…