Toronto: Special Screening: Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance

September 23, 2008
Press Release:

Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance
Special anniversary screening in HD with filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin

Toronto, September 15, 2008
– The NFB Mediatheque and DOC Toronto are pleased to welcome Alanis Obomsawin for a special anniversary screening in HD of Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance on Friday, September 26 at 7 p.m.

Alanis Obomsawin, a member of the Abenaki Nation, is one of Canada’s most distinguished documentary filmmakers. In May 2008, Obomsawin received the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement.

For one special evening we invite you to meet Alanis as she shares her personal insight about the making of Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance.

Behind Mohawk lines during the summer of 1990, Alanis Obomsawin spent 78 days and nights filming an armed standoff between the Kanehsatake Mohawk people, the Quebec police and the Canadian army. A powerful feature-documentary emerges that takes you right into the action of an age-old aboriginal struggle. The result is a portrait of the people behind the barricades, providing insight into the Mohawks’ unyielding determination to protect their land.

This is the first of four films that Obomsawin would make about the Oka crisis, an event that galvanized Aboriginal resistance across North America.  The four films have been re-released by the National Film Board as a commemorative DVD box-set, 270 Years of Resistance, complete with a booklet of essays, available for sale at the NFB Mediatheque.

For further information on how to purchase tickets for this event please visit the NFB Mediatheque website at

About the Mediatheque and the NFB

The NFB Mediatheque is a state-of-the-art multimedia facility in the heart of Toronto’s Entertainment District. A public access point for groundbreaking films from the NFB and around the world, the NFB Mediatheque’s digital viewing stations, educational programming, and special screenings have attracted more than 500,000 visitors since it opened its doors in 2002.

Canada’s public film producer and distributor, the National Film Board of Canada produces and distributes bold and distinctive social issues documentaries, auteur animation, alternative drama and innovative digital content that provide the world with a unique Canadian perspective. Since its founding in 1939, the NFB has created over 13,000 productions and won over 5,000 awards, including 12 Oscars and more than 90 Genies. For more information about the NFB, or to order films, go to or call 1-800-267-7710.

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Media Contacts:

Melissa Wheeler, Promotions & Community Relations Officer, (416) 973.0896,
Jennifer Mair, NFB Publicist, (416) 954.1384,

Office National du Film - National Film Board
For one exceptional evening we invite you to meet Alanis Obomsawin for a special anniversary screening in HD of
Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance
The camera of Alanis Obomsawin does not simply see. It speaks. And it listens. What it hears are North America’s First Peoples — the Aboriginal voices so often cast aside and overlooked in official history.
Alanis will share insight into the making of this powerful, feature length documentary that takes you right into the action of an age-old aboriginal struggle.

Friday, September 26 at 7 PM

$6 | $4 students, seniors, NFB members
150 John street (corner Richmond)
For more information 416.973.3012
Office National du Film - National Film Board

Walk for Justice FRIDAY 6:30 PM, welcome women to Toronto – TOMORROW

August 29, 2008

Walk4Justice (a 4,700-kilometre trek from Vancouver to Ottawa) Arrives in Toronto to Raise Awareness About Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women

Welcome Reception: Friday August 29th, First Nations House (563 Spadina Ave.)
A meal will be served and the walkers will address the public & the media beginning at 6:30pm.

Hope to see some of you there!


Walk4Justice (a 4,700-kilometre trek from Vancouver to Ottawa) Arrives in Toronto to Raise Awareness About Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women

(August 27, 2008) Hundreds of Indigenous women have been murdered or gone missing in Canada over the last decades. These tragic deaths received little public attention until Amnesty International took the unprecedented step of investigating a host country, Canada. The organization linked the disproportionate levels of violence experienced by Indigenous women to governmental polices and called the situation a human rights tragedy. While the public is well aware of the horrors that were committed at a Port Coquitlam Farm few know that one third of the women killed were Indigenous. Recently, in one weekend in Toronto the Native community lost Carolyn Connelly and Katelynn Sampson who was only 7 – both murdered.

The Walk4Justice publicly addresses the key issues faced by marginalized, missing, and murdered Indigenous women and their families. They will present a petition to Parliament Hill on September 15th and demand a national inquiry into these deaths and disappearances.

