October 16, 2018

(WATCH) Lindsay Shepherd: “Why I Reject Indigenous Land Acknowledgments”

Rebel Staff

If you've watched video of a leftist demonstration (or even attended a university graduation ceremony recently) you might have endured an "indigenous land acknowledgement" from the event's master of ceremonies, explaining that those gathered together are doing so on "occupied" land. Lindsay Shepherd explains why she rejects these apologetic performances:

Do land acknowledgments mostly only benefit the person who is publicly reciting them? Are Canadian-born white people actually uninvited visitors/guests on Turtle Island? Are indigenous people the God-given "caretakers" of the earth? I examine the phenomenon of land acknowledgements, and the issues they're connected to, as they become increasingly prominent in Canadian schools/universities and beyond.

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commented 2018-10-19 14:00:05 -0400
“We are currently complicit”. So are these weenies planning one way trip back to Europe andy time soon? Of course not. When natives hear this mumbo jumbo it must sound like:
“We are acknowledging the traditional territory of the XXX people on whose land we are located. Sucks to be you.”
commented 2018-10-18 04:57:49 -0400
Fair comment Atokenconservative… It is a “power trip” when you hold the podium… And actual reality has little to do with it when you hold the mike… I think there are several psychological descriptors for this “wielding of power” when the rest of us, given traditional behaviour, are reluctant to speak out and say “You’re full of it!!”… And certain people – obviously politicians – take advantage of that scenario over and over again… I wish more and more of us Canadians are willing to stand up in the coming months, at these occasions, and say “Bullshit!!”…. As I fervently hope will be the case…
commented 2018-10-17 21:11:03 -0400
I wish there were more like you in our universities. Now, a little tutorial on left wing mind-sets: you’re not quite there in your analysis of what’s going on in the minds of the woke SJW’s giving these speeches. Yes, they truly enjoy being the center of attention, no denying that. But it’s a lot deeper than that. There’s the recognition; the pride involved with knowing that others in your circle, your peers and those you look up to, are going to know that you did this so it must be done correctly and passionately. But the really important thing is the power. It’s not just that you’re the center of attention and everyone’s paying attention to you and listening to your words; it’s that for a few moments you get to lecture everyone there in the proper and politically correct procedures and even feelings. You, for those few seconds, are sitting on the exact center of what’s politically correct, at that moment, in that location. Your words are law. If the Queen of England was in attendance, she’d have no choice but to sit there and listen to you quietly and reverently. It’s a power trip like no other available to most mere mortals; to be able to tell everyone, no matter what station they had before and will have when you’re done talking, that they’re wrong somehow because of their race (or whatever). You get to look down your nose at everyone. When, later on, your peers recognize you for your good work in the speech; they’re empowering your authority during those moments.
I have an idea what I’m talking about. I used to be one of these people. I remember saying Grace at a function with Ed Broadbent, among several other types of events and it’s my memories of these events that give me the insight to make these conclusions. I like to say that I speak fluent socialist, but only as a tourist!
commented 2018-10-17 16:28:44 -0400
As soon as a speaker issues an indigenous land acknowledgment, I’m outta there!
commented 2018-10-17 11:27:45 -0400
“I am a Canadian…this is my land…and I want my country back!”
Hear Hear ,Glenn!

