‘Canada is Indian land,’ new chief declares

WINNIPEG: The new national chief of the Assembly of First Nations is warning it will no longer be business as usual when it comes to development on First Nations land.

In a fiery speech to assembly delegates in Winnipeg on Wednesday, Saskatchewan’s Perry Bellegarde singled out pipelines and energy development as one of the frontlines in his battle to put First Nations on equal footing with the rest of Canada.

“To the people across this great land, I say to you, that the values of fairness and tolerance which Canada exports to the world, are a lie when it comes to our people,” Bellegarde said. “Canada will no longer develop pipelines, no longer develop transmission lines, or any infrastructure, on our lands as business as usual.

“That is not on”…

…”Canada is Indian land,” he said. “This is my truth and this is the truth of our peoples”…

To be fair then, the Indians will be happy to forego any European inventions and live as their ancestors. Right? If Europeans are so evil, you certainly don’t want to use their filthy ideas and technology.

And then there is the fact that now Canada is multi-cultural. Are the Indians going to become hostile to our new arrivals from all over the world?

They have not given this much thought. Should the Celtic residents of the UK start huge demonstrations in Germanic countries — the Anglo-Saxon invasion is well documented. And don’t me started on Vikings.

Truth is, we are all from Africa and have been fighting with each other over land since time immemorial. Even our nearest relatives, the chimpanzees, fight over land. You win some, you lose some.

h/t Marvin

  • Martin B

    Dontcha love it when parasites give lectures to their hosts?

    Hey Chief it’s not our fault your ancestors were ignorant savages who never came up with the wheel.

  • Ron MacDonald

    Let them return to the quality of life they enjoyed at the time Europeans arrived.

  • ontario john

    So all economic activity in the country must now give a share to indians. Plus they continue to get over a billion dollars a year from the taxpayers. Pretty neat scam.

    • ntt1

      Ed John a notoriously bigoted indian leader here in BC is much more forthright he want indians to get 15% of every resource dollar unearned and untaxed.
      yet this clown is given a platform and treated with respect by our political leaders who in return are ceding ,without mandate,Canadian’s birthrights and soveriegnty away to these racist bandits.

    • winniec

      And the highest birth rate in the country and no taxes and no job.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    Turtles, they forgot to illustrate the turtles that they believe Canada rests upon.
    Screw ’em!
    They should thank their lucky stars that their ancestors never met up with the likes Andrew “Trail O’ Tears” Jackson.

  • winniec

    We can only move forward. Historical revisionism like this is inaccurate, oversimplified and, frankly, moronic and morally offensive. Canada is a very compassionate country.
    If you don’t like using petroleum and electricity, you don’t have to. The Indian Affairs budge is already colossal, so this guilt trip won’t wash on most Canadians. It’s twaddle and bunk.

    • Yes!

      Furthermore, how “guilty” will Sikhs and Chinese feel about these “atrocities” committed against Bellegarde’s future serfs?

  • Blind Druid

    They were conquered. But we let them live. They should be eternally grateful. Period.

  • Exile1981

    “let’s be clear colonialism is war, and the war is not over.”

    I take that as a declaration of war by a group that agreed in the treaty not to take up arms ever again against Canada or the Queen. I believe that only treaty 7 (who signed on with out ever engaging in conflict against the crown) does not have words that allow a resumption of hostilities by the Gov’t if the Natives declare war against the people or gov’t of Canada.

  • Observer

    Don’t blame him. He just came from the mosque and now he thinks natives deserve to receive jizya too!

  • ontario john

    I’m not afraid, we have the OPP to protect us. Oh, yeah I forgot.

  • rebnatan

    TO be morally correct, these independent-minded natives shouldn’t allow themselves to be corrupted with the benefits of exploitation and colonialism, i.e. government money and services.

  • Petr

    They killed all the people they took the land from, killed the men and enslaved the women (as is the way of all the savages) and they did not even have enough culture to remember those defeated tribes, only the old graves tell those tales. Tale of different peoples, comming to the Americas in different waves. Tales of conquest and annihilation of brutality and savagery, it went so all over the world. There is no habitable strip of land that has not been conquerred on the face of the world.

    Ever wonder why the natives protest so much the research on the old graves? They dont mind pottery or arrows in the museums, those “prove their claim” (at least to the layman), but graves are different – genetics.

    “First Nations” my ass. The only difference between the Europeans and them is that the Europeans let their defeated enemies live and tried to learn about them as much as possible. No conquering force on has ever done so to such extent.

    • Drunk_by_Noon

      Rape. You forgot the rape.
      Lots of rape. Big ‘R’ rape!
      Rape-rape, on a genocidal scale against all other competing tribes.
      They did that.
      They did a lot of that.

      • Xavier

        Cannibalism at Four Corners in the States, too.

        So much for that eco-pacifist noble savage bullshit.

        • Drunk_by_Noon

          Oh, yeah.
          Our noble savages ate each other on a pretty regular basis.
          In looking it up, I see that almost ALL of them ate members of other tribes.
          I just thought that was an American Southwest thing. It turns out that it was done in the Northwest, the Northeast, and I’ll just assume the Southeast too.

  • dukestreet

    Just because he claims it’s his truth, doesn’t make it true. They have got much more from the Europeans who settled this land, than they have given to it. Time to let them live on their own by their own labour instead of everyone else’s. They have received much more benefits than most conquered peoples. Time for us to stop paying for them and them to start proving they have more than hot air to contribute.

    I used to have a much more giving attitude towards them. They have managed to change my mind all by themselves.

  • Either put up pipes, water filtration systems, ect far away from Indian land or get rid of the Indian Act.

    Whatever is easier and whatever can screw racists like Bellegarde.

  • Minicapt

    They keep selecting their ‘leaders’ from the below-average segment of their population.


  • Alain

    Actually the ones I hold responsible for this nonsense are the numerous Liberals and NDP at every level of government. They have been repeating the silly mantra at every public gathering about the location being on such-and-such Indian land, and now here is an Indian taking them at their word. Add to that the same kind of people turning a blind eye to the illegal and criminal behaviour in Caledonia and a few other places. Again this is the same mind-set who think they can lecture Muslims on Islam. Now we see the chickens coming home to roost.

  • Pete_Brewster

    Right. If Canada is Indian land, why can’t Israel be Jewish land?

    Or can we agree that what you can’t or won’t defend you don’t own and don’t deserve to?

  • Edubeat

    In Brampton Ontario we already have become Indian Country (and they own all the 7/11’s)

  • simus1

    Bellegarde doesn’t seem to be a common or even rare Siberian name.
    Perhaps he would be kind enough to furnish us with his DNA official analysis from a reputable lab before we entertain the claims of another in a long line of “all hat and no cattle” fabulists.

  • Reader

    If Perry Bellegarde can come up with about $4.1 Trillion to cover all government liabilities from all three levels, plus throw in an extra $560 Billion in mortgage guarantees by Canada Mortgate and Housing Corps., it all yours, but you better take this offer quick because Quebec and especially Ontario are still racking new debts.

    Now if you think you are going to wring out more money from our governments, you got another thing coming.


    And promises from the likes of Kathleen Wynne might drive us into full bankruptcy sooner than you might think once the ponzi scheme become apparent to all.

    If you don’t want to pay off the debts and liabilities how about if Kathleen and the Ontario Lieberal government issues you a bunch of Ontario Savings Bonds? In about three years those should be as good as Greek 10 year bonds at maturity!