MNN. Feb. 22, 2013. How to steal our consent. According to court rulings and international law, our view and consent are required for any legal use of our land, resources and funds. The racket is to make it look like they got our consent. The ambulance chasers [lawyers] are trained to build a hall of mirrors. When consultation goes on, they make sure we do not hear, see or say anything. Three Monkeys Strategy.
We are overrun by chasers. The bureaucrats, politicians and corporations are trying to fill their ambulances with suffering Indigenous people whom they have maimed. Shysters chase us to represent us. Then meetings are held behind our backs with their mentors and clients on how to avoid consulting us or to twist what we’ve said.
The bar associations hold seminars to train these chasers on how to help industry, government and Indigenous ‘stakeholders’ to “consult” us without actually talking to us. We only find out what we supposedly agreed to when we are told to move away because industry needs the minerals under our community.
These teach-ins are attended by chasers, CEOs, VPs, directors, managers, mining, forestry, environment, energy and constitutional law breakers, litigators, negotiators, mediators, bureaucrats, and the “Vichy” collaborator band and tribal councils.
They learn “Tips and Traps” to watch for in their meetings with us. They are told what to avoid: meetings organized by us; meetings in our community; full advertising of the meeting; bringing our own experts; spending too much time in the community to avoid seeing our realities; making scientific evidence available to show the reality of pollution of our land, communities, water and housing; no time lines; full assessment of the consequences of development for the generations to come; letting everyone talk besides those on the band council payroll; allowing grassroots traditionals to define the issues [that’s really dangerous!].
They want to shut us up. They go through the motions. They’re told to always act like they’re in a big hurry [to hit the jackpot].
When we say “no”, it’s no, and they have to accept it. They can’t start openly or covertly confusing, threatening and undermining us to get their way.
The Crown has a fiduciary duty to take our advice on investment of our Indian Trust Funds and to report fully to us, the beneficiaries. They can’t avoid their responsibilities to us without going to jail.
As Chuck Berry sang in Too much monkey business “Same thing every day. Gettin’ up, goin’ to school, no need for me complainin’, my objections overruled, ahhh! Too much money business”.
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