From: Charlie "Wolf" Smoke <Indigenous_Awakening@...
Would you be interested in the following letter for NNO? I emailed it to the UN Human Rights office, the National Post, & my list.
This message is in response to the following article from the National Post, which I read online at "Native News Online".
Mr. Edwards' article is interesting, but as usual, fails to mention relevant Indigenous issues. While the National Post did run a good article on my situation (Les Perreaux, October 23, 2001), our issues, by and large, are routinely ignored by mainstream media. It is for that reason that I am attempting to make my voice heard on this matter now.
Issues which Mr. Ahanhanzo should closely examine while in Canada include the treatment of Sushwap people at Sun Peaks, BC;
Canada's theft of Dene land at Cold Lake, AB;
police abuse of Indigenous people in Saskatoon & Regina, SK;
theft and destruction of personal property at Lake of the Prairies, on the Saskatchewan/Manitoba border (unabated, & shown on national television);
the assassination of Dudley George in Ontario;
generations of unjust attacks on the sovereignty of Akwesasne, including systematically attacking the economy ranging from lacrosse stick manufacturers to casino operations;
acts of terrorism against the people of Burnt Church, NB (national television also showed Canadian DOF personnel's attempted murder of Indigenous fisherman);
Citizenship and Immigration Canada's genocidal practices towards Indigenous people, datiing back to Deskaheh (Levi General) in the 1920's, to their illegal assault on me since June 19, 2001 (& the multitude of cases occuring silently in between);
and the general illegality of this colonial government's claim to authority on my land.
I know precisely why Canada itself has not, and will never address these issues with any semblance of sincerity or justice. What excuse does the United Nations have though? Since Deskaheh's time, the United States has exerted it's might to keep our issues squashed in international forums. How long will the United Nations, and the rest of the world, allow this to happen? How can politicians and suppossed human rights investigators peaceably look themselves in the mirror each morning, while constantly turning a blind-eye to over 500 years of continual gross injustices to my entire race throughout "the Americas"?
Consider NAFTA's disasterous effect upon Indigenous people in Mexico; the surreal numbers of Mayans murdered in Guatemala, funded by the US and US-based multi-national corporations; George Bush's plans to use ridiculous excuses such as drug trafficking and "terrorist" attacks on illegal pipelines in Colombia to dispossess and murder whole villages of Indigenous people. In what you call the United States of America, I challenge you to justify the theft of Lakota land, including the Black Hills and Badlands. I challenge the US to justify it's occupation of, and subsequant attacks on our people at Wounded Knee in 1890 or 1973. Or, the perjured testimony used to wrongfully imprison Leonard Peltier. El Salvador, Brazil, everywhere you look in "the Americas", you find human rights abuses by the colony against the rightful inhabitants.
The only places within "the Americas" where you will not still today find the colony committing acts of genocide against Indigenous people, is where they have already displaced and killed every single member of my race. This is not simply an attack on one nationality or religion, such as the German Halocaust or the original Crusades; this is a systematic, clearly genocidal holocaust against an entire race! No where else in the world has such a heinous crime against humanity ever occured. Yet, no one in the "free world" seems to even notice.
In the sincerest wishes of eventual Peace,
Sunkmanitu tanka Isnala Najin (a.k.a. C. "Wolf" Smoke)
Charlie "Wolf" Smoke
(Sunkmanitu tanka Isnala Najin)