Google Wave More Secure than Traditional Email

first_imgHTTPS Enabled by DefaultFor an additional layer of security, all Wave traffic is by default encrypted via HTTPS, a protocol for secure communications. That represents a big change in Google’s standard policy regarding use of this protocol. It wasn’t until July of 2008 that Gmail users were even given the option to encrypt messages using SSL and to enable it, you had to go into your settings and make a change – something that most mainstream users would never have bothered with. By the end of 2008, Google was only offering SSL as a feature in its other Google Apps programs if users were on either the Premier or Education editions. That meant that for non-paying consumer users, Google Docs, Calendar and other online offerings were only available via unencrypted HTTP sessions. Today, little has changed. Still, only users of Premier and Education Editions have access to SSL and it’s not switched on by default. The protocol is now available for Gmail, Chat, Calendar, Docs and Sites but not the Start page, Google Video or the Google Talk desktop client. Consumers using free Google apps like Docs still don’t have SSL unless they type it in the address bar manually. D’alesandre admitted that switching on encryption in Wave slows down the service a little (which probably explains the company’s hesitance to switch it on in other products, too), but they ultimately decided that the security it provides was worth it. Whitelisting Kills the NoiseA third security feature of sorts coming to Wave in the future is the ability to do “whitelisting.” Wave users will be able to select which people they want to collaborate with and place them on a whitelist of approved persons. Only those who are on the list will be able to contact you via Wave and everyone else will be ignored. That feature should certainly help to address the concerns certain folks have about Wave’s “noise level,” to some, an overwhelming amount of activity that led them to call out Wave as a distraction and a time-waster instead of the futuristic productivity product it intends to be. By allowing those who can’t seem to embrace Wave’s cacophony the ability to limit their collaborators, Wave could transfer from noisy attention killer to useful tool in an instant. Of the three features, the first two are already in place. No date was given on the whitelisting feature, only that it will be “coming soon.” Tags:#Google#news#NYT#Product Reviews#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting sarah perez Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Google Wave, the company’s new real-time collaboration platform currently in private beta, is more secure than traditional email, claims the company. According to Greg D’alesandre, Google Wave product manager, that’s because Google has focused on addressing privacy and security issues as the product was built from the ground up instead of waiting to deal with them later. Speaking to media in Sydney today, he detailed several of Wave’s security features which are meant to stop criminals from exploiting the new technology and harming Wave users. Built In Features to Prevent SpoofingAs reported by Australian news outlet ITNews, Wave has multiple levels of security which are designed to prevent email spoofing. Spoofing, meaning when you receive an email that claims to be from either a person or company you know but is actually from someone else – a hacker in most cases. D’alesandre says the Wave protocol is more secure because it includes something he jokingly refers to as “crypto fairy dust.” That’s obviously meant to be a simple and fun way to explain the security complexities built into Wave which involve detailed authentication mechanisms to keep users safe from malicious attacks. In Wave, every bit of info you receive from another Wave user has already been authenticated as to its origin so you can be assured that they are who they say they are. “You know you are getting the Wave from the person that is sending it to you and it has not changed mid-stream. This is a very big problem in current communication technologies – data can be changed mid stream and you will never know,” said D’alesandre.last_img read more

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Weekly Wrap-up: Make-my-baby.com Scam, iPhone 5 “Completely Redesigned,” Learn to Program with Hackety Hack, and More…

