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Array President
•Borins, David 2466
Walker, Scott 1593
Boyle,Janice 1012
McDonald, Blair 793
Milne, Scott 593
Vice-President
♦Chui, Lica 1951
Popatia, Tawfiq 1606.
Khan, David 1564
Presley, Trevor 903
Director of Finance
•Davies, Ryan 2285
Cumming, Erin 1808
Lum, Patrick 959
Van Rhijin, Lynn 727
Director of Administration
•Chen,Jennie 3033
Bavis, Craig 1421
Kong, Henry 814
Coord, of External Affairs
•Dunnet, Allison 2391
Kok, Victor 2016
Board of Governors
•Ivanochko, Tara 3548
•Lee, Chen-Han 1870
Pacradouni, Vighen 1168
Senators at Large
•Boritz, James 2493
•Gorman, Christopher 2391
•Briggs, Anthony 2341
•Murray,Jason 2213
•Shu, David 2124
Rodocker, Talman W. 1224
Voters mix 'n' match AMS execs
by Desiree Adib and
Janet Winters
Students elected a "mixed
bag" of AMS executives last
week.
The five executive positions
were filled by two independent
candidates, two Students for
Students and one Agent for
Change.
Current AMS Director
of Finance and Board of
Governors elect Tara
Ivanochko called the
executive "an interesting
mix."
"You've got people from each
group on the executive this year,"
she said, "so you're going to have
a wide variety of interests."
David Borins was elected as an
independent candidate for 96/97
AMS president by a
jJjjSS£*m   wide margin, with
"' ■%  independent Lica
^ *   ♦• 1 Chui takinS the
*   vice-presidential
spot.
Students    for
Students' Ryan Davies
and Jennie Chen captured the
director of finance and
director of administration
positions, respectively.
Allison Dunnet of Agents
for Change won a close
race to take coordinator
of external affairs.
The two joke slates,
Like We Care and The Radical
Beer Faction failed to win a
single position, despite
running relatively "high-
profile" candidates like
Blair    McDonald    and
outgoing AMS President
Janice Boyle.
The "mixed bag" of winning
candidates has some insiders
speculating whether the
incoming executive will be able
to work together.
"There will be conflict, but
that's not always a bad thing,"
Director of Finance elect Ryan
Davies suggested. "Maybe it will
help us pick out the best
answers."
"I think the results are great
because you have a president
MIX 'N' MATCH—cut out the photos
Dunnett, David Borins, Jennie Chen,
and outfits and create your own AMS executive. Left to right are Allison
Ryan Davies and Lica Chui. jenn kuo and doug hadfield photos
very much focused on external
issues and a vice-
A president very
much focused
on internal issues," said Blair
McDonald.
"The two will
make a great team."
Coordinator of External
Affairs elect Allison Dunnet feels
Borins' previous experience in
office will be a big help. "A lot
of ground work has already been
set for me to utilize," she said. "I
"•^
realize that I have big shoes to
fill."
Dunnet is also pleased that
recent budget increases will
allow her to mount a major
campaign against tuition
hikes
possibly
within the
next three
months.
The new
executive
will take office
February 14.
Referendum ruckus
rocks campus
by Desiree Adib
Last week's referenda results
have aroused mixed feelings on
campus.
Although all three referendum questions reached
quorum, only the fee reallocation and child care
bursary passed.
The defeat of CiTR's bid for
financial autonomy, which
means the radio
station will not
receive the five
dollars per student
it requested, was
the big disappointment for many.
CiTR Station
Manager Linda
Scholten said she
was frustrated by
the lack of student support.
"We have always supported
everybody for whatever they
needed, and the one time we go
to the students for a litde bit of
support we get voted down very
badly."
Some CiTR affiliates,
however, took a very different
view of the referendum results.
CiTR member and news
broadcaster Jeff Meyers called
the loss a "blessing in disguise,"
arguing that it may force the
station to reassess its relevance
to students.
"CiTR needs to look at its
operations and its audience
better," Meyers said. "If they
can do that, I'm confident they
will have no problem raising the
five dollars out of students who
will actually see CiTR as their
radio station."
Referenda Results
Childcare Bursary
Yes 5173 No 1499
Fee Reallocation
Yes 5086 No 1521
CiTR Fee Levy
Yes 2741 No 3833
Student Radio Society
President Bryan Wieser also
believed CiTR's "lack of a
campus presence" may have
been partly responsible for the
referendum defeat.
But Scholten says CiTR's
image is unique and doesn't
want to see the station adopt a
more commercial "Z95.3"
approach.
"That's not
what we want,"
said Scholten, "it's
not in our mandate and we'd lose
our licence if we
were to be like
'Z.'"
Referendum
Total Ballots Cast 7796
organizers speculate the child care
bursary, which will increase
student fees by three dollars per
year, passed because of its more
"charitable" focus.
"I think it had to do with a
more humanitarian move," said
student Board of Governors
representative elect Tara
Ivanochko. "It's more difficult to
say we're not going to give three
dollars to a child than to say no
to a radio station that is being
funded anyway by the AMS."
Am Johal, chair of the
referendum working group,
pointed out that the child care
bursary and fee reallocation
questions were publicized for a
longer period of time than CiTR
Johal added that he was
"ecstatic" about the child care
and fee reallocation results and
still "optimistic" about the
future of CiTR
GUERILLA MEDIA • HELENA BONHAM CARTER • MUSQUEAM LAND media
Free market censors info
by Michael Laanela
Corporate interests often
outweigh the public's
right to know, according
to Canadian media analysts.
The decision over which news
is "fit to print" has increasingly captured the attention of media watchdog groups like Guerrilla Media,
the Vancouver-based Adbusters
magazine and Project Censored
Canada
Founded by the Department of
Communications at Simon Fraser
University, the University of
Windsor and the Canadian Association of Journalists, PCC is dedicated to finding the blrndspots in
the "Canadian news agenda." Since
1993, it has published a yearly list
ofthe top ten most under-reported
stories in Canada.
