[Marxism] FW: re Chomsky fundraiser Van

Craven, Jim JCraven at clark.edu
Sun Mar 21 13:41:27 MST 2004


for your own info, and you may want to pass this on to Chomsky, the NDP,
whom I believe he'll be speaking at one of their fundraisers have
committed great human rights violations against indigenous people in
this province.

UPCOMING EVENTS IN SUPPORT OF INDIGENOUS SOVERIGNTY

1) picket in honour of gustafsen lake defenders
2) forum with gustafsen lake defenders and movie screening
3) down with delta

for more info:

NYM Secwepemc Chapter: nymcommunications at hotmail.com
NYM Vancouver Chapter: nymchapter604 at hotmail.com
No One is Illegal Vancouver: noii-van at resist.ca
Native Solidarity Network: kiko at resist.ca
Anti Poverty Committee: apc at resist.ca


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ORPHEUM THEATHRE
SAT MARCH 20 @ 6:30 PM
(Smithe at Seymour)

*** INFORMATIONAL PICKET ***
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It is time for all those opposed to the Canadian colonial system to
support, through tangible actions, those struggling for land, life,
dignity and soverignty.

The statement below will be presented on March 20 at a NDP fundraiser at
a ticketed event in Vancouver. Several Gustafsen Lake defenders will be
converging in Vancouver on that night to speak about the injustices at
Gustafsen Lake.

(SEE END OF MESSAGE FOR STATEMENT AND ENDORSEMENTS)


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FORUM WITH GUSTAFSEN LAKE DEFENDERS
AND MOVIE SCREENING "ABOVE THE LAW"
Palestine Community Centre
Sunday March 21st @ 4:45 PM
1874 Kingsway (cross street Victoria)
suggested donation: 2-5$ no one will be turned away
for more info: noii-van at resist.ca
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Several Gustafsen lake defenders will be speaking out about the
injustices at Gustafsen Lake. After close to one decade since the
military siege, we cannot allow ourselves to forget this history of
indigenous struggle.


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DOWN WITH DELTA
Thursday, March 25 @ 4pm
Gather at Victory Square
* with food, speakers, drummers
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This picket of Delta Hotels is being coordinated in Kamloops, Vancouver,
Toronto, and Montreal on March 25.

Sun Peaks Resort and Delta Hotels is built in Secwepemc territories,
land which has never been ceded, released, nor surrendered. The Canadian
and British Columbias governments harassment of Secwepemc people is a
continuation of colonial practices that have robbed Indigenous people's
of their self-determination by usurping the land of Indigenous peoples
and destroying Indigenous people's livelihoods. We stand in support of
the Secwepemc people and in their fight in defense of the land in
maintaining their livelihood.

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* If you are able to endorse the demand below: please email
noii-van at resist.ca

IN HONOUR OF THE GUSTAFSEN LAKE DEFENDERS !!!
IN SUPPORT OF INDIGENOUS SOVERIGNTY! !!

We are gathered here today to remind everyone about the role of the NDP
government in the largest paramilitary operation in Canada. The NDP
launched a full assault on indigenous defenders asserting their inherent
and legal rights to self-determination on unceded territories of BC.

In honour of the Gustafsen Lake Defenders, in memory of Dudley George
and the millions who were and continue to be victims of the colonial
regime, we aim to expose the hypocrisy of "progressive" politicians.

"I am unable to support the call for a public inquiry... my New
Democratic colleagues and I will continue to support the treaty
negotiation process in BC, including the recently concluded Nisga'a
treaty. This process, while often painstakingly slow and difficult, is
certainly preferable to taking up guns and violence, as occurred in the
summer of 1995," said Svend Robinson.

"And We do further strictly enjoin and require all Persons whatever who
have either wilfully or inadvertently seated themselves upon any Lands
within the Countries above described, or upon any other Lands which, not
having been ceded to or purchased by Us, are still reserved to the said
Indians as aforesaid, forthwith to remove themselves from such
Settlements." -Royal Proclamation Act, 1763.