first_imgThis week’s top story was Marshall Kirkpatrick’s analysis of Facebook’s third biggest advertiser, which, allegedly, was a Bing affiliate scam. After the story broke, Facebook denied any connection to it and Bing shut it down right away. It’s a story that got more convoluted as the various players responded to the allegations – which always makes for fun reading.In location news, visitors to 9-11 locations in New York, Washington D.C. and Pennsylvania can use an app to listen to oral histories from first-responders. The top real-time Web story was that Collecta is ending its API. And one of our biggest Internet of Things stories of last year is finally here: IPv4 addresses are about run out. In 10 days, to be exact. Read on for more.Top Stories of the Week Facebook’s 3rd Biggest Advertiser is (Allegedly) a Bing Affiliate Scam (With Updates)Report: iPhone 5 will be “Completely Redesigned”Facebook Now Shares Phone Number & Address With Third-Party AppsLearn to Program with Hackety HackFacebook Suspends Phone & Address Sharing FeatureMore coverage and analysis from ReadWriteWebDownload Our Latest Free Report: Engaging Online Communities The countless individual interactions people make online have introduced a new level of complexity in marketing. These “gestures” come in the form of likes in Facebook, replies in Twitter or subscriptions to blogs. Other gestures may be a link to a site or a check-in on a location-based network. Engaging Online Communities takes a look at how the modern enterprise must set up the right systems so it can keep track of the gestures that people make and perform analytics on the data. You can download and view Engaging Online Communitieshere.Location Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Google Hotpot Keeps Improving, Now Offers Filtered Searches by Friend9-11 Oral Histories Saved and Shared via Smart Phone 3 Young Companies That Knocked It Out of the Park in 2010100 Job Openings in the Windows Azure Group and What They Say About Steve Ballmer’s Latest MoveDo We Need a Yelp for the Enterprise?ReadWriteStartReadWriteStart, sponsored by Microsoft BizSpark, is a resource for startups and entrepreneurs. The Valley Lacks Flexibility, Not TalentWhat’s In a Name? Is a Hip Startup Name Important?Never Mind the Valley: Here’s NashvilleReadWriteCloudReadWriteCloud, sponsored by VMware and Intel, is dedicated to Virtualization and Cloud Computing. What Percentage of iPhone Owners are on iOS4?Mobile App Market: $25 Billion by 2015Bloomberg Confirms Playstation PhoneEnjoy your weekend everyone!Subscribe to the Weekly Wrap-upYou can subscribe to the Weekly Wrap-up by RSS or by email below.RWW Weekly Wrap-up Email Subscription form: A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting ReadWrite Sponsors Related Posts Tags:#web#Weekly Wrap-ups The Growth of Linked DataWhat Would 10 Petabytes Look Like? [Infographic]5 Twitter Lists to Follow About Cloud ComputingReadWriteBizReadWriteBiz is a resource and guide for small to medium businesses. More Location coverageReal-Time WebCollecta Ends its API, Says “We’re Changing”More Real-Time Web coverageInternet of ThingsThis Week in Internet of Things: 11 More Days Until IPv4 Addresses Run OutKinect Official Software Dev Kit Coming From Microsoft, Report SaysMore Internet of Things coverageCheck Out The ReadWriteWeb iPhone App As well as enabling you to read ReadWriteWeb while on the go or lying on the couch, we’ve made it easy to share ReadWriteWeb posts directly from your iPhone, on Twitter and Facebook using the official ReadWriteWeb iPhone app. You can also follow the RWW team on Twitter, directly from the app. We invite you to download it now from iTunes.ReadWriteEnterpriseReadWriteEnterprise is devoted to enterprise 2.0 and using social software inside organizations. Learn to Program with Hackety Hack3 Tutorials to Check Out This WeekJQuery Upgrade Causing Trouble for Twitter?ReadWriteMobileReadWriteMobile is dedicated to helping its community understand the strategic business and technical implications of developing mobile applications. Sitting All Day is Risky. Is a Standing Desk Right For You?5 Ways Small Businesses Can Use QR CodesAre Distributed Teams Less Effective?ReadWriteHackReadWriteHack is a resource and guide for developers. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Waiting for the Client to Decide What’s Next

