March 18, 2013
Decolonize the Encroachment: Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources vs. Grassy Narrows First Nation
Logging permits can now be issued on First Nations lands
A huge decision came down today from the Ontario court of appeal which now states that: “the Ontario government has the authority to issue logging permits on Grassy Narrows First Nation’s traditional territory”.
This decision completely overturns the Keewatin supreme court decision of August 2011 which stated, in decisive and certain terms, “that the province of Ontario has no jurisdiction to interfere with the rights of First Nations by authorizing development on Treaty 3 lands”.
Apparently colonial courts and government can simply disregard inherent Indigenous rights whenever and however they so choose, in order to place the economic interests of the Settler Colonial State and “its” resources ahead of the treaty rights of Indigenous Peoples.
This is what justice looks like.

Decolonize the Encroachment: Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources vs. Grassy Narrows First Nation

Logging permits can now be issued on First Nations lands

A huge decision came down today from the Ontario court of appeal which now states that: “the Ontario government has the authority to issue logging permits on Grassy Narrows First Nation’s traditional territory”.

This decision completely overturns the Keewatin supreme court decision of August 2011 which stated, in decisive and certain terms, “that the province of Ontario has no jurisdiction to interfere with the rights of First Nations by authorizing development on Treaty 3 lands”.

Apparently colonial courts and government can simply disregard inherent Indigenous rights whenever and however they so choose, in order to place the economic interests of the Settler Colonial State and “its” resources ahead of the treaty rights of Indigenous Peoples.

This is what justice looks like.

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