First things first, why is Jeff Brown listed as one of the Blockaders.
Jeff Brown a resident from Burns Lake (Lake Babine Nation) he is not a Wet’suwet’en
Blockades is by design, and not a consequence of industry or CGL, blockades is the “Ways and Means” an objective to steal lands from other First Nations and bypassing the system of negotiations.
To fully understand the “how to” of implementing of this plan you need to first understand the background of this plan. A must read is Wet’suwet’en Land Claims Overlap. as it explains the problem that the Office of Wet’suwet’en aka the Wet’suwet’en Five have as the core of their problems.
In 2009 Don Ryan was invited to speak to the Office of Wet’suwet’en where he delivered the following advise on how to proceed with land claims. Feel free to prove me wrong.
He said the following, we will highlight the key points in dark red.
“The issues for us on the treaty table are a competing claim. You have people on the treaty table discussing these issues, and Carrier Sekanie is claiming the same thing in Prince George.
The band councils are doing different things. We must sit and talk to them and bring everyone together. There will be tension on these fronts. You have a situation where pipelines and competing claims must be sorted out.
The treaty process is not the right path for us.
This process takes your title away from you. We need to be aggressive as to what we can do on the land. I can quickly take you through the treaty process. They have a formula and figure how much they will offer you in cash. Our neighbors in the Nass signed a treaty, speak to them and they will tell you the same story. $750,000 per person is what they will offer you. When they give you that money, you will not own the land.
They will also offer you land and that will be around Moricetown. They also have a formula, one section of land. They are still trying to get you off the land. I’m interested in discussing the options with you.” Don Ryan 2009
Then later on in 2009 the following.
The Unist’ot’en camp has been endorsed by five prominent Wet’suwet’en house chiefs, part of a hereditary system of 13 house groups that fall under five clans. The five men (with their Indigenous title, followed by their house group and clan) are: John Ridsdale (Na’Moks) from Rafters on Beaver House under the Tsayu clan; Warner William (Knedebeas) from Dark House under the Gilseyhu clan; Jeff Brown (Madeek) from Where it Lies Blocking the Trail under the Gitdumden clan; Ron Mitchell (Hagwilnegh) from House of Many Eyes under the Laksilyu clan; and Warner Naziel (Smogelgem) from Sun House under the Laksamshu clan.
What is Jeff Brown’s connection to the blockades? In reply its no secret that the Office of Wet’suwet’en has been secretly and often not so secretly supporting the blockaders since 2009, depending on the legal definition of what would be grounds for legal action against the Office of Wet’suwet’en. Jeff Brown worked at Babine Forest Products for pretty much all of his adult life and in his retirement could easily afford to buy his title within the Office of Wet’suwet’en.
The largest issue we have with Jeff Brown is the do as I say and not do as I do. They want you to believe everything they say but questioning their authority is absolutely forbidden. The prance in robes for the press, yet have no answers for their own people, in fact so much so that they often find themselves in direct opposition to their own Wet’suwet’en Nation. So lets have a look at the facts, irrefutable facts.
The Wet’suwet’en Nation has never been given the option to choose who speaks for them, unlike many other First Nations groups who offered its own people the right to decide by way of voting on it. Thus it would be fair to say that some, not all Hereditary Chiefs and some, not all of their clans sub-chiefs unilaterally declared themselves as the sole governing body of the Wet’suwet’en Nation. It would also be fair to say that a very large number of Wet’suwet’en citizens want to vote on this matter, however the majority of Hereditary Chiefs have decided that its not negotiable.
The Office of Wet’suwet’en was created by some of the Hereditary Chiefs while others were excluded from the decision making. At no time in the history of the Wet’suwet’en Nation was there ever a vote held to confirm the authority of the Hereditary Chiefs as a final team of decision makers. Most certainly the Delgamuukw did neither grant them the authority or deny them the right to speak for the Wet’suwet’en Nation. The court recognized the litigation as bought on by hereditary chiefs known as appellants. The ‘Delgamuukw v. British Columbia.’ never stated anywhere that the hereditary chiefs are the only decision-makers on their lands, nor did the court declare the hereditary chiefs to be exclusive decision makers of the land.
