John Ivison: The millennial eco-activists stopping trains are the new colonialists

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John Ivison: The millennial eco-activists stopping trains are the new colonialists

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2/18/2020

John Ivison: The millennial eco-activists stopping trains are the new colonialists

Opinion: While so-called ‘settlers’ protest the pipeline, Indigenous leaders want the project that will bring economic prosperity

The uber-woke protesters who blockaded a CN rail line last weekend would be horrified at being accused of cultural colonialism. But they are as guilty of telling Indigenous Canadians how to live their lives as any Father of Confederation. The reason 50 of them snuck into the MacMillan Yard north of Toronto and set up camp was to protest the “oppression” of the Wet’suwet’en 4,000 kilometres away in British Columbia — an Indigenous nation whose traditional land they say was “invaded” by the RCMP in an act of colonialist aggression. Natali Montilla, 27, explained the thinking that shutdown CN’s west-bound line for seven hours on Saturday. She referred to herself as a settler on Canadian land, but one with Indigenous roots in Venezuela. She said the land she calls “Turtle Island” has been stolen from its native inhabitants. Related Canadians should be prepared to give up a “cozy lifestyle” that “upholds white supremacy” and is built on the exploitation of the Indigenous population, she said, though she was less clear what she would forgo. “I don’t have a home, a car or a family,” she said. Montilla and her comrades are effectively saying they know what’s best for the people who live in the communities along the route. The juxtaposition of the views of the eco-activists with those who actually live there couldn’t be more stark. Troy Young, a member of one Wet’suwet’en community, is the director of an Indigenous-owned company that stands to benefit from contracts to clear trees and build roads along Coastal GasLink’s proposed pipeline’s route. He said the history of the Wet’suwet’en is of outsiders telling them how to do things. “Why would we accept it? If the environmentalists are successful, it will be one of the biggest cultural appropriations in British Columbia’s history,” he said. Crystal Smith, the chief counsellor of the Haisla Nation, which has also signed an agreement to allow the pipeline to pass through its traditional land, recently offered an impassioned defence of what she called “an historic achievement.” “First Nations have been left out of resource development for too long,” she said. It would have been easy to say no (as the Haisla did over the Northern Gateway oil pipeline). “But we are involved, we have been consulted and we will ensure there are benefits for all First Nations.” Smith said the divisions between Wet’suwet’en hereditary and elected chiefs should be resolved internally. Activists like Montilla parrot the line that the elected chiefs are the product of a colonial history and that the hereditary patriarchy is the only legitimate source of power. (Five of the six Wet’suwet’en bands support the pipeline, while five of the 13 hereditary chiefs oppose it. Two of those five opponents have titles that are disputed after hereditary chiefs Darlene Glaim and Gloria George, who held the titles of Woos and Smogelgem, say they had their status “stripped” and given to two men, Frank Alec and Warner Naziel, because of their support for the pipeline.) But the internal machinations of this particular First Nation are a distraction. The bigger picture is that 20 bands along the route see this project as a way out of the cycle of underdevelopment they have been caught in. As Smith put it: “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I’m tired of managing poverty. I’m tired of First Nations’ communities dealing with issues such as suicide, low unemployment or educational opportunities. If this opportunity is lost, it doesn’t come back.” Paul Manly, the Green MP for Nanaimo-Ladysmith, has spoken in support of the Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs. He said elected chiefs have not “consented” but merely “conceded,” that they might as well rake in some money from a project seen as inevitable. That is not the interpretation I have taken from speaking to, and hearing from, local businesspeople and politicians. Smith talked about the pipeline proponents and the province approaching the Haisla from a “position of respect.” What right do the cultural colonialists who blockaded the MacMillan Yard have to say they know better than the democratically elected leaders of these 20 First Nations? As Alberta Premier Jason Kenney noted, these people are not Wet’suwet’en supporters, they are Wet’suwet’en opponents. There are some very broad questions about how to bring Indigenous Canadians into Confederation as partners. The answers probably involve self-government and Indigenous rights recognition. But if those empowered communities are to be sustainable they need jobs. They manifestly do not need the unwise counsel of millennial eco-activists whose definition of hardship is living in their parents’ basement. jivison@postmedia.com Twitter.com/IvisonJ Listen to 10/3 on Apple Podcasts Read more: The Vancouver Sun

Neocolonialism We are so tolerant it is outrageous...See how a little groupe of individuals can create such a chaotic situation...JT wear some pants... Peaceful Blockades doesn't mean no BIG fine$ for these Huron Braves!! So...if they don’t have jobs, or this is their job, whose paying the bills? Find this out and you’ll break them up....

johnivison Please describe what these protestors aren’t legitimate activists; rather they’re committing criminal acts & don’t reflect the opinions of the Wet’suwet’en People & their elected Band Council, which approved a pipeline on their lands. It's actually a start of a rebellion. Looks like France. Everything shut down.

JustinTrudeau MIDDLE CLASS ARE FED UP BY CORPORATE WELFARE To let pipeline use shortcut have bring us in this shit 😡Pipeline should follow main road or main railroad gmbutts cathmckenna telfordk Bill_Morneau TheEconomist cafreeland OttawaCitizen CBCNews globeandmail Run them down. keithbaldrey This narrative is a good distraction to the either/or economy for First Nation communities versus the responsibility of Canada to implement revenue sharing in a meaningful way on all land and water tenures - nice try though

The left needs to stop treating First Nations people like victims

John Ivison: Trudeau’s failure to reform First Nations politics is the root cause of #shutdowncanadaWhat most citizens want to hear is less equivocation, more fortitude. They want their prime minister to come home and show some leadership Justin should recall the constitutional conference (s35 1982) where his dad failed 2 reach an agreement on the meaning of Aboriginal & Treaty Rights. Justin should gather all the historic treaty parties w the primary goal of renouncing COLONIAL UNILATERALISM once & for all!🤔 Trudeau is and always has been a fraud who uses progressive ideals to emotionally and psycholocally manipulate people in support of his own agendas Whe that fails he hands the reigns over to other manipulators who have a shred agenda like the eNGOs now exploiting First Nations You can’t be mad at JT himself. He just doesn’t have the skills and tools (genetically speaking) to handle big, urgent files like that one. We should be mad at people that elected him.

