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Anger at Stephen Harper, disenfranchisement fuelled aboriginal voter turnout, say activists

Former Prime Minister Stephen Harper smiles while wearing his tradition native head dress after becoming

Former Prime Minister Stephen Harper smiles while wearing a traditional native head dress after becoming “Chief Speaker” at a Kainai Chieftainship ceremony on the Blood Indian reserve in Stand Off, Alberta, July 11, 2011. REUTERS/Todd Korol

Some communities saw voter turnout up by 270 per cent

By Chinta Puxley, The Canadian Press/CBC News, Oct 25, 2015

Aboriginal activists who spent months mobilizing First Nations communities say outgoing Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s attempt to disenfranchise aboriginal voters backfired and fuelled turnout so high that some reserves ran out of ballots.

Some aboriginal communities saw voter turnout spike by up to 270 per cent in the Oct. 19 election despite the Fair Elections Act which made it harder for someone to vote without approved identification. Read the rest of this entry

Harper’s 2008 residential school apology was ‘attempt to kill the story,’ says ex-PMO speechwriter

Prime Minister Stephen Harper after delivering apology to Indian residential school survivors on June 11, 2008. PMO photo (via APTN).

Prime Minister Stephen Harper after delivering apology to Indian residential school survivors on June 11, 2008. PMO photo (via APTN).

Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s 2008 apology to Indian residential school survivors was a “strategic attempt to kill the story,” according to former speechwriter in the Prime Minister’s Office at the time.

Paul Bunner was the head speechwriter in Harper’s PMO between 2006 and 2009.

Bunner’s views on the Indian residential school apology and the possible motivation behind it recently surfaced on a blog by Coast Salish Native American writer Robert Jago who outed a series of Conservative candidates, current and former MP staffers, along with Bunner for their comments and views on First Nation people. Read the rest of this entry

Canada is the problem

Ancestral Pride, April 10, 2014Ancestral pride logo Colour

Ancestral Pride ~ Husband and wife, mother and father, grandfather and grandmother, allies in solidarity with those are fighting for our rights to a future for our great great great grandchildren. Nothing more, nothing less, dedicated to our way of life, and to upholding the ways of our ancestors.

One of the most important ideology’s that exist right now in “kkkanada” that we confront as Ancestral Pride and aim to dismantle, is the idea that Stephen Harper is ‘kkkanadas” problem and ousting him is the solution. Read the rest of this entry

Khelsilem Rivers: Colonialism, not Stephen Harper, is the enemy

by Khelsilem Rivers, The Georgia Straight, Nov 14, 2013

Harper wearing headdress supplied by Blood band council, 2011.

Harper wearing headdress supplied by Blood band council, 2011.

Colonists write the rules on how we are governed, and how we are supposed to resist their control is outlined within these rules —rules that provide a misdirected sense of security and certainty by permitting us to launch our grievances according to these rules. Read the rest of this entry