"First Nations","Federal Government" and "Crooked Lake"

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"When you look at economic development, there's always a taker out there ..." said Eashappie [CEO of the on-reserve development body at Crooked Lake].

There sure is "always a taker out there"... the irony of Crooked Lake.

When asked what assurance he'd be able to give people that there wouldn't be another large rent increase in the future, [Eashappe] said: "What's their assurance that I'm not going to get hit by a car in the next 10 minutes? There is none."

CHALLENGE ACCEPTED

I'll just go ahead and write the headline from the (near) future: "Reserve in dire need of Federal assistance as housing and water crisis hits: "There are holes in the walls and no heating"

Odd. Every lease I have ever signed bound the tenant and landlord to the terms of the agreement. One side couldn't arbitrarily change what was agreed and signed.

But when you have the corrupt indians backed by corrupt indian affairs, our pockets aren't deep enough to fight to the end.

As a leaseholder, does it make sense to disconnect electricity? Don’t want to be on the hook for future abuse.
I’m guessing each cabin has a water well and septic holding tank.
That’s a lot of infrastructure to leave behind, for the “takers”.

I think they'll learn that the rule of law determines whether future investment will come.
At this time, who has confidence that the rule of law will be applied?

Back in the 70's (I think) the same thing happened to cottagers in Sauble Beach Ontario.
They had 99 year leases on the properties. Come hear 100 the Indians jacked up the amount by several hundred percent. The vast majority of cottages were then put up for sale-with few takers. Now the properties affected look like slums. Just another screw up by the short sighted Indians.

This is something to look forward to if the FN gets control over any part of our government or environment. They have a history of being ruthless throughout their history and right up to present times. The only recourse for the cottagers is to burn everything that might be useful and chock it up to a very bad decision to start with.

YOU Could NOT Ever Pay me to buy a leased property that is beholden to our Natives. Not a hoipe iun hell brother. I feel for these guys affected, but ya gotta know youre walking into a 1 sided deal with your eyes open.

Sorry for you but if I were one, I would light a match to a gas soaked property and walk away. Why should the squatter First Nations (Indians in my day - I am old) have the nice well cared for and loved property when they don’t want me to have it!ARPINO CULLEREDO

Hopefully the lease holders voted for the gubment their getting good and hard.

You're right. I drive the stretch of road from Southampton to Sauble Beach through reserve land every summer. There are more cottages with for sale signs than without. Though from the outside these cottagers seem to keep the properties maintained. The properties closer to Sauble are different story.

To the lease holders, I offer two words, caveat emptor. Communist racial apartheid ghettos underwritten by the federal government aren't known for their business acumen and reliability. The attitude that economic development comes from simply collecting rents from land that a conquering government holds "in trust" for the tribe didn't originate from nomadic stone age existence. It's a product of the systemic apartheid that no politicians have had the guts to address but have deferred to the Courts to make worse. Rather than correct this situation, Canada uses the Indian Reserve as the apparent model for our collective, non-existent property rights, future.

If I remember correctly, several years ago when water levels were very low at Crooked Lake, people associated with members of that reserve lit fires on the hills near Katepwa and allegedly tried to sabotage or bomb the Katepwa spillway in an attempt to get more water through the spillway so the water levels at crooked would be higher. Why anyone would 'lease' a cabin is beyond me in the first place.

Indians are constantly told they are entrepreneurs although very few understand what that really means. Very little of economic value is produced on reserves.
Some group on the rez probably made a 'business decision' concluding the cottage owners were ripping them off. They don't understand the law of contracts but so what, think Caledonia.

Each cottage will get the Wyatt's Torch treatment.

The allure of the project was cheap. Lake front for cheap. Buddy moved an old farm house that he bought for a coupla thousand and moved it. There is a lot of this in SK .
As pointed out above caveat emptor

Just walk away. The costs are sunk and it is not worth continuing a relationship with an organization that has shown itself to be so untrustworthy. Let the Sakimay First Nation learn the hard way that it is better to have some cottagers paying something in leases than no cottagers paying anything in leases.

