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(en) Canada, Collectif Emma Goldman - [Press release] Immediate end of the referendum process on the Land Code in Mashteuiatsh (ca, de, it, fr, pt)[machine translation]

Date Tue, 11 May 2021 09:39:23 +0300


We share this press release which was published on the Facebook page of the Collectif Mashk Assi about the referendum process on the Land Code in Mashteuiatsh. ---- "We hereby, members of the Ilnuatsh people of Pekuakami, call for an immediate end to the referendum process for the adoption of the Land Code. We have serious concerns about how the Pekuakamiulnuatsh Takuhikan Band Council proceeded to come up with a Land Code. We question the process by which the federal government attempts to terminate the application of the Indian Act by imposing its own process and defining the laws and terms for its replacement once again, without the involvement of the Firsters. peoples in the definition of a legislative transition defined according to their own legal traditions and not according to the framework agreements imposed by the federal and provincial governments.

Colonial Process and Federal Legislation Imposed on First Peoples

We understand that the federal government wishes to delegate the management of reserve lands to First Nations as well as the management of the band list through membership codes. The federal government is also pushing First Nations to adopt their own electoral code so that they no longer have to manage the electoral process and the injustices and conflicts perpetrated by the Indian Act. Although the federal government suggests that these processes are part of the empowerment of First Peoples, the reality is quite different. These codes and delegation of powers are a continuation of the application of a federal management right delegated to the Band Council and defined by the federal government. In this sense, they are not inherent powers, stemming from its own legal traditions, that the First Nation will exercise, but many powers delegated by and defined by the Canadian state. The 44 articles of the Indian Act concerning land management are renewed in the Land Code by modifying a few elements and delegating the management of these to the band council. In addition, the band councils are federal organizations within the meaning of the Indian Act, they are not institutions of governance resulting from the cultures and traditions of the First Peoples. In this sense, they report to the Ministry of Native Affairs in Ottawa and not to members of these nations. This reality has perpetrated deep governance problems and led to opaque governance. The 44 articles of the Indian Act concerning land management are renewed in the Land Code by modifying a few elements and delegating the management of these to the band council. In addition, band councils are federal organizations within the meaning of the Indian Act; they are not institutions of governance stemming from the cultures and traditions of the First Peoples. In this sense, they report to the Ministry of Native Affairs in Ottawa and not to members of these nations. This reality has perpetrated deep governance problems and led to opaque governance. The 44 articles of the Indian Act concerning land management are renewed in the Land Code by modifying a few elements and delegating the management of these to the band council. In addition, the band councils are federal organizations within the meaning of the Indian Act, they are not institutions of governance resulting from the cultures and traditions of the First Peoples. In this sense, they report to the Ministry of Native Affairs in Ottawa and not to members of these nations. This reality has perpetrated deep governance problems and led to opaque governance. band councils are federal organizations within the meaning of the Indian Act, they are not institutions of governance stemming from the cultures and traditions of the First Peoples. In this sense, they report to the Ministry of Native Affairs in Ottawa and not to members of these nations. This reality has perpetrated deep governance problems and led to opaque governance. band councils are federal organizations within the meaning of the Indian Act, they are not institutions of governance stemming from the cultures and traditions of the First Peoples. In this sense, they report to the Ministry of Native Affairs in Ottawa and not to members of these nations. This reality has perpetrated deep governance problems and led to opaque governance.

With the implementation of Law S-3, the number of members has increased in our community. These people suffered intergenerational effects as a result of their disconnection from the values and principles of the First Peoples. They have great difficulty in familiarizing themselves with the realities of First Nations and are vulnerable when it comes to shaping their consent. Thus, it appears to us that the Band Council derives a definite advantage from the arrival of new members who wish to belong to the community to remedy the discrimination suffered and are thus more likely to be in favor of the Council and its projects and to vote. in their favor.

In addition, to encourage people to vote for the Code, the Mashteuiatsh Band Council team suggested that such a code would make it possible, if the population wanted it, to mortgage their houses to finance chalets in territory and machinery (also valid for industrial machinery). In its video, the council explains having reached 90% of the members of the band to inform them of the referendum, you will understand that the new members can see there an opportunity to settle and develop in the community with such announcements. It sounds a bit like bribes and corruptive practices which are unacceptable although widespread in several communities where members are offered certain benefits in exchange for their support of an electoral team or in exchange for their vote. "

In addition, press release from the Mashk Assi Collective which updates the referendum process:

Press release for immediate release

"Over the years, we have seen many Mashteuiatsh Band Council resolutions and referendums take place during Cultural Weeks while our Ilnuatsh people are in the forest. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the band council promoted its draft federal Land Code and held a referendum on May 3 on this subject. However, we are well aware of the strategy of Pekuakamiulnuatsh Takuhikan who aims to look good in the media by declaring that the Yes has passed to 84% with simple majority! In fact, there were only 750 votes out of a population of over 7,000, which is barely 10% of all community members. A bad result despite the large sums spent by the band council, with the help of an advertising firm, to promote its Land Code project to the 7000 members! This referendum is a big joke. This colonial political system which functions by simple majority does not in any way represent the ilnuatsh of the Pekuakami. Once again, this is a federal colonial structure which imposes its law without the consent of the Innuat people. This land code is invalid and illegal! Mauat to the land code! Finally, remember that this band council is illegitimate, that it represents the Crown and that it was elected by a minority of 23% of Ilnuatsh members. Apu Utshimaut Pekuakamiulnuatsh Takuhikan ute ilnussi ute nutshimit. " a federal colonial structure which imposes its law without the consent of the Innuat people. This land code is invalid and illegal! Mauat to the land code! Finally, remember that this band council is illegitimate, that it represents the Crown and that it was elected by a minority of 23% of Ilnuatsh members. Apu Utshimaut Pekuakamiulnuatsh Takuhikan ute ilnussi ute nutshimit. " a federal colonial structure which imposes its law without the consent of the Innuat people. This land code is invalid and illegal! Mauat to the land code! Finally, remember that this band council is illegitimate, that it represents the Crown and that it was elected by a minority of 23% of Ilnuatsh members. Apu Utshimaut Pekuakamiulnuatsh Takuhikan ute ilnussi ute nutshimit. "

Posted 9 hours ago by Collectif Emma Goldman

https://ucl-saguenay.blogspot.com/2021/05/communique-arret-immediat-du-processus.html
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