Survey Results Are In
Last month, ARC BC sent a questionaire to all BC MLAs
and all Federal MPs, asking them how they planned to vote on the Nisga'a treaty. Well the
results - at least for provincial MLAs - are in, and you may be surprised... See the ARC press release and backgrounder for details.
Meanwhile, debates and public meetings to discuss and
question the deal are spreading through local communities like wildfire. See the events page for details.
Last updated November 26, 1998: Survey results, Gustafsen Lake
articles, Public meetings and
more public meetings, MLA/MP
survey form: Where do our representatives stand on the treaty?
A View from the
What does the embassy hostage taking in
Peru have in common with Gustafsen Lake? Both events apparently featured the involvement
of a secret Canadian commando group known as JTF2. Moreover, a recent book details a plot
by the Canadian government to offer the Tupac Amaru guerrillas safe passage, only to then
lead them into an JTF2-led ambush.
Sound a bit too un-Canadian to be true? Strangely
enough, the plan, which was never carried out, bears a striking resemblance to an actual
ambush of the Gustafsen Lake protesters.
These reports, as well as the revelation that Michael
Webster, the psy-ops expert behind the Waco massacre, was consulted by Canadian officials
at Gustafsen, have further heated calls by protesters into an inquiry into Gustafsen Lake
For details, refer to the article by
Settlers in Support of Indigenous Sovereignty (S.I.S.I.S.) and the call for an inquiry sent to Minister Stewart.
Most, if not all, main-stream media
articles, whether or not they agree that the Nisga'a deal is good for British Columbia,
all seem to agree on one thing: the deal is fantastic for the Nisga'a. They get money,
they get land, they get some fish (whatever's left). Who can argue with that?
Left almost entirely out of the discussion is an
analysis of the treaty from a First Nation's perspective. Is European society finally
giving BC's First Nations the respect that they deserve? Or are modern-day treaties the
final nail in the coffin to extinquish Indian culture forever?
This week's article is a press
release from the Union of BC Indian Chiefs, which is sharply critical of the Nisga'a
treaty, and warns other First Nations away from following a similar course.
Opposes Referendum Call
|In response to the completion of the Nisga'a agreement,
Opposition Leader Gordon Campbell leaked the deal to the press and demanded that it be
Claiming that the proposed treaty changes the
Constitution of Canada, Campbell has called for the government to hold a referendum on the
issue, and intends to take the government to court if they don't. If the Liberals do
initiate a court case, ARC has announced that it will
apply to the court for intervenor status.
more information on the treaty
|The initialing of the treaty on August 4th was largely
ceremonial: before the treaty becomes finalized, it must be ratified by the Nisga'a people
(probably in October sometime), the BC legislature (probably in December at the earliest),
and in Parliament.
Between then and now, there will
undoubtedly be a wide-range of debate on the issue, and we'll try to sort it our for you.
How is the media covering the story? What is the validity of some of the arguments being
What do you think? Is a treaty a good idea or a bad idea? Or is it
an issue shrouded in mystery for you? Let us know what you think - we'll be posting your
letters, as well as responses to your questions.
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