Update June 10, 2005: From Catprint in the Mash:
Battlefords Tribal Council dissolved?Update June 8, 2005:Lance from Catprint in the Mash, the blogger on the street for the Poundmaker story, has a new post up with some more history about the situation. Read it here. And he's got Donation Button back on his site.
Lance's previous posts: Sit-in @ Poundmaker
There and back again
Poundmaker Working Group Mission Statement:
To appeal to the Poundmaker people that we are the sole power and authority on decisions that affect us personally and as an organization.
Update: Blank Out Times has suggested a Poundmaker Freedom Book Drive — check here for more details.
What the people of Canada of all races need is freedom. What can help the process of reform and change is genuine compassion. That is not what the Indian Act, or the Band Chief kleptocracy, or the professional apologists in government or with the bands are based upon. Individuals helping individuals: With education, not propaganda; with charity not welfare.
— Publius, Gods of the Copybook Headings
Darcey from Dust my broom continues to cover the resistance of the Poundmaker Working Group to a criminal and unaccountable government at the Poundmaker First Nation near Battleford, Saskatchewan.
They are running rampant with leaders who think they can get away with mismanagement, embezzlement, larceny, bribery, intimidation…For some background — from the Star-Phoenix, May 4, 2005:
The problem-plagued Poundmaker Cree Nation is experiencing more tumult after dozens of band members took over the office of the chief and council on Tuesday, saying they plan to remain there until a new election is called. Many band members allege the results of last year’s vote, which gave Chief Ted Antoine his fourth consecutive term, are erroneous.More information can be found at Janice Switlo's site — Enough is Enough.
Update: I will reproduce here Edward T. Bear's caveat.
Reading Janice Switlo's Essays and Articles are Dangerous To Your Ability To Remain Wholly Ignorant of Aboriginal Rights in Canada. Symptoms include developing a keener understanding of the legal position of your indigenous neighbors, as well as an appreciation for the outrageous and incredibly twisted approach to "The Indian Problem" by FedGovCorp.Am I over my head here? Wouldn't be the first time…
Blank Out Times is also putting up some history posts, which should perhaps come prefaced with the same above disclaimer. Not for the faint-hearted:
A Brief History Of The Unintended Consequences of Aboriginal Policy in Canada : Part I,
A Brief History of the Unintended Consequences of Aboriginal Police in Canada: Part II,
The Unintended Consequences of Aboriginal Policy in Canada: part III,
The Unintended Consequences of Aboriginal Policy in Canada: part IV,
A Brief History Of The "Unintended Consequences" Of Aboriginal Policy in Canada: Part V,
and A Brief History Of The "Unintended Consequences" Of Aboriginal Policy in Canada: Part VI,
and A Brief History Of The "Unintended Consequences" Of Aboriginal Policy in Canada: Part VIII.
So far… I have a feeling there's more to come…
Update: Fancy that, there is more: A Brief History Of The "Unintended Consequences" Of Aboriginal Policy in Canada: Part VII. If this keeps up, I'll never get any work done.
For more legal and historical iconoclasm, check out Janice Switlo's site. There's a wealth of documents and editorial opinions here. I link it here as a personal bookmark as well.
For those less ambitious, suggestions for assistance for the protesters include cell phones and groceries. The group can be reached at:
Poundmaker Working Group;
Update: Ian is starting a grocery run for the Poundmaker Working Group. Paypal and interac are accepted for contributions.
Lance from Catprint in the Mash is making a grocery run this weekend, with promises of blogging about it. Lucky man, I look forward to hearing what he has to say about it.
Blank Out Times suggests:
Take a few minutes to call the Minister of Indian Affairs. Call the Deputy Ministers of Indian Affairs. Call the Prime Minister's Office. Call members of the press. Keep calling until you can talk to a live person. Express your outrage and anger. Let them know that you care. Call your local MP. If you are in Saksatchewan, call your MLA. Send Emails. Send Letters. Then, get members of your family and friends to also make these calls. Keep a running account of your efforts.…and:
…encourage people to write to their politicians, the RCMP (especially about the lack of responsiveness to security issues of the protestors) [, and the DIA (Dept. of Indian Affairs), and the PMO]…Current entries about Poundmaker at Dust my broom are:
Trouble in Poundmaker,
Trouble in Poundmaker II,
Poundmaker Working Group press release,
Another Drum Beating,
Poundmaker — Star-Phoenix,
Poundmaker — request for support,
Poundmaker press release,
Poundmaker Grocery Run,
Poundmaker — $500 raised,
Poundmaker Grocery Run Update,
Poundmaker — Trip Details,
Poundmaker update — rain,
and Poundmaker reflections.
I'll try to keep this list updated. Check out Dust my broom for additions.
Darcey has also succeeded in attracting the interest of a growing number of bloggers with whom this story resonates — particularly these days in Canada — although it is virtually unreported in the media. Darcey calls these bloggers the Poundmaker Blogger Alliance. To this date, that loose affiliation includes: Bumfonline - Update, Update, Update, Update | Ianism - Update, Update, Update | Gods of The Copybook Headings - Update, Update | Being American in TO - Update, Update | Catprint in the Mash - Update, Update, Update | Small Dead Animals, Update, Update | Gen X at 40 | Mitchieville - Update | Blank Out Times - Update, Update | Stupid Angry Canajun | The Freeway to Serfdom | PolSpy | Ermilla - Update | The Amazing Wonderdog | Gin and Tonic | Babble on | Autonomous Source | Just Say It - Update, | As Twisted by Dave | MaxedOutMama | The Last Amazon.
[Note: this list is updated by Dust my broom.] Again, check out Dust my broom for links to other blogs.
As usual, the last word, just like the first word, should come from Publius at Gods of the Copybook Headings:
This neat scam, financed by the Canadian taxpayers - though the real victims are the Aboriginals - has run into a snag. It seems, to borrow an old imperialist phrase, the natives are restless. Which is exactly the smug attitude one should expect from the MSM, the Department of Indian Affairs (or whatever the hell they're calling it now) and the band Chiefs. The new imperialists have much in common with the old, except the old would occasionally provide some positive benefits to those being ruled.Read the whole thing here — it will be worth your time.
Speaking of Gods of the Copybook Headings and Blank Out Times, there's an interesting …um, salvo going on over at their respective blogs. These being two of the most interesting blogs of which I know, I find the crossfire edifying, which I also find to be a satisfactorily bland and neutral thing for me to say — completely unlike the two abovementioned blogs!
From Gods: We Are All Canadians, Freedom Not Assimilation, and The Wrong Conspiracy.
From Blank Out: Pooh Puts on His Little Historian Hat, Eeyore Deals With "Two Stupid Questions" From Publius, and Pooh Offers Another Thought to Publius
Update: Some common ground is sought out here: Pooh Responds to Publius. This is a fine and informative exchange between two of the most interesting and historically mindful blogs out there.
Tuesday, May 24, 2005
Posted by MapMaster on Tuesday, May 24, 2005