‘Rejecting ‘Land Acknowledgements’

Considering the unproven nature of most Aboriginal land claims — and the fact that many of the claimed ‘traditional territories’ were stolen from other tribes — the rush of unthinking do-gooders to ‘acknowledge’ what might well be fiction is laughable at best…

“Surrey Mayor Doug McCallum has defended his refusal to back a motion to ensure Aboriginal lands are recognized at the start of council and committee meetings. Speaking to council on Monday night after the motion was voted down 5-4, McCallum said he had dealt personally with the leaders of all six ‘First Nations’ {‘Aboriginal communities’} whose {claimed} ‘unceded’ land Surrey is built on.

“He said those relationships were very good and that ‘First Nations’ were acknowledged at the start of all city events, and a ‘First Nations’ prayer was performed at the inauguration of council every four years.

I think we’re doing an excellent job currently and the ‘First Nations’ are happy with what we’re doing”,
McCallum said.

Surrey City Mayor Doug McCallum. (PHOTO BY RICHARD LAM -PNG)

“This motion was put forward by councillor Jack Hundial after no objections when it was tabled last month:

That the City of Surrey develop a meaningful, respectful acknowledgment before every council and committee meeting of our commitment as a city to reconciliation and recognition that the land we are on is the traditional territory of the Coast Salish people.”

“In 2013, Vancouver city council acknowledged that the city was founded on the {claimed} ‘unceded’ ‘traditional territories’ of the Musqueam {a ‘nation’ of 1,430 people}, Squamish {a ‘nation’ of 4,300 people} and Tsleil-Waututh {a ‘nation’ of 613 people} ‘First Nations’. Since then, this has been expressed verbally at the start of all formal council and committee meetings. The City of Burnaby also requires {claimed} ‘traditional territory’ be acknowledged at all formal city gatherings and meetings.

“The provincial government makes similar acknowledgment, to the Songees and Esquimalt ‘First Nations’, at the start of formal meetings in Victoria.

“Hundial said his motion was guided by the ‘UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People’ {Aboriginals are not ‘Indigenous’ to North America}. UNDRIP was {foolishly} adopted by the Canadian and B.C. governments last year and encourages governments to acknowledge {claimed, often stolen from other tribes} ‘unceded’ Aboriginal lands as part of reconciliation efforts.

“McCallum and his four-person ‘Surrey Safe Coalition’ team control the vote by one; rivalling Hundial and councillors Brenda Locke, Linda Annis and Steven Pettigrew.

“Councillor Laurie Guerra was opposed because the motion involved “legislating speech”.

“On Tuesday, Locke pointed out that Metro Vancouver and the Union of B.C. Municipalities also acknowledge Aboriginal lands before formal meetings {So?}.

“The City of Surrey has the largest urbanized ‘Indigenous’ {sic, ‘Aboriginal’} population in B.C and does have an “Urban Indigenous Strategy”.

“According to the city’s website, it is acknowledged Surrey is located within the {claimed} ‘traditional territories’ of the Semiahmoo {a ‘nation’ of 98 people}, Katzie {a ‘nation’ of 606 people}, Kwikwetlem {a ‘nation’ of 125 people}, Kwantlen {a ‘nation’ of 315 people}, Qayqayt {a ‘nation’ of 14 people} and Tsawwassen {a ‘nation’ of 396 people} ‘First Nations’.

–‘Surrey council rejects motion to acknowledge Aboriginal lands at start of meetings’,
David Carrigg, Vancouver Province, Jan. 14, 2021

Gastown (Vancouver) Foolishness (Photo-Dan Toulgoet)

See also:
CBC Keeps Pushing Phony Land Acknowledgements’ (Richmond Hill, Ont.) {March 29, 2019}:
“City councillors in Richmond Hill, Ont., rejected a motion to begin their meetings with an acknowledgement of the area’s ‘indigenous’ {they misname ‘aboriginal’} community and history…”

Political Correctness At Its Finest’ (Beaverton Land Acknowledgement):
‘Activist begins ‘Tinder’ date with land acknowledgement’
“Internet activist Dillon Sanders introduced himself to his date Rebecca Holder by way of a ceremonial acknowledgement of the ‘traditional caretakers of the land’ on which they were meeting.”

We’re NOT on Treaty Land{May 16, 2018}:
“Retired Judge Brian Giesbrecht explodes the myth that we are all living on “treaty land” as per fashionable pronouncements prior to hockey games and assorted public events…” (AUDIO)


Sound The Retreat!{May 5, 2018}:
“The Ontario Medical Association governing council decided, quite rightly, that there was no need for them to acknowledge the surrendered, former territory of whichever tribe happened to have lived there last, before the development of Canada.

“In an all-too-familiar Canadian pattern, they are now apologizing…and this abject retreat is particularly pathetic…”
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