Native Women of Coast Salish Territory Rising

Sharon Lewis
Posted March 5, 2018 from Canada
Native Women - Nation to Nation Rising
Native women are the strength of their families Native women are the strength of their communities Native women are the strength of their nations Native Women want autonomy and economic development Native Women want their place within this country
Native women digging clams
Native women digging clams: Native women brought home the bread, food, and worked hard! Today they continue to work hard in a society that does not recognize them in policy. (1/4)

https://www.gofundme.com/IndigenousWomen1st

Native Women have lived under the longest and most Violent Act of Cultural Genocide in the history of the World as we know it! They have survived massive violent attacks of our villages, residential school, sterilization, becoming removed from their homelands and reserves, and barbaric health care treatment. Native women are hunted down and murdered in North America with no Justice!

Over several generations of being treated with deep racism and discrimination, native women continue to be the strength of their families, their communities and across nations.

Native women lost their place within their societies resulting from forced colonization, loss of economy, loss of culture, loss of parental rights, matriarchy status, loss of social and structural control under the Indian Act. Native women have befallen into deep poverty in Canada, and continue to move forward.

Native women of Coast Salish Territory are the supreme head of their families: "Matrilineal", meaning that descent – wealth, power, and inheritance — were passed down through the mother. The mother holding the names of family. Today its backwards, under colonial policies and foreign church spiritual laws. Those conflicts have created cultural genocide of native women and families. Women of the longhouse hold positions of power and leaderships within their nations today, as 10,000 years ago. So you can imagine how Canadian Society and Canadian laws come into absolute conflict with Rights of Indigenous Women Canada today. 

Nothing is taken for granted in native communities today, and native women continue to smile and move forward, regardless of how bad social-economic conditions become; and it can become a crisis at any time! There are no bombs, no terrorist attacks. The attack is from constant deprivation and oppressive treatment, and oppressive treatment with limited rights under the Indian Act; to even remove the Indian Act is to totally annihilate that we are the true land owners of North America. Either way, the Government works hard  at destroying Native Women's human rights across North America.

Death comes fast from poverty today, and illness or diseases that are 100% preventable in Canada/North America. Linear racialized sexual discrimination is without reason, without morals, systemic and hard! Today, native children are removed from native mothers at an alarming rate! Today, native women want a voice and the barriers and struggle is great! Poverty is a reality for native women. There isn't Red Cross coming to save us, or give us clean water or food; native women struggled with deep poverty since contact with Colonials and Euro Colonial laws are meant to destroy and wipe out matriarchy, through the church, family laws and legislation. 

Native women keep smiling and moving forward like our grandmothers before us!

Section 35 is the part of the Constitution Act that recognizes and affirms Aboriginal rights. Yet today, the Government of Canada ignores the Rights of Indigenous Women of North America; under policy and legislation, family laws and every aspect of society. 

Today, native women move forward, with the idea that one day we will be at peace! We seek inclusion in Policy and Legislation without sexism, discrimination and racism.

Legislation of Poverty is right now; we seek a voice on all matters to change that!

Economy

Family Laws

Land

Language

Education

Employment

Justice

Treaty

The White Paper of 1969

Genocide of Native Peoples of Canada under policy and legislation must come to an end in Canada. The federal government’s intention, as described in the white paper, was to achieve equality among all Canadians by eliminating Indian as a distinct legal status and by regarding Aboriginal peoples simply as citizens with the same rights, opportunities and responsibilities as other Canadians. In keeping with Trudeau’s vision of a “just society,” the government proposed to repeal legislation that it considered discriminatory. In this view, the Indian Act was discriminatory because it applied only to Aboriginal peoples and not to Canadians in general. The white paper stated that removing the unique legal status established by the Indian Act would “enable the Indian people to be free—free to develop Indian cultures in an environment of legal, social and economic equality with other Canadians.”

To this end, the white paper proposed to

Eliminate Indian status

Dissolve the Department of Indian Affairs within five years

Abolish the Indian Act 

Convert reserve land to private property that can be sold by the band or its members

Transfer responsibility for Indian affairs from the federal government to the province and integrate these services into those provided to other Canadian citizens

Provide funding for economic development

Appoint a commissioner to address outstanding land claims and gradually terminate existing treaties

What led to the white paper?

By the 1960s, the federal government could not deny that Aboriginal peoples were facing serious socio-economic barriers, such as greater poverty and higher infant mortality rates than non-Indigenous Canadians and lower life expectancy and levels of education. The civil rights movement sweeping the United States brought public attention to the intense racism and discrimination experienced by African Americans and other minorities. The movement also led many Canadians to question inequality and discrimination in their own society, particularly the treatment of First Nations. In June 1969, Ottawa, in answer to the consultations, produced their white paper proposing to dismantle Indian Affairs.