The above are excerpts from a very relevant and important read A question of Legitimacy in the Office of Wet’suwet’en
According to Globe and Mail, and never questioned or challenged by the same chiefs comes the following screenshot.
Readers need to see what happened, so lets show their own video explanation of what occurred.
Alphonse Gagnon quote “We come here with heavy hearts” seriously and you bring your nephew from the Owl House, already dressed to take over the Smogelgem Hereditary Chief’s title, and lands of the Sun House, and show you all celebrating your heavy hearts at the 6:30 mark in the video, by dancing out the Unist’ot’en camp. Wow! and we did not even notice. Listen to Jeff Brown at the 3 min mark talk about UNITY seriously? Then look at the man who should have gone to jail for his criminal actions try to feather Gloria George who has an impeccable record of service to her people.
OK, confirmed it was the same 4 out of 13 acting on their own authority, they are not above, below but equal in authority to Chief Woos (Darlene Glaim) and Chief Smogelgem (Gloria George) and make special note they are assisted by Warner Naziel already posing as the new Chief Smogelgem and clearly its not a problem for these 4 chiefs. Who are they to allow or disallow other hereditary chiefs of the same rank, as is somehow they feel superior because they are male, forgetting they are in a matrilineal society. Special assists go to Freda Husan, Warner Naziel and Violet Gellenbeck.
The above actions resulted in these same chiefs, not the clans, but the same chiefs choosing who the successors would be. We have a detailed explanation into the theft and reappointment’s of these two hereditary titles added to their profile pages. See Warner Naziel (Smogelgem) and Frank Alec (Woos) for detailed evidence.
Before we continue I wish to explore another issue, in particular the issue of the legitimacy of Jeff Brown’s own claim to the position of hereditary title. We have not do any major investigation into his title, but if we did, what would we find? Did he follow Wet’suwet’en protocol in becoming a hereditary chief? If it comes to that we will amend this page.
Lets do a quick review of what is required as written by himself and the other members of the Office of Wet’suwet’en, lets also refer to his actions against the other female hereditary chief’s and question the legitimacy of how they replaced hereditary chief’s who have independent thoughts on doing business as Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs. Read it and ask how their actions fit their own description that they are selling to the media about themselves.
Becoming a Hereditary Chief
Before nonnative contact, a Wet’suwet’en heir began their journey to becoming a hereditary chief while still inside the mother’s womb. Elders, Shaman’s and Chiefs would often feel the womb of an expectant mother and determine if the baby was destined to be a future Chief or Shaman. From the time of birth the child would be groomed or tutored to be a wise, strong and responsible leader. The child would start off with the following succession of feast names:
Sub Chief name
Head Chief name
Before a person received a high-ranking chief name, they would have to travel into the wilderness to live with the animals for an extended period of time. They would learn the ways of the animal world before returning to the community to assume a Chief name. When they returned, they would have to demonstrate what they have learned. This exercise exposed the prospected chief to the human world as well as the animal world. Thus ensuring he or she had the utmost respect for both.
Wow, that is a high standard right? But let us look at what they do vs what they say must be done.
Then I want to bring your attention to a book “Niwhts’ide’nı̈ hibi’it’ën – Ways of Our Ancestors” that the Office of Wet’suwet’en had published as an education tool for local schools. Once again they too admit there are normally four feasts held, now lets review all of the existing Hereditary Chiefs and see who among them followed the rules, and who did not. More specifically how many of them held legitimate feasts at all? Feast specifically held in the name of passing on the title?
Take the time to read what was said by those original hereditary chiefs that testified at the Delgamuukw trial, the truth is here, in their own words.
To establish what the rules really are let us review what was said in the Delgamuukw testimony entered by Mary Joseph on December 7, 1988 in the Supreme Court of British Columbia. References see https://open.library.ubc.ca/collections/delgamuukw/items/1.0018481 or see it below.
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All right. Now, when someone in a Wet’suwet’en house who has passed away, is the name given to the person in the house who makes the largest contribution at the feast?
When a person passes away, whoever contributes the most is considered as the successor.
All right. And does the name — if the person that contributed the most was in the same clan but in a different house, would they get the name?
It’s always when a person passes away; it’s always the person in the same house.
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