PCC Co-Director Donald
Gutstein says media bias is a complex issue. "I don't think one answer would explain eveiything," he
cautioned. "For example, Noam
Chomsky's propaganda model
works well with international sto-"
ries, but not so well with local or
even national stories."
Instead, Gutstein cites a range
of factors, including newsroom cutbacks that foster reliance on press
releases from government, courts,
police and corporate offices at the
expense of first-hand information.
"Stories that come from other
sources get lost in the shuffle," he
said.
Advertising also plays a major
role. "Basically news organizations
sell an audience to advertisers, so
stories that sell newspapers get reported first," Gutstein said.
"Advertisers are generally more
interested in affluent readers, so you
are more likely to run stories about
mortgages instead of rent increases."
In the newsroom of The
Vancouver Sun, City Assignment
Editor Graham Rochingham denies ad sales or news agendas influence his story list. "A lot of it is intuitive. You think of your readership," he said.
"I don't even talk to the adver
tising people. There is a general animosity between newsroom and advertising staff. We make decisions
every day that rile them,"
Rockingham asserted, citing a recent furor over several $ 100,000s
The Province lost in advertising after
running a series of articles critical
of car dealerships.
But for Project Censored's staff,
Rockingham's argument doesn't
hold water.
"Journalists have
become glorified
stenographers."
-Kim Goldberg
Freelance journalist
PCC suggests that growing corporate control ofthe Canadian media is a major factor in the media's
failure to cover certain stories. A
majority ofthe stories on last year's
Project Censored list were directly
or indirectly related to economic
concerns.
Media commentator James Winter sees a distinct trend toward cor-
Guerilla media monkeys with press
by Andy Barham
Vancouver's Guerilla
Media is taking on global
capitalism in a way even the
capitalists hadn't anticipated.
It's called humour.
Dedicated to countervailing
the barrage of corporate propaganda disseminated through
commercial media outlets, Guerilla Media uses subversive media techniques to promote poverty, social justice and environment issues.
GM first began tweaking the
noses of the corporate media in
1993 in protest against The
Vancouver Sun's coverage of
Clayoquot Sound. The group
published and distributed its
own version of the paper, The
Vancouver Stump, and distributed
it to two thousand Sun readers.
Since then, GM has protested
social ills ranging from the
Molson Indy to tobacco industry sponsorship of cultural
events like Vancouver's Jazz Festival.
This sort of direct action approach to social change has its
downside, according to GM activist "Noam de Plom."
"We thought some people, like
the CBC and The Georgia Straight
would be sympathetic and cover
us, but they haven't," Noam said.
When a CBC reporter from
Toronto wanted to do a segment
on GM, the local producer dismissed Guerilla Media as old
news. "I thought, geez-old
news?! We've never once been
covered by CBC news out here,
period."
GM's most recent project was
last Christmas' Toy Campaign,
which was designed to alert consumers to the history of the toys
they were buying for their children. Many ofthe major toy companies buy from manufacturers in
the Philippines, Thailand, and
China's Shenzen Province, where
vasdy underpaid workers—often
children themselves-work in
hazardous conditions to supply
the Christmas demand.
The campaign proved to be a
bigger success than even GM
had anticipated, receiving scattered coverage across the country.
"Financially, we spent $150
and got a news item on a major
market area in Vancouver that
was also played on affiliates
around Canada," said Noam.
When asked about GM's
plans for future campaigns,
Noam de Plbm's response was
mischievously vague.
"I can't tell you specifics. But,
we've got something that I think,
if it comes off, will be the biggest thing we've done yet!"
For a group whose mandate
is to reach the unconverted
through social satire in the form
of direct action, Noam conjures
up some tantalizing possibilities.
porate hegemony in the Canadian
press. "We seem to be seeing evidence for the systematic exclusion
of material which presents free market economics and private enterprise in a negative light," he wrote
in a recent issue of Canadian Dimensions magazine.
An alternative plan for deficit reduction—low interest loans provided by the Bank of Canada-
would relieve calls for spending cuts
but has received scant media attention, he says.
"It serves the corporate interest
by providing the deficit as a pretext for slashing government social
programs. Less social programs
mean a more desperate, and less
united, work force to bargain with
employers," said Kim Goldberg, a
freelance journalist who writes for
several of BC's alternative and
mainstream publications
G
utstein sees the deficit issue
a different light. Reports from
corporate-funded right-wing think
tanks like Vancouver's Fraser institute are more likely to receive coverage than economic analysis from
alternative groups without the
money to mount costly research
and publication projects.
Sun Editor Rochingham disagrees. "There are people who are
very effective at getting in my face.
We have [BC Federation of Labour
President] Ken Gorgetti in this
newsroom all the time. Greenpeace
and other environmental groups
have very corporate structures and
are very effective."
Rochingham deflects the criticism of ideological bias in the media. "One minute someone is calling us pro-corporate, the next
minute someone is on the phone
calling us communist lackies. It is a
very subjective thing."
But not only has the mainstream
media overlooked important stories, says Winter, but the focus on
sensational crimes like the OJ.
Simpson and Paul Bernardo trials
has distracted people from more
important issues.
"The media are adept at the
magician's trick of misdirection, or
distracting audiences away from
important matters and directing
them to the trivial and unimportant," he said.
"The emphasis on 'bread and circuses' issues in the media makes us
unable to think as individuals," explains Goldberg.
In this environment, news becomes "a fistful of sand thrown in
your eyes, isolated particles with no
context or analysis."
Goldberg says omissions are also
a result of the way journalists are
trained. "Emerging reporters are
not taught that they should question all institutions of power—governmental, corporate, religious,"
she said.
"Statements are sometimes regurgitated without question, and
journalists have become glorified
stenographers."