first_imgAs I have been promoting The Lost Art of Closing: Winning the 10 Commitments That Drive Sales, some who have seen the posts have decided, without reading anything about the book or the sample chapters, that this is a book on closing tactics, complete with tie downs, tricks, and self-oriented motives. They mistakenly assume that this is a book on closing, with each close being given a clever name, and using short phrases designed to help you in a battle with your client.They have suggested in their comments that there is no reason to close, that all one much do is serve the client and wait.They have replied to social posts that the salesperson should allow their prospective client to lead the process.Without knowing what’s in the book, they have decided that it is a self-oriented approach, and that it is something that they believe is self-oriented, smarmy, hard sell tactics.None of these things could be further from the truth. But that said, those the comments are also terribly incorrect, and that is why I wrote this book in the first place.Serve the Client and Don’t Wait to Be AskedThe idea that one should “never be closing” is a dangerous idea as it is practiced by many salespeople today. The idea that you should not ask for the commitment to buy before you have done the work necessary to do so is accurate. But the idea that you should wait for your client to decide for themselves while you wait patiently is poppycock.Your prospective clients need someone that can help them through the process of change, moving from their present state to a better future state. They don’t need some milquetoast order-taker hanging around hoping that they ask to move forward. What they need now is someone who is a peer, trusted counsel, and who can earn the right to be a trusted advisor by advising them on what comes next, why it comes next, and how it is going to move their business forward.Don’t Hope the Client LeadsThere is probably not a more dangerous and debilitating idea when it comes to sales than allowing the client to lead the process. The underlying assumption here is that the client knows how to lead that process.If your client has a process, it’s called a request for proposal, and there can’t be too many practices that destroy the value sales organizations are capable of creating, and not too many things that hurt the buying company’s results. The process is arm’s length, and the choice of provider is often so transactional that the buying company spends all of one hour in a conference room with the potential partner who is going to serve the organization.Let’s check this. Does your client know that they need to make the commitment to collaborate with you and your team? Do they know that they need to bring in all of the people who are going to be affected by a decision to buy, including the obstacles? Do they have a process for making trade-offs and mitigating the problems that a new solution and a new partner are going to create? Do they believe they should be investing more in the outcomes they need, or does their “process” require reducing the investment in the strategic outcomes they need, as if better, faster, and cheaper is possible?If your clients knew how to get the results they needed without you, they wouldn’t need you. If your competitors knew how to compel and lead the change they need, they’d be doing it right now. If you aren’t going to lead this process, then you are not playing for the role of trusted advisor; you are playing for something less than that, and something that doesn’t serve your clients.Back to the book.The Lost Art of Closing isn’t a book of closes with names, nor does it rely on tactics, tricks, or tie downs. What is inside the book is quite the opposite. It contains the 10 commitments you are likely to need as you help a prospective client change. The ideas are other-oriented, not self-oriented, and the underlying premise is one of serving the client with a process that helps them do what is necessary on their side.The ideas and the example language is something that professional salespeople need now. It is a replacement for the closing techniques of yesteryear. There is nothing in the book that would give you pause or that would cause you to feel bad about what you are doing for and with your client. It does, however, require you to have the courage to push back and help your client have the difficult—but necessary—conversations to make real change inside their company, because that is what it takes to be a trusted advisor and a consultive salesperson. Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

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The New Rules of Building Consensus

