First things first, why is John Ridsdale listed as one of the Blockaders.
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.
In mainstream media John Ridsdale may be best known as his role as leader of the Wet’suwet’en Nation, locally however he will likely be best remembered as a regular customer of the Legion looking at the bottom of a drinking glass. His working career is not very well remembered by anyone other than hanging out at the Office of Wet’suwet’en. Oddly no one I have talked to can remember where he has worked other than his own tale about working at Houston Forest Products for a short time when he was young.
Keep in mind these so called “land defenders” are all just pawns of Franklin Lopez The secret operative behind the internal war in the Wet’suwet’en family.
Now he will be remembered as one of the two Hereditary Chiefs with a criminal record and a history of bad mouthing Canada, and taking money in return. It does fit the narrative of intentional confrontation with both the RCMP and CGL.
John Ridsdale (below) taking credit for stripping the names from three female hereditary chiefs in violation of Wet’suwet’en Law that dictates it is the only by the authority of the clan that any blanket (below that of Hereditary Chief, can be stripped.
Read here: Hereditary Chiefs of the Wet’suwet’en Nation in B.C. say LNG pipeline doesn’t have unanimous consent
It is only given after the Hereditary chief is dead, and it must be a person from the same house. (Taken from the Delgamuukw trial, screenshot given from testimony regarding this very issue.)
More on the same issue (bottom half of the page) can be found here.
A MUST READ – Did John Ridsdale outwit the judge?
From that story
“A local Indigenous court led by elders had asked the outside courts to handle the matter because they considered it “too politically sensitive,” said defence lawyer Michael Murphey.
Prosecutor Kristina King said the Crown might normally have asked for a jail term because the circumstances were “so serious,” but mitigating factors justified the three-year suspended sentence instead.”
Seriously? “Too politically sensitive,” gets you off the hook for a serious firearms violation?
The outright lie
“The lawyer also noted that his client’s suffered the effects of having one parent who suffered horribly in residential schools and another who was dispatched to a farm at an early age to provide what was likely free labour. Ridsdale himself escaped being sent to one of the schools because his parents had the children hide in the bush when authorities came to collect them, said the lawyer.”
John Ridsdale is 63 years old, compulsory attendance at residential school ended long before John was born, compulsory attendance ended in 1948. John would have had to be older that 73 years of age in order for his story to be true. Yes residential schools did operate here the Lejac Residential School closed in 1976, however contrary to the claims made in order to get him off the hook for his criminal offences his parents would not have had to hide him as per his claims, unless he lied about his age and he is actually over 73 years of age. Seriously John went to the same elementary school I did only many years later.
Important Related Articles
January 24, 2019 Truth or Lies – Office of the Wetsuweten Overlapping Land Claims
January 25, 2019 Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs approved Pacific Trail Pipeline in 2015 Whoa yes you read right, the Hereditary Chiefs already approved the same pipeline the Unist’ot’en swore to block.
February 9, 2019 Wet’suwet’en – Truth before Reconciliation. This article has some good Delgamuukw testimony references.
February 11, 2019 Inventing Wet’suwet’en. A article about inventing history, another must read.
February 22, 2019 Wet’suwet’en Strong – The Symbol of Male Dominance over women.
February 27, 2019 In defense of the Wet’suwet’en Matrilineal Coalition – A great primer of the theft of title.
March 6, 2019 Wet’suwet’en Land Claims Overlap – This is a critical and important read to understand the intentional path of conflict they chose in order to circumvent other First Nations land claims.
March 9, 2019 The Office of the Wet’suwet’en operate under the false guise of Wet’suwet’en Law. In order to break their own laws they simply write new ones like shifting sands.
March 11, 2019 Moricetown Chiefs do not represent Wet’suwet’en clans and houses.
March 14, 2019 I am a Wet’suwet’en man from the dark house A powerful a revealing letter from a member of the so called Unist’ot’en Clan
March 21, 2019 Eagle Down is Our Law – Book Review Everything you might now want to know about the real Wet’suwet’en laws.
March 21, 2019 Leaked Documents – BC Government and Office of the Wet’suwet’en Leaked documents you want to see.
March 24, 2019 Horgan’s Wet’suwet’en Nightmare Go to the video on this page and go to the 3:54 min mark, some very sobering words.
March 25, 2019 Understanding Moricetown (Witset) Chiefs The great divide between the east and west Wet’suwet’en Nation. Out of 6 Wet’suwet’en communities only 2 recognize the Moricetown chiefs as their authority.
March 25, 2019 All Hereditary Chiefs are and remain Legitimate In reference to the titles that were stripped
April 27, 2019 All Clans Meeting in Prince George Skin Tyee and Nee Tahi Buhn attended to say that they are independent from the Office of the Wet’suwet’en and they do not represent them.
April 27, 2019 John Ridsdale stunt at the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues Strange that nobody ever questioned a single statement he made as if he could not tell a lie?
April 30, 2019 The Tale of Two Tsayu, Beaver Clan Chiefs A very good question, is John Ridsdale even the legitimate Hereditary Chief?
