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First Nations Leader to Discuss Human Rights at CNC

Saturday, March 5, 2016 @ 3:55 AM

Prince George, B.C. – Those wanting to learn more about the human rights of Canada’s indigenous people will want to be at the College of New Caledonia Tuesday night.

Arthur Manuel will be there from 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. at the Gathering Place talking about Decolonization, Reconciliation & New Directions.

“I’ll be talking about it in relationship to what’s happening to indigenous people here in British Columbia,” he says. “Talking about it from a human rights point of view.”

Manuel says it’s a topic many Canadians are unaware of.

“Canada has basically been violating our human rights by not dealing fairly and thoroughly on the Aboriginal title issue. They’ve been told that by the United Nations Human Rights Committee and other committees. That’s what I’ll be educating people about.”

What could Canada do to address the issue?

“Indigenous people in this country if you add up all the Indian reserves have 0.2% of the land. They can expand that up to about 40% so that we can get out of poverty and we can start earning our own living on our own land.”

Manuel is co-author of ‘Unsettling Canada: A National Wake-Up Call.’ He is also a former chief of the Neskonlith Indian Band and former tribal chair of the Shuswap Nation Tribal Council.


Why is it always someone else’s fault for the First Nations problems? It’s on record of each tribe either abusing the others human rights or being abused..and that has been going on for hundreds of years.. Look inward to fix your problems. You want a special court..what else?

Also I own only my house and lot yet I am doing fine..owning land comes with responsibility..it doesn’t matter how much land you own..if your aren’t responsible or willing to put time in then it means nothing.

In be the First Nations are constantly signing treaties and agreements totalling in the hundreds of millions but are still playing the poor me card… Looking for more handouts…they are very selfish..the world is in trouble right now..and all the First Nations see is themselves.



    I daresay you’re not clear on the recent history of Canada’s First Nations. You may want to toddle on down to the Prince George Friendship Centre – or you could read a book or take a course – to learn a bit more about “Why it is always someone else’s fault for the First Nations problems.”

      I dare say I am..I am Metis. My native roots go way back to early 1800’s ( no early info than that I can find) and I know what has happened.. But why does all the focus go on the residential schools? The natives abused the heck out of each other for hundreds of years.. Slave trade, murder rape etc.. Why don’t we ever hear about that.. Only about 2 things.. Residential schools.. And highway of tears.. Why is that.. Because the blame is pointed outward.

“Manuel says it’s a topic many Canadians are unaware of” .. I hardy think that statement is true. We hear about it on an almost daily basis. As long as they don’t start going door to door asking for donations like the JW.

Pay for the land like everyone else. Maybe try working.

Oh the naivety of the young. I guess he’s okay with prolific sex offender being released from jail by some liberal left judge, set free to offend again on a promise not to reoffend. I guess he is all right with the small group of crime reoffenders being allowed to reoffend over and over. Wonder if he or anyone he knows has been ripped off or sexually attacked by know offenders and maybe the crime might of not happened if the offender could be tracked.

Wonder if the young offender realizes he is constantly tracked by his cell phone, bank cards, security cameras, toll bridge cameras.

sorry lad you are very behind the game. Oh the innocence of young naivety.

    Did you read the headline.. Guess not…lol.

    Just like Harper..can’t stay on topic.. That better mutt

“Indigenous people in this country if you add up all the Indian reserves have 0.2% of the land. They can expand that up to about 40% so that we can get out of poverty and we can start earning our own living on our own land.”

Sorry you already have that opportunity. The Japanese, Germans picked themselves up and became economic powerhouses. Today don’t even think of messing with Israel. Chinese, East Indians after a rough start in this country sure turned that around bigtime and there are many more examples. For some reason the ingenious carry on with the same program. The more I watch the more I see natives are subdued by their own leaders to stay in power.

Yes remember and do not forget the past but hey look in the mirror, its time to move on. Oh and do not leave out or rewrite your history.

Disclaimer I have a strong native history, native relatives, friends and I tend to get some views from them.

Tear down all reserve boarders. Pay property tax like all citizens. Buy your houses and take ownership of that property. Pay school tax to educate your youth. Pay your share of taxes for infrastructure. Follow the same law like all citizens. Quit feeling sorry for yourselves and move on. Until this all happens, nothing can change.

People should take a breather when it comes to this issue. The first thing you should do is read the Lheidli T’enneh final agreement, agreed to between Lheidli T’enneh, and the Provincial and Federal Government. This is a comprehensive document, and gives you all the information you need to know about what is taking place between First Nations and the various Governments in this area.

The original agreement was rejected by a vote from the Lheidli T’enneh, and it appears that they are trying to find out why it was rejected, and then have a second vote. In any event here is a small portion of what’s in the agreement.

**Final agreements land package consists of aprox 4,330 hectares of land for Lheidli T’enneh in and around Prince George. This includes 677 hectares of former reserves that cease to be reserves on the effective date of the treaty, 237 hectares of former Federal Government land, and 3,416 hectares of former Provincial land. The land will be Fee Simple by Lheidli T’enneh.**

There is much more to this agreement, but for all intents and purposes, the horses have already left the barn, and all that is left is for someone to close the door.

happy13. All the things you mention are in the Agreement. They just need to get it ratified.

5.4% of the population here people. Why would we even CONSIDER ceding control of vast tracts of land to 5.4% of the population?

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