Friday, April 29, 2016



The Premier at first refused to answer why she won't ban taking $300,000 from the political donations sent to the BC Liberal party by saying it's not a commission.

Whatever you call it, it should be illegal. 

On Wednesday, following a Globe and Mail report that Clark receives tens of thousands of dollars in annual payments from the B.C. Liberals for nebulous “work she does for it,” the B.C. Liberals admitted it has paid her $277,000 — or about $50,000 a year — since she became premier in 2011.

The party payments are in addition to the $195,000 Clark receives in salary each year, for her duties as a B.C. MLA and premier. That money comes from the public purse.


Christy Clark's salary top-up challenged by NDP in conflict complaint

Christy Clark, who already earns $192,000 from taxpayers as premier of B.C., also receives up to $50,000 extra each year from her party, a longstanding B.C. Liberal practice that the opposition is now challenging.
The B.C. NDP has filed a complaint with the province's conflict of interest commissioner about the allowance, which is raised through political contributions including donations that come from private meetings with Clark.

Les Leyne: Is Christy Clark’s extra pay a conflict of interest? -

Heckling and jokes marked some other exchanges, but the NDP are making serious inferences about linkages between fundraising and personal benefits.
Eby said Clark is “taking a cut of every donation made to the B.C. Liberal Party” and also using the taxpayer-funded caucus budget for a lawyer to defend herself against the conflict complaint.
In his complaint to Fraser, he said her party allowance varies depending on party financing, making it a “commission-like payout” that is a personal financial benefit “directly related to high-cost backroom and dinner parties.”
That raises a reasonable apprehension of conflict of interest in her role as premier, adjudicating the interests of the donors who pay to attend her dinners
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NDP files complaint about B.C. Premier Clark's ‘top-up’ to salary
He added: “These people are buying access to decision makers.”

Horgan said average citizens in B.C. are likely offended to learn that Clark is receiving a “top-up” from the party to supplement her salary of $195,468.

Although the Liberals have not specified how much Clark is being paid by the party, there has been speculation that it's as high as $50,000 a year

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Justin Trudeau Visits Fort Qu'Appelle, Sask

"We had a good, respectful, and productive conversation," Trudeau said. "I think it's critically important that politicians take the time to listen. I don't want to pretend that any of us have the answers to the challenges facing Indigenous peoples in Canada. But what I will tell you is that as a country, we can build those answers."

Edmund Bellegarde, tribal chairman and president at File Hills Qu'Appelle Tribal Council, said actions speak louder than words.

"The very action of the prime minister coming here meeting with our leaders and our elders. He didn't talk. He listened. "This is action. This is a respect. This is history in the making."

'This is history in the making': Sask. First Nations leaders meet with Justin Trudeau

Saturday, April 23, 2016

You Must Hear Sharon Venne Speak!!
Sharon Venne is a member of the Cree Nation - an accomplished First Nations Lawyer, she has worked on the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples since the 1970s at the United Nations in Geneva and New York.

She is a lobbyist and an expert on Indigenous politics at the United Nations and has won several cases against Canada. She also works with First Nations communities on implementing their own legal systems and advocates for First Nations to be recognized as 'Peoples' and not just 'People', a word that is used to refer to a minority and not what First Nations in Canada are working toward.

 She has served as an advisor for the Leonard Peltier Defense Committee's international team, played an active role in the national and international struggles of many Indigenous Peoples, including the Lubicon Cree and Dene Nation.
Sharon has a Masters of Law degree from the University of Alberta and is the author of Our Elders Understand Our Rights: Evolving International Law Regarding Indigenous Peoples (Theytus Books, 1998)

Sharon Venne is an indigenous lawyer from Saskatchewan and one of the first indigenous women to graduate from law school in the country. She was instrumental in helping establish the United Nations (UN) Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous

 Sharon Venne: In Canada, I think we’re going backwards. The recognition of our rights is not a positive thing. We have had to bring what’s going on with our peoples to the UN. In February, we filed an urgent action with the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) about all the legislation that’s coming down. The other part was on the racism that was generated in the media against the Idle No More movement. There was no one doing anything to prevent that kind of racism from being spread by the media. So we put a two-part intervention together to CERD. So the UN work is ongoing; the declaration is only one aspect…

Sharon Venne, Lawyer, Expert in International Law Linking Inherent Rights to Self-Determination and Treaty

I don't watch much TV. We haven't had satellite for ten years, and rabbit ears don't work in the valley -- I've tried -- but when I do get to watch TV, the commercials are my favorite. Some appeal to the heart. Some appeal to the funny bone. Some appeal to the intellect. (My sister and daughters get tired of explaining these ones to me.)

