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Aug 2 10 tweets 12 min read
I've read the stories describing the apology tour of Pope Francis. On Monday after his first visit near Edmonton I decided to comment after the saga had unfolded. It was an emotional week for so many!
1/ #PopeFrancis #Canada #residentialschools #truthandreconciliation
We heard apologies, pleading forgiveness, more apologies, recognition of "cultural destruction" and finally on the flight home #PopeFrancis said "yes, it was a genocide, yes, yes, clearly. You can say that I said it was a genocide."
2/ #residentialschools…
The genocide was justified by the #DoctrineOfDiscovery & while #PopeFrancis, #CatholicChurch, & Crown gov'ts are reluctant to rescind it, the actions I witnessed against the #Wetsuweten in their own territory are empowered by the Doctrine.
3/ #bcpoli #cdnpoli @bcndp @BCNDPCaucus
The Doctrine has meaning and it was used as a weapon of mass destruction against my ancestors by the Church & Crown gov'ts. If it's kept in the past tense, then everyone's absolved of responsibility. It's not past tense.
4/ #bcpoli #cdnpoli #DoctrineOfDiscovery #PopeFrancis
While @BCNDPCaucus sit on their hands, it's the source of power used by @bcndp gov't to continue the same use of force & mass destruction (raze forests, lay waste to land & water, gaslight #Indigenous people into submission) as the gov'ts before w/ the same excuses.
5/ #bcpoli
The Indian Act, Indian Reserves, #residentialschools & day schools, so-called resource benefits agreements. The land conflict. All flow from #DoctrineOfDiscovery and yet according to Church & Crown gov'ts, it doesn't really mean much.
6/ #bcpoli #cdnpoli #truthandreconciliation
If the #DoctrineOfDiscovery doesn't really mean much then get rid of it. Reluctant? Why? Because, maybe it is actually everything. The Doctrine is one of the many symbols of power of the Church and Crown gov'ts.
7/ #bcpoli #cdnpoli #PopeFrancis
Pulling on that thread undermines the power & exposes the lies that are the foundation that colonial and modern #BritishColumbia and #Canada have been built on. Calls into question the incredible wealth that has been accumulated.
8/ #bcpoli #cdnpoli #PopeFrancis
What follows the admissions & apologies?
How about @Pontifex start here:
Return the sacred #Indigenous items in the basement.
Redistribute the wealth that are the proceeds of genocide.
Turn over the records.
Be accountable.
9/ #bcpoli #cdnpoli #PopeFrancis #Justice
The @bcndp & @BCNDPCaucus say their different Time they show us.
Stop using injunctions & #RCMP to enforce corporate interests over #Indigenous constitutional rights.
Stop #deforestation.
Stop #Fracking.
Stop bldg #fossilfuel pipelines.
Protect #biodiversity.
10/10 #bcpoli

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Jun 1
Gwa’sala-‘nakwaxda’xw Nation is taking back jurisdiction of child welfare and have been blocked by the @bcndp gov’t from accessing the information from #MCFD they need to abide by their laws and build their programs.

1/ #bcpoli #colonization #MCFD
They have described terrible abuses exacted by #MCFD on their communities and are seeking access to their files...

Files necessary to research their histories, do namings & cultural ceremonies, & develop their services in a culturally-based way.

2/ #bcpoli
Museums, residential and day schools, are all tools used by colonial govts to dominate & subordinate Indigenous People.

Withholding information from First Nations about First Nations, is a continuation of colonial tactics.

3/ #bcpoli #colonization #MCFD
Read 5 tweets
Jun 1
Today I tabled legislation to prohibit the use of prolonged solitary confinement BC's correctional facilities for both adults and youth.

Solitary confinement is a dehumanizing and insidious form of psychological harm. 1/ #bcpoli #BanSolitaryConfinement…
Solitary confinement of more than 15 days is considered torture by the UN Nelson Mandela Rules.

Despite this, on any given day in BC's correctional facilities 33 people are held in violation of these human rights principles. 2/ #bcpoli
We know that solitary confinement does not help rehabilitate the adults and youth in the corrections system, and in fact harms them. Solitary confinement has disproportionate effects on Indigenous people. 3/ #bcpoli #IndigenousPeoples
Read 6 tweets
May 31
For 3 of the last 5 summers, BC has witnessed severe forest fires that charred millions of hectares of land and choked out communities.

Today I asked @mikefarnworthbc to identify the specific actions the @bcndp is taking to protect BCers from poor air quality.

1/ #bcpoli
Minister @mikefarnworthbc reiterated that his govt is doing minimal work to protect BCers for this year's inevitable #wildfire season.

Wildfire smoke contains hundreds of dangerous particles and gases that increase the risk of brain tumours and lung cancer.

2/ #bcpoli
Other jurisdictions like Oregon, are taking proactive measures to ensure the safety of their workers during climate related disasters.

BC teachers, farm workers, construction workers, and all those that work outside need similar protections.

3/ #bcpoli…
Read 4 tweets
May 30
A week ago, I spoke at a rally outside the legislature about the #healthcare emergency in British Columbia.

The event was about the crumbling primary care system and family doctor crisis hosted by @BC_GP_Shortage
(BC Health Care Matters)

#bcpoli Image
The week before I attended a vigil/rally hosted by @BCNursesUnion to raise awareness of the deteriorating mental well-being/working conditions of nurses.

ER’s in Clearwater & Port McNeill closed this weekend due to nursing shortage.

#bcpoli @bcndp…
It is frustrating to hear the @bcndp (and their lobbyists) list their OUTPUTS hoping to distract BCers from the OUTCOMES in the #healthcare crisis.

It’s not working. I hear about this everyday in my community office!

#bcpoli @CBCEarlyEdition…
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May 19
Today I stood to mark the one year anniversary of British Columbians and Canadians being awoken with the reality of the fate of thousands of Indigenous children who disappeared and never came home from residential schools. 1/ #bcpoli #EveryChildMatters #IndigenousPeoples
To all our relatives, all our elders, all our residential and day school survivors, to the generations of survivors of these genocidal acts perpetrated by this and other Crown governments, I raise my hands to you…
2/ #bcpoli #EveryChildMatters #IndigenousPeoples
...for your strength, for your resilience, for your patience, for your long-suffering, for your willingness to share your traumatic, tragic, and heartbreaking stories. 3/ #bcpoli #EveryChildMatters #IndigenousPeoples
Read 13 tweets
May 18
Yesterday in question period Premier @jjhorgan was surprised that I “don't support investing in our collective history.”

The truth might be uncomfortable, but the history the Premier is celebrating is the graverobbing of our ancestors. 1/ #bcpoli #RBCM #Reconciliation
This museum has had no issue with its natural history or its settler-oriented exhibits. Its problem is how it relates to Indigenous people.

Whatever story the @bcndp want to tell themselves, we don’t need an $800 million new shrine to house systemic rot. 2/ #bcpoli #RBCM
.@jjhorgan and the @bcndp are treating our cultures as artifacts, while many of those items in their collections are relevant and important today. 3/ #bcpoli #RBCM #Reconciliation
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