Helen Michell also known by her “native” name Telquaa, and her husband Frank Martin, both B.C. native-born residents, have been the victims of ongoing police brutality, stalking, harassment, racial profiling and hateful prejudice for the past twenty-five years and longer and the abuse continues to this day despite endless attempts at peaceful pleading to all levels of government ranging from the provincial to the federal to International agencies such as the United Nations to have the injustices committed against them halted.
Just this week, Helen was out in her vehicle in Chilliwack B.C, When she pulled up to a road block. There the RCMP determined that the vehicle would not be road worthy without new tires. Helen contacted WCNN and said “there always after us, now they take away are van for bad tires” The cost say’s Helen will be about $140.00 money they don’t have. But says she was thankful a lawyer from Hope B.C contacted her and was going to try and help out.
This is not the first encounter with the RCMP for Helen or her Husband Frank. due to all the repeated attacks over the years that have or may included deliberate acts of forcefully running their vehicle off the road and causing a near fatal accident that left Helen Michell a paraplegic and blind in one eye. If anyone wanted to learn more about helen and her struggles it would be easly found with statements from the yanative website sent on November 5, 2012. it reads.
Need help with indigenous human rights abuse of elders
We have been attacked by the Chilliwack social services system, for the past few years now and we need assistance in many ways. We have been evicted from the Chilliwack Welfare office since March 10, 2010, and now we have to deal with the Chilliwack Salvation Army of which we cannot get any help from too. For the past two years now, we have been without a heating system, as our furnace broke down. Its been very cold. This past winter because of no heat, our kitchen has now been torn out. The water pipes have broken down, in the kitchen, and caused black mold, in our kitchen area and under our house. This in turn has caused us to get severly sick, and we are unable to get any help from anyone. WE also had to deal with huge rats, living in our living space, this past summer. We had trapped 13 rats, all together. These rats also had eaten up most of our food, in our kitchen. This in turn, is the result of our getting sick from starvation and being malnourished.
There are three of us living in this home. Our daughter who is our only care giver, was also denied social assistance for over five years. So, we all had to live on a $900.00 disability assistance, after all our bills are paid. Our daughter was finally put on social assistance this past few months, but even her financial needs are now being threatened to be taken away. This was one of the reasons why we were evicted from the Chilliwack welfare office.
The other reason why we were evicted, was because I am severely disabled and a parapalegic, according to my doctor. I really needed a new electric scooter, to help me to get around, and we tried to ask the welfare system to help me to get one. Even with all the prescriptions from our doctor, I was still denied a new electric scooter. Our disability came from a bad car accident that was enforced by the RCMP police of BC. WE were rammed and forced off the road between Cache Creek and Clinton B.C. This car accident left me dead for a half hour and than I went into a comma for six weeks, in the Kamloops hospital. I was paralized from the neck down, for such a long time after. Today, I still cannot get an electric scooter from the social services system. And so, I have to use up what disability assistance we have, to buy used electric scooters from Craigslist. Now I have about 7 or so, broken down scooters, laying in and around my house. This in turn has made us starve, to many times, over and over. as I have to use my food monies to buy used electric scooters. The Full story is here
The radicalpress also documents these accounts of RCMP encounters very well,
Frank and Helen’s Continuing Battle with Racism and Discrimination by Canada’s Police and Courts
As an indigenous woman and a human rights defender of the western hemisphere, I would like to write a report for the international day of racism and discrimination especially toward us, as indigenous people of Canada.
For the past year I have been walking side by side with my husband and children, whom are presently being processed through the injustice system of Canada. First of all, my son was beaten up by the Vancouver city police, for supposedly being in a place where he was not suppose to be, according to the police. Than was charged for defying the order. There was no such court order, for my son not to be on Hastings and Main street, at the time of the police brutality. The Vancouver city police took it onto themselves to beat up my son.
The racism and discrimination runs rampant within the policing system and the justice system of this province.
My youngest daughter is also dragged into the revolving doors of the injustice system. There seems to be no end in sight, when it comes down to processing indigenous people through the justice system of this country called Canada. (read full story here)
WCNN thanks Human rights defenders like Frank Martin and Telquaa (Helen) Michell for telling their story and being outspoken activists for First Nations rights and title in British Columbia. Háw’aa
Harper’s Canada: The continued RCMP Harassment towards Native elder couple >http://bit.ly/1dSYEkn Read the Full Story here> http://bit.ly/1bkwziw
Way to Help: SHARE! Read the personal letter from Elder Frank Martin “Need help with indigenous human rights abuse of elders” >http://bit.ly/1gaR5Wy
“Helen Michell also known by her “native” name Telquaa, and her husband Frank Martin, both B.C. native-born residents, have been the victims of ongoing police brutality, stalking, harassment, racial profiling and hateful prejudice for the past twenty-five years and longer and the abuse continues to this day despite endless attempts at peaceful pleading to all levels of government ranging from the provincial to the federal to International agencies such as the United Nations to have the injustices committed against them halted.” -D
BC RCMP Continue Their Criminal Racist Hate Crimes Against Native Paraplegic Helen Michell and Her Husband Frank Martin by Arthur Topham
The beatings and abuse and injustice never stops.