First Nations and Canada: Jurisdiction and Education Presentation by Sharon Venne 

Toward Disestablishing the Doctrine of Christian Domination

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Treaties: Negotiations and Rights

Author: Tamara Starblanket


In what is now the Canadian state, from 1870-1921, eleven numbered agreements took place between Indigenous Peoples and the British Crown. In contemporary times Treaty1 is greatly misunderstood from both Indigenous Peoples and non-Indigenous Peoples alike. What took place at these historical meetings has been a source of contention from the outset. The central issue is the land. Who had authority and jurisdiction over the land? What was agreed to in terms of the Treaty? Another issue is whether Indigenous Peoples signed away their right to govern themselves according to their laws and customs. The source of this contention is based on oral understandings versus the written understandings of Treaty. An explanation as to the reasons why

Treaty is misunderstood is in the following quote:

For an understanding of the relationship between the Treaty Peoples and the Crown of Great Britain and later Canada, one must consider a number of factors beyond the treaty's written text. First, the written text expresses only the government of Canada's view of the treaty relationship: it does not embody the negotiated agreement. Even the written versions of treaties have been subject to considerable interpretation, and they may be scantily supported by reports or other information about the treaty negotiations2

Sharon H. Venne, "Understanding Treaty 6: An Indigenous Perspective" in M. Asch, ed., Aboriginal and Treaty Rights in Canada (2002) 

Bill C-27 (39th Canadian Parliament, 2nd Session),_2nd_Session%29 
1] Bill C-27 was proposed legislation that would have changed to Canadian laws to help prevent identity theft. A bilingual copy of the Bill is available on the Parliament of Canadas website. The bill was never passed, as it died on the order paper when Stephen Harper's government prorogued parliament in December 2008.[2]

The White Paper 1969

In spite of all government attempts to convince Indians to accept the white paper, their efforts will fail, because Indians understand that the path outlined by the Department of Indian Affairs through its mouthpiece, the Honourable Mr. Chrétien, leads directly to cultural genocide. We will not walk this path.
—Harold Cardinal, The Unjust Society

In 1969, Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau and his Minister of Indian Affairs, Jean Chrétien, unveiled a policy paper that proposed ending the special legal relationship between Aboriginal peoples and the Canadian state and dismantling the Indian Act. This white paper was met with forceful opposition from Aboriginal leaders across the country and sparked a new era of Indigenous political organizing in Canada.'s_bill

The Indian Act is the principal statute through which the federal government administers Indian status, local First Nations governments and the management of reserve land and communal monies.Apr 14, 2016 

21 Things You May Not Have Known About The Indian Act 

The Indian Act:
    1. denied women status;
    2. introduced residential schools;
    3. created reserves;
    4. renamed individuals with European names
    5. restricted First Nations from leaving reserve without permission from Indian Agent - see picture above (update: 18/04/16 - the pass system was a policy endorsed by the government; it was never an Order In Council or Regulation but was definitely designed to keep First Nations on the reserve)
    6. enforced enfranchisement of any First Nation admitted to university [1];
    7. could expropriate portions of reserves for roads, railways and other public works, as well as to move an entire reserve away from a municipality if it was deemed expedient;
    8. could lease out uncultivated reserve lands to non-First Nations if the new leaseholder would use it for farming or pasture;
    9. forbade First Nations from forming political organizations;
    10. prohibited anyone, First Nation or non-First Nation, from soliciting funds for First Nation legal claims without special license from the Superintendent General. (this 1927 amendment granted the government control over the ability of First Nations to pursue land claims);[2]
    11. prohibited the sale of alcohol to First Nations;
    12. prohibited sale of ammunition to First Nations;
    13. prohibited pool hall owners from allowing First Nations entrance;
    14. imposed the “band council” system;
    15. forbade First Nations from speaking their native language;
    16. forbade First Nations from practicing their traditional religion;
    17. forbade western First Nations from appearing in any public dance, show, exhibition, stampede or pageant wearing traditional regalia; [3]
    18. declared potlatch and other cultural ceremonies illegal; [4]
    19. denied First Nations the right to vote
    20. created permit system to control First Nations ability to sell products from farms;
    21. is a piece of legislation created under the British rule for the purpose of subjugating one race - Aboriginal people.'s_Association_of_Canada

Thursday, April 21, 2016

RIP Prince


Prince Rogers Nelson (June 7, 1958 – April 21, 2016), known solely and professionally as Prince, was an American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, and actor. Prince was renowned as an innovator, and was widely known for his eclectic work, flamboyant stage presence, and wide vocal range. He was widely regarded as the pioneer of Minneapolis sound. His music integrates a wide variety of styles, including funk, rock, R&B, soul, hip hop, disco, psychedelia, jazz, and pop.

Happy Earth Day 2016


This year's event will be happening at 1PM on Sunday, April 24th 2016!
The parade will begin at Commercial and Broadway at 1PM (view)
And the festival continues at Grandview Park 2:00 to 5:00 pm (view)
See the list of performers at the bottom of this page.
As always, the event is family friendly, and youth from the across the Lower Mainland are welcome and encouraged to come.