first_imgThere are new rules in B2B sales. There is also a set of rules for how decisions are made, how consensus is built.Rule 1: There is No Decision MakerIn days long past, one was instructed to find “the authority,” that individual invested with the power to bind their organization to a deal. It was believed, and was often true, that this high-level executive, if properly pursued, was all that was necessary to win a deal. The person at the top of the organizational chart would force his will on the rest of the organization, over any protestations to the contrary.This person, “the authority” no longer exists. Instead, there are “decision-makers,” each of whom is invested with some power—and some amount of influence—when it comes to any decision to change. Leaders are rarely willing to force their decision on the people in their charge, believing that they hired smart people to make decisions and execute those decisions. These leaders now know that without the support of the people in their charge, execution will be difficult—if it is even possible.If you are looking for a single decision-maker in a B2B sales, you are unlikely to find one. Instead, you must now seek out all who are going to participate in any decision to change.Rule 2: Influence is Stronger than AuthorityAuthority isn’t what it used to be. Influence, on the other hand, is what it has always been: quiet, invisible, and powerful beyond belief. Influence is even more powerful than authority, something that has been true throughout human history.In a room full of people, influence can be very hard to discern with the naked eye. The quiet person who sits without saying a word, but who is the subject matter expert the rest of the team relies on to interpret what they are hearing, may seem like someone with little concern—and no real impact on the course of the meeting. That person, however, may be the linchpin, the person who whispers yay or nay quietly into the ear of those who will cast votes to move forward or choose your competitor.The most powerful forces in the universe are invisible, like gravity and radiation. If you are not looking for and working towards uncovering influence, you will struggle to win a consensus.Rule 3: Your Client Doesn’t Know Who Is DecidingWhen your prospective client lets an RFP, they have a well-defined process (even if it doesn’t serve them nearly as well as they might believe), and that process invariably includes the stakeholders that have been assembled to review proposals and presentations. There are many deals that look like this, but there as many or more without a formal process.When there is no defined process, ad hoc teams are brought together to decide. Your client doesn’t often know who is going to be part of that team. In fact, you may work with one department inside your dream client and get all the way to the end of the sales conversation only to find that another department has torpedoed your deal. The department that kills your deal does so because they have competing interests—and sometimes because they were left out of the process.The responsibility to identify the people who are going to be affected by any decision to change and build consensus now falls to you. This is true even when your dream client tells you consensus is unnecessary, and even when they believe bringing in other stakeholders is a risk to your initiative. As always, it is your responsibility to control the process.Rule 4: You Still Need Executive LeadershipIn many of the companies you are pursuing, there is a competition over priorities. We often believe that the only displacement we need to make is the one where our competitor is removed. I would this were true, but it isn’t. The truth of the matter is that as often as not, we are not only displacing a competitor, we are also displacing other priorities. Without executive support, consensus is difficult.The stakeholders who support you are going to have to make the case that you should displace your competitor—or be chosen over them in any contest. They are going to have to make a case to their executive leadership team as to why they are choosing you. If executive leadership is part of the process, you have a greater likelihood of gaining their support, support you may also need when your deal runs into trouble throughout the process of building consensus. Executive leadership is often the tie-breaker or final arbiter on important decisions.Every day, deals die because of a change of priorities. I wish I could support this with a fact, a percentage that would shake you to your very core, but I cannot. That does not mean it is not significant.Keeping your initiative alive is difficult when the ground is shifting beneath your feet. Unless your initiative is tied to something strategic, it can easily be displaced by higher priorities. What often prevents your project from being moved into the future is the support of executive leaders who will argue that what you are doing is important to them, and that is should be pursued now.There is nothing easy about gaining an executive sponsor, but if you would build consensus, you need a leader.Rule 5: Mitigate Challenges and Be Aware of the PoliticsTo gain consensus, you are going to have to do two things. First, you are going to have to mitigate the harm your initiative causes some stakeholders where and when that is possible. Second, you are going to have to be cognizant of your client’s internal politics. Of the two, mitigation may be the easier, which in no way should give you the feeling that it is any sort of cakewalk.If what you are proposing makes some department’s life more difficult, it your responsibility to do what is in your power to mitigate the problems you create. Sometimes that requires you adjust your solution. Other times, it requires asking other stakeholders to change the way they are doing something, the timing, or the investment they are making. When conflict exists, collaboration is possible. If you want the support of those who may be in some way harmed, do your best to help them so they stand down and do not oppose your initiative.Politics exist in every company, and in my experience, even more so in companies that suggest that they have no politics. One of the ways you might look at the politics is through the lens of how you sequence the meetings you have, the stakeholders you include, and who and what is going to be necessary for a yes. Do you build consensus with the friendlies before bringing in the dangerous opponent, leaving them so far behind that you steamroll him into submission? Or do you bring them in early, forcing their challenge into the light so that you can dispatch it early?In a change initiative, some party may stand to gain power and influence at the expense of others. Building consensus requires you to be aware of the game that is being played and make good—and strategic—decisions.These are the new rules of consensus. Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