The Walk4Justice is organized by Gladys Radek, whose niece Tamara Chipman went missing on BC’s Highway of Tears, and Bernie Williams, a front-line worker in Vancouver’s downtown eastside, where many Aboriginal women have gone missing or been murdered. The Walkers left Vancouver on June 21st and arrive in Toronto on August 29th.

The media is welcome at the following public events, organized to welcome and honour the Walk4Justice as they pass through Toronto:

Welcome Reception: Friday August 29th, First Nations House (563 Spadina Ave.)
A meal will be served and the walkers will address the public & the media beginning at 6:30pm.

Public Send-Off: September 2nd, 9am at Allen Gardens (across from the Native Women’s Resource Centre, 191 Gerrard St.). The Walkers will be continuing on to Tyendinaga on September 2nd, and arriving in Ottawa on September 12th. They will be on Parliament Hill September 15th.

A full day of events has been planned at Six Nations, where the Walkers will be welcomed by Bev Jacobs, president of the Native Women’s Association of Canada. They will also visit the Six Nations Polytechnic, where a tree has been planted in memory of Tashina General, murdered last Spring at the age of 21, and her unborn son, Tucker.

For more information, please contact:

− Audrey Huntley, No More Silence Network Toronto: 416-508-8632
− Gladys Radek, Walk4Justice Organizer: 778-839-0072
− Norma General, Grandmother to Tashina General (Six Nations) 519-445-4238
− Bev Jacobs, President of the Native Women’s Association of Canada: 613-878-6922

Naomi Klein speaking in Toronto at Bloor Cinema, September 29th

August 26, 2008
OPIRG – Toronto Presents:

Naomi Klein
on the SHOCK DOCTRINE: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism

Monday, September 29th, 2008
Bloor Cinema: 506 Bloor St. W, Toronto
6:30 pm
Tickets are $8.00 in advance, $10 at the door

Tickets Available starting August 26th at:

  • Toronto Women’s Bookstore: 73 Harbord St.
  • OPIRG – Toronto Office: 563 Spadina Ave.
  • University of Toronto Students’ Union Office: 12 Hart House Circle
  • University of Toronto Mississauga Students’ Union Office: 3359 Mississauga Rd. N.

**All proceeds going to support the communities of Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory and the Algonquins of Barriere Lake

Bestselling Writer, award winning Journalist and Filmmaker Naomi Klein is speaking in Toronto on Monday, September 29th on the release of her new book: “The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism”.

In THE SHOCK DOCTRINE, Naomi Klein explodes the myth that the global free market triumphed democratically. Exposing the thinking, the money trail and the puppet strings behind the world-changing crises and wars of the last four decades, The Shock Doctrine is the gripping story of how America’s “free market” policies have come to dominate the world– through the exploitation of disaster-shocked people and countries. (

Contact: OPIRG – Toronto: / / 416-978-7770
For information on
Tyendinaga Support Committee:
Barriere Lake Solidarity:
Co-Sponsored By: Toronto Women’s Bookstore, UTSU, UTMSU, CUPE 1281, Arts and Science Students’ Union
**To become a co-sponsor please contact OPIRG

Deputy Minister Wernick gives Algonquins the slip, disparages efforts to end Indian Affairs’ illegal meddling in their governance

August 12, 2008


Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Deputy Minister of Indian Affairs gives Barriere Lake Algonquins the slip, disparages their efforts to end Indian Affairs’ illegal meddling in their governance

Ottawa, ON / – On Friday, August 8, Algonquins from Barriere Lake and their supporters protested at the home of Deputy Minister of Indian Affairs Michael Wernick. They hoped a delegation could meet with the Deputy Minister, but he slipped out of his house just before the Algonquins arrived and told a journalist he was “disappointed” by the Algonquin’s tactics.

“He’s disappointed we were in front of his house,” says Marylynn Poucachiche, a Barriere Lake spokesperson. “Compare that to our disappointment about Indian Affairs’ illegal meddling in our internal affairs and their violation of our constitutionally-protected rights to customary governance.”

“Deputy Minister Wernick shouldn’t feel disappointed,” added Norman Matchewan, a youth spokesperson for Barriere Lake. “He should feel ashamed that he allows this behaviour of Indian Affairs to continue.”

