‘Rez Dogs – Rescue or Theft?’

“‘APTN News’ reporter Kathleen Martens has been covering this new phenomenon and says what’s often happening is non-‘Indigenous’ people {sic, she means ‘Aboriginal’} and organizations are coming to communities and helping themselves to pets.

It’s opened up this world of these rescues from the south, going to communities in the north, it’s a clash of culture, of clash of values and because of social media there’s so much judgement and mean-spiritedness, there’s hate. It’s turned into instead of learning from and about each other and how best to help each other, into a he said/she said”,
Martens said…” 

–‘The rescue of Rez dogs: The good, the bad, and the ugly’,
Melissa Ridgen, APTN, Oct. 15, 2020
“Despite the best intentions of the animal rights movement,
It’s very ‘white and very judgy’.”
{And that’s a very racist thing to say…}

–‘Rescue gone wrong: Pickles, puppies and a dispute over a dog’,
Kathleen Martens, APTN, June 15, 2020
“Deon Clarke, a Band councillor and dog owner in Norway House Cree ‘Nation’{a ‘nation’ of 8,519 people}, who handles the animal welfare portfolio, said “rez dogs” mostly run free in the remote community without fenced yards and are “slim and trim” as a result.

“He said it’s not fair to judge their appearance or treatment from afar…”

–‘It is a free-for-all’: Manitoba, Ontario say they have no control over animal rescue groups’,
Kathleen Martens, APTN, Aug. 14, 2020
See also:
Deadly Dogs On Reserves’ (Quebec) {July 12, 2019}:
“Quebec provincial police are investigating after a one-year-old boy was found dead and covered in bite marks in the Nunavik community of Kangiqsujuaq, Que. His body was surrounded by dogs…”

Reserves Get Volunteer Help for Animal Issues{February 2, 2015}:
“Dr. Samson-French believes there could be as many as a million unhoused dogs on reserves across Canada. She estimates there are at least two semi-wild dogs for every home on a reserve.”
   “Essentially, the task force puts together a volunteer team of close to 100 people, including vets and surgical assistants. Eight times a year, they set up what would be akin to a MASH unit — with examination areas, a triage zone, surgery stations and recovery rooms. And it is all created in a school or gym in a chosen Alberta ‘First Nations’ community.”
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