Today, there is no guarantee from the Government of Canada for Reconciliation; we seek to gain a national voice on issues that are destroying our societies, communities and nation. Our land is hurting, our water is hurting, our fish are dying, our people are worried about the air, lands, sea, and air! Knowledge, intelligence, technology, and care for these things come from Native Women; help us by donating!

Who are Indigenous Women of North America - we Carry the Word of Law  of the Land! Please donate, raise us up to our rightful place within Canada, that means to destroy and eliminate Indigenous Women through policy and legislation! We need your support, and support is lacking - few and far between. To call forums, promote strong research without bastardization of our culture, way of life, or social protocols, and promote justice - we need your help and donations before policy and legislation removes our identity completely. 

History of Indian Act:

Hidden from History: The Canadian Holocaust                   Chronology of Events: Genocide in Canada

1857: The Gradual Civilization Act is passed by the Legislature of Upper Canada, permanently disenfranchising all Indian and Metis peoples, and placing them in a separate, inferior legal category than citizens.

1874: The Indian Act is passed in Canada’s Parliament, incorporating the inferior social status of native people into its language and provisions. Aboriginals are henceforth imprisoned on reserve lands and are legal wards of the state.

1884: Legislation is passed in Ottawa creating a system of state-funded, church administered Indian Residential Schools.

1905: Over one hundred residential schools are in existence across Canada, 60% of them run by the Roman Catholics.

1907: Dr. Peter Bryce, Medical Inspector for the Department of Indian Affairs, tours the residential schools of western Canada and British Columbia and writes a scathing report on the "criminal" health conditions there. Bryce reports that native children are being deliberately infected with diseases like tuberculosis, and are left to die untreated, as a regular practice. He cites an average death rate of 40% in the residential schools.

November 15, 1907: Bryce’s report is quoted in The Ottawa Citizen’s headline.

1908-1909: Duncan Campbell Scott, Superintendent of Indian Affairs, suppresses Bryce’s report and conducts a smear and cover-up campaign regarding its findings. Bryce is expelled from the civil service.

November, 1910: A joint agreement between the federal government and the Roman Catholic, Anglican, Presbyterian and Methodist churches establishes the structure of Indian Residential Schools and the contractual obligations of churches running them. Duncan Campbell Scott refers to the policy of the government as that of seeking a “final solution to the Indian Problem”.

May, 1919: Despite an escalating death rate of Indian children in residential schools from tuberculosis - in some cases as high as 75% - Duncan Campbell Scott abolishes the post of Medical Inspector for Indian residential schools. Within two years, deaths due to tuberculosis have tripled in residential schools.

1920: Federal legislation makes it mandatory for every Indian child to be sent to residential schools upon reaching seven years of age.

1928: Sexual Sterilization Act is passed in Alberta, allowing any inmate of a native residential school to be sterilized upon the approval of the school Principal. At least 3,500 Indian women are sterilized under this law.

1933: An identical Sexual Sterilization Act is passed in British Columbia. Two major sterilization centres are established by The United Church of Canada on the west coast, in Bella Bella and Nanaimo, in which thousands of native men and women are sterilized by missionary doctors until the 1980’s.

1933: Residential school Principals are made the legal guardians of all native students, under the oversight of the federal Department of Mines and Resources. Every native parent is forced by law to surrender legal custody of their children to the Principal - a church employee - or face imprisonment.

1938: Attempt by the federal government to close all residential schools and incorporate Indian children into public schools is defeated by pressure brought by Catholic and Protestant church leaders.

1946: Project Paperclip - a CIA program utilizing ex-Nazi researchers in medical, biological warfare and mind control experiments - uses native children from Canadian residential schools as involuntary test subjects, under agreements with the Catholic, Anglican and United churches. These illegal tests continue until the 1970’s.

1948 - 1969: Offshoot programs of Project Paperclip are established in United Church and government hospitals in Nanaimo, Brannen Lake, Sardis, Bella Bella, Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia; in Red Deer and Ponoka, Alberta; and at the Lakehead Psychiatric Hospital in Thunder Bay, Ontario. All of these programs use native children abducted from reserves, foster homes, and residential schools, with the full knowledge of church, police and Indian Affairs officials.