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Mob goes on rampage after murder of man in Bihar

first_imgViolence erupted on Tuesday at Bettiah town in West Champaran district of Bihar where a mob went on the rampage in protest against the murder of a 26-year-old man, vandalising property and setting fire to a police jeep and some other vehicles, police said. According to Superintendent of Police, Bettiah, Jayant Kant, Munna Sah who sold fish to eke out a living was a resident of Bairiyahat area and was shot dead in the morning while he was on his way to a private hospital where an acquaintance was admitted.last_img read more

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Saurav qualifies British Super Series quarter-finals

first_imgSaurav Ghosal is on a high. The country’s leading squash player is going through the best phase of his international career. The 24-year-old reached the quarter-finals of the British Super Series this month, in the process becoming the first Indian to do. Not only that, he stretched reigning world champion Amr Shabana to five games in the Hong Kong Open in July.Saurav Ghosal is going through best phase of his career.Speaking to Mail Today, after his first practice session at the Siri Fort Sports Complex in the Capital, Ghoshal said he was happy with the conditions.”It is the first time that I have stepped on to these courts. It was a very good feeling. In terms of lighting and other factors, these courts are comparable to the best in the world. The ASB courts, which are used on the Professional Squash Association ( PSA) circuit are also being used in this competition,” he said.At the same time, Saurav cautioned that there were minor things that needed to be done.”Well they are some minor glitches which can be sorted out. These glitches occur in most tournaments so it is nothing surprising,” he said.About the level of competition at the Games, Saurav said it was going to be a tough one. “We have the likes of Nick Mathews ( world No. 3), James Willtstrop (No. 6) and Peter Barker (No. 7). It is going to be a very formidable one,” he said.Speaking about his performance this year, Saurav, who’s ranked 26th – his best ever so far – said that his good showing was due to his self- belief and conviction.advertisement”When you have the belief that you can beat the top players then it becomes that much easier for you to win against the leading players,” he said.He came up with a couple of sterling performances this year. In May, he stretched former world champion and current world No. 3 Amr Shabana to five games at the Hong Kong Open. “That was one of the best matches I have played this year. Initially, I had some blues playing against Amr. He is my idol and here I was up against him,” he conceded.But once he got over the blues, Saurav matched the Egyptian shot for shot. ” In the end, what separated him from me was just a couple of crucial points which he won,” he said.Thereafter, Saurav came up with his terrific performance at the British Super Series event – one of the top ranked events on the PSA circuit in September. The Indian made it to the quarterfinals where he lost to Englishman James Willstrop.”I was extremely satisfied with my performance at this event in Manchester. It was the first time I made such a progress in a tournament of such a magnitude,” he said.Saurav feels his decision to base abroad – in Leeds, England – has got him the desired results.”Initially, I had some hesitation.But then five years down the line, I am convinced that I made the right decision. The competition in England is very tough. In fact, I am practicing with Willstrop almost on a daily basis,” he said.SAVOURS ASIAD BRONZESaurav has very vivid memories of the bronze medal won at the Asian Games in 2006. ” I have very fond memories of Doha. The most unfortunate part was that my opponent in the quarter- finals happened to be my good friend Ritwik ( Bhattacharya). It ( the bronze) was my first major medal at the international level and I will treasure it for the rest of my career,” he said.Meanwhile, national coach Cyrus Poncha was satisfied with the way his wards shaped up during the two practice sessions.”They arrived from Chennai only on Saturday afternoon and got a feel of the courts today. I am happy with the way they were hitting the ball,” he said.last_img read more

