MNN: Mohawk John Kane urges Chief Spence to halt fast


MNN.  Jan. 2, 2013.  Kane of Native Pride told MNN that he is urging Chief Spence to halt her fast out of concern for her life.

Kane says, “the ‘nation to nation’ relationship is a white man’s concept and urges Chief Spence to halt her ‘suicide mission’.  Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence said,“First Nations leadership need to take charge and control of the situation on behalf of the grassroots movement. We need to re-ignite that nation-to-nation relationship based on our inherent and constitutionally protected rights as a sovereign nation. We are demanding our rightful place back, here in our homelands, that we all call Canada.”

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“I could not disagree more. I have listened to this bullshit about “nation-to-nation” relationships all my life. Our sovereignty is not vested in someone’s idea of what a “nation” is. Our sovereignty is a birthright; it comes from Creation. It is our right and authority to carry ourselves. This notion of nationhood came from the white man. So did the idea of individuals vested with power over their people. Our sovereignty is not vested in some man-made institution, a band chief, first nation, federally recognized leader or anyone else. It is an individual right, power and responsibility. None of the words we use to describe ourselves translate to anything close to “nations”. We are simply the People.

Theresa Spence is no more a nation than the smallest child stomping out a round dance. Those that claim to be the “First Nations leadership” should settle in behind and among the people and stop trying to be what the white man created. This bogus leadership is the reason the people will be Idle No More.

My message to Ms. Spence is to grab a sandwich and stand with your people. A thirty day attempted suicide makes a sensational story and draws plenty of sympathy but it undermines what the people are rising up for. No one individual is the face of this movement and no individual act symbolizes the movement or passion. For any of these “leaders” to now claim to be “Idle No More” only begs the question as to why the hell they have been idle till now. The sovereignty and power is in the people.

Ms. Spence still seems to be missing the point. A request for Idle No More leadership to join with the chiefs reflects a lack of understanding. It is those who have sat separate and above their people that need to stand among them. … join the people. Glorification of such an act is the last thing our young people need.

John Kane, Mohawk, is radio host of Let’s Talk Native Pride




4 thoughts on “MNN: Mohawk John Kane urges Chief Spence to halt fast

  1. I too would encourage her to stop her fast. History has shown these individuals just do not care. When you can make the law, sanction the law and control a government. It is often futile to resist.

    They know what they are/have been doing is wrong. But it has become usual, ordinary and customary. For a person who’s only crime was being born. To injure oneself to make a point on the pointless is futile.

  2. Hey, first time reader, will most likely be a long time advocate…I fully agree with your opinion on Ms Spence….its all about the people. Im a white man- one who fully agrees with and acknowledges the truth. The truth that Im here because of a terrorist invasion, the truth that this system we are all living in has been put forth to kill off whoever ‘they’ want, the truth that its all bullshit! My brothers, and my family and I support Idle No More, and you as well John. My hope is that the hunger strike will end, she will join the people, and Harper (and the rest of the goofs) will get tossed! But thats still wishful thinking for now…PEACE

  3. I am all for the rights and respect of the Native people of this country, but one thing I am not for is the mismanagement of hundreds of millions of dollars by the native leaders who create smoke screens to hide their fraud, their lies, and their complete lack of respect for their own people. The Native people are lead to believe their leaders are doing the right things, but they are not. They are stealing millions while letting the native people of this country live in filth and sickness of every kind. It is the Native leaders who create this media frenzy you see today as a smoke screen to divert attention away from their complete lack of accountability of lining their own pockets and squandering crucial life giving money from their people to various avenues of corruption. All of this did not just happen, as this corruption has been going on for decades.

    Theresa Spence did this hunger strike because a forensic audit already shows she and her friends have banked money well passed what they were supposed to earn. What better way to divert attention from their own fraud and theft from the native people, then to have all the guilt ridden Native leaders step forward with their diversion tactics in a bid to hide their crimes. the Liberals and the Natives, and the NDP have been stealing money through this for years, and now they are exposed, and now you see the smoke screen and the diversion tactics.

    For the first time in history you see the Conservative government making the native leaders show how they will spend the money, and where it is going, and now you see the results. The Native leaders don’t want anyone knowing where hundreds of millions are going, so they fill their people with propaganda and lies, and they will listen because when you keep your own people sick, poor, and desperate they will do anything to have a better life.

    Shame on the Native leaders and I hope justice will prevail for the sake of the real victims here, the Native people themselves.

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