J4D in Solidarity with Barriere Lake! More Ottawa support needed

J4D in Solidarity with Barriere Lake! More Ottawa support needed

The Justice for Deepan Support Committee stands in solidarity with the families of Barriere Lake who are being unjustly denied their money from the Department of Aboriginal Affairs. In tandem with these families, we call on Bernard Valcourt, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs, to stop denying this money. Moreover, we say loudly that Aboriginal Affairs is engaging in a deeply unethical denial of finances during the holiday season and as cold temperatures set in. Shame on the federal government and their flagrantly punitive tactics against this dynamic community that is resisting the colonial tactics of Harper’s newly minted ‘Transparency Act’. For more on Barriere Lake’s resistance to the double standard regulations of this Act, as well as how you can support, please visit:

What is needed?

Needed: Flour, baking powder, vegetable oil, rice, tomato soup, canned whole tomatoes, salt, pepper, cereals, eggs, porridge, macaroni, pasta, pasta sauce, white bread, chicken and beef broth, white beans, canned beans, margarine, potatoes (at least 200 pounds), pancake mix, syrup, dried peas, mac and cheese. Any other canned goods and dry goods that are common consumables and non-perishable.

If you are in Ottawa, please bring contributions to First United Church at 347 Richmond Road between 9:30 AM and 3:30 PM, December 21 – 27. Before delivering any contributions, please call the church at 613-­232­-1016 or if there is no answer call 613­729-­2647 to let them know you are coming. Please take the goods to the back of the Church off Madison Ave (one block north of Richmond).

If you are not in Ottawa, it is best to donate funds for the families to purchase needed items. Please donate generously through PayPal: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=Q22YF238ACE5N.

You can also send the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs, Bernard Valcourt, a strong message through his website: http://www.bernardvalcourtmp.ca/contact/

Insist that (1) all social assistance payments – including back payments – are made immediately, and that the Department will work with the Chief and Council to ensure that no further payments are withheld; and (2) that the Federal Government meet Barriere Lake’s following demands, regarding the Transparency Act:

– Chief and Council must be free to appoint a fully qualified auditor of their own choosing;

– Chief and Council must have a decisive say over what is included in the audit;

– A fair and transparent dispute resolution process must be initiated to deal with the transactions that the Third Party Manager and Aboriginal Affairs have undertaken to date without the band’s involvement or approval.