-with files from CUP
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(as of January 25)
The following people have made three contributions this term, so are
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Sarah O'Donnell
Paula Bach
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Mike Kitchen
Siobhan Roantree
Andy Barham
Wolf Depner
Ben Koh
Matt Thompson
Peter T. Chattaway
Sarah Calashan
Jenn Kuo
Wah Kee Ting
Charlie Cho
Jesse Gelber
Megan Kus
Janet Winters
Joe Clark
Douglas Hadfield
Richard Lam
the following people have made two contributions:
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Kevin Drews
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Mark Brooks
Alaina Burnett
Duncan Cavens
Jan Cook
Chris Chiarenza
Julian Dowling
Jeremy Forst
Noelle Gallagher
Ian Gunn
Nicole Guy
Trina Hamilton
Kevin Haidl
Cherie Jarock
Gillian Long
John McAlister
Emily McNair
Ed Mou
Chris Nuttall-Smith
Christine Price
Doug Quan
Simon Rogers
Jaggi Singh
Adrienne Smith
Lindsay Stephens
Laura St. Pierre
Mark Thompson
Dan Tencer
Stanley Tromp
Sarah Weber
Ken Wu
Emily Yearwood
Teresa Yep
Cynthia Yip
If your name does not appear on this list and you think it should, or if you think you have made
more contributions than you have been credited for, please come in to SUB 241K Wednesday
afternoon to talk to the coordinating editor.
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The Ubyssey
Friday, January 26,1996 This Museum doesn't dwell on the past
by Peter T. Chattaway
Helena Bonham Carter almost missed her chance
to become a star. She was finishing her A levels (the
English equivalent of a high school education) and
had plans to go to university when Trevor Nunn insisted that she take the leading role in Lady Jane.
The day after that film wrapped, the eighteen-year-
old actress started work on the set of Merchant-
Ivory's A Room with a View. The rest is history.
Too much history, in fact. Bonham Carter, now
29, has built a career on playing characters from
the past, as Ophelia opposite Mel Gibson's Hamlet,
the bride of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and genteel Edwardian ladies in virtually every film based
on an E.M. Forster novel [View, Where Angels Fear
to Tread, Howards End, even a cameo in Maurice).
The Ubyssey met with Bonham Carter during her
recent visit to Vancouver in support of Margaret's
Museum, a film which might
just help her to break free of
the typecasting. (It opens today at the Vancouver Centre.)
Cradling a cigarette between
her fingers, Bonham Carter is
quick to point out that she
hasn't always played such
antiquated parts. "I played a
stripper on British TV once,
and then there was Mighty Aphrodite. But yes, I did
want to get away from this fucking gentle English
lady image. I think a lot of that was based on my
looks, but now I'm getting older and I have the luxury
of choosing roles that are more challenging."
Enter Margaret's Museum—a. period piece set in
the late 1940s and based on the writings of Sheldon
Currie-and the role of Margaret MacNeil. In the Cape
Breton-lensed film, Bonham Carter plays a coarse,
feisty woman who, despite losing her father to the
coal mines, tries not to become the bitter cynic that
her mother (a wickedly funny Kate Nelligan) has
become. For her fierce independence, Margaret is
scorned by her male associates as a "snot-nosed
' whore."
"It was a good role," Bonham Carter says. "I see a
lot of scripts, but it's rare that you come across one
that has such an original story, which this one had—
it was very original—and it did offer me the chance
"I wanted to get away
from this fucking gentle
English lady image."
Helena Bonham Carter
on her role in Margaret's Museum
to play a role that was different, a bit more working-class than my other roles."
Margaret agrees to marry Neil (Clive Russell), a
big bear of a man who treasures the Gaelic tongue
and plays the bagpipes, on the condition that he
never work in the mines. Almost without exception,
their trysts take place in vast open spaces—even their
bedroom, perched on a hill by the sea, has transparent walls—though Bonham Carter seems surprised
when I point this out.
"I hadn't noticed that. Most of that was to do with
the lighting-getting the right sunlight, that sort of
thing. They do have that one scene in the shower,
though, that's indoors." True, I concede, but there's
always the possibility that some miners might walk
in on them. "Well, yes, they say it's more exciting if
there's a chance of being caught. But I think it shows
the strength of their relationship. It's just an opportunity for him to give her
something special, like a sort
of valentine."
Despite her prominence in
the film's publicity, Bonham
Carter is reluctant to say that
Margaret's Museum marks a
transition from the ensemble
casts of her previous films to
some sort of leading-lady
status. "There is an ensemble in this film. It wouldn't
be the same without Kate [Nelligan] or Clive [Russell].
But I was also aware that if critics thought that I
stank, then they would think that the movie stank,
so yes, I guess there was that extra responsibility."
Fortunately, the critics have been quite taken by
the film, and by Bonham Carter herself. In addition
to the many awards bestowed on Margaret's
Museum at festivals worldwide, Bonham Carter
picked up a Genie award for Best Actress two weeks
before the film's national Canadian release. "I felt a
bit like an intruder, not being Canadian myself," she
says. "Still, it's always good to get a pat on the back,
and the fact that they gave me the award—even
though, in some sense, I didn't exactly qualify—was
especially flattering."
Having spent the last twelve years in front of a
camera, Bonham Carter says she might be ready to
return to school, if other pursuits don't get in the
,<i      * *y  *s   •»   ^* .
Helena Bonham Carter fakes a Cape Breton accent and gets to be a
little scruffier than usual in MARGARET'S MUSEUM.
way. "I was afraid of losing the momentum," she says of her decision to stay in
acting. "I thought if I took one or two years out, then nobody would remember me
when I came back to acting; they wouldn't want me any more. Now, though, I've
been thinking of taking a year or two out. I did think at one point about having a
baby, and I thought I might go to university at the same time, but now I think that's
too much. I think a pregnancy is worth enjoying on its own."
Indeed. After a career spent reliving other people's pasts, Helena Bonham Carter
is ready to build a future of her own.
B.C. director scores big (in Spain, even!) with Nova Scotia tale
It took five years to make,
but you can watch it all in
two hours! Mort Ransen
directs a scene in
Margaret's Museum.
by Peter T. Chattaway
When The Ubyssey met with
Mort Ransen at the Vancouver
International Film Festival last
October, he had one word to explain
the five years he spent working on
Margaret's Museum: "Insanity.
