First Nations and Canada: Jurisdiction and Education Presentation by Sharon Venne

by November 27, 2012

In this 48-minute presentation produced by Mohawk TV, the respected Nehiyaw (Cree) lawyer Sharon Venne explains the Harper government's effort to unilaterally remodel Canada's political landscape at the expense of all First Nations. She pays particular attention to the series of Bills that Russell Diabo reviewed in his recent essay, Harper Launches Major First Nations Termination Plan: As Negotiating Tables Legitimize Canada’s Colonialism. If you're still not sure about what's going on in Canada right now, this is essential viewing.

  • Alice Olsen Williams
    November 30, 2012 at 11:23 am

    This is such a revealing video. I wish every First Nation and other Indians could hear what you have to say, Sharon Venne. You talk like The People. I am very proud of you for that, my Cree sister. Anishinaabe-Kwe niin! Your "simple" and easy way of expressing things make it easy to understand what you're working at getting accross to us. I say Kichi Miikwech to you, and I hope we all get to know you, and get to see you and hear you speak! I don't mean to make this message of mine be all about how great you are, but rather, how great it is that with your Cree knowledge, and whiteman's degrees and all, you still look like us and act and talk like us. You are doing great reaching our Peoples. Brava!!!


  • Omahkohkiaaiipooyii
    December 7, 2012 at 8:21 am

    Ms Venn is exactly correct and here is some of the evidence of genocide, no other word applies, in Canada, the U.S. and elsewhere against Indigenous Peoples

    What makes a nation is facts on the ground and international law. Further, under international law, there is no such thing as a big or small nation, a semi-nation, or as in the Marshall Cases "a dependent or captive nation".

    A nation under international law is a group of people who share a common historically recognized land base, common economy, common language and culture, common system of governance and for defining membership of the group, and a recognition of their common group membership and desire to remain so.

    Once a nation is a nation, it has a right under international law not to be exterminated or terminated by definition and with blood-quantum laws. And it has a derivative right to all other rights necessary to prevent its extermination: self-determination; independence; sovereignty; non-interference in internal affairs; etc

    Although treaties like Treaty 7 were never signed by Crowfoot and the other Chiefs according to Father Scullen one of the translators and witnesses, the fact that the Canadian Government asserts Treaty 7 is significant. Why? Because only nations make and can sign treaties. And in any treaty between nations, each is recognizing the other as a nation and equal and is accepting the system of governance and selection of the leadership that signed the treaty and held the authority to bind its whole people to the terms of the treaty.

    One of the reasons for the Indian Residential School system was to break the ties to the land as a key element of nationhood to exterminate not only a people as a people, but to break all claims to the land even in capitalist terms. The settlers are on stolen land in their own terms, in their own property law, in their own Bible.

    Jim Craven
    Blackfoot Nation


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