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FW: Squamish Elder Harriet Nahnee Jailed

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  • karaka
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 1, 2007
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      helen michell <telquaa@...> wrote:

      Please support the immediate release of this elder/grandmother
      activist and clan mother of the Squamish Nation. The INjustice system
      of British Columbia, Canada has no rights putting this elder in prison
      for protecting her sacred lands. Harriet Nahanee has every right to
      take a stand and protest the destruction of her sacred lands and
      waters. By putting her in prison, the justice system has violated
      Harriet Nahanee's very human rights under the Universal Declaration of
      Human Rights, Indigenous Rights, Freedom of Speech and her Religious
      By not taking a stand, this sacred lands is already taking a severe
      beating. There has been land slides, mud slides, severe wind storms,
      rain storms and the list is endless. The summers have been getting
      even worse than ever, with severe dry spells. In turn, the animals
      suffer with no food or water and no homes of their own. What fresh
      water is left, is getting so contaminated, and there is also a
      shortage of water during the summer.
      Support the immediate release of Harriet Nahanee.

      From: janine bandcroft <eternity@...>
      To: Recipient List Suppressed:;
      Subject: Squamish Elder Harriet Nahnee Jailed
      Date: Thu, 25 Jan 2007 17:23:27 -0800

      This is truly disgusting and beyond contempt. The authorities
      should be ashamed of themselves for punishing an elder/elderly woman
      in such a fashion because she tried to protect the Earth from
      destruction and stood by her principles. This is nothing more than
      abuse of power.

      This is the solution? This is what a provincial judge, a
      supposedly intelligent, highly paid civil servant, comes up with? A
      two-week jail sentence?! What harm has this grandmother done? What
      threat is she? Will the precious Olympic Games come to a grinding
      halt if she's not thrown into jail? After all that's what this is all
      about isn't it, an unnecessary road to the Olympic Games site.

      Surely to goodness she could have been released on bail while
      waiting trial.

      I wonder what the First Nations are doing to support this woman and I wonder
      what we, the general public, can we do?



      Vancouver, Wednesday January 24, 2007

      This morning, shortly after 10AM, Madam Justice Brown sentenced Squamish
      elder Harriet Nahanee to fourteen days in jail for asserting her rights
      under the Constitution as an Indian and refusing to apologize to anybody,
      including the court, for blockading at Eagleridge Bluffs.

      No. 2 - Resisting Arrest. Squamish Elder, Harriet Nahanee Photo: Christopher

      Betty Krawczyk, who had been acting in the courtroom as a McKenzie Friend of
      the court on Harriet's behalf, knowing full well the horrors of Surrey Pre-
      Trial where Harriet will most likely be kept, objected strenuously at the
      sentencing. Betty was forcibly ejected from the court room and refused re-

      It seems that these great grandmothers are the only two who have refused to
      apologize for trying to protect Eagleridge and are the two who will pay the
      price in jail time. Betty can't speak for Harriet right now because Harriet
      is in jail, but Betty wants everybody to know she will apologize to Kiewit
      and Sons and Mr. Falcon, Minister of Transportation when they apologize to
      the people of this province for destroying a valuable eco system to serve
      their own dark, troubled corporate loving egos. Her trial begins on Monday,
      Jan. 29 at the Supreme Court in Vancouver. It will last a week. She will
      represent herself.

      Please come support these two great grandmothers who are trying to help save
      life and breath for the next generations.

      For further information:
      Marni Norwich

      For up to date news by betty:
      Telephone: 604 255 4427

      More information and photos at


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