We're all crazy in this business. It
doesn't make any sense to spend
that big a chunk of your life on a
film, but that's what it takes, very
often. You're on a fast track if you
do it in three years, and when
you're doing it you wonder if you're
nuts. But when the audience reacts
as they did last night [referring to
the nun's enthusiastic reception after its gala opening at the Ridge],
you think maybe it was worth it."
Ransen must be feeling especially sane now. In the four months
since we spoke with Ransen,
Margaret's Museum has received
numerous accolades. In addition to
its prize as the Most Popular Canadian Film at the Vancouver festival,
Maigaiefs Museum also won the
People's Choice Award at the Atlantic Film Festival in Halifax and the
Best Film prize at the San Sebastian
Film Festival in Spain, Europe's oldest such soiree. And then there's the
small matter of six Genie awards,
including three for actors Helena
Bonham Carter, Kate Nelligan and
Kenneth Welsh.
Ransen is understandably
thrilled by the international success
of his film. "You try to find stories
that have a universal appeal, as well
as a local importance, and try to tell
them well enough so that it means
something to people wherever they
live. If s a love story—everybody understands that—and it's set against
a background of tragedy, and I'm
sure people everywhere in the
world have their equivalents."
The "local importance" of
Maigaiefs Museum, which Ransen
based on Sheldon Currie's short
story The Glace Bay Miner's Museum, revolves around the coal
mines of Cape Breton. Although the
film is set in the late 1940s, Ransen
notes that some things have not
changed over the decades. "At the
moment, it's a dramatically different venture. Mines now are quite
high-tech, the people who run them
are different. And yet there are still
accidents, even a few years ago [at
Westray], as you know. Even with
the high technology, the volatile nature of the mines is still a danger."
Despite its serious, even pessimistic, subject matter, the film is
surprisingly light-hearted. It owes
much of its warmth and authenticity to the close collaboration that
Ransen built with the local miners.
"Working with the local people was
absolutely extraordinary, they influenced the movie in every way.
They're very quick to tell you, in no
uncertain terms, if you get something wrong.
"I remember one person, the
woman who sticks her head out the
window and says, 'You can go
straight to hell and don't bother
coming back here!' I don't remember what that line was in the
screenplay, but it was a bit different, and she said, T wouldn't say
that! That's not the way we talk!'
And she came back with her way
of saying it which was better than
the original. I ended up going
through the whole screenplay with
her and rewriting as a result of her
suggestions."
Although Ransen hails from Quebec, he currently lives on Saltspring
Island here in B.C.; having shot
Margaret's Museum in Nova Scotia
(apart from some exteriors filmed
in Scotland, where the old mines
still exist as museums), Ransen is
acutely aware of the way in which
Canadian films and national unity
can strengthen each other. "I'm as
worried as anybody else, not just
about the future of the cultural
agencies that are under attack, but
I'm worried about our identity as
Canadians. I think there's too much
emphasis being made on how [losing these agencies] will hurt filmmakers and broadcasters; I think
there should be more emphasis on
how it will hurt ordinary Canadians, not being able to see our own
selves and tell our own stories. I
think it's ironic that it's happening
at a time when we're finally discovering our strengths as storytellers."
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The Ubyssey feature
feature
Musqueam First Nation may finally get its say
by Douglas Hadfield
The Musqueam First Nation-neighbours,
if often strangers, to UBC students and
faculty-have waited a long, long time for
a just settlement to their land claim. According
to a report released by the BC government last
December, they may finally be close to getting
it.
Just a stone's throw from the southwest edge
of campus, the Musqueam Reserve lies
sandwiched between the north arm ofthe Fraser
River and South-West Marine Drive, flanked by
a golf course on either side. With a population
nearing 1000, the reserve is dwarfed both in size
and number by the neighbouring campus.
The Musqueam, however, don't see things that
way. What's theirs has been theirs for over 6000
years: all the lands and waterways from the coast
of Delta inland to the Pattullo Bridge in Surrey,
and everything in between, well into the northern
panoramas of Vancouver's local ski resorts.
At the Band's council office, Executive
Director Howard Grant described the
Musqueam's historical connection with the land.
"We are people ofthe land. The original citizens
of Vancouver."
Grant gestured toward Vancouver's North
Shore where he says his great-great grandfather
lies buried.
"My Indian name is Kayapalano. I am a direct
descendent of Kayapalano the first. I am a direct
descendent of Kayapalano the warrior that's
legendary in our history here. His grandson was
the man that met Captain Vancouver," he says.
"Bastardized, you say 'Capilano.'"
Fbr decades now, the Musqueam have made
little headway in their appeal to the
government to recognize their historical
claim.
"We've had members of our community
attending levels of government displaying our
displeasure [for years]," Grant said. "We have
voiced our concerns to whom we deem agents
working on our behalf, ie., 'Indian agents' as they
were called back then, and to our dismay they
were ignored."
The Musqueam were just one of over 150 First
Nations Bands within BC whose land claims were
systematically ignored by the provincial
government, according to the British Columbia
Treaty Commission's (BCTC) second annual
report for 1995. The report points to repeated
cases of prohibitive legislation and unjust activity
directed at First Nations peoples from the time
Europeans first settled in British Columbia.
Governments put restrictions upon the
amount First Nations peoples could spend to
pursue land claims and miniaturized the areas
in which they could live and practice their
cultural rites. They denied the Musqueam title
to any lands apart from the reserves allott-ed to
them, without agreement and without
consultation.
It wasn't until 1951 that Parliament re-pealed
the provisions of the Indian Act of 1867 that
outlawed the potlatch (a centuries-old tradition
of gift exchange used to redistribute wealth and
celebrate special occasions) and pro-hibited land
claims activity. With this, First Nations peoples
quickly reignited their political blow torch, setting
upon their constraints with new fervor. Through
the 60s, 70s and 80s, Canada's First Nations used
both legal and direct action to regain their
traditional lands.