1969: Indian Affairs Minister Jean Chretien tables his White Paper in Parliament, which reaffirms the "assimilationist" policy of the past century that denies sovereignty and equal status to native nations. As a token gesture, Chretien assigns a limited control over Indian education to local, state-funded band councils. Many residential schools are phased out altogether or simply taken over by band councils.

1984: The last Indian residential school is closed, in northern British Columbia.

1990: State-funded leaders of the Assembly of First Nations discuss “abuses” in residential schools for the first time publicly.

2019: Justin Trudeau P.M.of Canada has delayed Reconciliation with First Nations Canada, because of his "interest" with the Pipeline 

Native Women Rising across North America to End the Injustices, and they rise up regardless of Poverty, regardless of Age, they Give Voice for those who have No Voice!

2019...Blessings to those who fight for Rights of Women who cannot fight or became Voiceless....I keep going, because my mother, my grandmother and all the native women

who were lost to Violence because of Racism in North America. We cannot be silenced No More! 

My Advocacy for those, lost to Violence. 

A'ho

 

 

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Mar 05, 2018
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Jill Langhus
Mar 06, 2018
Mar 06, 2018

Hi Sharon. Thanks for sharing your passionate post and fundraiser. Keep up the good work, and good luck on your fundraiser!

Sharon Lewis
Mar 06, 2018
Mar 06, 2018

I keep going, because I have to... thank you so much for your kind words.

sridevi k
Mar 06, 2018
Mar 06, 2018

Dear Sharon,
Hey Sis, Doing an awesome job as a fundraiser, Keep doing the good work Hope u r able to receive funds required and help lots of people through ur efforts
Best Wishes
Sincerely Sridevii

Sharon Lewis
Mar 06, 2018
Mar 06, 2018

Thank you Sister, I work hard to make a difference! I support all our women around the world with their struggle. I wish things were different, you are all in my mind and prayers every morning. This cannot keep going, its not right!

JulieG
Mar 06, 2018
Mar 06, 2018

Dear Sharon,
I really appreciate you sharing this perspective and I hope you can change your legislation. I personally believe Native voices are so important for our future and there is so much for us to learn. Keep speaking up to highlight the strength of the women holding these communities together!

Sharon Lewis
Mar 31, 2018
Mar 31, 2018

Justice entanglement from Canada and First Nations Women; "Women's legal status as First nations citizens could be unilaterally and irrevocably stolen by federal legislation that allowed their fathers or husbands to make decisions on their behalf. This regulation was major affront to women's autonomy - women had no recourse if their father or husband sold them out of status. It also seriously undermined the matri-lineal descent rule of many tribes by giving men authority to decide whether or not their families would retain First Nations membership. This voluntary enfranchisement provisions remained in effect until 1985." First Nations Women are experiencing linear racialized sexual violence from Canadian Legislation, citizens, and within Federal Band Policies on Reserves regarding the Rights of First Nations Women today. Totally neglected socially and economically and without a voice within the justice system. The negative impacts are devastating causing deep poverty from neglect and legislative discrimination. The fight continues today for a Voice in Canada! First Nations women are systemically murdered in Canada - with little regard to their person. Let us stop the systemic neglect of First Nations Women of Canada. The majority of First Nations Women of Canada become Victims within a family unit and remain silent to keep their families together. Many First Nations women die as a result of their emotional obligation to family and community. Many First Nations women are a statistic, nothing more to Canada. Violence against First Nations women developed into an economy for the justice system and networking program agencies - like victims services, transition houses, homeless shelters, and men are released from jail very fast after they are charged with violent crimes against First Nations Women. Within First Nations culture and native laws - women are held within high esteem within our territories because they are life-givers; even Elective First Nation leaders ignore native laws or women's place within our spiritual practice and nations, because of assimilation over time. First Nations men truly believe they sit in a higher place than First Nations women today within our nation. Because of Euro-Colonial teachings from school and discriminatory Canadian laws in place that oppress women. Please support, care and have compassion - help First Nations Women to regain their Voices across Indigenous Nations for the purpose of making political wrongs to right! Let me speak..stop racism: Support, lets stop Violence Against Native Women together! Canadian Legislative Acts and Policies spear head the negative treatment and neglect of First Nations Women of Canada, pushing First Nations Women into systemic discrimination and genocide from being absolutely invisible and voiceless under the Indian Act, please support our fight for justice on the homefront of Canada. https://www.gofundme.com/IndigenousWomen1st

Tola Makinde
Feb 15
Feb 15

Hi Sharon,
Nice read. How your project going?

Phionah Musumba
Feb 19
Feb 19

Sharon,
You are a strong voice for native women and I hope you fulfill your vision for them.
Thank you.