A contract is a contract unless one party is a member of the victim class with The Hair's government on its side.

I would bring in a high-hoe to demolish the cottage and fill in the well and septic. No way would I let the crooks have $45,000 worth of investment.

Al_in_Ottawa

Crooked Lake. Appropriate moniker, don't you think?

remember the Ipperwash thing? when I was in my mid teens, my cousin's husband leased a property there. it was all taken away eventually, that is, the cottage HE built or purchased. his sense of resignation 'cant fight the natives'.

and 'Crooked' Lake. how apropos. maybe 'word on the street' will trickle out and the new band council masters hither and yore will wind up with a whooooole lot of EMPTY properties.

You got it. Cancel the insurance and turn it into a wasteland.

So. These indigenous nations are determined to make good on the American expression ... “Indian giver”

lol!!! imagine if the soon-to-be-former cottage owners all set fire to them at the same time to thwart any fire service.
that would really send a message, but, BUT Canuckistan is populated by sheeple.

but I agree with the sentiment 'if I cant have it nobody can'.

This and many other cases is why I would never buy or lease a house on Rez land.
Many times when house hunting the realtor would suggest a house with a lower price on the Rez,and I always refused to even consider it.
I'm sure the realtors thought I was racist,BUT if you lease from an FN,you no longer have the protection of the laws of Canada,and the government of Canada will always back the Indians,not you!

I knew some folks about 20 years ago that lived in a lovely retirement mobile home park in the Okanagan,on leased Rez land. One day the new tribal Council decided to redevelop the land and gave everybody about six months to get out, no compensation offered. All the tenants were seniors in their 70's and up,the Band didn't give a f***, off you go. Some old folks died from the stress of the situation,our beloved federal government did sweet f*** all to assist,except to back the FN.

Anyone who is naive enough to believe in the fiction of the "noble red man" has never done business with them. At any time,the FN government can change in an election from a modern,educated leader, to someone like the Chief in the netflix series,"Blackstone", and there isn't a damned thing you can do about it.

Walk away white guy, when you're dealing with racist malicious "our lands" Indians and a racist Government you're gonna lose every time. Burn the place to the ground and count your losses.

Looks like a nice lot for a trailer...

In Africa some landowners facing expulsion burned their places and poisoned the wells.

I believe that this sort of thing is just Zimbabwe but writ Canadian.

Kick all of the "colonisers" out and then realise that there is no income flowing in.

Oops.

"Indians are constantly told they are entrepreneurs although very few understand what that really means"

Yes! the Indians are as dumb as Bricks, but so are those that have leased Indian Land... Does anyone understand that ALL regulation and taxation by all Governments can not be enforced on Reserve LAND.... The SC of Canada has set the Table for Canada's version of Hong Cong...

Wake the F*** up people.. Its a gift...

Natives overturn written contracts or make unreasonable adjustments to existing contracts not just because they have no business smarts but they also do it because there are no repercussions to them when they 'act in bad faith'.
The 348,000 is neither here nor there in the grand scheme of things because if they get nothing at all in rents it doesn't matter.
The funds from government will continue to flow in, homes will continue to be built, and band councils and their allies will continue to live like a rich uncle died somewhere and left them a windfall in cash.

Just another reason why the majority of Big Bad White Men has little if any time for these people.

There was a similar situation on the Siksika reserve east of Calgary where there was a nice development called Hidden Valley Golf Resort with a lot of cabins which brought decent revenue to the Siksika. Then problems developed - one story says a Siksika dog was shot - and all of a sudden it was very much "pay a lot more or get out". However, the 2013 flood intervened; many of the homes on the development were seriously damaged or destroyed. So the owners of the homes just went in, salvaged what they could, and left the decaying cottages for the natives to clean up.

Sorry...but if you didn't see this coming you were naive. (To be generous)

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