Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 6, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
wo "PAGES lly AIIN1K IIAKALA TORONTO (CD Canada's Ireaty Indians should consider fielding independent Indian candidates bi 10 key ridings in the next federal election, says ii memo from Llie National Indian Brotherhood. The sfalemcnl, circulated among the brotherhood, suggests Indians lake n mnrc active approach to po- litJes. 'Ihe ridings, three- in Ontario, two in British Co- lumbia ami one eacli in Alberta. Saskatchewan, Man- itoba, the Yukon ami the IVottlnvesl Territories, all havo a high percentage of treaty Indians on the electorate. At present, the only Indian member of Parliament Is Lcn M-'ichnncL, Liberal member for Kamloops-Cari- boo in British Columbia. The member of the Okanagan Indian band became the first Indian ever elected to Parliament ho defeated Davie IruUon, former Conservative justice minister, in 19C8. The riding with the highest percentage of treaty Indians among eligible voters is Churchill in Mani- toba with Indians, or 25 per cent. The memo .stresses Ibat the mini her of native per- sons in specific ridings may lie higher but statistics for non-status Indians, Metis and limit are not avail- oble. Politics first no doubt that with political repre- sentation, economic development conies next, Georgo Manuel of Kamloops, B.C., president of the brother- hood, said in a recent interview. "And there's no doubt that is what wo need." "The onus is on I he politicians. We arc going to challenge them because they have done nothing, for our grassroots the; federal government on Ibeir mulli-cuJtural political ploy. Others, besides the French and English, need Mr. Manuel, a 50-year-old Shuswap, said (he memo Is being sent to all Indian chiefs. "We're cerlainly not telling them to vole for a certain he said. "We don't belong to any polil- cal party. And the idea of fielding an Indian candidate is just that- an idea." The memo, prepared by a brotherhood worker, stales: "The publicity and political value oi Ihe Indians of Canada running if) independent candidates from across Uic .inriL-asurrible. 'though the possibility of electing such a candi- date is remote in the majority of these areas, it would be, of great service to the people to offer them an al- ternative to the typical white pohiician and the fact that such n candidate1 with a properly riui campaign, would get a fair percentage of Hie vole in the riding M'ould point out. to the- .successful candidate that be, could not, ignore Ihe Indians in his constituency any longer." The memo also suggests that a respectable show- Ing by an Indian candidate "would perhaps influence while parties into looking into Lhc feasibility cf nom- inating an Indian person in the next election." When asked about the memo, Dave Courchene, president of Ihe Manitoba. Indian Brotherhood, said: "We supported and helped three candidates in the last provincial election, They won and we already have benefited." He said the three were The Pas, won by Ron Mc- Eryc-e, a member of the New Democratic Party; Churchill, Gordon Beard, Ind., and RuperLsland, Jean Atlard, NDP. The 10 ridings, their present members, and the percentage of Ireaty Indian utters are: Ontario T'-ranl Derek Blackburn, NDP (II per Iscncirn [lainy River .lohn M. Reid, Thunder Bay Keith H. Pcnncr, I, Manitoba Churchill Robert Simpson, PC Saskalchcwan Mcailow Lake Albert C. Cadieil, PC Athabaska Paul Yewcbuk, PC British Columbia Coast Chilcotin Paul St. Pierre, L U4i; Skeena Frank Howard, M1P (17i, Yukon Yukon Krik Nielsen, PC (2IP. Northwest Territories Northwest Territories Rob- ert Orange, I. i. Woll-imm of inoiinlaJti.s ih forks mental health care lly MclN'l VfU1; "llrralil MuK KUMOXTON A five year program to e menial health facilities in Alberta will he highlighted by Hie introdue- lion of a new mental health act next week. Neil Crawford, minister of health and social development, hopes the new art will be pass- ed by the IcgLslalure by Mio end" of llio current session- likely by May. The five year program is aimed to decentralize mental health care, upgrade medical staff training am] increase pa- tients' rights. object Jvc Is to develop AUC'ANTK, Itcut'.