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Tuesday, 01 January 2013 23:05

Letter to Govenor General from Canadian Citizen

Written by

Govenor General Of Canada
Rideau Hall,
1 Sussex Drive
Ottawa Ontario K1A 0A1
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Re: Opposition to Bills

Dear Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada:

As a Canadian citizen, I would like to declare that I am opposed to recent legislation passed by my representatives in government. I implore Canada to reopen for discussion the issues contained in Bill C-45 including all encompassed Bills so there can be a proper debate as outlined in the United Nations Declarations. It is imperative that ALL Canadians be informed of the impact these Bills have on our environment as well as our relationship with First Nations peoples in Canada.

We realize that the treaties made with Indigenous people will serve as protection to all Canadians, land, water and environment.  The Treaties were nation to nation agreements that were supposed to benefit all people. However, it is clear that the devastating effects of colonialism has created inequality in Canada where settler Canadians have benefited greatly from the Treaties, land and resources while First Nations communities lack sufficient resources. Our government has promised reconciliation for the impact of hundreds of years of colonialism and racism, which has produced effects in First Nations communities such as intergenerational trauma, high suicide rates, and one of the highest incarceration rates in the country. It is clear that these Bills will exasperate these effects.

In addition, I understand that for Aboriginal culture to be sustained, connection to the land and water is imperative. These Bills fall under the United Nations definition of genocide, and as a Canadian Citizen I recognize the Bills as both illegal and immoral.

Each one of these bills is in direct violation of Article 18, 19, and 20 of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

I oppose:

Bill C-45 Job and Growth Act (Omnibus bill includes Indian Act amendments regarding voting on-reserve and land surrender/designations); Bill C-27 First Nations Financial Transparency Act; Bill S-2 Family Homes on Reserve and Matrimonial Interests or Right Act; Bill S-6 First Nations Elections Act; Bill S-8 Safe Drinking Water for First Nations; Bill C-428 Indian Act Amendment and Replacement Act

And Senate Public Bills: Bill S-207 An Act to amend the Interpretation Act; Bill S-212 First Nations Self-Government Recognition Bill and the “First Nations” Private Ownership Act

The UNDRIP Articles the bills violate are as follows:

Article 18 :Indigenous peoples have the right to participate in decision-making in matters which would affect their rights, through representatives chosen by themselves in accordance with their own procedures, as well as to maintain and develop their own indigenous decision- making institutions.

Article 19 :States shall consult and cooperate in good faith with the indigenous peoples concerned through their own representative institutions in order to obtain their free, prior and informed consent before adopting and implementing legislative or administrative measures that may affect them.

Article 20: 1. Indigenous peoples have the right to maintain and develop their political, economic and social systems or institutions, to be secure in the enjoyment of their own means of subsistence and development, and to engage freely in all their traditional and other economic activities. 2. Indigenous peoples deprived of their means of subsistence and development are entitled to just and fair redress. We represent First Nations and environmental, recreation and grassroots groups supported by more than half a million Canadians.

It is contrary to democratic principles that, despite the opposition of millions of Canadians to the attacks on nature and democracy in omnibus bill C-38, the government has chosen to rewrite some of Canada's foundational environmental protection laws by inappropriately including amendments in another massive omnibus bill, C-45.

 

Sincerely, ________________________

Tuesday, 01 January 2013 23:05

Letter to Govenor General from Treaty

Written by

Govenor General Of Canada
Rideau Hall,
1 Sussex Drive
Ottawa Ontario K1A 0A1
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Phone 613-993-8200

kitatâmiskatin Governor General

Indigenous sovereignty exists in this land for time immemorial. This sovereignty was affirmed by the British sovereign in 1763 who then declared that no land dealings could be made except through the sovereigns. Treaties between sovereign nations, Indigenous and British, were agreed to in sacred ceremonies to allow for peaceful coexistence between peoples in these territories.

As an Indigenous Person, Treaty number _______I reject the Canadian Government's efforts to violate these sacred sovereign Treaties. I do not recognize a political state's rights to unilaterally alter the nature of sovereign relations through domestic legislation. The Crown is not divisible. These Treaties were made in the presence of Creator. Successive international agencies and the courts in Canada have ruled that free, prior and informed consent is required, and the honour of the Crown must be upheld.

The Governor General is duty bound to reject Bill C-45.