The James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement (JBNQA) was signed on November 11, 1975. It was the first major comprehensive land claims agreement in Canada, heralding in a new era in aboriginal land claims. If the police don't enforce the law others will...this may end really badly There is an alternate route proposed and accepted by the Natives but rejected by the company cause it was too damn expensive.

We used to bribe them with booze. now its money Better study your history. Money doesn't talk it swears terrorists. savage indians. You know the corporate overlords are mad when NatPo starts wanting the government to act like the Communist Chinese Bri_Moshe New colonialists? What about far lefties fascists eco terrorists?..

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Sen. Sinclair: “The argument that Chiefs and Band Councils along the route, may have signed Benefit Agreements can hardly be said to be proper consent, for I have seen some of them. They do not ask for consent, so much as promise payment for silence.” Dear JustinTrudeau To let pipeline use shortcut have bring us in this shit 😡Pipeline should follow main road or main railroad 🙃 gmbutts cathmckenna telfordk Bill_Morneau TheEconomist guardian cafreeland OttawaCitizen CBCNews globeandmail

Pretty much. My guess is that the plan involves a big bag of money, some tears, and kicking Alberta in the tenders. Guys, if you want me to read your articles, maybe try making the headlines a little less breathtakingly stupid. They are terrorists! Some of those non-native held signs are just hilarious. The native signs are accurate. Makes me wonder if the natives really want these white people protesting on their land

Yeah, you don't understand what a colonialist is. Catchy headline though, very catchy. Wow I've seen some ignorant takes on this situation but this one is next level They couldn't give a damn about Canada'sFirst Nations They have openly admitted many times to their manipulation of them and their reasoning for the exploitation. By their own admission the end goal has never been to improve the lives of indigenous Canadians.

Elton John announces he has pneumonia on tourBritish singer Elton John announced that he was diagnosed with walking pneumonia while on tour in Auckland, New Zealand, on Sunday. Who cares..... where the Hell is the PRIME MINISTER DO YOUR JOB!!! Oh boy. He knows we know! Too many pizza and hotdogs Elton?

No they’re not! They are anarchists! The kids that have time to hang out at the RR tracks likely have no job, no spouse, no mortgage, no children & no responsibilities to concern themselves with. They are the Baby Boomers of the 1960s. They will eventually grow up. They are the criminal element running all the ILLEGAL business on first nations land. Then you have the terrorists.

If this was written by an indigenous person it might have some weight but Ivison is doing exactly what he is decrying in the article. jordanbateman So woke they've never held a job or paid taxes in Canada. Venezuelia certainly is looking for these superstars. Gretas Green shirts are Blockading our country!

keithbaldrey Venezuela. Here she comes , accept your long lost member

John Ivison: Trudeau’s failure to reform First Nations politics is the root cause of #shutdowncanadaWhat most citizens want to hear is less equivocation, more fortitude. They want their prime minister to come home and show some leadership Justin should recall the constitutional conference (s35 1982) where his dad failed 2 reach an agreement on the meaning of Aboriginal & Treaty Rights. Justin should gather all the historic treaty parties w the primary goal of renouncing COLONIAL UNILATERALISM once & for all!🤔 Trudeau is and always has been a fraud who uses progressive ideals to emotionally and psycholocally manipulate people in support of his own agendas Whe that fails he hands the reigns over to other manipulators who have a shred agenda like the eNGOs now exploiting First Nations You can’t be mad at JT himself. He just doesn’t have the skills and tools (genetically speaking) to handle big, urgent files like that one. We should be mad at people that elected him.

keithbaldrey Revoke her citizenship and she can practice back in her native Land . They will love her Except the only serious rail blockade is the ongoing one by Mohawks in Ont,&they don't fit the 'colonist' tag. Some young folks looking mostly caucasian blocked a rail route in East Vancouver for a few hours till they got served with an injunction,a nothingburger RR protest.

I think you made a mistake. This is an 'opinions' section, not The Onion. shutdowncanada wetsuwetenstrong So well written. Can we send it to the Prime Minister? I don’t think he gets it. Would like to know where and when the proponents are marching. professional protestors paid by someone perhaps the US and dressed up like hollywood indians, likely not even canadian as USA wants the market, that was the case in the west

keithbaldrey Alternate Headline: Boomer is mad at young folk who want to breathe clean air. keithbaldrey Relax boomer, youll be gone soon, then you wont have to worry about it. keithbaldrey Come on, Keith. This one is garbage... Fantastic article. Calling these eco-terrorists an example of 'cultural appropriation' is the perfect description.

You spelled they are TERRORISTS wrong.

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Elton John announces he has pneumonia on tourBritish singer Elton John announced that he was diagnosed with walking pneumonia while on tour in Auckland, New Zealand, on Sunday. Who cares..... where the Hell is the PRIME MINISTER DO YOUR JOB!!! Oh boy. He knows we know! Too many pizza and hotdogs Elton?



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