Pacification is a stage of warfare, in Canada called “Healing circles”. The military conducts pacification to suppress negative criticisms and actions by Indigenous people. Knowledge and activism are controlled. Missionaries, social programs and law enforcement keep Indigenous people from complaining about our bad situations and abuse. Drugs are sent in to addict our young people. It is working since our communities are experiencing an increase in violent crimes, deaths, domestic violence and rape.
Healing and born again programs pacify Indigenous from doing something about our dire situations. The goal is to bring the colonizers and Indigenous into a cozy relationship; to divert us from resolving our long standing conflicts over land and resource theft; and to cool down legitimate anger over poor housing, toxic water, unemployment, especially youth dissent. It’s a form of espionage to gain covert control over us.
Government, church, social and policing programs are designed to waste our time and confuse us. Government trained “visionaries” are sent in to divert our minds into fake spiritualism and healing. The Department of Indian Affairs set up the ‘Kumik Healing Lodge’ in their lobby right after the 1990 Oka Crisis to pacify the people who had plenty to complain about.
They think they are winning the physical war and now our minds must be controlled. An extensive program was designed to fit all of us. The goal was to get us to put down our guard so we don’t strike back at them when the corporations remove us from our land and take our possessions. The plan is to make us agree to be moved from our land into urban “refugee” camps.
Pacification tries to undermine the legitimacy of our issues. The pacifiers enter our communities, find out who are the obstacles and then set up their targets. It’s information-gathering which is reported to the guru in the Indian Affairs “war room”. When we spill our guts out about our family or personal problems, the Children’s Aid Society can take our children from us. Or we’re trapped some other way. Or our 12 to 14 year old girls are targeted by someone and suddenly disappear.They found the toughest pacification venues were in the communities where the Indigenous language is spoken and they express strong ties to the land.
It is healthy for Indigenous to speak out about the wrongs and abuses that have been committed against us. We need to express ourselves. Indigenous people need to directly face our reality and then do something about it.
Most of the multi-million dollar budget went to slick organizers and smooth talking hucksters foisted on us by the corporate band councils. The costly national pacification system was meant to get absolute control over our minds. It failed because we are tied closely to the earth and Her wiring could not be undone. As Jimi sang: “Manic depression touching my soul. I know what I want, but I just don’t know. Feeling, sweet feeling, drops from my finger. Manic depression’s captured my soul”.
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