The Musqueam took their
first formal step towards
recognition in 1976 when they
drafted the "Musqueam
Declaration." Concise and
almost defiant in terms, the
declaration de-manded
«" my ■ compensation for the loss of
Musqueam natural resources.
But the Government of
Canada and the Minister of
Indian Affairs and Northern
Development refused to
negotiate, stating that the
Crown's patenting of lands to
third parties in the Greater
Vancouver area had
"effectively superseded any
Indian title of the Musqueam
band."
To the Musqueam, the
reply was ridiculous. "The
fundamental basis of the
Musqueam claim is that we
have never signed a treaty and
that we continue to hold
Aboriginal title to our entire
traditional territory," Grant
explained.
traditional land had been patented (in effect sold     BCTC. Originally from South Africa, he
or given away to third parties), the Musqueam     presented a judge with a petition demanding the
HOWARD GRANT executive director of the Musqueam band council explains the significance of the Musqueam
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Land claim successes
Although few modern treaty neg-otiations have been resolved
amicably and equitably, the BCTC's 1995 summary report on
the "Social and Economic Impacts of Aboriginal Land Claims
Settlements" points to a handful of success stories.
• The 1976 Aboriginal Land Rights Act in Australia initially
returned 258,000 km2 to Aboriginal groups. Subsequent claims
have since forced the government to cede another 262,000 km2.
• In 1984 Canada's Western Arctic Native Claims Settlement
Act awarded the Inuvialuit First Nation absolute title to 91,000
km2 and surface rights to another 13,000 km2.
• In 1993, direct ownership to 41,400 km2, and surface ownership
to another 15,500 km2 was passed over to fourteen First Nations
in the Yukon Territory.
• Most recently, New Zealand passed the Waikato-Taninui
(Maori) Deed of Settlement in 1995. The government transferred
NZ $170 million to the band for the purpose of private land
purchases, along with NZ $100 million worth of Crown lands.
This deed also included a formal apology and acknowledgement
of the Maori role in the development of New Zealand.
Some of these packages also included hundreds of millions of
dollars, self-governing rights and shares in government royalties.
According to the BCTC's summary, land claims agreements
are reached more easily in rural areas than in densely populated
cities.
Comprehensive Land Claim (MCLC) of 1984
identified over 70,000 hectares of undeveloped
land that remained.
It took widespread Native protest, increasing
pressure from the public and a series of court
decisions in favour of Aboriginal people to force
"My Indian name is Kayapalano. I am a
direct descendent pf Kayapalano the first. I
am a direct descerisdent of Kayapalano the
warrior that's legendary in our history here.
His pranljson was the nrtan that met Captain
Vancouver. Bastardized, you say 'Capiland.'"
-Howard Grant
Executive Director, Musqueam Band Council
the provincial and federal government to
become more responsive to Aboriginal
concerns.
Grant believes it was this public pressure that
drove the political machine toward negotiation.
"I think it stems from social justice," he
reasoned, "and social justice means that if I stole
from you fifteen years ago, I think my internal
values [dictate} that I won't tell you I stole from
you. But I would make amends."
In 1991, both the provincial and federal
governments reconsidered their past refusals to
negotiate with First Nations peoples and
appointed a new provincial task force that
suggested radical changes to BCs land claim
negotiations process. It's most notable
recommendation was the creation of the.BC
Treaty Commission, that became responsible for
mediating negotiations between the three
governments.
With five commissioners, three analysts and
a small platoon of staff keeping up the rear, the
BC Treaty Commission mediates the six step
land claims process recommended by the task
force.
BC Treaty Commission Analyst Peter
Colenbrander, a former history professor, says
he is part of a very new approach to land claims
settlement in BC.
"[The process] is modern in structure in the
sense that it was clearly created to deal with
modern challenges to restructure relationships
between aboriginals and non-aboriginals," he
said.
Colenbrander
brings a unique
perspective to the
release of jailed African National Congress activist
Nelson Mandela. Being a sympathizer, the judge
duly signed. According to Colenbrander, the
gentleman was fired shortly after-from his
position as one of three judges presiding over
Mandela's case.
"My claim to fame,"
as Colenbrander put it.
Colenbrander played
a small part in the
process that eventually
changed the relationship
between South Africa's
government and its
indigenous peoples. He
is now part of a similar
process here in Canada.
"It's very much a case
of, 'You have misunderstood our past. In
order to understand who we are you need to
understand our past.' It has struck me that it's
often people who have been marginalized who
are most acutely aware of their past."
he said he could make no promises.
As for what the Band plans to do with any
lands they may receive, Grant was reluctant to
specify.
"We're not asking individual home owners
who have, in all honesty, purchased their homes,
[to move,]" he said. "You've purchased that piece
of property. But somebody made money off that
property."
Much of land under Musqueam claim is
relatively undeveloped including the University
Endowment Lands, Cypress Bowl Park, Mount
Seymour Park, Stanley Park, West Point Grey
Park, English Bay and Bowen Island.
"It's sad to say because we've entered into this
new-found mecca that real estate now has
escalated dramatically over the years. Putting it
into somewhat of a context, we are sitting on a
gold mine right here [on the reserve], if we put it
to a referendum vote tomorrow, we would almost
become instant millionaires. You know, if we sold
off all of our lands on this current reserve, I would
be surprised if more than five percent voted in
favor. And the five percent would be those who
haven't been here for a long period of time. I
would be very surprised. But wouldn't you want
VANCOUVER'S last wild salmon stream runs through
Musqueam land doug hadfield photo
to become an instant millionaire? Now, if you
were a resident across the street and somebody
offered you a million bucks for your piece of
property, you'd take it, because you know the
houses over there are only selling for $700,000.
And you would move to another part of town,
or the valley. [But we] couldn't do it.
"I have a lot of history. I'd be selling my soul."
"ithin months of the creation of the
TiCTC the Minister of Indian Affairs
Sent a letter to the Musqueam council
recognizing the MCLC and stating the
government's readiness to accept it "for the
purpose of seeking a negotiated setdement."
