On Monday, July 1, T’szil Learning Centre will host a book launch and discussion from 10am to 1pm.
“Ongoing Genocide caused by Judicial Suppression of the ‘Existing’ Aboriginal Rights,” by Bruce Clark, is an essential guide to the denial and dispossession of Indigenous Peoples and Nations occupied by Canada.
In this collection of articles, constitutional expert Dr. Bruce Clark exposes the genocidal bias of Canada’s legal institutions.
With 40 years of experience attempting to raise the constitutional question in Canadian courts, Clark provides a precise examination of the mechanisms by which Indigenous sovereignty is refused and the rule of law is rubbished, and notes the available remedies.
The book launch will be presented online in real time, streaming from the event taking place in Lil’wat.
Speakers to the book and the issues it raises include Rosalin Sam, Ron George, James Louie, Roland Chrisjohn, and author Bruce Clark, by video conference from his home in Ottawa.
There will be an opportunity for questions and discussion with the author, and questions can be submitted by message to the event.
BRUCE CLARK spent forty-six years defending the rights of Natives across North America. A scholar specializing in the legal history of the evolving relationship between Natives and Newcomers, he holds an MA in constitutional history and a PhD in comparative jurisprudence and is the author of Native Liberty, Crown Sovereignty and Justice in Paradise (McGill-Queen’s University Press).
The ten essays in Ongoing Genocide caused by Judicial Suppression of the “Existing” Aboriginal Rights deal with aspects of the “genocide”—within the meaning of section 2(b) of the United Nations’ genocide convention—of Indigenous peoples in Canada. That section indicts the imposition of “serious bodily or mental harm” against groups, such as that evidenced by the high rates of suicides of Indians in reaction to the Newcomers’ courts’ injustices, committed for political reasons contrary to the rule of law.
The appendix—entitled “Judicial Culpability for War and Genocide in the Age of American Empire”—deals with the failure of the North American Judiciary to enforce the constitutional provisions prohibiting international war except in self defense to an attack. The lessons learned and practiced on the Natives of North America are exported to the global village, a surrogate Indian country, and the judges do nothing to prevent this pursuant to the rule of law, which it is their constitutional duty to uphold.
The cause of the genocidal suppression of existing constitutional law is the criminal politicization of the judiciary. Pointing this out to the courts led to the conviction of the author for criminal contempt of court and disbarment for “conduct unbecoming” a barrister and solicitor, in consequence of which the judicial ignoring of existing constitutional law, for political reasons, has become further entrenched.
Much of Clark’s awareness of the “serious bodily or mental harm” meted out by the court system’s injustices comes from the fact he lived for twelve years on Indian reservations in northern Canada. He and his wife Margaret raised their three children there and were witnesses to the loss of lives attributable to the stress to which the young people in particular were vulnerable.
Acclaim for the Work of Bruce Clark
“The RCMP and the province were worried about Bruce because his legal arguments were unbeatable. The legal establishment in Canada was quite aware of his argument by that time, and they were afraid. And rightfully so. That was one of the reasons they were focusing on that camp at Gustafsen Lake – because of the sovereignty issue.
“I don’t think there’s any question about what really happened at that period of time, in 1995. The best colonial minds went to work and began to realize that, based on the law, they were fighting a losing battle; that in fact we would win at some point. So their answer to that was to kill us off – those of us that were raising those legal issues. I’m surprised they didn’t just secretly murder Bruce Clark.”
– Bill Lightbown, Kutenai, They Made Me An Outlaw!
“Bruce was a very brilliant lawyer. I watched him with a document about two inches thick, with 250, maybe 350 forgotten arguments, which were left over in Winnipeg in the archives there. He ran across it. He looked through that while we were preparing the case. Not once did he go look back and re-open the book. It came right to his mind, right to our case.
“I said we had exhausted all legal avenues here in Canada – we had argued that point of law. Bruce Clark said, ‘we haven’t even started, we’re not even in the basement of their courts. If the people in the basement don’t want to hear the argument, how are we going to advance this to the appeal stage, in front of three judges?’ So we said he had to go back to Great Britain and deal with the issue. We sent him over there twice, to England, to deal with issues. When you go into a Canadian court 41 times with the same legal argument and not get anywhere… well, we then went to the Hague twice; we went to the European Economic Community.
“This is what I stood on, on law, when I was there at the stand-off. I brought all the law out, for the RCMP to look at: they were the ones who were breaking it. But they refused to look.”
– Wolverine, Secwepemc, in Through the Eyes of Wolverine.
“The law is his own issue. He doesn’t care about politics. He knows our history. He’s studied our history. The law says we’re entitled to self-government. We’re entitled to self-determination. We’re entitled to a portion of the resources according to the Canadian law. And according to our law, we have to share everything. Everything we get today we have to share. It’s not materialism. It’s one of the things we’ve been dealing with for generations. We find that the more materials that we acquire, the more that the Earth has to suffer… You’ll notice all the lawyers are into compromise except for Bruce.
“Bruce told me that there were judges that had actually come up and said, ‘You know: you’re right. But I can’t give up my career.'”
– Tsemhu7qw, Líl’wat, Terminal City #203
“Kill this Clark, smear the prick and everyone with him.”
-RCMP Sergeant Dennis Ryan, “Gustafsen Lake Crisis Management Team,” September, 1995.
“Dr Bruce Clark’s legal and historical arguments of how Canada’s Political and Judicial institutions conspired outside of the Rule of Law in the 1800s and still do today to eclipse our Indian Sovereignty through their Man Made laws are so precise in exposing how corrupt the Political and Judicial were, that they both again in the 1990s conspired to smear and even contemplated to kill the messenger Dr Bruce Clark. While these two institutions acting under the pretense that “Might makes Right” managed to stop Dr Clark’s pointed and precise historical and legal arguments that our Indian Sovereignty is still alive from being addressed in their courts by disbarring him from ever practicing law again, they failed to silence his message, his message that we are still Sovereign Nations still lives among us as the Life Hereditary Chiefs across Turtle Island that had the honor and opportunity to be taught by him during the times when he, his wife Margaret lived among us in our territories, ‘darkness will never eclipse light’ his message will go on to be taught to our future generations, Welalieg, Dr Clark.”
– Gary Metallic, 7th District Chief, Listuguj Overseer’s Tribal council, Gespegawagi