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Kichesipirini Algonquin First Nation Applauds AFN Bravado

December 14, 2009

Kichesipirini Algonquin First Nation Applauds AFN Bravado

Kichesipirini Algonquin First Nation Applauds AFN Bravado in Asserting Inherent Rights

December 13, 2009

Leadership of the Kichesipirini Algonquin First Nation were very encouraged by the emerging consensus amongst First Nation representatives to have independent access to educational and legal advise that would assist them in furthering their inherent and inalienable rights as the descendents of the Indigenous Peoples of Canada.

Representatives of the Kichesipirini community were particularly impressed with this heightened resolve amongst Canada’s Indigenous Peoples since the Kichesipirini has been using its unique position as still sovereign and traditional government not having signed a Treaty or come under domestic policy to actively promoting these very rights at the international level on behalf of Indigenous Peoples supporting emerging Canadian nationality and full independence.

Relying on the numerous conflicts of interests and historical misinformation entrenched within the existing land claim negotiations process the Kichesipirini community has been refusing all inducements to corruption, collusion or forced collaboration consistent with the existing policy, insisting instead that there need be developed appropriate third party adjunction at the international level for negotiation if there is to be certainty and the perception of justice.

To further such necessary institutional developments the Kichesipirini has used its inherent title and jurisdiction to responsibly present a caution against certain held property advertised for sale within unceded territory for the establishment of The Pimadiziwin Centre, a proposed Kichesipirini Kichi Sibi Anishnabe Community Centre and Independent Institute of International Indigenous Justice Studies.

The proposed centre would house a traditional restaurant, community social housing, ceremonial areas, gardens, commercial space, art gallery, recreational facilities, museum, offices, convention and educational facilities.

The centre is located on within traditional Kichesipirini territory and along the Ottawa River within the city of Pembroke, directly across from the Islands, being of great historical significance to the Algonquin Nation and the founding of Canada prior to the sovereignty assertions of the British Crown.

It is hoped that the establishment of the centre will generate much needed entrepreneurial and work opportunities within the region, as well as contribute greatly to the much needed development of economic diversity within a region clouded by a long history of sector dominance and cultural suppression.

It is hoped as well that the development of the centre will serve to help restore Canada's reputation internationally and contribute to the generation of new international economic and social policy development, if we can commit to use the Kichesipirini situation constructively.

The Kichesipirini history is an important part of Canadian and world history which must be genuinely preserved. For various reasons this community has been denied their inherent right to identity and whatever rights are contingent on that knowledge.

The correction of past injustices and the freeing up of resources for unlimited potential relies on an appropriate fact-finding process that examines and reconciles these numerous demographic manipulations and stolen history associated with the area and the people so affected.

Kichesipirini leader Paula LaPierre has worked diligently on behalf of her community in accordance to her mandate that the community’s international rights as Indigenous Peoples not be abrogated or derogated, and that we continue our unique role in traditional leadership on behalf of all Indigenous Peoples internationally.

In accordance with this mandate LaPierre has initiated communications with various United Nations entities. The community is independently listed as an Indigenous Peoples with the Division of Social Policy and Development, Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations and as such has been invited to attend for the third consecutive year the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.

The special theme of the ninth session will be “Indigenous peoples: development with culture and identity; articles 3 and 32 of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples”. There will be special discussions regarding North America.

Article 3 of the Declaration states:

Indigenous peoples have the right to self-determination. By virtue of that right they freely determine their political status and freely pursue their economic, social and cultural development.

Article 32 states:

1. Indigenous peoples have the right to determine and develop priorities and strategies for the development or use of their lands or territories and other resources.
2. States shall consult and cooperate in good faith with the indigenous peoples concerned through their own representative institutions in order to obtain their free and informed consent prior to the approval of any project affecting their lands or territories and other resources, particularly in connection with the development, utilization or exploitation of mineral, water or other resources.
3. States shall provide effective mechanisms for just and fair redress for any such activities, and appropriate measures shall be taken to mitigate adverse environmental, economic, social, cultural or spiritual impact.

