With over 20,000 registered residents, the Six Nations people of the Grand River Territory comprise the single largest indigenous community in Canada.
This article written by Tom Keefer on the politics of Six Nations solidarity work for Upping the Anti #4 is now online at the Autonomy & Solidarity website. It is an excellent resource, showing non-native activists how they should focus their efforts in support of indigenous sovereignty.
By Tom Keefer
This article will address some issues which have arisen in the context of non-native activists doing solidarity work with the Haudenosaunee (Six Nations) people of the Grand River Territory who recently reclaimed land near Caledonia, Ontario.1 I will begin by discussing the problems with how many non-native activists have used the concept of “taking leadership” to guide their activism around this struggle, and I then will look at the spaces and places where I think non-native activists should focus their efforts in support of indigenous sovereignty. In order to do so, I will draw on the work of black power activists Stokely Carmichael and Charles Hamilton as their work provides a relevant model for non-native activists looking to build solidarity with Six Nations. I will conclude by addressing the importance of the work being done by trade union activists supporting the people of Six Nations.2
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