This is a series of testimonies given by our aboriginal neighbors. We are posting these in an attempt to allow everyone to better understand just how badly Canada has neglected the first nations of Canada. These are the words submitted to the JRP Hearings, to Enbridge and to the Government of Canada.
One of the issues I have with transcripts like these is that all emotions, tears, fears, anguish have been removed. To really understand what we as Canadians are responsible for, it is a shame these were not recorded by way of video. Our government would rather the truth dies off record rather than allow it to be on record for future civilizations to ponder about the intentions of those who claim to lead us as a civilized society.
If it is true that a society is recognized by the way we treat the least among us then Canada will go down in history books as a very cruel nation.
I would like to say, that in spite of its shortcomings the written transcript remains very important, in as much we owe it to those whose country we stole from them, to hear what they have to tell us.
Imagine walking for one day in their shoes, having to play their role in a master slave relationship, where they are told to come to the governments table to once again speak to the issue of the land that was and still belongs to them.
Please listen to what they have to tell us, I can assure you our government would rather you do not know the truth.
“Before attending the Edmonton hearings, local resident Denis Budd was a staunch Gateway supporter, but now says hearing the testimony has changed his outlook on the project.
“I feel we really need the pipeline and I came here with that idea that we have to have one, end of story,” said Budd, choking up.
“I wasn’t quite expecting the depth of emotion the First Nations people are presenting. I am saddened that they’re talking about the loss of a way of life and they’re trying to desperately get other cultures to hear of their loss. I think it’s really important that given such a huge project that’s really going have an impact far into the future, let me have an impact,” he said.”
Quote from the Toronto Sun.
Hearing held at Audience Haisla Recreation Centre 1538 Kitamaat Village, British Columbia January 10, 2012
Hearing held in Terrace (British Columbia), Thursday, January 12, 2012
Kitsumkalum Indian Band
Hearing held in Smithers (British Columbia), Monday, January 16, 2012
Hearing held at Audience Island Gospel Fellowship Church, Burns Lake, British Columbia
Lake Babine Nation
Hearing held in Edmonton (Alberta), Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Samson Cree Nation - Note: Due to the method used “Questions and Answers” it was more like a cross examination than a testimony, so we did not include it. It is very unfortunate they could not have testified as all other nations did even if it was done in their own native language. It is after all the law in Canada to allow people to testify in their own language, and we feel these people were robbed of their chance to speak up simply because they were unable to speak in English. We do not know who is responsible for it happening in this way, it is unfortunate that it did happen. If you wish to read what was said we have a copy of the original transcript in PDF format HERE
Hearing held in Edmonton (Alberta), Thursday, January 26, 2012
Swan River First Nation
Hearing held in Edmonton (Alberta), Thursday, January 27, 2012
Hearing held in Edmonton (Alberta), Thursday, January 31, 2012
Driftpile First Nation
Part Nine – Hearing held in Fort St. James, Thursday, February 2, 2012
Part Ten – Hearings held in Prince Rupert, BC on Feb 17th and 18th 2012
Metlakatla First Nation
This page will be updated after each new hearing has been uploaded.