Suzanne Patles of #Elsipogtog Warriors Society speaks to #IdleNoMore

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  • Tj Coleman
    commented 2013-12-04 19:02:01 -0800
    When speaking of the treaties what people need to reference are the court ruling concerning the “spirit and intent” of the signatories of those treaties. The Canadian courts have ruled that the treaties cannot be taken verbatim as written by the colonizers, they must be read taking into consideration what the Original people of Turtle Island were agreeing to (R.V. Badger). This requires being able to understand that there is no word for “surrender” in any Original language in what is now known as North America. Therefore, what the Original people were agreeing to was not the relinquishment of their rights to the land and the resources. When any treaty is signed it must be signed without coercion, fraud, or misunderstanding as outlined by the UN. Furthermore, treaties can only be entered into between sovereign people, as such, First Nations people are recognized as sovereign people in law and practice through both the historical and contemporary treaties. For these reasons, an argument that relies only on the literal interpretation of treaties that were written by the colonizers is an empty argument at best as it does not take into consideration the legal decisions made by the Canadian courts in the interpretation of these treaties. Nor does it take into consideration the international law that outlines the validity of any treaty made under duress, or through processes of fraud. coercion, and misinformation.
  • Janet Matheson
    commented 2013-12-04 15:13:21 -0800
    Would you reference the Treaties to which you refer? The 1725 Peace and Friendship Treaty state the Articles of Submission and Agreement which were": “King George of England declares ownership, jurisdiction and control of ancestral lands in Nova Scotia and Acadia. Aboriginals promise in return to:
    ⦁ Not molest or interfere in any way with settlers, their dependents or any mercantile traffic in this area.
    ⦁ Give back anything they might have stolen from individuals in the event of theft or robbery.
    ⦁ Not help any soldiers trying to escape from British forts.
    ⦁ Not seek personal revenge on any British subjects for any reason, and find any redress through British law instead.
    ⦁ Release any British prisoners they captured prior to this treaty’s ratification.Pg 198 ”http://eco.canadiana.ca/view/oocihm.91943/211?r=0&s=1">http://eco.canadiana.ca/view/oocihm.91943/211?r=0&s=1