-r i Shui.ning es nnd forks ;ni'l .snfl bed hut puffing happily ;it lii.s firr.l (iL-Mn-Me (lie. of Ihe is havinq his first nf civilirnlion sflcr living wild for .rin Tlin man, r-haggy h.'in trailing down his hark, hi.' skin by sijn and years of rioys. and long mscnl, ua.s brought from exiln rfcrnlly lo n linnm run hy Roman Catholic nuns (irar this Spanish cily. Ilie man lui'l lung been a legend in in the. foolhill.s nf the Sierra del Aguila mountain rango where lie has rough and out of contact viUi for bc-lp health vill br cm.'c-m- wyed, he said (iroup hoiiK.'1' 1" (ni c fir to in palicnls each v, ill he, M i up Ihrwigluml Alberta, lio sard. A di a gnostic nnd treatment for hanrlicap- peel cijildivn is cMtirentU filRii- iu'd 'or Calvary '.u serve .south- ern Alberta. Tliy mentally ill rre the group of haririicfipped in Alberta hours followed Hie (nlnl liombing Tuesday of I lie. Culian trade mission in Montreal. One of Ihe more than 20 Cu- bans r., liic as a rc.siilt of (h? blast nnd six others were arrested! in a (angle with police in which guns were lev- elled, nn inspector 's nn.ie punched awl files destroyed Cuban Premier Fidel Castro levelled a biting speech fl'. Can- dies down ada's alilily lo protect diplo- inalic anrl Monl- police- of "brutal ant) Fas- cist mclhcxK "V.'e rvincrni over Ibis deplorable ex- ternal affairs replied in a merit here, adding that. Hie pur- suit of the culprits believed lo be Cubans Jiving in Hie being given hiphesl priority. Cuban Amhussndor .lose C'ossio nnd acting Ilxlornnl Af- fi.ii> M i n i i e r t M. D-uiy were pec test lo mcel tmlay flfld possibly anrk out Ihft l-in- gle.d rliplomalii: s'iilns of Ihc mission and ils AM.OWS IIIX'ls The snarling began lo die, after Dr. wcr! in Mnntreal, wliere he allowed in- voFtigalor.s to search (lie ruins of Ihc niisFJon for Police I'.e kiiicd Sergio and ripjwd (he top floor off a 12-slorcy building was among the, largest ever in Montreal. An autopsy dny I'everiK-d I hied In deatli from rnulliplt! glass cuts. La'er Hie. flnban consulain CAIRO (RciHei-1 Kpypl cut diplotniitic relations with Jor- dan loclfiy, I lie? Middle ICasl s Aftc-r.cv The :novi- [ono-.i-s Cairo s re jet lion of King Hus- sein's plan for n federal kinp- rlom on both of the Jor- dan. Tin? livcaV. dy Jicpuiy T'rcjnicr MH'O] Kadcr llaicm. ;ifkr a cnbineL mcelinp. Ik1 said thai Die decision had become "a prcrpquisilc of the requirements of Uic hnllle IsiMOl." In Kinp plan, an- numicL-d Mni'Lb 1.1. he proposed that Jordnn ni into luo semi-auionomous regions- Jordan on the- East linnk of tho river, and Palestine nn Ihe Bank, now occupied Israel Amman would remain tho capital of the- Jordnn region Jerusalem would becnma tlie capital of Pa test inc. with Ammnn (lie federal capiUd. The plan has been rcjcrled nol only by the Palestine resist- ance organizations and other Arab countries, hut also by Is- rael, without whose co-operation it. appears un impossible propo- sition, Summit urged a ripened to (lie Montreal bomb for a thorough search after n tip that, a bomb planted Iherc and pet lo cx- plrwle at midnight Wednesday. was found despite an ex- haustive search of the premises. Canadian diplomatic nel in Culia were receding no extra security and retaliation ufisn'L expected, Premier Castro, flaying Cnna- clu.n scnirity, said in effect iliil sccurily is W Canada could offer. ISLAMABAD, Pakistan rm Presidml Zulfikar Ah Hhidin hn? received a H'er from hi flian Prime Miniver Indira fianrllii Tirnpii'dnp Mimmil lalks, If uas nffmally dWlnser] 1rvby. tary. Iflikhar All, Inld report ns the president preparing a reply tu I he Mlcr received through S-vuss represent nlivcs tuo days Tlic iflirr unenjuii- (lonal ;il siiniirnl nnrl proposed llvit officials arrange such a Mennv.liilc. India and the So- viet Union issued a joint .state- ment lodriy favoring direct lalfcs befueen "f Inrlia, find I'nkistnn to achieve an early political f.et- tlemcnl. The .Mal.'iiK'iil hsucd at (he end of a viMt tit Moscow hy Indian Foreign .Min- ister Singh. The state- ment M as ix leased in New Delhi and Moscow six hours after vSingh's return. Dies under wheels of fransit brjs (CPi O5C.ir Modin, M, of be- came Hie city's Ff-vcnlli traffic fnlnlily Tluircday lie died of injuries MifiYrc'I Kile in Hio rear of a c.ily trriiisiL bus bo. had aliphlH from.