Russell Diabo and Pam Palmater on the Canadian Government’s Suite of Bills Targeting First Nations


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Part 2

Indigenous Waves invited Russell Diabo and Pamela Palmater to discuss the numerous pieces of legislation coming from the Canadian Conservative Government that directly impact First Nations. This informative talk outlines the problems with each of the bills, including the fact that there was little to no consultation with First Nations communities for these laws which specifically impact Indigenous lives. The Bills being discussed are:

  • Bill C-27: First Nations Financial Transparency Act
  • Bill C-45: Jobs and Growth Act, 2012 [Omnibus Bill includes Indian Act amendments regarding voting on-reserve lands surrenders/designations]
  •  Bill S-2: Family Homes on Reserves and Matrimonial Interests or Rights Act
  •  Bill S-6: First Nations Elections Act
  •  Bill S-8: Safe Drinking Water for First Nations
  •  Bill C-428: Indian Act Amendment and Replacement Act [Private Conservative MP’s Bill, but supported by Harper government]
  • Bill S-207: An Act to amend the Interpretation Act (non derogation of aboriginal and treaty rights)
  •  Bill S-212: First Nations Self-Government Recognition Bill

Lawyer Pamela Palmater, (Mi’kmaq) is a member of Eel River Bar First Nation, Chair of the Centre of Indigenous Governance at Ryerson University and was a candidate for National Chief.

Russell Diabo (Kanienke’ha:ka) from Kahnawake is the Policy Advisor for the Algonquin Nation Secretariat & Wolf Lake First Nation, and is the Editor & Publisher at First Nations Strategic Bulletin.

This Show Originally Aired Monday December 3, 2012

Photo Credits: Jamaias DaCosta

24 Responses to “Russell Diabo and Pam Palmater on the Canadian Government’s Suite of Bills Targeting First Nations”
  1. ohnwentsya says:

    Reblogged this on 2012 Spirit In Action and commented:
    I am so grateful to have discovered this blog! Thank you for having and posting this discussion. I’m in Florida and until my friend Harrison posted about these things today I had no idea this was going on. For my readers this is a radio show that goes into some depth on the issues I posted the “emergency” post about earlier. Please share widely!

  2. fnp says:

    Thank you so much for posting this interview, it is an excellent source of information on the astounding number of changes that are going on right now.

  3. Dennis peeteetuce says:

    Thanks for posting

  4. David G Mc says:

    Thank you so much for posting this important and highly informative interview. It re-enforces my distrust of the Harper government and his distasteful use of the Omnibus bills. I view these bills as Harper’s Trogen Horse to the people of His Canada. Harpers attempt to have all Indigenous people of Canada viewed as one group instead of the many Indigenous Nations they are shows contempt and disrespect to all. Now that Harper enjoys a majority government it does appear he no longer works for the people of Canada, but for the well heeled resource extraction multinational corporations! Since the last federal election all his efforts have been to remove what these corporations see as road blocks and impediments to their mantra of MAXIMIZE OUR PROFITS. For the sake of our environment (and the worlds) these corporations must develop a symbiotic relationship with one and all, rather than the parasitic one that now prevails.

  5. Sally MIller says:

    Thank you for posting this terrific interview; it provides great thoughtfulness and clarity around the issues.

  6. The Harper Govt. has forced Aboriginal people, towards peaceful protests and ACTIONS to protect our children, grandchildren and future generations!!! We Shall Remain. We are Survivors!!! We will never stop fighting for our Treaty Rights, Human Rights, and Inherent Rights as Aboriginal people!!

  7. Sue says:

    I can’t get track 1 to play. It says, “file not found”

  8. Peter Norman (JR) says:


  9. Denise Beeswax says:

    Great insight. Get the word out.

  10. Glen Douglas says:

    Migwech for providing this important service. These discussions are the ones that need to be broadly put out there to the people.
    Stay Strong Airwaves
    Glen Douglas

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