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IPL 4: Ganguly may replace Jayawardene as Kochi captain

first_imgFormer India and Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Sourav Ganguly may replace Sri Lankan batsman Mahela Jayawardene as Kochi Tuskers Kerala skipper in Indian Premier League’s season 4, sources said on Tuesday.No IPL franchisee had bid for Ganguly, who is tipped to make his debut against his former club on April 20.It is believed Jayawardene will leave for Sri Lanka in the first week of May. Sri Lankan cricketers participating in the ongoing IPL have been asked to return home early to prepare for the national team’s tour of England that gets underway on May 14.last_img read more

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India vs New Zealand: An enjoyable dressing room makes a lot of difference, says Shami

first_imgMohammed Shami is on fire with the ball for India in both the formats – Tests and one-day internationals. After a superb performance in red-ball cricket over the last year, Shami has made a successful return to one-day cricket, making an immediate made an impact.Shami replaced Jasprit Bumrah in the one-day side after the latter was rested for the limited-overs series in Australia and New Zealand.Since his return to the ODI side, Shami has taken 12 wickets in 6 ODIs this year – three each against Australia and New Zealand.He has bagged two man-of-the-match awards in the ongoing series already thanks to his three-wicket hauls in the first and third ODIs against the Blackcaps.The Bengal pacer credited the dressing room atmosphere for his success in red-ball and white-ball cricket over the past year after India’s 7-wicket win over New Zealand in the third ODI on Monday.”How much we enjoy and focus on our fitness, all that is very important. The dressing room atmosphere is very healthy and the way we practice on the field all that is visible in the match as well.”An enjoyable dressing room makes a lot of difference. All this is helping me a lot and I hope to continue this,” Shami told Yuzvendra Chahal on the latter’s show Chahal TV.Talking about his role in the side, Shami says he and Bhuvneshwar Kumar have a specific job to bowl tight and keep the runs under check in their first spells so that the batsmen make mistakes under pressure and the wrist spinners can cash in with wickets in the middle overs.”I just play according to the role given to me by the team management. I try to keep it as tight as possible and given as little runs inside the circle initially. Bhuvi has that role as well from the other end.”Then both of you spinners come on to bowl and we only get to take the final few wickets in the end because of that.”Our role is to keep the runs under check and bowl tight lines in the first spell so that you guys can take as many wickets as you want in the middle overs,” Shami added.Even Bhuvneshwar Kumar reiterated the same point about keeping things simple with the ball and build pressure on the batsmen by bowling as many dot balls as possible.”Did not feel any pressure. I know Shami is in good form with the Test form and he is always good in overseas conditions. Bowling with Shami has been a good experience,” Bhuvneshwar told the broadcaster on their post-match show.The Indian bowlers have managed to bowl out New Zealand for the third straight time, a feat that was last achieved by a visiting Australian back in 2010.”When it comes to swing, yes I am a swing bowler. But if the conditions are not swing-friendly, I try to bowl as straight as possible to make the batsman make a mistake and give me the wicket,” Bhuvneshwar said.Bhuvneshwar also talked out his partnership with Shami, with the duo snaring 11 wickets between them so far in the series.”It is about partnership, if you bowl dot balls, the other bowler can get the wicket as well. So if the ball is not swinging, my motive is to bowl dot deliveries,” Bhuvneshwar said.Also Read | Away we go: Virat Kohli holidays with Anushka Sharma after New Zealand ODI series winAlso Read | This is the India team I always fantasised about as a player: Sanjay ManjrekarAlso Read | India vs New Zealand: Thank you, Hardik Pandya tweets after strong comebacklast_img read more