We hope to make this the most colourful and exciting Earth Day yet, but we can’t do it without you. 

So be creative and come out with floats, costumes, signs, banners, props or anything else you can imagine to show your commitment to the environment and creating a better world!

Earth Day

#Rooting4Trees with Earth Day Canada

Deb Doncaster, President of Earth Day Canada, meets Chatterer the Red Squirrel to talk about the exciting new #Rooting4Trees campaign. The goal: to plant 25,000 trees in April (Earth Month) to celebrate Earth Day Canada's 25th anniversary! Deb tells Chatterer how to help by visiting to take part in a crowd-planting initiative - each donation, even just $10, will ensure more trees are planted AND you’ll get some awesome rewards, too! Yes, Chatterer, even better than acorns… See more about trees at Video created in partnership with

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

420- Vancouver's Big Pot Party

Federal marijuana legislation to be introduced in spring 2017, Philpott says

4/20 pot rally draws tens of thousands in Vancouver

The annual 4/20 pot rally is underway in Vancouver, with more than 15,000 attending the new Sunset Beach location and a haze of smoke rising over English Bay.

Organizer Dana Larsen claimed the crowd had grown to 50,000, and called this year's celebration the biggest 4/20 rally the city has seen so far.

As of about 4 p.m. PT, police estimated the crowd was between 15,000 and 20,000.

Larsen said the larger, more open location of Sunset Beach was safer than the previous location at the Vancouver Art Gallery.

"I could not be happier today with how things have turned out," he said.

Read More Here

Probably the heat!! It was so hot today!

We just walked across the bridge and looked at the crowd. Sorry the video is shaking and the sound wasn't good. But I did hear the big count down and the "POOF" the place was "smokin'"
Photography by Tina Winterlik aka Zipolita © 2016

Photography by Tina Winterlik aka Zipolita © 2016

Photography by Tina Winterlik aka Zipolita © 2016

Photography by Tina Winterlik aka Zipolita © 2016

Photography by Tina Winterlik aka Zipolita © 2016

Photography by Tina Winterlik aka Zipolita © 2016

Photography by Tina Winterlik aka Zipolita © 2016

Photography by Tina Winterlik aka Zipolita © 2016

Photography by Tina Winterlik aka Zipolita © 2016

Photography by Tina Winterlik aka Zipolita © 2016

Photography by Tina Winterlik aka Zipolita © 2016

Photography by Tina Winterlik aka Zipolita © 2016

Monday, April 18, 2016

VOTE for Bernie New York & Feel the Wave of Democracy!!

Tomorrow's the day! I am watching closely from Vancouver BC Canada.
I have see big rallies and people are really engaged.

So turn up, turn out and VOTE, VOTE, VOTE!!!


Here's some related links

Huge Obstacles Just to Get a Driver's Licence in Attawapiskat

Someone in Attawapiskat kindly provided me with this info so I could enlighten you to some of the everyday challenges they face and that we take for granted!!

I have changed the name and address to protect their identity but READ THIS! 

MTO usually requires your birth certificate, picture ID and one document with an address.

First of all, Attawapiskat doesn’t have house numbers nor street numbers – people know everyone and it was never an issue until you are asked for an address when you’re down south. 

(Changed the address to protect identity but not by much but since everyone is sending letters I think it's out there already but I am trying)
My address on my drivers license says P.O. Box ### Reserve ##, Attawapiskat, Ontario P0L 1A0. 

As for your birth certificate, either apply on line or by mail. Many people don’t have a credit card. 

Another problem in our community – no bank! They need a bank, Northern is the only place to cash your cheque but edeposit is useful. 

The nearest bank is in Moosonee. OK once you have three pieces required by MTO – but remember everything has to match. 

For example- (name changed)
Suzy Marie Smith on birth certificate but Suzy Marie Jones on your Status card – MTO will ask you why your names are different and you have to provide a marriage certificate – explaining why you changed my name! 

February is the only time you can get your G1 in Moosonee – One of the visits by MTO. 

Get in your truck in Attawapiskat and drive on the winter ice road for 245km. 

In order to go into the town of Moosoneeyour truck needs to registration, your insurance and license. 

You have to get this entire paperwork done down south – register the vehicle, buy insurance (our broker is in Timmins). 

Most people’s vehicles are not registered or licensed. 

No mechanic, no garages, no Service Ontario. 

If you miss one of the documents needed and you have to wait whole year to try to do your written part of your driver’s license. 

Another thing with MTO – you need your debit card, visa or cheque – no cash is accepted.

PHEW! You won’t see any young people try for their driver’s license – it’s just too hard to get! 

Getting your birth certificate is the hardest part.

