‘Lawyers At It Again’

Lawyers — the primary beneficiaries of the Aboriginal Industry — using Race to drum up business:
“Civil lawsuit would likely seek damages in the hundreds of millions of dollars.”
“Lawyers {Aboriginal Industry ‘ambulance chasers’} known for their representation of ‘indigenous’ {aboriginal} northerners are preparing a class-action lawsuit on behalf of Inuit who {claim to} have faced discrimination in Canada’s health-care system. 

“If the lawsuit proceeds, it is expected to seek hundreds of millions of dollars in damages {Of course. That’s what makes it profitable for lawyers}.

“The civil suit would represent Inuit discriminated against while in care in southern facilities outside Nunavut, and in some cases the Northwest Territories. The suit may expand to include discrimination in the Qikiqtani General Hospital in Iqaluit, and could include ‘First Nations’ {‘Indian’} and Métis {partial aboriginal} claimants.

Racism is alive and well and always was in Canada“,
said lawyer Steven Cooper in a CBC interview.
{Aboriginal Industry lawyers routinely slander Canada for profit…}
It may be a little less obvious and a little less frequent than we see in places like the United States.”

“But Cooper said this treatment of Inuit by government and health-care representatives
is nothing new“.

“Cooper Regal lawyers, members of Masuch Law LLP, have won high-profile cases in the North. Most recently, they were legal counsel for Nunavut Ahiarmiut, who won a cash settlement and apology from the federal government over their forced relocation decades ago {See below}.

“But Cooper said this lawsuit is inspired by accounts of contemporary discrimination.

We’re talking right now, right here“,
he said.

Examples of {claimed} discrimination collected include the horrific. In one case, Cooper described {an unproven claim of} a five-month-old aborted fetus being
cut up and thrown away in sight of the mother“.

The fact that is happening now in Canada is a problem and it screams for legal attention“,
Cooper said.
It screams for condemnation and this is a really good example of where class actions are used not only to redeem the parties in terms of what they’ve already done, but to be a reason why governments and institutions change their behaviour.”
{Because taxpayers end up having to pay for it?}

“Cooper said so far dozens of people have come forward to share their stories, but he expects the number to climb into the hundreds once word of the lawsuit gets out. It will be a few months, he said, before anything is filed in court. Potential representative claimants have been identified, as have potential defendants in the case.

It will involve the government of Canada“,
Cooper said in an email.
It may also involve a number of provincial governments administering health care under contract to either the territory, Canada or both, and it may include health-care institutions who employed those who we say participated in discriminatory delivery of services.”

“Cooper said it’s too early to say definitively the lawsuit will proceed.
{But he’s publicly slandering these institutions anyway…}

Establishing the circumstance of class action do not always mean that the class action will proceed [and] if it does proceed, whether in fact it will be certified.”

“Cooper’s law office is now looking for stories of discrimination in health care experienced by Inuit inside or outside Nunavut.”

–‘Inuit class-action lawsuit to allege racism in Canada’s health-care system’,
CBC News, Mar. 26, 2019

“The Ahiarmiut and the Canadian government have come to a settlement agreement of $5 million for forced relocations of the Ahiarmut between 1949 and 1959.

“David Serkoak, president of the Ahiarmiut Relocation Society, has been working on this settlement for more than 20 years. He started by interviewing survivors of the relocations, and collecting information on what exactly happened.

“It started in about 1949, when the government relocated residents of Ennadai Lake to Nueltin Lake. Serkoak said a few years after the move, his people decided to trek back to Ennadai Lake. But that was short-lived, as the Canadian government moved them again, this time to Henik Lake.

This time, there was no return“,
said Serkoak.
I think this is where most of the terrible ailments took place, where some people died of starvation, cold exposure, two men died by murder, and all these terrible things were happening fast.”

“Serkoak said then the community decided to move to Padlei Lake, which was closer to a Hudson Bay trading post. Then they were brought to Eskimo Point, and put into igloos made by the RCMP {!?!}

“Serkoak said there will be two categories of people who will get some of the settlement money — people who were a part of the relocations, and the children of people who were relocated.

People who went through the relocation will get $100,000 each; there are 21 people left in this category. Steven Cooper, the society’s lawyer, said when the claim was originally filed, there were 27 in this category.

