Saturday, August 20, 2016

Lax Kw'alaams are challenging Mayor John Helin

PLEASE SHARE: "The Allied Tribes of the Lax Kw'alaams are challenging efforts being undertaken by Mayor John Helin to transfer to himself authority in relation to aboriginal rights and title of the Lax Kw'alaams and related agreements with the province and Pacific Northwest LNG.

"The Allied Tribes are the proper representative of the Lax Kw'alaams people's when it comes to matters of aboriginal rights and title" said Howard Green, interim president. The Indian Act gives no such powers to a band council, and that power cannot be obtained through a "mail-in ballot".

The Allied Tribes of Lax Kw'alaams have written Mayor Helin stating clearly why this is not permissible and will not be tolerated. '

21 Things You May Not Have Known About The Indian Act

Posted by Bob Joseph on Jun 2, 2015 6:00:00 AM

    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. The Indian Act:

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