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#601 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 19 January 2022 - 02:36 AM

Now this is interesting.

 

 

 

 

 

Nanaimo school named for Indigenous man who helped find coal could be renamed

 

Today, Coal Tyee is seen by many Snuneymuxw people as a tragic figure, since his interaction with the colonial peoples led directly to colonization of the area and destructive resource extraction that has affected the land.
 
 
 
The school was named around 1996.  Hardly ancient history.
 
What has changed here is not what we know about Coal Tyee, but the 1000% increase in the victimhood mentality that we are now bestowing on our children.  We have decided to teach children that their current situation or that of others, or past and of course continuing future generations are always the fault of others.
 
Good thing people all over the world did not take that attitude after the world wars.  Or we'd have never succeeded almost anywhere on the earth.  I guess the Palestinians were one people that did take that stance after WW2, and see how well that has served them, 70 years later.
 
So in 1996, those that named the school thought "we'll celebrate this individual".  Today, we need to condemn anyone that embraced modern life, back in the day.  
 

Now of course, the authorities will try to hide their intentions:

 

 
While colonization was not the fault of Coal Tyee or any other Indigenous person, his role is not one to be celebrated and is not consistent with the district’s policies, wrote Saywell, who questioned whether the school, under its current name, could be seen as welcoming to Snuneymuxw students.

 

 

Colonization wasn't your fault of course, Tyee, you couldn't have known any better.  But we are going to strip you of this honour because you really did inadvertently fu*k us up.  "Tragic figure" you are, Tyee.  Without "colonization" we could have been so much further ahead.  Of course, there was no school before colonization, but that's beside the point, Tyee.  School is good colonization, coal and oil and energy is bad colonization.  Got it?  Well hold on, certain types of school, not all school, Tyee.  Lots of school was bad.  Only some is good.  Today, this school is good.  Maybe in 20 years we will decide it too is bad, and that teaching indigenous kids math and writing and English  is harmful.  But that's a class-action case for another day, Tyee.


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Posted 19 January 2022 - 08:17 AM

^ How many times have I said this with activist group? Eventually they turn on themselves because it weas always about the fight and never about an ideal.

 

This will be the trend with FN communities over the next decade, many will destroy themselves from within as groups that will never be satisfied with any amount of reconciliation turn on those who feel as though they are making progress and want to be rationale in their approach.



#603 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 19 January 2022 - 08:41 AM

Surely we can name it after the Dunsmuirs instead.



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Posted 19 January 2022 - 08:56 AM

Surely we can name it after the Dunsmuirs instead.

In for a penny, in for pound, right?


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Posted 18 March 2022 - 12:10 PM

Ahousaht First Nation is urging Tofino council to limit the ­number of hard-liquor bottles that can be bought at private beer and wine stores to help combat bootlegging on Flores Island, where the nation is based.

Hereditary Chief Richard George (Hasheukumiss) described the situation as a “serious pandemic” and a state of emergency.

An estimated 300 to 500 bottles of vodka go every week to Ahousaht, where they’re sold for prices ranging from $60 on average up to $200 at times, he said. Flores Island is north of Tofino on Vancouver Island’s west coast.

George said he has been working on the bootlegging problem for two years. When bootleggers know they are being watched, they go to Ucluelet or Port Alberni to shop instead, he said.



https://www.timescol...legging-5173097



Not so sure the prohibition or limit is getting to the “root cause”.

In fact the article is a bit odd in that it mentions “problem” several times but never clearly explains what the problem is. Is the problem the profits from bootlegging? Is the problem alcoholism (that word is not used in the article). Or maybe the problem is youth accessing the alcohol? It does mention alcohol deaths (80% of deaths in the community in the past two years) but that’s not with much context (number of deaths, population size and age of community members).

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Posted 19 March 2022 - 08:29 AM

Victoria residents might be invited to donate to First Nations when paying taxes

 

Unlike property taxes that you have to pay by July 1, the contribution could be paid at any time.
 


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Posted 19 March 2022 - 08:40 AM

Victoria residents might be invited to donate to First Nations when paying taxes...

...Simple and cost-neutral, “it’s something that every city across the province and across the country could very easily do to get money into the hands of nations,” she said...

I already pay a ****load of taxes. Under NO circumstances would I volunteer to pay more. Our politicians at all levels have lost their collective minds. If they are concerned that First Nations are not getting sufficient money in their hands, then re-allocate from existing tax dollars; I'd start with council salaries, where we certainly aren't getting any value for our tax dollar.


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Posted 19 March 2022 - 08:40 AM

In fact the article is a bit odd in that it mentions “problem” several times but never clearly explains what the problem is. 

Ahoustaht is a dry community by design.