The Barriere Lake Algonquins are demanding that the Government of Canada revoke its illegal decision of March 10, 2008, to recognize as Chief and Council members of a minority faction not selected according to Barriere Lake’s customs nor supported by a majority of the community, and to respect the outcome of a new leadership selection process in accordance with Barriere Lake’s Customary Governance Code.

Instead of meeting Barriere Lake’s demands, Pierre Nepton, the Associate Director of the Quebec Regional Office of Indian Affairs, has suggested further violating their leadership customs by imposing an Indian Act electoral governance system on the community, which would be a direct violation of Barriere Lake’s constitutionally-protected Aboriginal Rights.

The Algonquins also want the Government to uphold signed agreements with the community, dating back to the 1991 Trilateral Agreement, a landmark sustainable development, conservation, and resource co-management process praised by the United Nations and the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples. Canada walked away from the agreement in 2001.

Last month, members of Barriere Lake gathered for multi-day protests outside the office of Minister Lawrence Cannon and the Department of Indian Affairs in Gatineau.

“We’ll leave politicians and bureaucrats alone when the Department of Indian Affairs treats our community fairly, honours its agreements, and stays out of our business,” concluded Matchewan. “Until then, we’re not going to stop protesting.”

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Photos of the action (for tif files, please get in touch):

Media Contacts:

Marylynn Poucachiche, Barriere Lake spokesperson: (819) 435 – 2142

Norman Matchewan, Barriere Lake youth spokesperson: (819) 435 – 2142

For background see
a submission to the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues:

Collectif de Solidarité Lac Barrière


CENSORED NEWS:: Shelley Brant: Open letter to Canada and First Nation Leaders

August 10, 2008

This open letter from Shelley Brant, Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, is an appeal to Canada and all First Nation leaders who are turning a blind eye to the killing of Native Canadians across the country by various police forces. You can read this letter in its entirety on CENSORED NEWS.

I am outraged by what appears to be the systematic decimation of the Native people who inhabited this land prior to our arrival. It seems that we are hell-bent on finishing the job we started a few hundred years ago: if our police don’t murder them, then we contaminate the water and soil on reserves. If that is not enough, we abrogate treaties and fail to settle land claims fairly and expeditiously, thus further impoverishing Native populations. Our leaders’ failure to sign the UN Declaration of Indigenous Rights speaks volumes. We simply do not consider our First Nations people as ‘people’. Never mind PM Stephen Harper’s empty apology. Actions speak louder than words. Judging by our heinous actions, we are speaking loud and clear. Shame on Canada! And shame on all Canadians who see and hear these injustices yet do nothing.

Shelley Brant: Open letter to Canada and First Nation Leaders

An Open Letter to Canada and All First Nation Leaders…..

By Shelley Brant
Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory
August 6, 2008

The recent questionable killing of yet another First Nations man, Craig McDougall 26 by police in Winnipeg has led me to write this letter:
How many more inquiries and bodies is it going to take???? How many more unimplemented recommendations???? How many more police lies and cover-ups supported by the governments in this so called great country before people wake up to the truth????? How many more planted weapons in the media and on our own people?????

This is the list of First Nations people killed by police across Canada and some have led to inquiries and some haven’t and is probably not even a complete list:
Frank Paul, a 47-year-old Mik’maq man – Vancouver- Vancouver police officer dragged the man, soaking wet and unconscious, from the downtown holding cells and dumped him in an alley across town. – Paul had died of hypothermia accelerated by acute alcohol poisoning. Dudley George, aged 38, – Ipperwash – Ontario – was killed by a police sniper during a Native land protest at Ipperwash Provincial Park. Craig McDougall 26 – Winnipeg – shot 4 times by police while on a cell phone with his girlfriend.Matthew Dumas, an 18-year-old Anishnabe, – Winnipeg – was pepper-sprayed, shot twice and killed by a Winnipeg Police officer.Dennis St. Paul – Norway House Cree Nation reserve – Winnipeg – shot and killed by the RCMP.Donald Miles – Winnipeg – shot and killed by police.Howard Fleury – Winnipeg – shot and killed by police.John Joseph Harper – Winnipeg – shot and killed by police.Helen Betty Osbourne 16 – The Pas- police complicity in the murder case of Cree teen The Pas Manitoba.Neil Stone child 17 – Saskatoon – inquiry was released, stating that the Saskatoon police investigation into the 1990 freezing death of the 17-year-old – Saskatoon.Rodney Naistus and Lawrence Wegner – Saskatoon- whose bodies were also found on the outskirts of town in February, 2000 Geronimo Fobister at the Anishnabe – Ontario – reserve of Grassy Narrows Lorraine Jacobsen 40 – British Columbia – on a Kwagiutl reserve at Alert Bay – shot and killed by police.Gerald Chenery, a Nisga’ man – Vancouver – was shot 12 times and killed by two Vancouver cops Michael Langan , Metis 19 – Winnipeg- Death by police taser