Each child will get $3,000; this group is significantly larger, with about 164 people.

“Serkoak said there is only one survivor who was an adult during the relocations…

“The group is also anticipating an apology from the government {Of course}, which Serkoak said is “in the works“. But he said he’s not sure when that will happen.

We’re pressing hard for it because the money comes and goes, but the apology is what goes down in the history books“,
he said…

–‘Ahiarmiut and federal gov’t reach $5M settlement for relocations’,
Jamie Malbeuf, CBC News, Aug. 27, 2018

From 2010:
“The Canadian government says it regrets the “mistakes and broken promises” it made in forcing some Inuit to relocate to the High Arctic in the 1950s. Indian and Northern Affairs Minister John Duncan issued a formal apology Wednesday for the government’s controversial High Arctic relocation program, in which 87 Inuit were relocated about 1,200 kilometres to Canada’s most northerly settlements.

“The Inuit from Inukjuak, a community in northern Quebec, were moved to Grise Fiord and Resolute, in what is now Nunavut, in 1953 and 1956.

“Another three families from Pond Inlet, Nunavut, were also moved north to help the Inukjuaq families adjust to their new environment.

But Duncan said the transplanted families — commonly dubbed the “High Arctic Exiles” — did not get what the government of the day had promised them.

We’re apologizing for promises that were made and not kept“,
Duncan told reporters.
They were promised they were going to a more abundant place. They were promised that they would remain in one community. They were promised that they could leave and return to their home communities after two years if they were unhappy. So, those were significant promises.”

“They were taken from the relatively-lush tundra of northern Quebec to the High Arctic, where they found a much colder climate, unfamiliar terrain, constant winter darkness and limited varieties of wildlife that they could hunt.

“The government has acknowledged that due to poor planning, the relocated families spent their first winter in tents with not enough food and supplies…

“The federal government had insisted that they were trying to help the affected Inuit, who were having trouble surviving as subsistence hunters in northern Quebec. However, many have argued that the Inuit were used to assert Canada’s sovereignty in the Arctic during the Cold War.

“The communities of Resolute and Grise Fiord still exist. The hamlets have populations of 229 and 141, respectively, according to Statistics Canada.

Despite the suffering and hardship, the relocatees and their descendants were successful in building vibrant communities in Grise Fiord and Resolute Bay“,
Duncan said…

“In 1996, the federal government agreed to pay $10 million into a trust fund to compensate the families of the relocated people…

“Mayor Sarollie Weetaluktuk told CBC News the apology marks a historic milestone not just for those who had to move, but also for their descendents and other Inuit…

“Pita Aatami, president of the Quebec Inuit land-claim organization Makivik Corp., told CBC News he was happy to finally hear an apology from the government…”

–‘Inuit get federal apology for forced relocation’,
CBC News, Aug. 18, 2010

“In 1952, the Canadian government hosted a conference in Ottawa (attended by government officials as well as representatives of the Hudson’s Bay Company, the Roman Catholic and Anglican churches, the United States embassy and the National Film Board) to discuss solutions to the declining fur trade that, it was feared, would leave some Inuit in need of government assistance. Attendees — exclusive of Inuit — concluded that Inuit should be made to return to their traditional lifestyles, ending their reliance on trading posts or government support. Relocating Inuit to places where they could hunt and gather seemed a good solution.”

“As trading posts began to close in the region, through the 1930s and ’40s, the government assumed that there wouldn’t be enough economic activity to support the Ahiarmiut… In 1949, the federal government built a radio tower at Ennadai Lake, and the Ahiarmiut traded with station employees… The federal government worried trade between employees and the Ahiarmiut was leading to dependence and that the Ahiarmiut would lose the ability to live as they had traditionally…”

“The federal government had insisted that they were trying to help the affected Inuit, who were having trouble surviving as subsistence hunters in northern Quebec…”
See also:
Mea Maxima Culpa: The Ruse of Political Apologies’:
“It all seems a little bizarre, and a reversal of normal morality, which is…that ‘those who do harm must pay’. Instead, we, who did no harm, must apologize publicly for something over which we had no control, and politicians — who stand to gain by appearing morally upright — are extracting money from millions of citizens who were not even alive at the time, using it to pay off descendants who have suffered no harm, and whose only connection to the deemed sins of the past is their blood.”



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