The Musqueam are now at stage three of the
new six-stage process. Actual negotiation will not
begip until stage four, when negotiations teams
from the federal, provincial and First Nations
governments examine the details of the
framework agreed on in the previous stage.
While the pace of the land claims process has
accelerated, it is still long and painstakingly
bureaucratic. Grant says at times the Musqueam
have abandoned patience for more direct
methods of being heard. While the time frame
for negotiations is still uncertain-between five and
seven years-Grant suggests by his calm
composure and steady tone of voice that the
Musqueam are prepared to wait for a fair
settlement.
If modern treaty negotiations are what they
promise to be, the Musqueam have a great deal
of preparation to look forward to. Grant was
unclear about their precise plans for the future;
BC's six stage treaty-making process
In 1990 the governments of Canada, BC and several First Nations agreed
on a six-step negotiation process to accomodate BC's First peoples. Since
then, 47 First Nations have entered this "bottle-neck" process.
Stage One: A First Nation organization files a Statement of Intent that
identifies the group making the claim, their traditional lands and the
organization's represent-atives.
Stage Two: Preparation for Negotiations. An initial meeting is held
between the three parties to discuss basic information about research,
readiness to negotiate and the general concerns of each party. Twenty-
two First Nations are currently at this stage.
Stage Three: Negotiation of a Framework Agreement. This is the table of
contents for the treaty negotiation. The Musqueam and approximately
20 other First Nations are presently at this stage.
Stage Four: Negotiation of an Agreement in Principle. This is the stage
where parties begin substantive negotiation in order to reach major
agreements that will form the basis ofthe treaty. Only four First Nations
have reached this stage.
Stage Five: In the Negotiation of an Agreement in Principle stage, the
parties ratify and examine the framework agreement in detail.
Stage Six: No Band has reached this stage in the treaty process yet, which
involves Implementation ofthe Treaty,
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Friday, January 26,1996
Friday, January 26,1996
The Ubyssey m m
opinion
Nine out of ten voters chose Blamo!
The results of last week's election are in and
two clear trends have emerged: students
came out in far greater numbers than in the recent past, and competent student politicians did not.
Whether it was the offer of free tuition, a well run
referendum campaign, or a renewed interest in the AMS
and campus issues, more than 25 percent of approximately 30,000 UBC students took the time to vote. That
is about 50 percent more than last year's elections and
Ubyssey referendum, and six times the number that attended the AMS' ill-fated Special General Meeting in
November of 1994.
Few would dispute that students have spoken. They
voted overwhelmingly in favour of donating three
dollars per year to support the Childcare Bursary fund,
proving that they value a smiling child more than a pint
of cheap beer.
They were equally certain in their decision to reallocate the seven dollar athletic fee to support resource
groups, refugees, Intramurals and external lobbying.
While there was no vocal opposition to this proposal,
and perhaps students were not aware ofthe effect it would
have on the Athletics department, students were clearly
in agreement. Democracy ruled.
CiTR will have to retreat to lick its wounds after
suffering a defeat in its bid for financial autonomy. However, for the first time in many years it has received widespread input from the student body. It will now have to
reassess itself and its role within the campus community.
While this may be a painful process, it is a necessary
one in any organization and if it is successful, CiTR may
become stronger in the long term. If it is able to redefine
itself and become more relevant to a wider base of students,
there will be a winning referendum in its future.
The large voter turnout is especially interesting given
the slim pickings on the ballot for AMS executive positions. If the AMS was a corporation with shares on the
Vancouver Stock Exchange, as it sometimes purports to
be, frantic shareholders would have sold off their stock
as soon as they saw who was running.
Who is Jennie Chen? While being an AMS councillor is not a prerequisite to becoming an executive, the
experience is certainly an asset. Ms. Chen may or may
not be a competent choice for the job, but she was the
only choice. Both of her opponents ran on joke slates,
and herein lies the problem.
In fact, the most qualified people in the election
ran on joke slates. The Radical Beer Faction realized this
the
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January 26,1995
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Laancla's head. Andy Barham chuckled at the melting snowball head; just
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letters ■
Douglas
College is
not a daycare
I would like to extinguish
an ugly rumour that has
been floating around the
University of British Columbia and Douglas College,
which is as follows: Some
UBC students seem to think
that Douglas College is a
daycare centre. For the majority of Douglas College
students (especially university transfer students)
that rumour is false. Students attend Douglas College for a variety of reasons.
For example, tuition is half
price (when compared to
UBC's inflated tuition), the
college is closer to the suburbs, the classes are smaller
and are more personal, and
the professors have more
time to spend with each student. I attend Douglas College by choice; however, my
grade point average (which
is 3.67+) is high enough for
me to attend virtually any
uni- versity in North
America. In fact, I intend on
and changed their posters in an attempt to run a serious
campaign. They were too late.
While running on slates may give candidates
the advantage of increased recognition, they
usually also come with a cohesive vision. At the
beginning of the year at least, a newly elected slate
should work well together.
Looking at the posters during the election
campaign, it was clear that even the "organized" slates
did not have a strategy for the AMS as was present in
previous years. One presidential candidate brazenly
admitted that many of the ideas on his poster were
stolen from other candidates.
Two newly elected AMS executives ran independ-
endy, two came from the Students for Students slate, and
one came from Agents for Change. There can be little
vision in such fragmentation; the AMS' executive offices,
and the society will be pulled in many different directions.
Then again, perhaps this will be best for the
society. A well-organized executive slid almost $200,000
in overexpenditures past an unwitting AMS council two
years ago, and a tighdy knit executive can effectively
control council. A more diverse executive may distribute council's decision making to the larger group.
transferring (sometime next
year) to U.B.C. Furthermore, if the previous statement does not convince
U.B.C. students that Douglas College students are not
"inferior" then I shall initiate a challenge to any second year political science
student (I am majoring in
political science and my
specialty is constitutional
law) to a debate. The debate
must be on a mutually
agreed to topic. I am a certified Competent Toastmas-
ter, and when I debate I
show no mercy! Finally,
Douglas College is a respected institution of higher
learning....