You stepped into Iraq with the U.S. because of a dictator who was killing his own people, yet there is no difference between mustard gas and police bullets, they are both a permanent means of death, which makes you no better!!!!!

Perhaps someone should invade Canada and come to the aid of the First Nations people in this country who are at the mercy of it’s governments and their police forces, just as Canada comes to the aid of people in other countries for the same reasons.


Read the rest of Shelley Brant’s letter here.

Council of Canadians E-News – Stop freshwater lakes from becoming toxic waste dumps

July 26, 2008

This is the July E-Newsletter from the Council of Canadians posted here for those who do not receive it:

Stop freshwater lakes from becoming toxic waste dumps

The Council of Canadians has joined with environmental, First Nations and social justice organizations to stop the Harper government’s plan to allow mining companies to use Canadian freshwater lakes as dumping grounds for toxic mine wastes.

Although it is illegal under the federal Fisheries Act to dump toxic material into fish-habitated waters, mining companies have been given a loophole under the government-amended Metal Mining Effluent Regulation (MMER). The federal government is now able to reclassify lakes and other freshwater bodies as “tailing impoundment areas” and can permit mining companies to dump toxic wastes there, destroying the natural habitat forever.

Environment Canada recently announced that under the MMER at least 11 mines in Canada are seeking permission to destroy healthy natural water bodies with their mine waste. Eight of these mining projects are being considered in 2008. The lakes include prime fishing areas and natural watersheds from B.C. to Newfoundland.

The Council of Canadians is calling on the federal government to require mining companies to use existing technologies for managing mine waste, or to invest in new technologies that do not result in the pollution of local watersheds.

Allowing mining companies to use lakes as waste dump sites amounts to a massive subsidy to the mining industry at the expense of publicly owned fresh water resources. The mining industry made a net profit of more than $80 billion in North America in 2007. After the companies’ profits are made, it will be the surrounding communities that will be left with the effects of the damage. Once toxic mine wastes are added to the water, the environmental damage cannot be undone.

“Allowing a lake to be turned into a dump site for a private company is nothing short of privatizing a public resource that is essential to life. Contaminating a water body will have devastating consequences on entire watersheds at a time when the world is dealing with a fresh water crisis,” says Maude Barlow, National Chairperson of the Council of Canadians.

For more information about this issue, or to take action by sending a letter to Environment Minister John Baird, please go here.
Here’s more about what’s new at the Council of Canadians:

WIN! War resisters find support from majority of Parliament: resisters still face deportation

Supporters of U.S. war resisters claimed victory last month when, by a vote of 137 to 110, federal Opposition parties in the House of Commons adopted a recommendation that, if implemented, would make it possible for U.S. Iraq War resisters to obtain permanent resident status in Canada.

The recommendation was adopted by a majority of Members of Parliament from the Liberal, Bloc Québécois, and New Democratic parties, while Conservative MPs voted against the motion.

The victory was short-lived, however, as U.S. army deserter Robin Long was deported back to his army base in Fort Knox, Kentucky on July 15, making him the first resister to the U.S. war effort in Iraq to be sent out of Canada. The 25-year-old was unable to sway a Canadian court of the danger he faced if he was forced to return to the United States.

Council of Canadians chapter activist and Board member Bob Ages spoke with The Globe and Mail about the issues saying, “I was just shocked at some things in (the) ruling. It just flies in the face of everything that we and every Canadian know about the reality of what is going on… (Mr. Long’s deportation would be a) terrible precedent for Canada, especially given our history of providing sanctuary for war resisters, over 100,000 draft dodgers and deserters during the Vietnam era…This will be the first time Canada played gendarme to the American military.”

