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A Pile of Dates : 1670, 1867 , 1910 & 2022
Dates Relevant to the Social Contract System in CANADA
Four dates, mostly unknown or unrecognizable to the general population where we live.
If we examine the greater Social Contract model within which we exist we can begin to see the latest “circle of life” occurring within that system.
The topic of this article is important dates in the Dominion of Canada’s Social Contract System :
1670 - this was the year King Charles II Chartered the Hudson Bay Company. The Hudson Bay Company is the entity which later went on to “sell” the land to the Dominion of Canada, effectively claiming the land from the aboriginal inhabitants.
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The HBC by Royal Charter authorized this “Company of the Crown” to go forth into “Rupert’s Land” for “the benefit of our people and great advantage to our Kingdom”. Wait though, what people and who’s Kingdom? Well the Charter names these people :
“This Charter doe give grant ratify and confirm unto our said Cousin Prince Rupert Christopher, Duke of Albemarle, William Earle of Craven, Henry Lord Arlington Anthony, Lord Ashle, Sir John Robinson, Sir Robert Vyner, Sir Peter Colleton, Sir Edward Hungerford, Sir Paul Neile, Sir John Griffith and Sir Phillipp Carterett, James Hayes, John Kirke, Francis Millington, William Prettyman, John Fenn and John Portman. That they and such others as shall be admitted into the said Society as is hereafter expressed, shall be one Body Corporate and Politic in deed and in name by the name of the Governor and Company of Adventurers of England trading into Hudson's Bay and them by the name of the Governor and Company of Adventurers of England trading into Hudson's Bay one Body Corporate and Politic in deed and in name really and fully for ever for us our heirs and successors.”
While the Company was out trading, ostensibly doing good business with the aboriginals … the Crown remained responsible for establishing treaties with these aboriginal peoples, and while the written history indicates it was to a limited extent a success, the underground oral histories passed down through generations paints a much different picture.
While the boundaries of “Rupert’s Land” were never clearly defined, the area was commonly understood to extend from Labrador to the Rocky Mountains and from the headwaters of the Red River to Chesterfield Inlet on Hudson Bay.
By 1812, the territory controlled by the HBC ie; Rupert’s Land and the people occupying the Colonies of Upper and Lower Canada (along the St.Lawrence River) had become embroiled in a “National” crisis. Historically, this event is largely credited as the event which first catalyzed a uniquely Canadian National Identity. The conflict between The United States and Great Britain united disparate groups of peoples in war and military operations.
By 1837 armed rebellions emerged in the British Colonies of Upper and Lower Canada due to the perceived (or real) lack of political reform on the part of the British Crown. This led to the formation of the Province of Canada, a Sovereign Dominion within “Rupert’s Land”. This happened upon recommendation by the John Lambton first Earl of Durham … descendandt of “the People” listed in the HBC Charter.
Note : the term Dominion was used by the British Crown to describe colonies or territorial possessions.
In 1867, the “Dominion of Canada” became a Federation of Provinces with a Legislative Assembly of elected officials and in 1871 the territories held by the HBC were “sold” to the Dominion of Canada for 300,000 pounds. At this point, the work of the Hudson Bay Company was complete and this is how “ownership” of the lands was formally claimed by the British Crown, despite never having completed the treaty process, they conquered the land using this manipulative colonial mechanism. Two wings of the same bird - the Hudson Bay Company and the Dominion of Canada. Through the purchase of HBC Lands by the Dominion of Canada, the Crown achieved a “great advantage” to the Kingdom and their People just as the Charter of the HBC had intended.
By 1870, the HBC continued to control trade in the Northern area of Oregon Country (ie; today’s British Columbia). In 1871, British Columbia joined the Dominion of Canada.
Between the establishment of the Hudson Bay Company and the 1867 “sale” of territories, the aboriginal people continued to live and trade with the Hudson Bay Company and its affiliated people while they awaited treaties from the Crown as was proclaimed by King George III in 1763. The aboriginals generally acted in good faith and continued to share vast resources, knowledge and kinship with the people associated with the trading companies, especially the Hudson Bay Company which was the most expansive. By the early 1900’s, the Secwepemc (Revelstoke to Clinton and stretching north to Quesnel Lake) Chiefs were able to put some of the pieces together about the game was actually being played on the land they believed they had long established right and responsibility to steward according to principles developed over centuries if not millenia.
In 1910, the Secwepmc chiefs issued a Memorial to the then Prime Minister of the Dominion of Canada about their intention to “Share equally in everything. We will help each other to be great and good”. A much different intention than the Crown and it’s HBC Company. Against all odds and oppression from both the Church and State of the Crown of the Dominion of Canada, and despite the fact that the Dominion had claimed “ownership” over the land they had rights on, this honorable intention remains and is made self evident in the speeches and engagements of the descendents of the people who survived and are now transcending the oppressive Reservation and Residential School Systems.
While the term Dominion was dropped from usage in Canadian awareness and by its bureaucracy, Canada factually remains a Dominion claim by the British Crown.
Without diving into the research for an entirely other article, there is a prophecy about the 8th fire. This is a fire lit by the people of colonial descent, after the 7th fire is lit by the original people.
In 2022, a Provisional Campus was recognized in the colloquially termed “South Cariboo”. This marks the date we formally rejected the model of Dominion. The Campus Model supersedes the notorious and oppressive “game of jurisdictions” and renders the “claims of ownership” by the Dominion of Canada as absurd and obsolete.
As a University (a nation in terms of oppression) and Campus (a district in terms of oppression) we are outgrowing these concepts and notions of Dominion. We recognize and understand that the Campus Model will provide a viable alternative to the legacy of “Dominion” a false notion of ownership before stewardship. This mind-virus of greed and control continues to plague the planet with veiled Corporate activities that cause as much or more harm today as it did in 1871.
From sunset to new moon (5:39pm -11:06pm Feb 19th) consider commemorating (co-memor-ate) the Memorial (memor-ial) of the 1910 Chiefs powerful intention and mark the beginning of the end of the concept of Dominion (ie; the Dominion of Canada - possession) in your local Campus … which means - wherever you live!
And so it is.
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