The old fart’s top news story of the day is about government interference and economic extortion, and corporate manipulation used to put through a pipeline. Case in point; TC Energy’s Coastal Gaslink pipeline project in northern British Columbia. Knowing that the Wet’suwet’en Herediatry Chiefs were going to be a problem, the provincial Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation (MARR) secretively planned with, and provided resources to a phony ‘new’ BC Societies Act organization to use women as political pawns, and called it the ‘Wet’suwet’en Matriarchal Society’. It was to be yet another in a long series of dishonorable dealings by the Crown and TC Energy to undermine the proper rights and authority of the Herediatry Chiefs.
A Long Series Of Dishonorable Dealings
The purpose of the matriarchal society was to promote the benefits of the pipeline, subvert, dilute, and discredit the authority and law of the Wet’suwet’en Herediatry Chiefs, and create division within the community. It appealed to the good nature in good people, and let me tell you, those women threw their heart and souls into it. Foolishly, they never realized what they were actually doing to themselves, their community, their nation, and the world. For once they saw the gold they had the fever, and nothing else mattered from that point on. Money became their happy place, and anyone who came between it and them was instantly an enemy. Today Wet’suwet’en Matriarchal Society members claim that the Herediatry Chiefs are economically holding the nations hostage, and point gnarled fingers at Canadian patriots and children who are horribly frightened for their future, accusing them of blaspheming the society’s sacred fossil fuel god.
Money Became Their Happy Place
Now I feel sorry for all of the Indigenous people all along the route who found themselves forced to agree to the pipeline. It had to be a gut wrenching decision. For at the end of the day they were left with two choices, either support the pipeline and hope a few scraps fell from the foreign corporate feast, or subject their nation to intentionally vindictive financial hardships. They were told in gloriously opportunistic terms that wealth would flow forth to the betterment of their nations, while everyone in the room knew the real message was either comply, or ‘very bad things’ would happen. Of course they dressed it all up pretty like, blowing claims of jobs, hospitals, schools and business opportunities like confetti, inferring there’d be riches for every man, woman, and child, so folks ate it up like chocolate covered arsenic.
Folks Ate It Up Like Chocolate Covered Arsenic
Why? Because the brutal 21st century reality is that the financial position of most Indigenous nations is bleak to say the least. And, it’s been bleak for so damn long that their mindset reminds me of Richard Fariña’s book, “Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up To Me”. You see, to the starving everything looks good to eat, and Canada’s Indigenous people have been starved for so long, and in so many ways. They’ve been mentally oppressed, economically depressed, environmentally distressed, and socially controlled for so long, that anything now appears better to them than than nothing. What they fail to see is that no matter how bad they thought things were, what they are being offered will actually make things worse.
The Hudson Bay Effect
Let me explain. It’s called the “Hudson Bay Effect”, and it’s already resulted in the death of millions of Canada’s Indigenous people. The way it works is that a business, like the Hudson Bay Company, wants to exploit the opportunity for riches in a First Nation. So, in exchange for certain things it offers amazing rewards such as convenience, social status and entertainment. The next thing you know gullible people started trading stacks of prime beaver pelts and personal possessions for guns, ammunition, clothes, sugar, tobacco, whiskey, and a whole of other marvelous and wonderful things. Soon violence erupted, and drunks proved what great shots they were by shooting food that they’d never eat. So year after year hunters had to go farther and father to find food to feed their communities, and then came the diseases that would claim so many lives.
Through It All Millions Died
The next thing you knew, villages were almost empty, trap lines were trapped out, hunters had over-hunted, many were alcohol and tobacco addicts, and old skills had been forgotten. Then suddenly the fur trade died, and the business closed shop. The people were left with no further economic opportunity. That meant no more ammunition for their guns, no more game to hunt, no alcohol and tobacco to feed their habits, and no skills to feed and clothe themselves. The overall result was horrendous, and through it all, millions died. The survivors were then made ‘incompetent wards’ of the government, which then promptly took over their affairs and away their children, with or without their permission. So while it’s understandable that a few of the Wet’suwet’en ladies wanted to better their lives, and hopefully the lives of their community, they were unwittingly inviting a demon through the door, and it’s already begun tearing their world apart.
Blatant Government Interference
Needless to say, when this old fart reads nauseating stories that were specifically fabricated to use those poor misguided and misinformed gals to incite public hate toward the Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs, it really pisses me off. It’s blatant government interference in the internal affairs of the nations with the sole intent of allowing foreign corporations to take complete and utterly unfair advantage of the Wet’suwet’en people. And another thing that this cranky old fart is right upset about, is that the government(s) knew full well the dirty tricks and sneaky bribes the corporation was using to ‘influence peddle’, but instead of stopping the illegalities and indecencies, and running their asses out of the country, it joined right the hell in and added a few illegalities and indecencies of its own, such as the Wet’suwet’en Matriarchal Society! And, not only that, it then bloody well ordered in the police to make damn sure that those illegalities and indecencies continue unabated.
The Riot Act Was Read To The Chiefs
The latest interference has been the recent the reading of the ‘riot act’ to the Chiefs behind closed doors, in a respectful way don’t you know. Government basically told them to either forsake their beliefs for fossil fuel beliefs, or government will go way the hell out its way to politically beat and financially choke their nations until they do. The world now awaits the outcome. Personally, I think that there’s been some really dirty doings done by some really dirty people who’ve taken really dirty money to do really dirty deeds. So as one old fart to another, I hope the Wet’suwet’en Herediatry Chiefs recommend a new route for the TC Energy pipeline, this time instead of across Wet’suwet’en land, to run north up government and TC Energy pant legs.
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