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Iran using Canadian indigenous chiefs as political pawns





Aboriginal leaders from Manitoba are being used as pawns by the Iranian government, an official from Canada's Foreign Affairs Ministry said Wednesday.



Two current and two former chiefs from Manitoba met with the senior diplomat at the Iranian embassy in Ottawa earlier this week. They say they are on track to get an invitation to visit Iran and meet with government officials about possible support and investments in First Nations in Canada.



"Iran has a long history of supporting indigenous sovereignty in North America," said Terry Nelson, former chief of the Roseau River First Nation south of Winnipeg.



Monday's meeting came about after Nelson sent a letter to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad seeking assistance in February.



Nelson said he's written similar letters to other governments for years without a response. Iran was the first country to invite Nelson for a meeting.



However, the Canadian government said this is not a sincere effort on Iran's part.



"The Iranian regime is now attempting to exploit tragedy and feign concern as yet another PR stunt to distract from its own abhorrent record," said Joseph Lavoie, a spokesman for Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird. "We hope that the aboriginal leaders in question won't allow themselves to be used as pawns in this sad game the Iranians are playing."



Nelson said Iran is not using First Nations as pawns any more than Canada does. He cited what he described as the "photo op" of the recent national meeting between First Nations and Prime Minister Stephen Harper as an example.



Canupawakpa Dakota Nation Chief Frank Brown, Dakota Plains Wahpeton First Nation Chief Orville Smoke and former Sioux Valley First Nation chief Ken Whitecloud were also part of the meeting at the Iranian embassy March 12.



Nelson said one of the discussions was about the possibility of Iran helping to find financial backing for First Nations residents to get mortgages to build their own houses. He said with 80,000 new homes needed, it could be a $120-billion deal — but he added he knows Iran can't afford it because of the economic sanctions imposed on it by the international community — Canada included — over its nuclear program.



However, Nelson said Iranian officials hinted they could bring onside other nations in the Middle East.



Iran has a history of criticizing Canada on First Nations issues. Most recently in January, Iran summoned the senior diplomat at the Canadian Embassy in Tehran to criticize Canada for its treatment of First Nations. The government said the poor educational, economic and professional conditions of Canadian aboriginal people were a human rights violation.



Nelson's letter to Ahmadinejad came after he was ousted as chief at Roseau River in February after a drawn out battle. A federal court ruled another man was the legitimate chief and Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada then postponed indefinitely a referendum to determine how the band would choose its future chiefs. Nelson called the decision a "coup."



Nelson dismissed the idea he turned to Iran because of the attention such a meeting would get from both the government and the media. He also dismissed questions about Iran's own record of treating indigenous Iranian people badly.



He said Iran is no worse than Canada when it comes to how it treats indigenous people.----

Source: http://www.ottawacitizen.com/news/Iran+using+Canadian+chiefs+political+pawns+Foreign+Affairs/6303926/story.html



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  • Here's my typical interaction on the street with Indians in Canada ...... "Hihowareya .. hihowareya .. gotta quarter?"

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  • ok first of all i want everyone to know Im Canadian, i live in ottawa, for people not familiar with ottawa its the capitol od canada lol, anyways thereS a town an hour from ottawa called cornwall on the boarder with the states in upper new york, there is a reserve there.. and its the most corrupt reserve in all of canada, they smuggle weapons for the hells angles rock machine, and outlaws play all three sides, they smuggle cocaine for the italians in Montreal via the st Lawrence river. they also More..

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    • @Amusing ya i hope the natives here take the loans and dont pay them back just liek they do to our tax money our goervnemt hands out to them then forgives them when they cant re pay them, yet they all drive around in escalades and denalis and king cab 4x4 jacked up trucks with automatic weapons...atleast in a town an hour away from the capital where i live.

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    • @Amusing How about we give every native in Canada a one way ticket to Iran. They don't think their Canadian anyways.

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    • @Amusing i agree with what ou had to say.but thats the past..am i suppose to feel bad for rome? are Germans forever and ever suppose to so sorry to the jews for ww2...in fact that only happend 60 years ago and you dont hear of any jew group still looking for sorries and hand outs from the germans, why? because all the people that were involved inthat are dead or on their death bed. yet the people 200 years ago have been long dead with long dead idiologies and we are supposed to apologize forever More..

