Resignation of Terry Nelson as Chief of Roseau River First Nation and immediate return of David Ahenakew's Order of Canada medal sign now

This petition addresses the comments made by former Grand Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, David Ahenakew, and Roseau River First Nation Chief, Terry Nelson.

In December of 2002, David Ahenakew made the following comments during a speaking engagement before the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations:

"During the speech, he complained about bigotry in Canadian society and accused the media of creating racial conflict. When asked by a reporter to clarify his comments, he said the Holocaust was justified.

"How do you get rid of a disease like that, that's going to take over, that's going to dominate?" he said. "The Jews damn near owned all of Germany prior to the war. That's how Hitler came in. He was going to make damn sure that the Jews didn't take over Germany or Europe.

"That's why he fried six million of those guys, you know. Jews would have owned the God damned world. And look what they're doing. They're killing people in Arab countries."

(http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=1845&ncid=737&e=3&u=/cpress/20050403/ca_pr_on_na/crime_ahenakew_hate)

During his subsequent trial for promoting hatred in Canada, Ahenakew said that,

"вв.he still believes Jews were the cause of the Second World War.

The former head of the Assembly of First Nations and member of the Order of Canada is charged under the Criminal Code with wilfully promoting hatred against an identifiable group. "So you still believe today, in 2005, that the Jewish people started the Second World War?" Crown prosecutor Brent Klause asked Ahenakew.

"Yes," he responded."

(http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=1845&ncid=737&e=1&u=/cpress/20050405/ca_pr_on_na/crime_ahenakew_hate)

He also claimed that the reporter who taped his remarks should have been the one charged with a hate crime for filing his report and publishing it (http://sask.cbc.ca/regional/servlet/View?filename=ahenakew-reporter050306), and, finally, he claimed that the reason for his outburst in 2002 was that he had mixed diabetes medicine with wine the previous evening:

David Ahenakew's lawyer says diabetes, extra medication and wine led his client to make the anti-Semitic remarks for which he is now on trial.

Speaking outside court Wednesday afternoon, Doug Christie told reporters that he will present evidence that proves his theory as he brings forward his case over the next two days.

"He was certainly not feeling well that day and wouldn't have said these things if he was feeling well," Christie said.

"His medication had recently been doubled caused clearly by a chemical imbalance in the blood being related to diabetes. In addition to that he had two glasses of wine the night before.

"I think in those circumstances it's pretty obvious that he wasn't measuring his words the way he would normally do."

In December, 1978, David Ahenakew was awarded the Order of Canada medal, "Canada's highest civllian honor, awarded to those who adhere to the Order's motto Desiderantes meliorem patriam meaning "they desire a better country."
(http://www.absoluteastronomy.com/encyclopedia/O/Or/Order_of_Canada.htm)

The decision on the case will be handed down June 10, 2005

As the Ahenakew trial was reaching its conclusion, Roseau River Chief Terry Nelson sent a letter to the Winnipeg Free Press, dated April 9, 2005, asking,

Why is David Ahenakew angry at Jews? Why is he stating that the "Jews would have owned the goddamned worldвThey're killing people in the Arab countries". Jews do in fact own a lot of media and it is how they manage what Canadians view that angers many people. Look at how the National Post treats native issues or Arabs, the condemnation of Jewish controlled media is in black and white evidence. Real hatred of other people is clearly evident by their own words and actions, long before Ahenakew statements became public. CanWest Global Communications a Jewish owned multi-national owns two hundred media
outlets throughout Canada and the world. Does anyone ever examine the hatred that this group teaches about First Nations people in Canada?

Charles Adler, a Jewish immigrant from Hungry, the voice of Jews, a man paid by Global to be a spokesman of the Asper empire, given tremendous access to mainstream Manitoba media through CJOB, the Winnipeg Sun and now Global National television wrote and spoke hatred of indigenous people. Not once did he get condemned or reprimanded by his Jewish employers. Why does David Ahenakew scream that he is a victim of a holocaust? Listen to what is printed and said of indigenous people by Jewish people who pay to publish these opinions, and not once are these people charged by RCMP nor are they ever
condemned in Jewish controlled media.

(http://www.rrafn.com/terryletter.htm)

Terry Nelson is a convicted criminal who attempted to bribe the residents of his First Nation with gasoline for voting in the 2004 Canadian Federal election. In 1997, he was convicted of operating illegal gambling machines. In 1998, he visited Iraq and compared the plight of Iraqis to Canadian Aboriginals.

When he apologized for the anti-Semitic remarks, he placed the blame on the fact that he had written the letter "в.at 1 a.m. and did not spend enough time reviewing it properly.'" He also added, "ввhe didn't know what was anti-Semitic about his remarks. And he continued to suggest that Jews were somehow implicated in an alleged media conspiracy against aboriginals.

"I do not intend to sit back if Jewish writers continue to write hateful articles or air hatred against my people," Nelson said.

"Is it anti-Semitic of me to challenge Jews who attack First Nations? If it is, then I am anti-Semitic and there is nothing I can do about it because I have no intention of letting anyone, Jew or otherwise, attack my people." (Winnipeg Free Press, April 19,2005).

This was not the first anti-Semitic outburst by Terry Nelson, In a 2003 letter addressed to CanWest Global Communications, he wrote:

Charles Adler is a Jew, the voice of Jews, a man paid by Global to be a spokesman of the Asper empire. He has tremendous access to mainstream Manitoba media through CJOB and Winnipeg Sun. Show me where Charles Adler wrote or said anything positive about indigenous people and yet he continues to be paid to express the hatred he feels towards my people.

(http://www.rrafn.com/terrylettertocan.htm)

Terry Nelson and David Ahenakew are pathological anti-Semites. They subscribe to the most vile, atavistic forms of anti-Semitism, taken straight out of such forged documents as the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, as well as the basic tenants of Nazi ideology.

We are asking for the immediate resignation of Terry Nelson as Chief of Roseau River First Nation. Canadian taxpayers should not have to provide the funding that finances an individual with such hatred, and an obvious lack of reason.

We are also asking for the immediate return of David Ahenakew's Order of Canada medal. Past winners of this accolade include Nelson Mandela, Wayne Gretzky, Terry Fox and beloved children's entertainer, Mr. Dressup.

The continuing inclusion of David Ahenakew in this order is an international embarrassment for Canada.

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