Yes Lindsey is fearless and a rarity. If we are smart, we will work hand in hand with our founding partners the First Nation and the French Canadian Quebecer to get our country back. We had better start peeling Islam’s death grip from our foundations before it truly is too late. We can’t afford to be fighting with each other, as is the plan. The globalists along with Islam are using the First Nations as their pawns. I hope the First Nations will realize this and work with us to tame Islam or banish it along with the globalist traitors who have sold out our nation.
commented 2018-10-17 11:09:37 -0400
I’m always impressed by people who stand up, and speak out, against the BS of the bullies!
Especially if they’re intelligent and cogent, like Lindsay Shepherd…and she’s a vegan!
The truth is where you find it.
COMPELLED SPEECH, the next stage in the deconstruction of the constitutional monarchy of Canada by totalitarian fascists and globalist tyrants…Canada, who basically invented RESPONSIBLE GOVERNMENT!
Smash the fascistic tyranny of COMPELLED SPEECH!
Smash the fascistic tyrants who would COMPEL YOUR SPEECH!
Rise up against totalitarianism and it’s evil agents…say NO to fascism in Canada!
I am a Canadian…this is my land…and I want my country back!
commented 2018-10-17 02:17:29 -0400
Thanks for you openness Maurice Potvin… And I’m sure each and every one of these self important “chiefs” got to this “tribute” ceremony by walking or even travois???
commented 2018-10-17 01:42:56 -0400
Every race enslaved every other race since the beginning of time ( not just white people ) it’s called HISTORY! and guess what kids …history is NOT PC ! ….something sub moronic snowflake SJWs don’t understand…..
The biggest slave traders on the the west coast of Canada for 10’000 years before any “white people” were here , were the Haida Indians using the Coast Salish Indians as slaves……uncomfortable Reality ????
commented 2018-10-17 01:25:13 -0400
I experienced “indigenous land acknowledgement” at the UCP Founding Convention in Red Deer in May.
commented 2018-10-17 00:15:13 -0400
I attended my grandson’s grad in Calgary this year & acknowledgement was made, also at a gala for Juvenile Diabetes Foundation in Winnipeg last April & again at some event last summer at City Park.
As for the youth, perhaps if there was checks & balances with the hundreds of thousands handed over by the government to the Chiefs, those problems might not exist. If Trudeau had not reversed what Harper had brought in, these checks would be carried out. As for good drinking water, is there no water running under those lands, what’s wrong with digging a well or two, or three, whatever. Oh yeah & let’s not forget about the good old UN whose statements are considered to be the bible when it comes to indigenous people & climate change. Calling yourself a guest, etc is nothing more than a snivelling, brown noser’s way of trying to make yourself so virtuous.
There was time, seems like ages ago when you could have a conversation with someone regardless of your opinion without being called a racist or a bigot, etc. The government was fair & didn’t play favorited. Most of all, people had COMMON SENSE!
commented 2018-10-16 20:32:03 -0400
As a Metis, I find this pompous, self-righteous virtue signaling so disgusting it makes me want to throw up. As someone with aboriginal ancestry I can speak for myself. This is clearly the racism of lowered expectations. If it wasn’t for European cultural expansion into North America I’d still be living in a tee-pee. He should just mind his own damned business and stick to white boy issues. As far as him speaking for my ancestors he can kiss my ass.
commented 2018-10-16 19:48:45 -0400
You speak of a high suicide rate on Attawapiskat First Nation reserve, well that might be true, but if you can remember the chief of that reserve, (I forget her name) was reported too make a yearly salary of around $375,000 CDN, for a population of around 1500 people in her band. Now you my say that, that is not much money for a person that is in control of her people, but at the same time the PM Steven Harper, that was in charge of looking after 34 million people in Canada made around $250,000 dollars annually, so that might be an indication of how helpless the youth on that reserve really feel toward their elders?
commented 2018-10-16 14:31:05 -0400
There is a remarkable contradiction of policy on the part of the left. If the arrival of non-indigenous people is a crime, then each and every immigrant, refugee, or migrant to Turtle Island compounds that crime and adds insult to injury.
commented 2018-10-16 14:26:20 -0400
More display of high horse dressage…..the horse is not indigenous to Turtle Island either BTW. The Plains Indian culture of hunting buffalo from horse back is cultural appropriation in the truest sense…..the horses were stolen from the Spanish.

As for the gleeful recitations by SJWs who appropriated far too much soy from the Chinese, it reeks like a toddler who is proud of a tird….OH LOOK MOMMY I MAKE POOPIE…..:-)
commented 2018-10-16 13:37:10 -0400
Ask any of the “white elitist social justice warriors” who proclaim their “uninvited guests” why they don’t sign over their real estate to the local Indian Band (w/o compensation) and start paying rent to them (w/o any rental board protections). I’ll wait…

“Caretakers of the land”? The Tsawwassen First Nation paved over 1100 acres of environmentally sensitive delta lands to build a mega mall. Yup, that’s really caretaking of the land.

Regarding the return of Canada to First Nations:
In the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s final report (Calls to Action), it states:
45.ii. Adopt and implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as the framework for reconciliation
The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples states:
Article 26 1. Indigenous peoples have the right to the lands, territories and resources which they have traditionally owned, occupied or otherwise used or acquired. (see also Articles 27 and 28)
Justin Trudeau released the following statement on December 15, 2015:
“And we will, in partnership with Indigenous communities, the provinces, territories, and other vital partners, fully implement the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, starting with the implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

So it can be argued (in the Supreme Court?) that Justin Trudeau has laid the groundwork for the return or designation of Canada (“traditionally owned, occupied or otherwise used or acquired” by First Nations) as entirely under the jurisdiction of First Nations.

…so there’s that.
commented 2018-10-16 12:59:05 -0400
The lunacy never seems to end. I’ve never witnessed one of these proclamations and if I did I’m not too sure how I’d react. Perhaps by just saying “BULLSHIT”.