 

Bootleggers bringing alcohol into a dry community (to re-sell, as bootleggers do) is the problem they're referencing.



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Posted 19 March 2022 - 08:45 AM

Victoria residents might be invited to donate to First Nations when paying taxes

 

 

Nothing the COV mayor and council does really surprises me any more, but this comes very close.

 

What a very strange undertaking ... in that people donate to causes they feel sympathy with on their own.

It's a serious stretch even for this oddball mayor and council, to propose including a donation "box" on tax forms ... considering taxes have absolutely nothing to do with "donations to a cause", and are (by law) strictly related to the operation of a city government?


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Posted 19 March 2022 - 08:46 AM

Ahoustaht is a dry community by design.

 

Bootleggers bringing alcohol into a dry community (to re-sell, as bootleggers do) is the problem they're referencing.

 

Did the residents vote to become/be a dry community?  What is the history?

 

In most of modern western society, we have decided prohibition was/is a mistake.  Many first nations take a very active role in marijuana production, distribution and retailing.  Some take an illegal role in cigarette enterprises, and many of course also take part in legal gaming.  

 

Do we know where the Ahoustaht stand on those issues?


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Posted 19 March 2022 - 09:01 AM

I don’t know the answers to those questions, but the math would indicate that with their population of around 500 people, “300 to 500” 26er’s per week means each person is potentially downing a 26er each and every week. 

Would the fact that would make a person a serious alcoholic be the problem that the elected and hereditary Chiefs are making reference to?



#612 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 19 March 2022 - 09:03 AM

Probably.  

 

Maybe there are "root causes" though.



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Posted 19 March 2022 - 07:15 PM

Nothing the COV mayor and council does really surprises me any more, but this comes very close.

 

What a very strange undertaking ... in that people donate to causes they feel sympathy with on their own.

It's a serious stretch even for this oddball mayor and council, to propose including a donation "box" on tax forms ... considering taxes have absolutely nothing to do with "donations to a cause", and are (by law) strictly related to the operation of a city government?

It would be a fun exercise to see what would happen if that donation offset your taxes by an equal amount.


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Posted 21 March 2022 - 03:57 AM

The questions continued: "How would you describe your communication skills? TIP: Why don't you show us instead?" the application read.

It went on to encourage Indigenous applicants to let their personality shine in a video cover letter and "to write a song, poem, dress in traditional regalia or bring in back-up dancers!" as part of the video submission.


https://www.cbc.ca/n...galia-1.6389541



This is the type of silliness the big corporate world has come to. To hire a bank teller.

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Posted 05 April 2022 - 07:41 AM

WTF CANADA

For the past 14 years, Andrew Brant and many others on Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory have had to haul all their water to their homes one jug at a time. 

His arms, and those of most fellow residents, will get a well-deserved break as the southeastern Ontario First Nation west of Kingston lifted five long-term water advisories on March 28 as they expanded connections to a new water treatment plant.

The advisories had been in place since 2008. 
 
"It was nice being able to have a shower at whatever length I wanted," said Brant, who also owns a local organic coffee company and bakery. "It was nice to not get out of the shower smelling still… You get out smelling fresh and clean." 
 
Brant says lifting these water advisories has lifted a weight off the shoulders of the community, literally and figuratively.
 
"Accessibility to water has been the hugest thing for us when it comes to resources, when it comes to development," he said.
 
"We're able to do more things. We see different businesses thriving."

https://www.cbc.ca/n...itory-1.6393259



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Posted 05 April 2022 - 07:48 AM

^ The plant was completed 5 years ago. 

 

Tyendinaga Water Treatment Plant and… | Colliers Project Leaders



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Posted 05 April 2022 - 08:24 AM

There is a lot of crazy politics with these plants. Not so simple as the face of it.

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Posted 05 April 2022 - 09:15 AM

^ And lots of examples where money is given to a band for a plant but no plant gets built or the plant gets built but there is nobody or no funds to operate it.



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Posted 05 April 2022 - 09:26 AM

Or no expertise or confidence in those running it and providing daily sampling etc. Better a boil water advisory than incompetent safety checks.

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Posted 05 April 2022 - 10:06 AM

The Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council is asking for a new addiction clinic and detox centre in Nuu-chah-nulth territory that will work in a culturally safe and trauma-informed way.

“We are in a state of emergency with the number of deaths from drug overdoses with Nuu-chah-nulth People,” said NTC president Judith Sayers. “We say no more deaths—we must fix this problem now. We need resources—money, services, and counselling and so much more. We can’t keep saying this is a crisis, an emergency, if we haven’t taken drastic steps to prevent more deaths.”

https://www.nanaimob...sis-action/amp/

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