Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence (C) pauses after making a statement on Victoria Island before the start of a meeting between chiefs and Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper in Ottawa January 11, 2013.
Credits: REUTERS/CHRIS WATTIE
Last week was the busiest of Theresa Spence's life. She's the chief of the Attawapiskat Indian reserve who has been on a "hunger strike."
Her week started with the release of a damning financial audit by Deloitte, which found that millions of dollars spent from her band finances had no paper trail. That kind of bombshell keeps you busy.
And then there was the big meeting of all the Indian chiefs in town, where she was a big topic of discussion.
And of course the week ended on a high note. Although she refused to meet with the prime minister, she did permit the governor general to meet with her.
All in all, a pretty exciting week for a woman who usually putters around a remote town of 1,500 people.
Which makes a press release that she sent out in the middle of last week amazing.
In the middle of all that, the chief sent out a press release about ... the Alberta oilsands?
In the middle of the most intense week of her life, which was about the prime minister, the governor general, her Indian band, the audit, her hunger strike and her, her, her, she put out a detailed press release condemning the oilsands? Attawapiskat is in northern Ontario. It's 1,900 km from the oilsands. It's the same distance from Attawapiskat to Nashville, Tenn.
Spence has never said anything about the oilsands in public. Her only possible connection is that her Indian band's stock portfolio contains a million dollars of oilsands shares.
She surely didn't write the release. So who did?
Who hates the oilsands, and has a strategy to make Indians the frontmen for their environmentalist attacks?
Well, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund does. They're liberal, white, New York billionaires. Five years ago they came up with a 48-page plan to attack Canada's oilsands. Their annual budget is $7 million and their campaign plan calls for using First Nations frontmen.
This isn't a conspiracy theory. Because it's not a theory, it's a fact. And other extremist groups admit to it, too.
The Canadian subsidiary of San Francisco's Tides Foundation gave a grant of $27.3 million to a trust fund to bankroll environmental campaigns on two B.C. Indian bands. Tides funds 36 anti-development groups. Tides, the Rockefellers, the Moore Foundation, the Hewlett Foundation, the Bullitt Foundation and more have poured hundreds of millions of dollars into Canada over the past decade to radicalize environmental groups.
They choose Indian bands for obvious reasons. Reporters don't question Indians - it would make them feel racist. Police are afraid to take on Indians blocking roads - whereas they actually like arresting dirty hippies.
And the accounting on Indian reserves is weak. You can pour millions of dollars into a band and no one will notice. Spence is collecting donations for her "hunger strike." Her boyfriend, who happens to be the town's co-manager, has set up a private bank account for it.
Do you think the tycoon chief of an Indian band - who drives a luxury vehicle, who can't account for 81% of band transactions, who has an anonymous bank account - would decline money from the Rockefellers or Tides? Sun Media put the question to her. She hasn't replied.
Is that what spurred Spence's press release? Are our Indians being colonized again - this time by unscrupulous white men from New York and San Francisco?