Based on contemporary actions consistent with the imposition of domestic policy processes and our experiences associated most recently with the “Algonquins of Ontario” Land Claim process, which clearly, through the use of public monies, abrogates international and constitutional law, the Kichesipirini Algonquin First Nation, as an Indigenous Peoples, has also successfully filed correspondence now formally registered with the International Criminal Court, and is hoping to further alliances with other Indigenous organizations also interested in pursuing Indigenous justice issues internationally.

Paula LaPierre, as community leader and advocate has also been included to participate in numerous educational venues with the United Nations University with a particular focus on international economic reform.

It must be noted that Indigenous issues in Canada are not rights promoted by certain minority or racial groups but must be understood within the context of international law and the moral and legal need to reconcile our unresolved colonial experience, collectively, as a Nation, as required by the Charter of the United Nations, the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, as well as the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action. All affirm the fundamental importance of the right to self-determination of all peoples, by virtue of which they freely determine their political status and freely pursue their economic, social and cultural development.

The right to self-determination of all peoples includes all people of Canada, and fundamental to the right to self-determination is the exercise of free, prior and informed consent.

Pivotal to the exercise of free, prior and informed consent is access to information. The attempted erasure of the Kichesipirini Algonquin First Nation from the Canadian community and historical record is an example of biased historical censorship consistent with a colonial experience. We applaud the Assembly of First Nations unwavering commitment to appropriate educational resources as an example of responsible resolve to protect and preserve important aspects of Canadian culture and identity. All Canadians deserve the right to a genuine representation of our inclusive history and our shared future based on informed consultation and negotiation.

The Kichesipirini, heartened by the courageous resolve demonstrated by the Assembly of First Nations last week, look forward to an enlightened and educated era in Canadian national development that has been too long denied us all.

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Joint Education is the Key

Thank you very much for all of your kind words.

It is easy to tell the Truth.

I am very proud of all of my ancestry. I am especially proud of how inherent elements of the pre-existing Anishnabe social order, the customary laws and positive normative values, were so sophisticated that they were able to lay down the foundations of what is unique about Canada.

Although we all have been denied much of this history it has been preserved, and perhaps, purposely protected for these very times when they would be most effective and appreciated.

While Europe was raging in intolerance and violence our social systems encouraged inclusion and diversity. We measured genuine power as the influence to maintain honest, respectful and peaceful relationships.

We looked to find ways of creatively resolving dichotomies.

We look forward to working together with all peoples to collectively find resolution and reconciliation in accordance to our more concilitory values.

I think it will be an exciting endeavour for all Canadians and a very positive contribution to the peoples and institutions of the human family!

Removed from the antagonistic traps we find ourselves labouring through, instead, we can head out again into another new joint venture...so true to our collective natures and our actual genuine nation-building process.

Let the Living Tree, the original model of our unique Constitution, shake off those elements that attempt to stunt our determined growth and let us stand strong, together as vital components,in responsible and sensitive maturity, as was originally intended.

I look forward to a postive future for us all.


Education of the whole truth

I must say this piece really does impress me very much! It touches very well on the interconnectedness of major realities and how your nation has been able to meet these with a clear resolve from within your communal lives and extending your circumstances with integrity to knowing how to apply the global implications.

Just to focus on the education aspect & AF...
Educating all Canadians and the world about the whole truth of the peoples of this land, pre-colonial and the colonial present, would constitute a major turning point in itself! If this is the scale of the AFN's ambitions for Education in this land, it will provide a hopeful future.
I really wanted to comment that this piece is itself one of the only, in fact I think it might be the only, article/statement I've read that eloquently addresses the big picture, what is important, at the foundations, and clearly names examples of the truth that cannot be avoided, however discomfiting, if there is to be any real chance to achieving a cultural peace throughout this society, between indigenous peoples and colonists.
A particular quality to the piece that I am especially appreciative to see-read-admire-behold that I also want to comment on is the carefulness in the form, a fullness of explication that maintains a focus on essentials and 'INCLUDES REPETITIONS'-{would have preferred underlining instead of capitalizing!} wherever called for to fully elucidate the interconnectedness of the realities. I am glad to be seeing this quality of exposition as it is a true and therefore sincere reflection of how we as First Nations orate & indeed think about our world view, so thank you for this, too!



AFN and Kichesipirini

After some of the concerns expressed by numerous chiefs do you think they might be interested in working with the Kichesipirini....since it seems you are all trying to do the same thing?



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