"Kill this Clark, smear the prick and everyone with him." -Dennis Ryan,
RCMP Gustafsen Lake Crisis Management Team, Sept. 1995. Disclosed during
the Gustafsen trial.


BACKGROUND

In 1995, after a long history of peaceful attempts to have Shuswap
sovereignty respected, indigenous people from the Shuswap and other
nations and a few non-indigenous supporters took a stand on sacred
Sundance lands at Ts'Peten, aka Gustafsen Lake. People came to the
Sundance grounds after a call for help went out, in response to threats
made by a local rancher; one ranch hand  pulled out a bullwhip and said:

'This is a good day to string up some red niggers.' " (Defenders' press
release, June 19/95) Shortly afterwards the Royal Canadian Mounted
Police(RCMP) surrounded the Ts'Peten Defenders and held the people there
under siege. On June 19, Counsel Dr. Bruce Clark confirmed that "as a
matter of strict law, you are acting within your existing legal rights
by resisting the invasion." Over the next month police, politicians, and
media escalated the situation to make the siege the most expensive
domestic military operation in Canada's history. Miraculously, there was
only one casualty -- a dog deliberately killed by a police sniper firing
at two unarmed people and the animal as they fled from police gunfire
and armoured personnel carriers.

The state actions there constituted the largest paramilitary operation
in Canadian history and included armoured personnel carriers, .50
calibre machine guns, land mines, and massive human rights violations
directed against a small number of Shuswap traditionalists who cited
constitutional and international law protections for their resistance to
the attempted invasion. The federal and provincial governments both
rejected any involvement by an impartial, independent, international
adjudication process to settle the conflict at Gustafsen Lake. They even
rejected the presence of neutral peacekeepers. Ujjal Dosanjh responded
to the possibility of outside observers with the infamous declaration:
"There shall be no alien intervention into the affairs of this state."
Dosanjh, like all other politicians, knows that in an independent court,
the legal arguments of the Indians could not be suppressed.

The people inside the encampment were forced to endure the longest
criminal trial in Canadian history. After over a year of astonishing
testimony by police (including open admissions of a "smear and
disinformation campaign" against the Ts'Peten Defenders and lawyer Bruce
Clark), thirteen of the Defenders received jail sentences. Three of the
Defenders appealed the verdicts on the grounds that the land where the
siege took place is native land, and therefore the settler (non-native)
courts have no jurisdiction.  During the Gustafsen Lake trial William
Ignace, known better by his Shuswap name, Wolverine, cited the Indian
Provision of the Royal Proclamation Act of 1763, which clearly states
that until an Indian territory has been purchased by the Crown,
non-Indians cannot legally occupy land, never mind subject Indians to
the jurisdiction of the Crown. The BC Court of Appeal maintained: "The
Royal Proclamation has never applied to this Province, the appellants
cannot rely upon the Royal Proclamation as support for their position."
Ironically, on November 11, 1998, the Vancouver Sun reported that Prime
Minister Chretien, after promising to quickly implement the Nisga'a
Final Agreement, said: "Nisga?a is an important thing.... I believe in
it personally and it is an obligation of the government and it is a
constitutional obligation of the Royal Proclamation that the King of
England gave us in 1763."


Several important facts were revealed during the Gustafsen Lake trials.
Only some are outlined below.

* A letter from Bruce Clark to his clients inside the Gustafsen Lake
encampment was blocked by RCMP, Staff Sgt. Montague stated that "police
cut the phone line to the camp 'so that they can't be further influenced
by their lawyer, Bruce Clark, which is a problem.'" (Vancouver Sun, Aug.
30, 1995).

* According to RCMP, people inside the camp shot into the air, allegedly
at a helicopter. Later RCMP disclosures reveal that one of the people in
the helicopter heard no shots and saw no evidence of gunshots.

