By Dan David - The Dominion
Consider how police conduct drug raids elsewhere. They obtain warrants naming specific individuals. They isolate the address specified in the warrant. They execute the warrant with a minimum of inconvenience to the neighbourhood...A raid at Kanehsatake is different. The whole community...has a police roadblock. All Mohawks are considered suspect and potentially dangerous. This explains why the police presence is massive...The disruption to the community is huge.
By Jared Nyberg - June 25, 2011
When researching this article, it came to light that after the 2006 Bear Mountain cave incident (in which a sacred shamanic cave was blown up by developers and the Archaeology Branch) the Tsartlip were no longer being consulted in land use decisions. The BC Archaeology Branch explained to this writer that the Ministry of Aboriginal Relations had declared the Tsartlip did not have “first tenure” to the area and did not need to be consulted.
Climate Justice London at a Car Free Festival, during Stop Tar Sands Day.
The 'oily' zombies walked to raise awareness about the many impacts from tar sands operations — from Alberta, to Ontario, and beyond. This tar sands sludge is being pumped into Sarnia-Lambton. And, if the Enbridge Trailbreaker project proceeds, very dirty tar sands bitumen would be pumped through a pipeline that already crosses the Thames River, just north of London. In Alberta, toxic tailings ponds have been leaking into the Athabasca river, each and every day. The residents of the area also are threatened by pipeline spills. In one incident this spring, millions of litres of tar sands crude and diluent spilled into the territory of the Lubicon Cree.
Just over a week after a report was released...on how the Harper government has been using INAC to “manage potential First Nation unrest” since 2006, a native community named as a “hot spot” for “aboriginal unrest” was raided by no less than 500 members of the “Aboriginal Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit. The day before the raid, the Mohawks of Kanehsata:ke sent a warning letter to the municipality of Oka over a mining deal signed earlier in the month...Coincidence? Not in these times.
By Russell Diabo and Shiri Pasternak - June 7, 2011
Internal documents from Indian Affairs and the RCMP show that shortly after forming government in January of 2006, Prime Minister Stephen Harper had the federal government tighten up on gathering and sharing intelligence on First Nations to anticipate and manage potential First Nation unrest across Canada...[T]he Department of Indian and Northern Affairs...was given the lead role to spy on First Nations. The goal was to identify the First Nation leaders, participants and outside supporters of First Nation occupations and protests, and to closely monitor their actions.
By Krystalline Kraus - May 23, 2011
In the spirit of our ancestors, honouring the memory of all those youth who have died unjustly and in respect to all our relations, We the Six Nations Youth Movement are TAKING ACTION and RECLAIMING the old police station as the temporary site of the Onkwehon:we Youth Centre...We declare that the Band Council superstructure...cannot handpick our representatives nor determine the direction of the Six Nations Youth Movement.
By John Graham - May 16, 2011
After a week long trial and several inconsistent and contradicting prosecution witnesses...a South Dakota jury found me NOT GUILTY OF THE PREMEDITATED 1975 MURDER OF ANNA MAE AQUASH...[T]he same South Dakota jury found me guilty of the lesser charge of felony murder kidnapping...Felony murder carries the same sentence as premeditated murder so the judge had no alternative but to sentence me to life with no possibility of parole.
Friday, May 13, 2011 - People of Color Organize!
Two recent news articles from APTN National News highlight US involvement in counter-insurgency operations against Indigenous peoples in Canada, and other social movements. One concerns the 2004 confrontation at Kanesatake when a corrupt band chief brought in dozens of outside Native cops to conduct raids on the territory...Both articles are derived from US diplomatic cables that were recently revealed through Wikileaks.
May 15th, 2011 - No One Is Illegal-Vancouver
We are writing this statement only two weeks into the recent federal election, where Stephen Harper’s Conservatives attained a majority in Parliament...[T]he specific context of the Conservative government...requires us to analyze our strategies and our struggles accordingly...Over the next several years, we can expect to see a more aggressive anti-immigrant campaign by the Conservatives.
May 15, 2011 - Vancouver Media Co-op
No One is Illegal-Vancouver, Coast Salish Territories is a grassroots immigrant and refugee rights collective with leadership from members of migrant and/or racialized backgrounds...We oppose the settler policies of Israel, which have and continue to be supported by the Canadian state, and stand against the continued displacement of Palestinians and the confiscation of their land and homes since 1948. We call for an immediate end to the Israeli occupation of all Palestinian territories and the system of apartheid that characterizes life in Palestine; the recognition of the right of return for all Palestinian refugees; and full political, social and economic equality for all people in historic Palestine.
By Stefan Christoff - May 11, 2011
Despite the past history of tensions and widespread opposition to the current proposal within the Mohawk community of Kanesatake, the proposed mining project has remained under the radar: even as the company continues to lobby government officials and push forward with the project, little media or mainstream political focus has been paid to the issue. Residents of Kanesatake, though, are not letting their guard down in the face of the mining project.
By Steve Nosky, Chief of the Lubicon Cree - May 4, 2011
Little Buffalo community members, including school children, continue to experience nausea, burning eyes and headaches after one of the largest pipeline spills in Alberta history last Friday by Plains All American leaked nearly 30,000 barrels of oil into Lubicon traditional territory in the Peace Region of Northern Alberta.
Ryan Rainville appeared in court for his trial on April 12th on a number of charges relating to Toronto's resistance to the G20 summit in June of 2010...As has become typical of the G20 court experience, the Crown's arguments surrounding the charges themselves were often murky and hard to follow, but the targeting of the defendant's personal and political beliefs were stark and pronounced...“These fuckers breached the peace over five hundred years ago, and nobody's getting charged for that.”
April 25, 2011 - Intercontinental Cry
Toronto's High Park, located near the edge of Lake Ontario, is home to more than four dozen Haudenosaunee burial mounds, some of which could date back 3000 years, making them older than Haudenosaunee Confederacy. Today, some of those burial mounds are being casually desecrated with the implicit sanction of Toronto's City Council.