December 27, 2015 - Reservations

We are familiar with the presence of First Nations Reservations located around the provinces. But what we have been lead to believe that these “reserves” were set aside to house or contain the First Nations people. 

This is a misleading concept. It what corporations want you to believe.

Prior to the invasion of Turtle Island (a.k.a. North America) by the Europeans, the First Nations were organized and in posession of all the land. The discovery of the New World brought not just settlers, but opportunistic, greedy corporations. 

Turtle Island offered these corporations a wealth of new resources such as lumber, furs, minerals, and oil. The Husdon’s Bay Company is well known as one of these Corporations. Today there are many more.

Who owns the land?

The Western Sahara case heard in the International Court of Justice, in 1975, ruled that title to that land belong to the people who first possessed the land, who were organized, and govening that land. They were never conquered by Spain. As a result of this case Spain vacated Western Sahara.

"The Court considers that, in the relevant period, the nomadic peoples of the Shinguitti country possessed rights, including some rights relating to the lands through which they migrated. These rights constituted legal ties between Western Sahara and the Mauritanian entity. They were ties which knew no frontier between the territories and were vital to the very maintenance of life in the region."

This is true of North America and Canada in particular. The First Nations were never conquered so as to dispossess them of their land. Treaties were struck defining peaceful relationships and working arrangements. Because of this landmark case Canada and her Majesty have cause to be reluctant to challenge First Nation land claims. There is no lawful “Crown Land” in the light of the above case law.

The invading European people, corporations, and the Crown were never in a lawful position of the land so as to limit First Nations people to confined areas or their determination.

Because of the invaders insatiable hunger for wealth via the land and its resources it became necessary to set aside parcels of land which would be reserved as hunting grounds for the wellbeing of First Nations people. This is acknowledged in section 36.1 of the Indian Act where parcels of land “had been set apart for the use and benefit of a band."

These lands would not be stripped of their resources by the invading corporations and settlers.

"...that the several Nations or Tribes of Indians with whom We are connected, and who live under our Protection, should not be molested or disturbed in the Possession of such Parts of Our Dominions and Territories as, not having been ceded to or purchased by Us, are reserved to them, or any of them, as their Hunting Grounds...The Royal Proclamation of October 7, 1763

The First Nations people in Canada were not to be confined to live on reservations initially, but could find there on the wildlife that they required for their livelihood.

Ironically we see the same scenario unfolding today as people of Muslim nations now invade Europe.

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