Flashmob - TONIGHT-TORONTO -BE THERE #TruDontShow #Attawapiskat

As suicides in Northern Indigenous communities continue to mount, Justin Trudeau- a man who appointed himself the "Minister of Youth"- continues to the ignore the youth of Attawapiskat and other territories. Trudeau was elected on a promise of starting a new relationship with First Nations and its time to call him on his hypocrisy. We are using the hashtag #TruDontShow

We are calling for power in numbers and a diversity of tactis using courage, creativity, and compassion. It is still undecided how much longer #GroundZeroINAC will go on for. We are on full lock down inside so we need folks outside to turn up the heat with what ever it takes.

Crystal Sinclair - IdleNoMore Toronto organizer
Allan Zachariah - - Grass Roots Traditional Ceremony Pipe Carrier - Fire Keeper - Peace Keeper
Shadiya Aidid - Poet

So please feel free to bring your Drums, Rattles, Voices and Dance to share and raise awareness to the so called "Indian Problem"

Monday April 18th 6:30 pm
Indigenous & Northern Affairs Canada
25 St. Clair Avenue East, Toronto, Ontario

Vancouver Indigenous Families & Allies in Solidarity with rest of Canada

Indigenous children, mothers and families and allies are occupying INAC offices in Vancouver, Coast Salish Territories. In solidarity with the youth of Attawapiskat and their demands and needs. 

Drop by, we are here at 1138 Melville street, 6th floor.

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Friday, April 15, 2016

NFB & Tedtalk - The People of the Kattawapiskak River

Alanis Obomsawin’s documentary The People of the Kattawapiskak River exposes the housing crisis faced by 1,700 Cree in Northern Ontario, a situation that led Attawapiskat’s band chief, Theresa Spence, to ask the Canadian Red Cross for help. With the Idle No More movement making front page headlines, this film provides background and context for one aspect of the growing crisis.

From Wikipedia

Shannen Koostachin (1996-2010) Attawapiskat captured the hearts of Canadians in her struggle to call attention to the deficiencies in education in her home community. After her untimely death in a car accident Shannen's Dream was formed[101] Shannen's Dream is a student and youth focused campaign designed to raise awareness about inequitable funding for First Nations children, and encourages supporters to write letters to their Member of Parliament, to the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada, and to the Prime Minister of Canada.

To accompany this movement, Timmins-James Bay MP Charlie Angus reintroduced Shannen's Dream as Motion 201 to the House of Commons of Canada on September 26, 2011.[102] On February 27, 2012, the House of Commons unanimously voted in favour of the motion.[103]

 She attended J.R. Nakogee elementary school, which had been housed in makeshift portables since 2000, when it was condemned and closed due to a decades-old fuel leak.[104] 

 By 2007, the federal government had backed away from a third commitment to building a new school for Attawapiskat.[105]

In response Shannen and others turned to YouTube and Facebook to launch the Students Helping Students campaign for a school for Attawapiskat.[106][107]

Shannen spoke out about the experiences of her community in newspapers, at conferences, and on the steps of Parliament Hill. In 2008, at the age of 14, she was nominated for the International Children’s Peace Prize.[108] 

Shannen and her older sister, Serena, moved hundreds of kilometres away from Attawapiskat to New Liskeard, Ontario, for high school. She died on June 1, 2010 in a car accident.[109] Shannen's Dream Campaign has continued after her death.

Theresa Spence, the former Chief (2010-2015), brought Attawapiskat to international attention when she declared a state of emergency in 2011.[73][99][100] She was a prominent figure in the Attawapiskat housing and infrastructure crisis,[73] and other First Nations issues. Prior to serving as chief, she was the deputy chief of Attawapiskat.

Shannen Koostachin and Serena Koostachin speaking at the Ontario Federation of Labour Convention Nov. 27, 2009.

They were leaders in the Attawapiskat School Campaign. Shannen died on June 1, 2010 at the age of 15. Out of her death, the Shannens Dream campaign for equal rights for Canadian First Nation children was launched. On February 27, 2011, the Canadian Parliament adopted "Shannens Dream." The fight for equal school rights continues.

The cost of living in Attawapiskat is quite high, due to the expense of shipping goods to the community. For example, 6 apples and 4 small bottles of juice cost $23.50 (2011-12-01).

It costs $250,000 to build a house in Attawapiskat.[66] The cost of renovating one condemned house is $50,000-$100,000.[67] A majority of the community members have updated their heating needs, while many households still use dry firewood. Firewood in Attawapiskat costs $150 and $200 a cord, and a cord will heat a winter-bound tent for only a week, or at most 10 days. [68]

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Rise UP! RISE UP!! 

Cherry Blossoms, Whales & Signs

Let's Unite in Solidarity & Say NEVER AGAIN!

Question for De Beers & Suggestions for the Attawapiskat First Nation

Truckload of #Motherlove heads to #Crosslake