Madahbee praises Anishinabek solidarity

Thursday, January 17, 2013   by: Kate AdamsUnion of Ontario Indians
News Release


Grand Council Chief Patrick Madahbee has praised the demonstration of solidarity shown by Anishinabek Nation citizens during Wednesday’s National Day of Action.

“I heard the news coming in all day,” said Grand Council Chief Madahbee.

“The Windsor‐Detroit Ambassador Bridge being shut down in the southwest, railways being blocked in the southeast, highway routes being slowed near Lake Nipigon in our Northern Superior Region as well as public education campaigns in the Lake Huron area. The unified action by our people is the result of years of frustration and we’re not going away.

“I’ve listened to the people at our rallies and they have shown tremendous resolve. They will keep up the fight, as long as it takes. When all is said and done, this government can’t say we didn’t try every diplomatic avenue possible before our citizens stood up and made their own statements.

“If Canadians get frustrated with traffic jams and temporary blockades we must remember there’s a woman on Victoria Island in Ottawa whose life is on the line because of the stubbornness of the Prime Minister.”

Speaking on behalf of the citizens of 39 member Anishinabek Nation communities, the Grand Council Chief said First Nations and other Canadians are fed up with unilateral legislation being imposed on them by the Harper government.

“Our demonstrators are hearing a lot of support from many motorists passing their checkpoints. If their prime minister respected our constitutional rights we would not have to inconvenience them. Traffic slowdowns and railway blockades are a sign of things to come if this government continues to be deaf to democracy.”

In 2010 the Harper government made Canada a signatory to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People.

Indigenous people have the right to participate in decision‐making min matters which would affect their rights...[Canada] shall consult and cooperate in good faith with the indigenous peoples concerned in order to obtain their free, prior and informed consent before adopting and implementing legislative measures that may affect them. – UNDRIP

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GWN 1/17/2013 12:11:26 PM Report

this guy is delusional

current polls have shown that over 80% of Canadians are fed up with their actions. I guess he's aiming for 90%
dgl1 1/17/2013 1:22:01 PM Report

I wonder what would happen if someone were to block the track coming out of Moosonee? How would the FN people deal with that?
tar77bass 1/17/2013 1:30:20 PM Report

If they keep this up the few canadians that actually support them wont for very long and i think the only ones that are supporting them are ones that are awaiting to see if they get there status card
Watcher1 1/17/2013 1:43:19 PM Report

I guess no one reads any news from other parts of Canada, so many people are starting to wake up and stand with us. It's a shame that when people keep saying those people, they don't realize that it's about all of Canada. Don't worry above posters we are fighting for your future as well.
Watcher1 1/17/2013 1:44:33 PM Report
Biker Barbie 1/17/2013 3:06:17 PM Report

What the FN are doing is mostly an announce right now. But if they continue to block roads, bridges and trains which is illegal or if it turns violent I hope the police are ready to deal with it!
I'm always ready to keep an open mind to anyone or group who protest and hand out information about their cause. But when I hear FN Chiefs talking about bringing our ecomomy to its knees, they lost my support!
fogie 1/18/2013 5:00:23 AM Report

Chief Spence's life is in her own hands. You can't blame Harper or anyone else if she chooses to die.
geezer1 1/18/2013 9:31:39 AM Report

I've come to the conclusion, after reading most of the media coverage of the native protests, that there is a simple solution to this dilemma. The INM protests would evaporate if the media would refuse to cover these events. Anyone who has followed this insanity has pretty well formed an opinion and would welcome reports on the negotiations with Government rather than the inflammatory confrontations at the blockades. The comment pages of all newspapers have been fodder for hatred and racism on both sides and is causing a deep division in the Canadian landscape. In this case less is more. I for one , am tired of hearing the daily garbage spewed by both sides and reported by the news media. IMO.
dealer 1/18/2013 10:54:01 AM Report


Better be careful who u call racist....