Sincerely,
Linda Meyer
Tubular debacle
highlights moral
bankruptcy
Our story so far: UBC
Food Services invites Mr.
Tube Steak to hustle hotdogs
on campus. It happens.
Soon, wiener wanters were
enthusiastically engorging
exceedingly excellent entrails. A considerable cornucopia of condiments complemented completely.
CUPE, confused and
concerned, condemned.
Preternaturally protesting
"privatized" products, pernicious persons precipitated
problems. Too terrorized by
tube steaks?
Cowardly, campus cognoscenti capitulate. High
Noon for Hotdog Handlers!
To paraphrase, tube
steakers were told to get out
of town by sundown, Jan 31,
or eat lead!
*****
Moral Bankruptcy: By
caving in to a few whiners,
UBC's administration has
displayed a politically
expedient moral bankruptcy. While hotdogs aren't
worth defending, people's
jobs and certain principles
are. Why have they been
trashed? (De-employed and
dis-upheld if you prefer.)
The tubesteakers created
their own jobs without
displacing others. They
work for every penny they
earn, and are cheerful and
courteous. It's fun to go to
their little carts, and stu
dents line up for them even
in the rain.
Many people believe hard
work, innovation, job
creation, and services to
students should be encouraged, or at least not outlawed. To the UBC Administration: Please show us that
you agree, and invite the
tubesteakers to remain. It
may not be the easiest, but
it is the right thing to do.
William Burchill,
Grad student
Motivation
No dark aggressor
No tyrant oppressor
No nationalist fervour
No religous zeal
No goal in sight
No path of right
No dream for all.
Whence then conies the motivation
to inspire all to dedication?
The Debt.
Ross Allan McKenna
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6 ~    " The Ubyssey Friday, January 26,1996 potpourri
Wisdom from the right
by Sheldon Steed
Last week I was
skiing at Whistier
and found myself
, on  a chair lift
pg-sPecTiv^with two men
who were talking about problems
for school teachers in the States.
The one man was an older ski
instructor, the other was a teacher
from the US The conversation
between the two amazed me.
The latter spoke of problems
on the school board, mainly that
it was being run by people who
knew little about finances. Lamenting the passing of a golden
age, he said to his ski instructor,
"The school board used to be run
by respectable businessmen like
yourself, who know about finances. The people who get on
the school board now are these
women, and all they know about
finances is from being housewives."
I admit I nearly fell off the
chair. Somehow I ignorantly have
assumed that as I have come to
learn what I see to be enlightened
social views, the world has been
changing with me. How naive
could I be?
My new found nemesis continued to say that good businessmen
are too busy making a decent living to be involved with the school
board has been run in the same
way that the welfare department
has: recipients think that they
somehow deserve it.
Some children, by deduction
then, do not deserve public education. Further deduction would
suggest that due to finances children whose families cannot afford
to send them to school should not
be entitled access. This would
thus enable the financial experts
to balance the books, all the while
funding those who can afford
schooling.
It comes I suppose as no surprise to me to hear this in the
place where I was: with my back
side parked on a high speed quad
chair at a glam flash mountain of
mammon-recreating at 50 bucks
a day.
For this teacher, effective
financial control comprises of a
properly run school board.
Indeed 'finances' seems to be a
catch-word in the last number of
years: the Reform Party goes on
about it ad nauseam. But to base
ideas on financial concerns alone
is to miss the point. Public
schooling has been intended as a
service for everyone.
Bringing this closer to home,
so many solutions that are offered
for our issues of debt and the like,
rely on catch-words like "cuts"
and "fiscal responsibility." But to
rely on these alone is to remove
the human element from the
equation. It is to say that the
peoples' welfare who are on
welfare does not matter so much
as "cutting the budget."
This is not to suggest that there
is not substance to concern
behind the catch-words, but it is
far easier to cut far deeper into
one's neighbour, than into one's
backside a la fashion centre Whistler. It's not as if this guy on a ski
holiday is going to be affected by
"fiscal cutbacks." His children
and grandchildren are likely secured in their education. At least
they likely will not be so directly
affected as the people he claims
do not deserve assistance for their
families.
The man's ridiculous claims
regarding housewives do not even
merit attention, except to say that
they underscore the notion that
he has not thought about the issue
at any deeper level than the 'shop
talk' he likely engages in the
Men's Club; and that more
generally, he does not seem to
consider social issues beyond the
cliches of the Right.
With all the talk of cutbacks
and financial responsibility, we
have to consider all the elements.
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We need to avoid a narrow view
toward solutions. And need to
avoid views like those I read in
the Globe over the holidays—held
by one of one of Mike Harris'
boys; that problems only seem
complex-that he will simplify
Ontario's financial problems by
taking out unnecessary factors.
These factors, of course, include
the element of people and their
needs.
Sheldon is a fourth year Arts student.
cul de sac
Pecentage of American
households that purchase no
books at all: 60
Rank of breast cancer among
leading causes of death for
women aged 35-54:1
Rank of BC among
highest breast cancer rates
in Canada:1
Average number of working
hours required by Mexican
labourers to to buy a basic
"market-basket of food"
in 1982: 8.1
Number of hours required
in 1986:12.7
In 1993: 21.9
Approximate number of high
school cafeterias contracted
out to Taco Bell: 3,100
sources: (1) The Washington Post, as
quoted in the Sep 1 95 Globe and Mail
(2-3) "Sisterhood" Women for Unionism,
October 4,1995 (4-6) Counter Offer, BC
Federation of labour, Winter 1995 (7) Jim
Turk, co-chair of the Ontario Coalition for
Social Justice, as quoted in The Varsity,
University of Toronto, Jan 15,1996.
RIGHT-TO-LIFER "Du" (Patricia Hamilton) tries to explain her group's
philosophy to captive, pregnant Keely (Kelli Fox.)
relationship-you might even
Keely and Du
at the Arts Club New Revue
Stage until Feb 24
by Ed Yeung
As Walter (Garrison
Chrisjohn) puts it, "Hell is
a place, not an obscenity."
