We have all been made to feel powerless, despite the fact that we have more power than we realize. This can be especially true when our rights are being impacted on a grander scale, such as in the context of government services. Many experience the effects of this on a daily basis as a function of their involvement in government support programs, and they are the people the recently enacted Social Services Appeal Board AmendmentAct, SM 2018, c 31 (formerly known as Bill 24) stands to impact most drastically. This post endeavours to explain what the Act is, what it does, and the differing views surrounding it in the hopes of allowing you to come to your own conclusion on the following question: does Bill 24 protect human rights in Manitoba?
From time immemorial, members of the Wet’suwet’en First Nation have tended to their lands and since the arrival of settlers they have resisted colonial control over their home. Two camps have been built along a forestry road to assert sovereignty, gather community and resist colonial developments. The Unist’ot’en camp (est. 2009-10) exists fundamentally as a reoccupation of Indigenous lands and the main focus is healing. The Gidumt’en checkpoint (est. 2018) was created to oppose a pipeline being built on their territory. The Wet’suwet’en’s elected band councils, an electoral structure mandated by the Indian Act, have approved of the Coastal GasLink LNG pipeline. However, the hereditary chiefs of the Wet’suwet’en’s five clans never consented to the passage of the pipeline. Considering the potential harm to the lands and waters, the hereditary leaders and their supporters are opposed to the construction of the pipeline on their lands.
Annie Beach is a visual artist who has worked with Kenneth Lavallee on the Star Blanket Project and a mural at the Children’s Hospital, her art work reflects her commitment to support Indigenous communities. She is also known for her response to the University of Manitoba white supremacist poster campaign, creating a counteractive message.
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