Category Archives: Aboriginal Issues

Founder of Aboriginal Group Decried As “Fake”

The former chief of the Mikinaks, a self-proclaimed Indigenous community that gained infamy in 2016, is now fending off threats and online harassment because she’s received Indian status.

Lise Brisebois said all she wants is peace, but her notoriety for founding the so-called Mikinak community makes it difficult to escape attention. 

Earlier this month, she learned that someone had shared a photo of her status card on Facebook, ridiculing her. 

​”They say that I’m not an Indian. That I’m a fake Indian,” Brisebois said.

“I had to disconnect my home phone because I was receiving threats … And they write me privately [on Facebook] and they call me all sorts of names.”

When Brisebois read one comment suggesting that someone should “finish her,” she said she reported it to the Kahnawake Peacekeepers. 

“I said I want it to stop. I want them to stop saying mean things to me.” 

Brisebois first grabbed headlines in 2016 when she founded the Mikinaks, under the Confederation of Aboriginal Peoples of Canada.

At the time, Montreal-area Mohawk leaders blasted the new group, calling it “nothing but lies” and an attempt to evade taxes.

Brisebois said she later severed ties with the group, and no longer calls herself their chief.


Ban solitary confinement for mentally ill, Indigenous inmates: rights groups

Even though Indigenous people make up only four per cent of Canada’s population, 26.4 per cent of those incarcerated in Canadian prisons are Aboriginal

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association, the John Howard Society and the B.C. Civil Liberties Association are calling for a hard 15-day cap to be placed on the use of solitary confinement — or ‘administrative segregation,’ as it is officially known. The groups also want to see a full ban on segregation of inmates who are mentally ill and for Indigenous offenders.


First Nations Critics Say White Professor Shouldn’t Teach Native History

Halifax Native activist Rebecca Thomas told the Canadian Press that for a White professor to teach the course is a “perpetuation that non-Indigenous people have the right and expertise to speak on Indigenous topics [and] what it’s like to be a product of these systems within Canada.”

“Perpetuation. Systems. Expertise to Speak.” Heap big liberal BS.


Amid new approach to military justice, Sajjan pledges to ‘aggressively’ handle offenders

The bill includes measures to ensure victims have a right to information about their case and get new protections from intimidation and retaliation. It also abolishes summary trials and provides for ways to present victim impact statements.

Bill C-77 would also make it so the circumstances of Indigenous offenders have to be considered in sentencing if jail time is on the table, and introduces a victim liaison officer.


FUREY: It’s time we stopped using First Nations as anti-development props

Last week the Ontario Court of Appeal began hearing a case where a group of Ecuadorian Indigenous peoples are suing Chevron’s Canadian branch in the hopes that a Canadian court will enforce a judgment made by the Ecuadorian government against Chevron’s American parent company.

The case has been dismissed by American courts, been denounced as the “legal fraud of the century” by The Wall Street Journal, and the lawyer behind it was found to have engaged in racketeering.


What do First Nations really think about Trans Mountain?

Ask Greenpeace, and they’ll tell you First Nations are eco-warriors bravely protecting the ocean from rapacious pipeline-crazed plutocrats. Ask the Fraser Institute, and they’ll say First Nations are enthusiastic, hard-hatted oilmen who are tired of the “environmentalist propaganda” saying otherwise.

The reality is somewhat more complex. The 1,147-km Trans Mountain pipeline expansion would affect more than 100 First Nations, each with their own unique economy, motivations and feelings about bitumen.


Tribal court ordered a newborn removed from a Miami hospital. Was that legal?

Justin Johnson, 36, and his Miccosukee girlfriend, Rebecca Sanders, 28, who gave birth to baby Ingrid Ronan Johnson, Friday, March 16, 2018, only to see the baby whisked away by Miccosukee Police. The couple claims that a Miccosukee tribal court issued a bogus order awarding custody of the child to the child’s grandmother, Betty Osceola, a high-ranking tribal member. A tribal court returned the baby to the parents on Thursday night.