Helen Michell (shown in the photo above) and also known by her native name Telquaa, and her husband Frank Martin, both B.C. native-born residents, have been the victims of ongoing police brutality, stalking, harassment, racial profiling and hateful prejudice for the past twenty-five years and longer and the abuse continues to this day despite endless attempts at peaceful pleading to all levels of government ranging from the provincial to the federal to International agencies such as the United Nations to have the injustices committed against them halted.
The fact that this tortuous, incessant assault upon two now elderly First Nations people and their family, whose only ‘crime’ over the past decades has been their peaceful and ceaseless support for and advocacy to protect their unceded territories, the natural environment and their way of life as reflected in the wisdom and ways of their traditional hereditary ancestors, begs the question as to the type of justice system being reflected here in British Columbia by these heinous acts of deliberate terrorist against two innocent indigenous people.
What dire threat do these two sovereign-minded individuals pose to the province of B.C. that they have been profiled by the RCMP to the extent they have then subjected to endless attacks based upon either petty vehicle infractions or simply the fact that these victims of police abuse dared to venture out on our public highways?
What’s more astounding yet is the fact that due to all the repeated attacks over the years that have included deliberate acts of forcefully running their vehicle off the road and causing a near fatal accident that left Helen Michell a paraplegic and blind in one eye, these cruel, vindictive “peace officers” who hide their vicious actions behind a mask of police badge and uniform authoritarian legitimacy, are now dragging this same helpless, crippled woman out of her van and beating her, breaking her finger and bruising her body out on the public highway in broad daylight and in view of her children and then, if only to add insult to their despicable injuries, they turn around and deliberately twist the whole affair out of context like some cheap Mossad maneuver and lay charges of criminal assault against Helen, the very victim who they’ve intentionally and wrongfully battered and beaten for the supposed “crime” of not having a goddam signal light that worked properly; an accusation that both Helen and Frank adamantly deny!
There’s something is extremely vile and wicked with is whole scenario and it’s beyond time that B.C.’s Attorney General and Minister of Justice Shirley Bond stepped in and put a stop to this endless legacy of lunatic behaviour by these belligerent, para-military mercenaries of the state otherwise know as the RCMP before one of these asinine, psychos eventually loses total control and pumps either or both of these innocent people full of lead; a scenario that is becoming more and more prevalent during these times. An investigation is overdue into who the people are responsible for stalking and threatening and terrorizing these people and that investigation should be commenced by the AG’s office and not any RCMP organizations like the RCMP Complaints Commission.
The Radical Press has been following the story of Frank and Helen and documenting their ongoing plight with the provincial authorities and their decades long efforts to get their territory located at Maxan Lake in the Burns Lake region of the province returned to them; land that that was stolen from under them back in the 1990′s by the actions of crooked government-elected chiefs and band counsels. In an Interview first published in the now defunct monthly tabloid called The Radical, back in June of 2001 readers can get a good glimpse of the possible reasons why these two indigenous sovereingtists have been subjected to this ongoing abuse for so long. I highly recommend that viewers look at it.
The list of repeated abuses, beatings and harassment is phenomenal and stands as a stark reminder of just how brazen and ugly the so-called justice system truly is here in B.C. if you’re not a member of the dominant, privileged society or a person of wealth and influence. The following story published by RadicalPress.com back on February 27th, 2011 is a vivid account of the life that Frank and Helen are living in Lotus Land, also touted as the most beautiful place on earth to live. It’s not a pretty tale at all. Frank Martin has been subjected to police violence again and again all for the simple crime of standing up for his rights as a free and independent thinker and a man who refuses to buckle under to the oppressively constant pressure to not question the criminal activities of his own “red apple” brothers or those who’ve created the current system of native governance across Turtle Island.
Almost daily in the controlled media we hear of horror stories of abuse after abuse by estranged RCMP officers who now behave more like the old bolshevik Cheka secret police did in the Soviet Union rather than decent, honest, sensitive protectors of the public. It’s these types of aberrant behaviour on the part of the cops that makes it so plainly obvious to Frank and Helen that the safety of their lives and their family members is becoming more and more precarious as time goes by and sooner or later one of these maniacs with the yellow striped pants will blow yet another fuse and end up murdering either them or their children.
This story is being sent to the mainstream media here in B.C. and elsewhere plus it is going directly to the Attorney General’s office and to Shirley Bond. Will she actually do something about these crimes against Frank and Helen and put an end to legacy of injustice? Let’s find out.
Helen Michell can be reached at: helen michell firstname.lastname@example.org