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10 months agoShearer tells Man Utd fans: Your club’s still a mess

first_imgShearer tells Man Utd fans: Your club’s still a messby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer England captain Alan Shearer says Manchester United fans shouldn’t get carried away with victory at Cardiff City.Shearer wrote for The Sun: “The club is still a mess and one good performance doesn’t change that.”Five goals for the first time since Sir Alex Ferguson retired is obviously a positive — but you can’t get too excited about them beating a newly-promoted team who are battling relegation.”And let’s be clear, it’s no coincidence that the board at United sacked Jose Mourinho with a favourable run of fixtures on the horizon.”The timing is no shock as they would have wanted to give Ole Gunnar Solskjaer the best possible chance of getting off to a good start.”Cardiff, Huddersfield, Bournemouth and Newcastle is a great run for a new manager — it would have been very different if they had the likes of Chelsea or Tottenham coming up.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Diplomat peacekeeper Saskatchewan First Nation awaits Poundmaker exoneration

first_imgWhen Milton Tootoosis thinks about the planned exoneration of Chief Poundmaker, he breaks down.A headman and councillor at Poundmaker Cree Nation, about a two-hour drive from Saskatoon, Tootoosis says absolving the chief of any guilt in a battle with federal forces almost 135 years ago makes him think about the resiliency of his people.“Our people went through a lot,” Tootoosis, choking back tears, said in a recent interview with The Canadian Press.“A lot of hurt. A lot of anger. A lot of mistrust.”Tootoosis has been part of an effort that he says has spanned years to press Ottawa to exonerate Poundmaker.That’s finally set to happen on Thursday when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visits the First Nation.“It’s not about the prime minister,” Tootoosis said. “This is about Chief Poundmaker. It’s about a great leader, a diplomat, a peacekeeper, who saved a lot of lives when he took action into his own hands.”Poundmaker, whose Cree name was Pitikwahanapiwiyin, was born in 1842 near Battleford, Sask.The First Nation that bears his name remembers his legacy as that of a political leader who was critical of Treaty 6 while it was being negotiated and spoke up for the plight of his people under the federal government.On May 2, 1885, in the Battle of Cut Knife Hill, Col. William Otter and members of the North West Mounted Police attacked a camp established by First Nations in the area.“The idea that there was a plan to exterminate us is unthinkable,” said Tootoosis, his voice shaking with emotion.The First Nations pushed the attacking forces back and Poundmaker intervened to stop warriors from going after the retreating troops.“He was unfairly labelled as a rebel,” said Russell Fayant, who teaches Indigenous history and Metis culture at the University of Regina.“He was a peacemaker who urged his people to have reserve and to not attack.”Poundmaker was tried in Regina for treason and was sentenced to three years at Stony Mountain Penitentiary in Manitoba.“Really, that conviction was about ‘let’s put an Indian in jail so that Canadians can see that we’ve sent somebody to jail,’” said Fayant.Poundmaker was released in 1886 because of poor health and died that same year.Tootoosis said while many elders and people in the region consider Poundmaker a peacemaker, history has painted him as a traitor.He and others believe the exoneration is a chance to set the record straight.“The broader public needs to know.”Fayant said it also forces Canadians to see another version of history and correct past misinterpretations.“What is the Indigenous side of the story?”Fayant believes Poundmaker’s absolution could reignite discussions about the legacies of other First Nations and Metis leaders from the 1885 NorthWest Rebellion and uprising. Those figures include Cree Chief Big Bear as well as Louis Riel.The ceremony on Thursday will include an apology from Trudeau.“Advancing reconciliation is a priority for the prime minister and our government, and a vital part of that work is addressing the injustices of past colonial governments,” said Eleanore Catenaro, spokeswoman for the Prime Minister’s Office.Last November, Trudeau apologized to the Tsilhqot’in community in British Columbia for the hanging of six chiefs more than 150 years ago and delivered an “statement of exoneration” in the House of Commons.While he believes the ceremony will be emotional and even surreal, Tootoosis said his First Nation still has grievances with the Crown over full treaty implementation.Poundmaker’s words about the treaties still ring true today, he said.“Attempts to exterminate our rights, our treaty rights, our inherent Aboriginal treaty rights, is ongoing.”Stephanie Taylor, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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