Tuesday, January 15, 2019

 

UN v Canada

While the UN has no enforcement authority over Canada, it does have authority to investigate racial discrimination by its member states. As reported at The Narwhal,

Canada has until April 8 to report back to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination outlining steps it has taken to halt construction of the hydro project, which would flood 128 kilometres of the Peace River and its tributaries in the heart of Treaty 8 traditional territory.

As committee chair Noureddine Amir wrote in a December 14 letter to Canada's UN ambassador,

The Committee is concerned about the alleged lack of measures taken to ensure the right to consultation and free, prior and informed consent with regard to the Site C dam, considering its impact on indigenous peoples’ control and use of their lands and natural resources...The Committee is further concerned that the realization of the Site C dam without free, prior and informed consent, would permanently affects the land rights of affected indigenous peoples in the Province of British Columbia. Accordingly, it would infringe indigenous peoples’ rights protected under the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination.
Hydropower on the Peace River--a tributary of the Athabasca in the Mackenzie River system--is essential to Alberta Tar Sands refinery development, a project which daily uses enough natural gas to heat six million homes and has turned independent and sustainable indigenous communities into islands of sickness and death.

As I asked in Corporate Crimes, First Nations & Environmental Organizations, "Would our society accept this if the victims were white?"

Tuesday, January 08, 2019

 

White Power Princess

U.S. Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has been busy transforming public education in her own Christian Right image. To wit, her pet project to arm grade school teachers, hoping they can take out terrorists. What could possibly go wrong with that, you might ask. Well, Betsy--sister of notorious Blackwater mercenary company CEO Erik Prince--has now scuttled 1,200 civil rights investigations, begun under Obama, that examined complaints of systemic racial discrimination.

Way to go Betsy! Jeff Sessions can't hold a candle to you when it comes to bigotry!

Sadly for Betsy, fucking bureaucrats in her own department--responding to a request from a tribal executive board--decided to investigate a school district in Montana for systemically discriminating against Native American students. As Roxanne Gourneau, a former member of the Fort Peck tribal executive board stated,
The school district has done more to fuel Native students' trauma than to support their education. Change is long overdue.


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