MNN. Apr. 24, 2013. Canada is not a constitutional democracy. They follow their corporate by-laws, not the rule of law. Like every corporation their duty is to provide ever-growing dividends to the shareholders. In the case of Thahoketoteh of Kanekota, the Federal Court of Canada refused to answer the constitutional question about Section 109 of the BNA Act 1867 and the Constitution Act 1982. Now the Supreme Court of Canada refuses to hear the Athabaska Chipewyan appeal of the Jack Pine Mine expansion project on their land.
In the 1920’s Canada shut all Indigenous people out of international organizations and human rights protection. We were all placed on the path to genocide and extinction.
As independent allies of Britain, the Iroquois Confederacy never agreed to be part of Canada. In 1920 we petitioned the Supreme Court of Canada to rule on the illegality of the Indian Act and interference by the Department of Indian Affairs. Canada refused to let the court hear our case on the advice of Duncan Campbell Scott of Indian Affairs. We petitioned the Governor General, who sent it to Duncan Campbell Scott!
Britain illegally mismanaged our ever-growing $70.5 trillion Indian Trust Fund, allotted our lands without our consent and started giving self-government to European settlers. They wanted to assimilate us and force their laws on us.
In 1923 we applied for membership in the League of Nations, a corporation set up by the bankers. Confederacy Chief Deskaheh sent a petition to the Queen of The Netherlands, who submitted it to the League of Nations. Britain pressured The Netherlands to bury our case.
Deskaheh went to Geneva with the support of Estonia, Persia, Ireland and Panama for the Permanent Court of International Justice to confirm we are a state. They refused to hear our case. The British Empire leaned on all our supporters. We then tried arbitration at The Hague. An illegal Canadian Order-in-Council, declared our Six Nation Iroquois Confederacy government was replaced by an Indian Act council passed by the Corporation of Canada.
In October 25, 1924, the RCMP brutally threw out the Confederacy Chiefs from the Council House to install the Indian Act Council and implement the illegal Indian Land Acts throughout the country. A resolution was quickly passed that Deskaheh no longer represented the Six Nations. He was murdered shortly after by agents of Duncan Campbell Scott.
Our right to neutral adjudication to allow us to represent ourselves was closed. Nations throughout the world adopted this same position, decreeing all Indigenous as “domestic concerns”. We were all excluded from equal membership of the international society of Nations. Throughout we have maintained our nationhood.
In 1948 the Canadian delegation lead by Lester B. Pearson abstained from voting for the UN Declaration of Human Rights. Canadian politicians did not want international human rights bodies to question and oversee their violations of our human rights. A “human rights culture” has never existed in Canada.
Today the UN is a corporation with an international Department of Indian Affairs that tries to enforce colonization, backed by the lethal power of the state, with guns and threats of those who resist. This genocide at the national and international levels will soon come to an end, as many nations break away from the corporate control grid called United Nations,( eg. BRICS alliance of 180 nations). As Bob Marley sings: “Babylon system. we refuse to be what you wanted us to be. we are what we are and that’s the way its going to be”
William A. Schabas. “Canada and the Adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights”. 1998
Supreme Court refuses Athabasca/Chipewyan Constitutional challenge
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