Kudos to the CBC for bringing this article about Darlene Necan to the Front Page. However, the CBC unfortunately paints a different picture of this woman and this situation with their language and omission of information, identifying her primarily as a “homeless woman”. She is an activist and on the government’s radar. She is therefore a target. This is political action.
You can read more details that follow a different narrative in this Two Row Times article. A few key points:
- Darlene Necan, elected spokesperson of the Ojibway Nation of Saugeen no. 258.
- In 2011, she led a 28 day walk from Savant Lake to Ottawa to draw attention to the issue of intolerable housing conditions.
- This building was supported by the Indigenous Commission of the International League of People’s Struggles, many grassroots activists, and several locals of the Canadian Auto Workers and the Canadian Union of Public Employees.
- Other Saugeen Nishnabe build in the Savant Lake area, without permits.
Darlene has already reached her goal, but I guess she should tack on another ten grand for the Government. You can support the Biimadasahwin Gathering Place Indiegogo.
To be in touch with Darlene Necan and the ILPS Indigenous Commission email email@example.com or go to http://www.facebook.com/ilpsindigenouscommissioncabinbuild.