In everything we do, we must consider the spiritual dimension. We must consider how we will explain this to Creator, to our ancestors, to the ones who will come after us.

ekosi pitima

Tuesday, 01 January 2013 23:02

Form Letter to Senators 2

Written by

Dear Sir/Madame:

 

RE: Bill C-45

 

This message is to strongly express that I do not support Bill C-45.

 

This Conservative government is blatantly violating the rights of all Canadians and its Indigenous people to transparency on critical issues facing all people. Currently, there are numerous MP’s being investigated for the undemocratic and criminal practice of using robocalls to redirect voters, which calls into question the legitimacy of this government. I contend that these MP’s do not legally or constitutionally represent their constituents, and demand that the government cease passing any forms of legislation until the outcome of these investigations are determined.
Furthermore, Bill C-45 specifically affects Indigenous sovereignty and inherent rights to the land, and therefore must receive due consideration, consultation and consent from the First Nations leaders and communities in which it directly impacts. The Treaties that were signed between the Crown and Indigenous peoples are nation to nation covenants that cannot be arbitrarily changed through unilateral legislation. Bill C-45 alters sections of the Indian Act and disregards the Treaties without consultation and consent.

 

Upon review of Bill C-45, it is clear that this legislation benefits corporations involved in oil pipelines and nuclear energy, without due attention and consideration given to the impact that it will have on the land and environment. This government has proposed reconciliation with First Nations peoples, yet continues to enforce numerous policies such as Bill C-45 using paternalistic and neocolonial processes.

 

I demand that Bill C-45 be stopped until a democratic process of consultation and consent is duly followed by the various groups that it does impact.

 

Sincerely,

 

 

 

________________________

 

Tuesday, 01 January 2013 23:01

Form Letter Sent to Members of Parliament

Written by

Dear Sir/Madame:

RE: Bill C-45

This message is to strongly express that I do not support Bill C-45.

This Conservative government is blatantly violating the rights of all Canadians and its Indigenous people to transparency on critical issues facing all people. Currently, there are numerous MP’s being investigated for the undemocratic and criminal practice of using robocalls to redirect voters, which calls into question the legitimacy of this government. I contend that these MP’s do not legally or constitutionally represent their constituents, and demand that the government cease passing any forms of legislation until the outcome of these investigations are determined.
Furthermore, Bill C-45 specifically affects Indigenous sovereignty and inherent rights to the land, and therefore must receive due consideration, consultation and consent from the First Nations leaders and communities in which it directly impacts. The Treaties that were signed between the Crown and Indigenous peoples are nation to nation covenants that cannot be arbitrarily changed through unilateral legislation. Bill C-45 alters sections of the Indian Act and disregards the Treaties without consultation and consent.

Upon review of Bill C-45, it is clear that this legislation benefits corporations involved in oil pipelines and nuclear energy, without due attention and consideration given to the impact that it will have on the land and environment. This government has proposed reconciliation with First Nations peoples, yet continues to enforce numerous policies such as Bill C-45 using paternalistic and neocolonial processes.

I demand that Bill C-45 be stopped until a democratic process of consultation and consent is duly followed by the various groups that it does impact.

Sincerely,

Tuesday, 01 January 2013 23:01

Form Letter to Senators

Written by

Dear Senator,

We are part of a grass roots movement happening across Canada titled Idle No More. We have held teach-ins, rallies and protests in numerous provinces, and we have petitioned the House of Commons regarding the Omnibus Bills, and specifically Bill C-45. We are aware that the lack of consultation regarding the changes to the Indian Act, as well as the changes to land and water protections on First nations lands are unconstitutional. Section 35 of The Constitution Act, 1982 clearly states that government of Canada have a duty to consult with First Nations people in Canada. This consultation process has not occurred and as a result The Chiefs from The Assembly of First Nations marched on Parliament at 1:00pm on December 4th, 2012. As well, this lack of consultation defies the First Nations rights entrenched in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights on Indigenous Peoples, which the Canadian government signed and endorsed on November 12, 2010.

We urge the Senate to stop the recent Omnibus Bill that was passed through the House of Commons until there is legitimate consultation with First Nations leaders and communities. This movement will continue to grow as we educate the public regarding the imminent and grievous threats to democracy, The Treaties, Indigenous rights, and environmental protections emanating from the process of passing these Omnibus Bills.

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