Indeed. You might even say
that hell is a state of mind. Both
are certainly true for Keely (Kelli
Fox), a young woman chosen by
an anti-abortion group to be
"detained" until it is too late to
terminate her pregnancy. She
is handcuffed to a bed and
locked in a basement by her
temporary caretaker Du (Patricia
Hamilton).
Walter, a larger-than-life
pastor and anti-abortion leader,
frequently enters the scene to
deliver his lectures, pamphlets
and books on abortion,
pregnancy and child care. Cole
(David Lovgren), Keely's abusive
ex-husband, does not appear
until late in the play. But what
an appearance it is!
This is a play about the
relationships between women
and men. It is about the effect
of men-fathers, husbands and
sons—on the lives of women. It
is   about   the   developing
call it friendship—between two
women forced together by the
most radical of situations.
It is also about masks, be they
physical or psychological, and
the lack of communication
between people. Keely and Du
are the only ones who manage
to break through the invisible
barriers to actually talk and
really hear each other.
But most obviously, Keely
and Du is about abortion. Both
sides of the "abortion debate"
are equally represented in
volume if not in content. It is left
to the audience to decide who
is right and who wrong, if such
clear-cut distinctions exist.
The issues this play touches
run far deeper than abortion
itself. Abortion is not just about
an unborn fetus; it is also about
the humanity surrounding the
issue. If you realize that, and
take the opportunity to glean all
you can from the play, you will
enjoy a wonderful experience.
Patricia Hamilton and Kelli
Fox's sensational performances
will ring in your head forever.
Above all, they will make you
feel. Even if you are carved of
stone, you will feel. That is what
Keely and Du is all about.
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Friday, January 26,1996
The Ubyssey sports
Referendum costs Athletics $185,000
by Scott Hayward
Students voted to charge
themselves admission at T-Bird
varsity games in last week's
referendum. At least, that's the
effect reallocating the seven dollar
Athletic fee will have, according
to Inter-University Athletics
Coordinator Kim Gordon.
"I somehow have to make up
$185,000," Gordon says. "The
only way I can do it is to charge
students to come in." She
estimates that students will pay
two or three dollars apiece to see
some varsity events next year.
Like most publicly funded
organizations, Athletics is now
grappling with how to provide
services with fewer resources.
They must either raise additional
money or cut services, and it is
not yet clear how that is to be
done. "We can't do things the
way we used to," Gordon says.
"When I hear that we're losing
money it scares me, it really
scares me," says men's basketball
coach Bruce Enns. "[Athletics is]
going to make some tough
decisions about where to spend
their money."
He is concerned that cuts will
hurt an already cash strapped
program. For western Canadian
teams, travel expenses are a large
item in the budget. "In league
games, we have to leave players
at home and it's kind of tough
when you have a closely knit
team and not everybody's able
to travel," he says.
The Victoria Times-Colonist
reported last week that the
University of Victoria is
discussing the possibility of
moving their soccer team out of
the Canadian Interuniversity
Athletics Union (CIAU) and into
the National Association of
Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).
The NAIA is an American
college league in the Pacific
Northwest,    with    its    only
Canadian representation coming
from Simon Fraser University.
"If they are going under big
budget cuts...that's one option,
north-south rather than east-west
which is very expensive,"
Gordon said. "I'm a pretty strong
Canadian through and through,
it will possibly be the demise of
Canada West soccer."
"I think if you put a
value on something rather than it
just being free,
there is a value,"
—Inter-University
Athletics Coordinator
Kim Gordon
Women's field hockey coach
Hash Kanjee is happy that
Intramurals will receive an
additional $1.50 after the
reallocation, but says "it
shouldn't be at the expense of
elite sports." Many university
athletes go on to represent
Canada on national teams, and
they are also being hit with cuts
in federal funding.
"[The government is] sending
a mixed signal to the elite kids:
we want you to be the best, but
we're not going to give you the
support you need."
Kanjee also believes that the
government fails to recognize
"the value that sports brings to
society. It promotes healthy
lifestyles which in turn reduces
the strain on the health care
budget. It's very short sighted,"
he says.
Regardless of the reasons for
the cuts, Athletics has hired a
consultant to help them take "a
realistic look at ourselves and
how we're doing business and
how we can do it differently,"
according to Gordon. "What are
our problems, what are our
roadblocks and how do we get
over them?"
The planning sessions will
begin this weekend and continue
in April, and Gordon hopes that
programs will not be cut. "We're
a large university and I like to see
broad-based sports," she says.
"What I predict is categorizing
our sports a little more so we'll
have level one, two, three."
Athletics does not believe that
students will stop attending
games if they have to pay for
them. "I think if you put a value
on something rather than it just
being free, there is a value,"
Gordon said, noting that other
universities charge students to go
to games.
"Speaking as a coach I'd love
to see more students come to
games," Enns says. "When they
do come, most of them admit
that they have a real good time,
Bird Watch
UPCOMING EVENTS
Basketball
Fri.Jan. 26 - Sat,Jan. 27
vs University of Calgary
6:00pm (W), 7:45pm (M)
War Memorial Gym
CiTR FM 101.9 (Friday)
Hockey
Fri.Jan. 26 - Sat.,Jan. 27
vs University of Alberta
T-Bird Sports Centre, 7:30pm
Thick & Field
Saturday,Jan. 27,11:00am
Thunderbird Open
Minoru Park, Richmond
but there's too many of them
who have never tried us."
"It really helps us to have a
good crowd out. The crowd just
energizes players so much," he
says. "Any performer needs an
audience, I mean they just feed
off the excitement that comes
from the crowd."
SUS Presents
RainbiwButt
Monkeys
DDT
and
SUNFISH
tix @AMS Box Office
and @ the door
$9.00
no minors
doors 8:00pm
The Ultimate Tribute to KISS
BLACK
DIAMOND
&
FLASH BASTARD
in the SUB Ballroom
tix @ the AMS Box Office
and @ the door
$10.00
no minors
doors 8:00pm
The Ubyssey
Friday, January 26,1996

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