April 25, 2019 Protests based on two words indigenous, and genocide, Using more gifted tax payer dollars to spread lies about Canada
April 28, 2019 Outright Lies told to UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues Pretty much self explanatory.
August 29, 2019 Kweese War Trail Debunked – A shameful history
December 7, 2019 Office of Wet’suwet’en – Disclosure One
December 7, 2019 Office of Wet’suwet’en – Disclosure Two
December 7, 2019 Office of Wet’suwet’en – Disclosure Three
December 7, 2019 Office of Wet’suwet’en – Disclosure Four
December 7, 2019 Office of Wet’suwet’en – Disclosure Five
December 7, 2019 Office of Wet’suwet’en – Disclosure Six
January 1, 2020 Victory for local citizens in the B.C. Supreme Court against Wet’suwet’en obstructionists.
January 5, 2020 Inventing Wet’suwet’en law
January 7, 2020 Stolen Titles – Unist’ot’en – CGL Eviction
January 9, 2020 What exactly is unceded land? An in-depth look into the problem.
January 11, 2020 Office of Wet’suwet’en protest march is an epic fail
January 12, 2020 Office of the Wet’suwet’en – Heated with LNG
January 15, 2020 Duping the RCMP and Press with Fake Hereditary Chiefs
January 23, 2020 Chief Knedebeas (Warner William) offer to allow LNG through Unist’ot’en land Revolving promises, double speak
January 27, 2020 Introducing “Smogelgem” of the Sun House
February 5, 2020 Bands Authority vs. Hereditary Chiefs Authority regarding Land Claims
February 12, 2020 Reconciliation within the Wet’suwet’en family
February 15, 2020 Office Chiefs PR Stunt is not going to heal the Wet’suwet’en Nation
February 16, 2020 Wolves in Fancy Blankets
February 22, 2020 Fake Chiefs – Duped and Gullible Press – Supreme Court Evidence
February 28, 2020 Office of Wet’suwet’en dupes the press again.
March 1, 2020 Open letter to Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs after Tsayu clan meeting
March 3, 2020 Customary law must not be permitted to subjugate statutory authority
March 4, 2020 The Trudeau government just legitimized men silencing Indigenous women
March 30, 2020 BCTF should apologize to the Wet’suwet’en people
April 4, 2020 Was Stanley Nikal framed? A look backwards in time.
May 13, 2020 Letter from Hereditary Chiefs to Chief Luggi – Response to elected chiefs plus a counterpoint
May 29, 2020 Liberals Shut Out elected Wet’suwet’en chiefs from Indigenous Affairs parliamentary committee. Preventing democracy and the right to vote.
July 2, 2020 Hereditary chiefs skating on thin legal ice another must read story.
July 30, 2020 John Ridsdale – Facts, Fiction and Moose Manure
October 8, 2020 Dinï’ze, Tsakë’ze and Skiy’ze – Self-righteous Indignation
December 17, 2020 Stupid White Man
February 4, 2021 Chief Na’Mox also known as John Ridsdale was arrested and kept in jail overnight
February 23, 2021 A question of Legitimacy in the Office of Wet’suwet’en
March 9, 2021 Real Indigenous Leader Speaks Out on Pipelines, Politics and Protesters
April 24, 2021 ‘Wiggus Tset At’awt At’en’ Respect First
September 24, 2021 Wet’suwet’en Chief Na’Mox – John Ridsdale to plead guilty on 4 criminal charges
September 27, 2021 Chiefs in Crisis – Local Update
September 28, 2021 Gidimt’en Checkpoint – Nobody is Listening
October 1, 2021 Morice 63 km Blockade Update
October 15, 2021 Invasion – Our local communities under attack.
October 29, 2021 Wet’suwet’en – Respecting our ancestors
November 3, 2021 Community-Industry Response Group (C-IRG) in the Bulkley Valley – Welcome Back
November 4, 2021 John Ridsdale got a suspended sentence & probation of three years.
November 8, 2021 Our Sacred Headwaters – a Human Portable Outhouse
November 14, 2021 Yintah – a documentary film about the Wet’suwet’en Nation
November 17, 2021 Office of the Wet’suwet’en inciting Domestic Terrorism
November 19, 2021 Anarchists and Warriors – A confession by Molly Wickham
November 29, 2021 War in the Woods – Daily Update
November 29, 2021 War by Anarchists on Society
December 3, 2021 Taylor Bachrach sandbags RCMP in Parliament Cody Molly Logan Colin
December 4, 2021 Memory Lane – Like peas in a pod.
December 6, 2021 Did CBC just team up with a terrorist?
December 11, 2021 Violent RCMP Raid on the Wet’suwet’en? When and where?
December 14, 2021 Nathan Cullen’s letter of concern regarding RCMP Violence
December 17, 2021 The fallacy of “Land Back”
December 20, 2021 Where are our Wet’suwet’en leaders?
December 21, 2021 The case for a permanent RCMP station on the Morice West Forest Service Road
December 22, 2021 Molly and her gang once again occupy the drill pad site.
December 28, 2021 Anarchist Stool Bus – We uncover the down and dirty – Dec 2021
The rest of the story can be found in our 2022 articles, check there for more related articles.
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