Many Council members and chapters have joined the campaign to ensure that U.S. war resisters seeking refuge from militarism and an illegal war can stay safely in Canada.

While the vote has been characterized as a “non-binding resolution” of the House of Commons, the Council of Canadians believes it is incumbent on the Harper government to listen to the democratic will of MPs and take action on the issue.

For more information about the Council of Canadians’ support for the War Resister campaign go here.

One man’s mission to raise awareness about the SPP

Caution - Nafta at Work
Go here to read more about how Canadians feel about deeper integration through the SPP

Caution - Nafta at Work
Go here to read the latest issue of Canadian Perspectives

Don Parker has travelled many kilometres to raise awareness.

Concerned about the lack of information the general public has received about the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America (SPP) and the Trade, Investment and Labour Mobility Agreement (TILMA), Mr. Parker recently contacted the Council of Canadians and purchased 3,000 copies of the Council’s recent report Not Counting Canadians: The Security and Prosperity Partnership and public opinion. Since May he has been visiting municipal and school board offices near his Toronto home to deliver copies of the report. He believes that raising public awareness is key to effecting change.

“If we want Canada to remain Canadian, we must learn more,” he explains. “There have been seminars involving university students from (Mexico, Canada and the United States) who have been meeting together to learn how to think North American? If we are to stop this slippery slide down (…), we must do it from an informed basis.”

Mr. Parker, who is a writer for the independent Dialogue Magazine, and very active Council supporter and member, is particularly concerned about making sure youth also start to think about issues affecting Canada. He has spoken with school board representatives about getting Council of Canadians’ material into high school lesson plans. He also regularly delivers copies of the Council’s magazine, Canadian Perspectives, around his community.

Mr. Parker encourages others to get involved and take action by writing letters and making phone calls to Members of Parliament and provincial politicians, writing letters to the editor of local newspapers, and forming discussion groups to plan actions. “I encourage people to join the Council of Canadians and support them, bearing in mind that membership alone is not nearly enough; there must be positive action,” he says.

To read the report Not Counting Canadians: The Security and Prosperity Partnership and public opinion go here.
To read the latest issue of Canadian Perspectives go here.

Join the Council of Canadians today!

The strength of the Council is in its membership. The Council does not accept funding from corporations or from governments, so membership donations are vital to our activities. We work with community groups, seniors, students, unions and other organizations across the country to promote progressive policies on public health care, fair trade, clean water and other issues of social and economic concern to Canadians. Join the Council today, and help us prove that a better Canada is possible.


July 18, 2008

This is linked from Harper Valley. Thanks, Scout!








Cornwall. July 15, 2008. On June 14th 2008

Katenies and Kahentinetha – who are both writers

and contributors to Mohawk Nation News [MNN] – were handcuffed and tackled

to the ground at the Cornwall border checkpoint.

The Canada Border Services agents acted as though

they had lost control of themselves, or they had no

regard for legal propriety. Neither woman did

anything wrong. The attacks were unprovoked but

seem to have been directed by whoever was at the

other end of the cell phone.

Katenies was jailed and held incommunicado for

three days. Kahentinetha suffered a heart attack

and is under the care of her doctors and her family.

Because of her condition Kahentinetha cannot go

to court to support Katenies.

Katenies demands respect for herself, for anyone

who asserts Kanion’ke:haka jurisdiction and

condemns Canada’s illegal border. The charges

against her are false and vindictive. The Ontario

court is public. Anyone who believes in the rule

of law and condemns the brutal attacks on these

women and many others is welcome to stand with

her at:

Ontario Provincial Court, 29 – 2nd Street West,

Cornwall Ontario, 9:00 a.m. Mon. July 14, 2008

Legal actions will need to be taken to protect our

rights. We have no funds. Canada is hiring costly

law firms to defend their illegal actions and suppress

our rights. If you can donate anything to our cause,

it will be greatly appreciated. Send it to: “MNN

Mohawk Nation News”, Box 991, Kahnawake

[Quebec, Canada] J0L 1B0. Nia:en/Thank you very


Contact: Frank Taiotekane Horn, LLB,


Horn family –