MaGuinty Cries, ‘Freak Storm”

September 4, 2007 at 9:40 am 2 comments

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Ontario Premier Dalton MaGuinty insists a sheriff and some OPP members accompanying him were blown over by a trickle of air from Hurrican Dean. The Sheriff and Police were there to deliver a notice to the Sharbot Lake area Algonquins and other protestors to leave and allow access to Frontenac Venture’s Uranium Mine. Dalton didn’t blame everything on the officers, he did shout, ‘Get me some police with chins!’.

Seems a whisp of hot air blew the men over and they couldn’t even succeed pinning the notice to a fence post. Hmmmm.

OPP “SNUBBED” BY SHARBOT LAKE ALGONQUINS

MNN. Sept. 3, 2007. 200 or more Indigenous and their supporters
shouted down a sheriff who was delivering a colonial court order.
This is very strange. The colonial courts pretend to protect
property rights. There is no evidence that the Algonquin people
ever gave up their rights to this land. Why would the court make
an order to support intruders? It seems to be taking orders from
a private company that wants the Algonquins to remove a
blockade and stop protecting their land. They’ve been blocking
a proposed uranium mine north of Sharbot Lake since June 2007.

Superior Court Justice Gordon Thomson issued the order on
Monday, August 27th. The Algonquins are not Canadians.
Foreigners have no jurisdiction over them according to
international law. The Ontario Provincial Police OPP, Frontenac
Ventures and all the other non-Algonquins are trespassing.

The settlers could be given a temporary right to reside by the
Algonquins. Such permission is not unprecedented. These
were granted in early colonial times based on Algonquin law
and consensual agreements. The settlers who have homes
on Algonquin land are supporting their landlords. The
Algonquins could grant them ‘permission’ to continue using
their ancestral land so long as they respect Algonquin laws
and protect the integrity of the environment for future
generations.

The two sheriffs, escorted by OPP, were met on the road
outside the mine by 24 Ardoch and Shabot Obaadjiwan
warriors. They were not allowed on the property, which is
located off Highway 509 about 12 kilometres north of
Sharbot Lake. The sheriffs shouted from the road over the
crowd who drummed, chanted and yelled.

The OPP had come to break the peace and the Algonquins
refused to cooperate with them. Shabot Obaadjiwan war
chief, Earl Badour, signalled for the native flag to be turned
upside down to symbolize that “the colonial
government has put them all in distress.”

The sheriffs left with their armful of papers and could not
get close enough to post one on the fence.

The native and non-native defenders want a peaceful
resolution through talks and consensual agreement. This
will be impossible so long as belligerent tactics like court
injunctions are used.

The Algonquins are not leaving their land. Residents and
Algonquins oppose uranium mining because of concerns
over devastating environmental affects. The water table of
Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec from the lakes into the
Ottawa and St. Lawrence rivers will be contaminated and
make the area unlivable for humans, animals and vegetation.
Algonquins environmental laws do not allow such exploitation
by anyone.

Ontario has no right to issue “death warrants” to the
Algonquin people and the settler population at large by
granting permits and licenses to organizations involved in
illegal activities or any other harmful ventures.

The trespasser, Frontenac Ventures, is suing the Algonquins
for $77 million and is seeking a court injunction to have the
defenders kicked off their land. The temporary injunction will
have a full hearing on September 20th in Kingston Ontario.

The Ontario government has no authority over the Algonquin.
The Algonquins never accepted to become British subjects
or Canadian citizens and there has been no conquest. They
will accordingly be boycotting this kangaroo court. The judges,
the government and the exploiters all sit on the same side of
the table as the judge, jury and executioner. If Canada and
Ontario are not willing to respect Algonquin rights, they should
bring the matter before a neutral independent international court.

OPP spokesman, Paige Whiting, said they have no plans to
move in on the Algonquin defenders for the time being [because
they know they have no right to do so]. They usually prepare for
such an attack by considering a ratio of at least 4 cops or more
to 1 victim. The estimate in this case of 200 people would mean
they have to muster 800 or 1,000 policemen and soldiers to
conduct their oppressive operation.

This would be an international invasion of the Algonquin nation.
Whiting said, “We’ll warn them a few minutes before the big
onslaught to give them a chance to get out of the way of our
war machines”, or words to that effect.

OPP have set up a large command post at the Sharbot Lake
detachment. More OPP have been brought in from neighboring
counties [for the forthcoming ‘big’ action!]. It’s obvious they’re
getting ready for some kind of aggressive action against the
Algonquin and their supporters.

Algonquin war chief Badour said his group has always been
“non-confrontational” and is always ready to talk outside the
colonial court with the police, the corporations, their government
puppets and the press at anytime.

The defenders have caught the attention of the Christian
Peacemakers Team International, an organization that claims
to work to conserve peace through “pacifism”. Those who
want to work with them have to learn the pacifist philosophy.
They will teach us how to turn the other cheek. If that’s the case,
then they’re visiting the wrong side of the issue. We have
peaceful ways. They should use their philosophy to pacify
the police and other colonial agencies who are constantly
threatening to break the peace and the laws and to commit
atrocities against us.

The “Christian Peacekeepers” is another pacification group.
They work with such police as the OPP that threaten to
come onto independent Indigenous lands to attack us and
help the exploiters to our resources. These people should
tell the OPP that we abhor their threats of invasions, court
injunctions, demonization of us on the media and the
impending contamination of our people and our land.

About 80 vehicles lined the roads for the protest yesterday.
Many non-natives wore bright yellow T-shirts with the slogan
“no uranium mine, there is a better solution.” Ever since the
officers left, the crowd has been happy and relaxed. Everyone
was happy to defy such a destructive court order. We like these
kinds of pow wows!

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john@plentycanada.com; rcota@sympatico.ca

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  • 1. Alison  |  September 9, 2007 at 2:29 am

    Hey Scout, you know how Canada is all set not to vote for the UN resolution on Indigenous Rights? I blogged about it last Thursday and got an e from someone who said the Lakota weren’t going to vote for it either. Do you know anything about this?

  • 2. harpervalley  |  September 9, 2007 at 5:58 am

    only a little bit alison. my understanding is the UN resolution is not ‘complete’….it makes ingigenous people second class citizens in a sense as does not recognize them as sovereign. in effect it becomes more platitudes. the 6N clan moms have been advocating ‘no’ too.

    i’ll try dig up the kahentinetha article later….right now it’s early morning and i’m set to go fishing 😀


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