Harper visits Blood rez; women forcibly removed for “Tweeting”
On February 7, 2014, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper made a surprise visit to the Blood reservation’s Kainai High School in Standoff, near Calgary, Alberta, where he announced a “historic” agreement with the Assembly of First Nations on a revised First Nations Education Act. But not before at least two Native women were forcibly removed by police, at least one for allegedly “Tweeting.”
Two separate Youtube videos have been posted documenting the removal of the two women, members of the Kainai (Blood) nation, from the high school. In both, a Blood tribal police officer is involved, as well as several white males wearing civilian clothing, most likely an RCMP security detail for the prime minister.
The first video, entitled “Blood Tribe Youth’s Removal by Blood Tribe Police 2-7-14,” shows a young woman sitting on bleachers with a Blood tribal cop next to her, and what can be assumed to be several plain clothes officers standing around. You can’t hear the conversation, but the in the end the police grab the women and forcibly march her out of the gymnasium.
The second video (above) shows the removal of Twila Eagle Bear-Singer from the gym. According to the description for this Youtube video: “Twila is removed from spectators’ stand by Blood Tribe Police at Stephen Harper speaking event. Police claim her tweets made her ineligible to take part in the proceedings.”
The FNEA has been the target of protest several times over the last few months, by groups such as Idle No More, Defenders of the Land, as well as the Blood Indian Act band council (despite their hosting of the event). It includes $500 million for infrastructure on reserves and $1.25 billion for First Nations education over a three year period. But it also incorporates greater control and regulation over Native education.
Posted on February 7, 2014, in State Security Forces and tagged #No2FNEA, #NoFENA, Alberta, Blood nation, Blood tribal police, Blood tribe, First Nations Education Act, FNEA, Harper, Kainai, police state, prime minister Harper, RCMP and Natives, Standoff. Bookmark the permalink. 20 Comments.