* RCMP surveillance footage, taken from six to eight thousand feet in
the air by Wescam, reveals the camp truck blown-up by a powerful
landmine, then two apparently UNARMED people running from the truck
which was moments later struck violently by an APC. The camp dog, seen
running away from the truck is shot and killed by RCMP fire. Cst. S.H.
Arthur testified that he saw the two occupants running from the truck
and that neither were carrying weapons. He also testified that he fired
upon the unarmed occupants of the truck as they were leaving the lake
with their hands in the air, within what was supposed to be the
guaranteed safe zone.

* On September 6,  Ontario Provincial Police attempted to remove native
occupiers of traditional lands at Ipperwash Provincial Park, Ontario.
When efforts to remove the occupiers were unsuccessful, police responded
by sending in police in riot gear, who stormed the gate. Two men were
hit. Dudley George died.

* Chief Superintendent Johnston makes a note during a phone conversation
with Superintendent Len Olfert that "There are 6 hardliners in the camp
WHO WILL REQUIRE KILLING." (Source: Crown disclosures)

Since the end of the standoff, Defenders have called for an inquiry into
the military siege. National and international support for an
independent public inquiry into all aspects of the Gustafsen Lake
standoff and Ipperwash continues to grow: Alexa McDonough, National
Campus/Community Radio Association, Teaching Support Staff Union of
Simon Fraser University, the UVic Graduate Students' Society, Victoria's
CUPE Local 50, Defensoria Maya (Guatemala); Canadian Alliance in
Solidarity with Native Peoples; The Green Group of the European
Parliament; The Black Community Collective; The Afrikan Frontline
Network; North West Leonard Peltier Support Network; Aboriginal Rights
Coalition; Council of Canadians; Building Bridges to Chiapas; The
National Green Party of Canada; Ramsey Clark, Former US Attorney General
and Council to Leonard Peltier; and many other groups and individuals,
including a resolution by the Assembly of First Nations.

WE REITERATE THE CALL FOR A PUBLIC INQUIRY. THE INJUSTICES AT GUSTAFSEN
LAKE WILL NOT BE FORGOTTEN AS STRUGGLES FOR INDIGENOUS SOVEREIGNTY
CONTINUE AND PEOPLE FIGHT FOR THEIR RIGHTS AND DIGNITY

The undersigned,
Ward Churchill, Pierre George (brother of Dudley George), Native Youth
Movement-Secwepemc Chapter, No One is Illegal Vancouver, Palestine
Community Center-Vancouver, No One is Illegal-Toronto, No One is
Illegal-Montreal, International Solidarity Movement- Montreal, Native
Solidarity Network Vancouver, Native Youth-Grassy Narrows, Mohawk
Eastern Society, Ontario Coalition Against Poverty, Anti-Poverty
Committee Vancouver, Settlers in Support of Indigenous Soverignty,
Native Youth Movement-Vancouver, Friends of Grassy Narrows- Winnipeg,
Indigenous Peoples Solidarity Movement Montreal, Al-Awda Right of Return
Coalition-Canada, Toronto Native Youth Movement, REBELdesis Montreal,
Action Committee of Pakistani Refugees Montreal,  Andean First Nations
Council, Campaign to Stop Immigrant Detention-Guelph, No One is
Illegal-Winnipeg, Block the Empire Montreal, Collective Opposed to
Police Brutality, Friends of the Lubicon, Netherlands Center for
Indigneous Peoples, Students taking Action in Chiapas,  United
confederation of Taino People, Coalition against war hysteria and
Racism, Data Center-Oakland, Defenders of Pil?alt Territories, Wake up
with Co-op Radio 102.7 FM, Anti-Capitalist Convergence (CLAC), Latin
American Collective, Bus Riders Union, Seattle Radical Women, Freedom
Socialist Party-US, Grassroots Women- Vancouver




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