That's usually the response/answer these days when someone has a view that differs from your own....when u dont have a good response, resort to calling the opposing view/person a racist, a bigot, a bully etc....

I would REALLY like to know why no one seems to wanna answer the question of band corruption? Every time its brought up in the press there is no answer, from ANYONE? Any time the question of showing a financial accounting of WHERE government payments are going....there are no answers?

One simple question....WHY??
Watcher1 1/18/2013 11:16:53 AM Report

Everyone thinks that there is all this corruption coming from Chiefs and councils on reserves. Why then is everyone protesting and against this government we have in place, why are we not protesting or letting these chiefs go? Because the native people know better. Chiefs in and around the West Nipissing area aren't rich by any stretch. The Harper government has directed this argument very well and publicized what they want the canadian people to see. Doesn't anyone see that they are trying to eliminate first nations and by doing so, Canada will suffer for this, we breathe the same air and drink the same water. @dealer1 if the shoe fits! Why are you so angry, i'm glad our people are doing all of this in a peaceful manner as well.
Watcher1 1/18/2013 11:19:51 AM Report

@dealer1 I don't see any racist comments on any of these above posts? Are you feeling singled out for some reason?
dealer 1/18/2013 11:38:46 AM Report


Nice try......look at the article on this site, 'Expect traffic slowdowns between Sturgeon Falls and North Bay on Wednesday'....

That is YOU throwing out the old racist card.....weak....weak
dealer 1/18/2013 11:52:49 AM Report

watcher1:Why are you so angry?

Angry? No no....not angry, terribly frustrated that my government chooses to give billions away and get no accounting of where it goes.....

The billions they give to the FN's is just part of it.....but still a part.

Maybe u can answer this.....why are FN representatives unwilling to show an accounting of where the money goes....if it is as u say...why wouldnt they allow an audit or provide some type of fiscal accounting?

If they did my guess is there cause would get a big boost of support(myself included).

Right now, i can tell u the majority of people figure where there's smoke.....u know the rest!! Either the wool has been pulled over your eyes or u have no answer because even u dont know where the money goes......
fogie 1/18/2013 3:40:32 PM Report

Watcher 1: As far as I know, bands in the Nipissing area (and others) are well managed and can account for monies they spend. But others, Attawapiskat for example, either cannot or will not manage their affairs efficiently. Your band is in a position to solve this. Why doesn't your band, and other successful bands, step up to the plate and volunteer to take over, or at least oversee, the finances of bands like Attawatpiskat. Such a mentorship arrangement could eliminate poverty for those bands. Instead of expecting the government to solve the problems, First Nations could do it themselves, if they were only willing to give/accept help from each other.
whaaazz up 1/19/2013 10:57:06 AM Report

Spence has accused Harper of releasing the
Audit results to embarrass her sorry dear
but I have a feeling you started your
"FAST" ?? because you knew what the result
was going to be and your "FAST" ?? might
take some of the pressure off of your Mgt.
practices.Driving a Caddy ?? Paying your
boyfriend $ 850.00 per day to do the books??Just doesn't add up and no I will
not meet with you or bring the G.G. along.
spiritual_being 1/19/2013 12:08:08 PM Report

I keep reading the same old stereotypical bullshit...if you have something to say i suggest you educate yourself on the true history of the first nations peoples before you start spewing bullshit :) and secondly we are protesting for all canadians , not just the native community ..we are fighting for future generations rights to clean water and a clean environment. bill C-45 is a canadian issue...not just natives...we protest because we know the truth ..we see harpers games because we have been through this all before..we might not be cowboys but this isn't our first rodeo...EDUCATE YOURSELVES people...harper is screwing you but you just don't see it....
Biker Barbie 1/19/2013 2:23:42 PM Report

Harper is trying to get our economy back on track. He is trying to open up our natural resoureces and add that revenue in the mix. He also wants all able body Canadians to work. I'm not ignorant to whats going on here! You can either join hard working Canadians and be part of the solution or sit in a tent and starve yourself!
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