Sunday, April 7, 2019

Letter from Tobique, New Brunswick on the Jody Wilson-Raybould/SNC Lavalin Constitutional Crisis

New Brunswick in 1865

Canadian First Nations from Coast to Coast to Coast are closely watching the SNC Lavalin constitutional crisis.
We Wai Kai Nation Ancient Totems 
Southern Kwakiutl, Campbell River, BC

I recently received a letter from Dan Ennis, who is a member of the Tobique First Nations in New Brunswick.  His letter provides a First Nations perspective regarding the demotion of Jody Wilson-Raybould, a member of the We Wai Kai Nation, on Vancouver Island, BC, from her position of Attorney General of Canada.  Last week, Jody Wilson-Raybould was also ousted from the Liberal Party by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Here is what First Nations think about the events surrounding the first indigenous woman to hold high elected office in Canada.  Please read and I will have further comments to follow:

Dear Editor,

I would like to offer an Indian perspective on the recent debacle regarding SNC-Lavalin and the Attorney General. First I would like to offer my words of respect and admiration to our clan mother Jody Wilson-Raybould. She showed tremendous courage, fortitude and spirit in her standing up against our corporate oppressors in their attempt to shake her integrity in an effort to help a crooked corporation. 

Jody Wilson-Raybould ran into a couple of white male world realities that women and Indians encounter in choosing to work for some level of Canadian government. Those realities are white male privilege and knowing and playing along in “the game.”

Jody Wilson-Raybould refused to help, under pressure from very powerful people, in something that would have been not only immoral, but also unlawful. Had the Attorney General been a man, things certainly would have gone differently, since most men know “the game”, but only an Indian woman refused to play “the game” which was created and is run by a male hierarchy. While the pressure and “veiled threats” that were thrown at her have been referred to as “suggestions” or “lobbying”, they most certainly were meant to be received as orders that would result in consequences if she did not cooperate.

As a woman or an Indian, we are supposed to feel honoured and obligated to accept when our privileged, male betters offer us a position or job. Their brazen arrogance and disrespect continues to this day, as is apparent with a corporation like SNC-Lavalin expecting to be able to walk away with a slap on the wrist for their crimes, and a corrupt political system assuming their right to enforce this.

The Attorney General, an Indian woman, said no over and over again but her words were ignored. She went up against the divine right bestowed on privileged white males since the days of European monarchy, and that divine right says that as a male of privilege, I do not accept the word 'no' from a woman, be that in regards to the rape or her body, her culture, her people, or her integrity. And I'll say again with emphasis that her integrity was indeed unshakable, and her actions admirable.

All My Relations,

Dan Ennis

Tobique Nation
New Brunswick, Canada

March 7th, 2019

Kwakwaka'wakw house pole
representing a female Dzunukwa, 19th century


Greencrow says:  I have said it before and I will say it again....Canadians have had their sorry asses saved by First Nations on more than one occasion.  The event that I was most involved in, the Meech Lake Constitutional Crisis almost split Canada in two.  It was the great Canadian patriot, Manitoba MLA Elijah Harper, who saved us that time.  Now, we have another situation were a First Nations woman, Jody Wilson-Raybould was trying to lead Canadians out of the wilderness of a Parliamentary occupation by the Neo-Liberal Sorosian Five-Eyes Hegemons.  These Satanic forces feast on the corruption of weak politicians and subversive bureaucratic moles.

IMO, First Nations are a beacon of light in an ever darkening global sky.  They can see through the bullshit and propaganda.  Because they have no "skin in the game" they're able to lead the way out of the maze.  In Jody's case, she recently declared that all Trudeau had/has to do was take responsibility, apologize for trying to obstruct justice, and promise never to do it again.  Simple?  Well, this crisis is far from over...and it's yet to be seen whether Canadian First Nations...with their moral compasses unwaveringly pointed 'True North'...are able to haul our sorry asses out of the fire one more time..


wallflower said...

Indigenous people use a justice system based on ancient knowledge in Guatemala

[An example of the bi polar elements that Jody Wilson-Raybould could not meet.]

greencrow said...

Thanks for the link, Wallflower.

Based on her default preference for telling the truth, JWR could not meet the "standard of justice" that Trudeau demanded. He wanted her to force the DPA on the PPC and, then, if there was any political or legal fallout...she would take the rap.

That's what politics is ALL about. The Pecking Order i.e.,getting those below you to take the rap.