‘Battle of the Brats’

Canada’s two most privileged groups — both with special Constitutional ‘rights’ — are going head-to-head. If all Canadians had equal legal rights, divisive nonsense like this would not be happening: 

“The Quebec government’s decision to launch a constitutional challenge of a new federal law governing ‘Indigenous’ {sic, the CBC means ‘aboriginal’} child welfare has prompted ‘First Nations’ {‘aboriginal community’} leaders in Quebec to re-examine their relationship with the province. 

“…The Quebec government announced in mid-December it would be contesting the constitutionality of the law, ‘Bill C-92’, on the grounds that it interferes with the provinces’ exclusive jurisdiction over social services and youth protection.

“The Quebec and Labrador Regional Chief of the Assembly of ‘First Nations’, Ghislain Picard, called Quebec’s move “shameful” and “unacceptable“.

Defending its so-called jurisdiction is one thing but doing it on the back of our children is another“,
said Picard at the time of Quebec’s announcement.
The Legault government is well aware that the current child welfare system does not work for ‘First Nations’ children.

“‘Bill C-92’, which aims to turn over control of child protection to ‘Indigenous’ {sic} communities and prioritizes the placement of ‘Indigenous’ children in the care of members of their own extended families, officially went into effect Jan. 1.

“The Quebec government was already set to meet Picard and other chiefs of ‘First Nations’ in the province on Jan. 27. That meeting was supposed to be a follow-up to the recommendations of the ‘Viens’ commission — the provincial inquiry led by retired Superior Court justice Jacques Viens, who concluded in his September report that it is “impossible to deny” ‘Indigenous’ people in Quebec are victims of “systemic discrimination“.

“However, Picard now says the focus of that meeting has to be shifted.

We cannot pretend the ‘C-92’ challenge does not exist and put blinkers on, without taking the political context into account“,
Picard said. ‘First Nations’ leaders will now meet on Jan. 20 in the lead-up to that meeting with the province’s leadership one week later…
It seemed important to us to take a look at our political relationship with the Quebec government.

“Also on the agenda will be the government’s response to the recommendations of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered ‘Indigenous’ {‘Aboriginal’} Women and Girls. The MM‘I’WG report was tabled in June. Several of those recommendations directly affect Quebec.”

–‘First Nations chiefs prepare to take on Quebec over its legal challenge of new federal child welfare law’,
CBC News, Jan. 15, 2020
“The Quebec government’s…move Thursday to ask the province’s Court of Appeal to rule on the constitutionality of a new federal law governing ‘Indigenous’ {sic, the CBC means ‘aboriginal’} child welfare is being slammed by ‘First Nations’ {‘aboriginal’} leaders and child welfare experts who have been pressing for urgent improvements to the youth protection system.

“‘Bill C-92’, “An Act Respecting First Nations, Inuit and Métis Children, Youth and Families”, is set to go into effect Jan. 1.

“The legislation allows ‘Indigenous’ {sic} groups to take over their own child welfare systems and prioritizes the placement of ‘Indigenous’ children in care with members of their own extended families and ‘Indigenous’ communities.

“But the office of Quebec Justice Minister Sonia LeBel said the province believes the law
constitutes an appropriation of the exclusive jurisdiction of the provinces in matters of social services and youth protection.
{Which conflicts with the exclusive jurisdiction of the federal government over the welfare of aboriginals…}

“LeBel said it “shares the objective of the federal law” to give ‘Indigenous’ communities “greater autonomy in matters of youth protection“, but it wants to do so through its own youth protection service.”

The provincial superiority complex persists and threatens to severely compromise services to our children and our families, as well as the relationship between the province and ‘First Nations’ {‘aboriginal communities’},”
said the Quebec and Labrador Regional Chief of the Assembly of ‘First Nations’, Ghislain Picard.
This pride, this feeling of superiority of the province towards the ‘First Nations’ has a name: ‘colonialism’.

“Picard noted that Quebec has made similar arguments in other court cases, stating it
does not recognize the general right of autonomy of ‘First Nations’.
{Nor should it…}

“The {aboriginal separatist} Kahnawake Mohawk territory aims to pass its own youth protection act, independent of the province {and the federal government. While taking Canadian money, they reject Canadian (and U.S.) law. They need to be brought in line. A real Canadian government would never put up with their nonsense}.

–‘Quebec wants out of new federal Indigenous child welfare law, citing threat to provincial jurisdiction’,
Benjamin Shingler and Jessica Deer, CBC News, Dec. 19, 2019

‘Ghislain Picard: ‘I am a sovereigntist for my nation, not Quebec’

“Ghislain Picard, Chief of the Assembly of ‘First Nations’ of Quebec and Labrador, clarified his position on Quebec sovereignty in no uncertain terms Monday after causing a minor sensation at the Parti Québécois’s national council on the weekend with his assertion 

I am Innu, and I am a sovereigntist.

“PQ delegates met Picard’s words with roaring applause, believing the Innu leader was declaring himself in favour of Quebec sovereignty.

“On Monday, Picard put any confusion caused by his remark to rest, telling CBC Montreal’s Daybreak that he is “not at all” a Quebec sovereigntist, but an Innu sovereigntist — full-stop.

“Here are extracts from his interview with ‘Daybreak’ host, Mike Finnerty.

‘Are you a Quebec sovereigntist?’

No, not at all. I’m a sovereigntist for my ‘nation’, and that’s where it stops.

‘What did you mean exactly [by “I am Innu, and I am a sovereigntist“]?’

I meant exactly what I said. It just shows the gap in terms of the understanding between where we stand as ‘First Nations’ and as ‘indigenous peoples’ and the rest of Quebec. The whole issue of sovereignty within our own ranks has always been very clear.

‘So you believe in ‘First Nations’ sovereignty and Innu sovereignty?’

Exactly. I made it a point to tell participants at the [PQ] national council that it was very important for them to understand that their sovereignty doesn’t prevail over our sovereignty.

‘Did they think you meant that you’re a Quebec sovereigntist?’

They might have thought they made a good catch that morning, but it’s important for us that they understand that we are our own peoples, and with that comes our own principles – which include sovereignty. To us, it’s very important that we make that statement.

‘Would you vote in a future referendum?’

No. Quebec people have the right to decide what they want for themselves, but they don’t have the right to decide what we want for ourselves.

‘Would you have the right to decide for yourselves whether you went along with Quebec or stayed with the rest of Canada?’

Definitely. We stand by that reality that only we can decide what’s best for our peoples. No other government will decide that for us.

–‘ Ghislain Picard: ‘I am a sovereignist for my nation,’ not Quebec’,
CBC News, Posted: Nov 23, 2015


COMMENT: “Men have to get over themselves and stop being so tribal. This isn’t a soccer match with opposing teams. We are mixing together as one and the time of divided peoples based on race or nationality is over.”
“There are some difficult definitions of terms here. Is a ‘First Nation’ more like an extended family, a clan or a gang? If someone in your ancestry was an aboriginal, are you and all of your offspring still aboriginal? What if the other inclusions in your ancestry were Ethiopian? Which aboriginal line takes precedence? I understand that some of our defined ‘First Nations’ citizens can be as little as 1/32 aboriginal. That has been redefined many times over the past 200 years. Perhaps we need more Canadians!”
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