Listercat wrote:Good topic. Spence has no more "right" to demand an audience with the PM than any other citizen.
.Spence has attacked the mining company ( De Beers) effectively accusing them of stealing diamonds from her land. This is the same company that provided the Band with mobile homes for housing and attempted to put in the water and sewer services for them free of charge.
Osoyoos is a model that all should follow although geography certainly helps. Westbank is another.
ukcanuck wrote:Listercat wrote:Good topic. Spence has no more "right" to demand an audience with the PM than any other citizen.
The woman has been on a hunger strike for some 25 days, and Canada is looking pretty bad internationally... You don't think its Harpers job to meet her?
ukcanuck wrote:.Spence has attacked the mining company ( De Beers) effectively accusing them of stealing diamonds from her land. This is the same company that provided the Band with mobile homes for housing and attempted to put in the water and sewer services for them free of charge.
Admittedly I am uninformed on the details, but it strikes me that mining companies ...strike that, No company does nice things for free...
If its diamonds coming out and mobile homes going in...seems like a rip to me.
De Beers is investing $1-billion in the Victor mine near Attawapiskat. It agreed to pay the band about $30-million over the 12-year life span of the mine. A further $325-million in contracts has been funnelled through companies owned by the band, to supply catering, helicopters, dynamite and the like. One wonders how Attawapiskat Resources Inc. has only made profits of $100,000 on that level of revenue, but that’s for another day.
ukcanuck wrote:Osoyoos is a model that all should follow although geography certainly helps. Westbank is another.
my family lives in the OK . And while some people have made out like bandits, it hasn't been a payday for everyone...
Topper wrote:Spence's hunger games.
Topper wrote:Or, Preserve Our Welfare State.
What the hell are the drum beating injuns up to?
The government puts together legislation the Chieves have been asking for and the little Indians go on the warpath.
What is wrong with easing restrictions to allow Bands to lease reserve land to non-Band entities? It will allow Bands to lease out their land and generate income. It is something the Chieves have been asking for.
Look at the Oosoyos Band and their economic development. They have formed joint ventures with non Band entities and developed their reserve lands and now have an award winning winery, a resort development and an industrial park. The Band on the north shore of Burrard inlet has been making money from leasing it's land for decades.
The change in legislation will make it easier for other bands to lease their lands as well by cutting out federal red tape. It gives the Bands more control over the Reserve lands.
The other part of the legislation being protested is that it would allow individual title to band members of reserve land. Currently the reserve land is held as a common title. Individual band members are allocated lots and houses but have no ownership. They have no stake in the house, no pride of ownership and it shows. They also have no equity in the land or house that they could mortgage for improvements or other projects.
Hey folks, the welfare system that has supported the Indians for over a century has not worked. Why are you trying so desperately to preserve it?
Because you want to remain idlers.
Topper wrote:Arachnid wrote:Blame the rape victim
There's no room on that bus.
ukcanuck wrote:The woman has been on a hunger strike for some 25 days, and Canada is looking pretty bad internationally... You don't think its Harpers job to meet her?
Meds wrote:Just read the national post link......so she's not dumb enough to starve herself. She's just detoxing.....lmao.
And uh, uk? When any corporation or government is willing to build a community with amenities for a group of people in order to get a resource, generally they are offering something better than what the community already has. So the question is, why don't they have anything better than mobile homes and why don't they have sewer and water treatment?
My question to uk is why you seem to always take the side of those who feel "entitled" to free handouts or more than everyone else already gets......
Topper wrote:Her books were not a mess, because she didn't keep any books.
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