Bill C-51 The Anti-Terrorism Act of 2015, as it is called by the Harper government, has generated more discussion, protest, trepidation, calls for abandonment and well founded fear than any other piece of legislation from Emperor's regime. The threats to rights and freedoms of all Canadians are real and visible. Respected voices such as Micheal Geist, Craig Forcese, Kent Roach, Elizabeth May and others have sounded the alarm. But the threats to indiginous peoples are far more pronounced and close to reality than any others. First Nations have upheld their end of Treaties with the Crown in memoriam while successive settler governments have neglected, ignored and subverted them.
Pam Palmater is a Mi'kmaw leader and member of the Eel River Bar First Nation. She has worked for the federal Ministries of Justice and Aboriginal & Northern Affairs. She has been a candidate for National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations. She is a lawyer, professor and chair of the Indiginous Governance program at Ryerson University. Pam has been a vocal supporter of Idle No More and numerous programs to involve and engage settlers and aboriginals alike to create the environment for the nation to nation equal allies that the Treaties promise. But the Harper government continues to move further and further away from that possibility.
The View Up Here has spent a long time trying to fit into Pam's busy schedule and are very honored to have her guest on the show and explain how First Nations are the potential primary targets of C-51. It has been said many times on this show that the only people left in Canada with any say on their air, water and land are First Nations. Now Emperor seeks to use false fear to try and steal these constitutionally guaranteed rights from the first people to inhabit these lands.
Join us and find why settlers should support First Nations peoples to defend us all.