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  • Maybe we can relocate a few reservations worth over to Iran complete with gasoline sniffing bags, jerry cans and dream catchers. Save us a few bucks in taxes (did I say bucks - I meant dollars ship the bucks over)

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  • More meddling and shit stirring by those Iranian mullah cunts. They would really like that one chief named David Ahennikew(sp) who a few years back said "Hitler should have finished the job and killed all the Jews".

    If ever a country needed a severe spanking it is Iran. Basically I can honestly say that Iran and Pakistan cause all the major problems in the world. Throw the Saudi's in there as well for their secretive funding of jihadi's.

    Take away the aforementioned pricks and the wo More..

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  • LMAO

    Yeah, okay.

    What happened to all the money the Canadian government has already given the aborigines?

    The tribal chiefs take it & nothing changes. Well except they get richer. The peoples lives aren't any richer for it.

    But hell why not. Take Iran's money. Irans gonna be shocked when they get nothing in return. but most Canadians won't be. :-)

    All iran will get is a bit of propaganda that most dismiss anyway.

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    • @Ruffus check mypost out, remember the latest story on the reserve in norther ontario 80 million nothing to show for it and the reserve has the highest death rate....

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  • This is perfect. We have one corrupt leader inviting more corrupt chiefs to visit. What a joke. This is worse than me inviting the KKK to my house because I'm white. Charge these chiefs with fratenizing with the enemy. It's an easy way to get rid of them.

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  • LOL! canada looks like ya might be having a indian uprising on your hands.

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  • lets call out the real political pawns of the world then?

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  • Canada is 1st oil exporter to U.S.... U.S. is the only country in the OECD that DOES NOT import from Iran. Do you see the problem? We are the muppets puppets and the pawns.

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  • It is beautiful to know the Indigenous "Native American" Indians of this continent, namely in "Canada" region are seeking a outside diplomacy and that is not European in nature (that includes those European "white" believers of Judaism, too). For more than 500 years, European "white" people have invaded, squatted on Indigenous People's lands, colonized this land mass and Islands in the Caribbean, etc. The Persians as a whole have not and have no intention More..

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    • @rejectcomplacency

      Really fuckface, and what exactly were the indigenent Natives doing prior to White Man coming to North America.
      Answer fuckface.
      Wiping out any other Native Bands that got in their way for better lands that fed their families.

      It doesn't matter what tribe you came from what conitinent you came from, or what era you talk about.
      When the Big Guy wants what you got, and you can't defend it, or you don't adapt to it. YOU LOOSE.

      History lesson over asshole.

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    • @rejectcomplacency

      My apologies to First Nations for most of the ignorance above.

      I had no idea racism was such a part of our society still.

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  • Canadian government saying Iran is playing games? The same Canadian government that's backing NWO propaganda in regards to "terrorism" and "weapons of mass destruction".

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  • "The Iranian regime is now attempting to exploit tragedy and feign concern as yet another PR stunt to distract from its own abhorrent record".......that sounds ironic and laughable......the word Iranian should be replaced by KKKanadian...........

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    • @FatBastard_2010 Shut it fatty. These aboriginal chiefs have less to do with Canada than a US flag. They don't give two shits about being Canadian, all they want is more money.

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    • @treday

      Everywhere white people have taken over Aboriginal lands, they all have the same whine..........have some cheese with that whine........I am sure they would rather that you had never come and you could keep whatever money you have......

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    • @FatBastard_2010 I did not mean to sound rude. So I first appologize for the "Shut up Fatty Comment!" Thought it was funny at the time. I will however not budge an inch on my views of the aboriginal peoples. I see the abuse that happens on a regular bassis to our social systems and medical systems by these peoples. They have more rights and bennefits than any Canadian citizen and they still do nothing to improve their standard of living. In my eyes that is pathetic.

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    • @treday

      Your argument sounds so typical......ask the Auzis (rhymes with Nazis)and see what they have to say about the Aboriginals there.....then go talk to the AmeriKKKans.....maybe from there you could go to South AfriKKKa or even Latin AmeriKKKa and let me know how the attitudes differ........

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