Toronto: Mapuche Solidarity Event. Guest Speakers Directly from Six Nations & Kanahus Pelkey, Alaina Tom of NYM

July 10, 2009

STOLEN LAND!!

For the Continental Unity & Sovereignty of Our Indigenous Nations!!

With Lemun and Catrileo in Revival with Wisdom and Strength for the Reconstruction of the Mapuche Nation.

In Chile, Native Men, Women, & Youth are Killed, Tortured, Raided & Jailed under the Fascist Policies and Set-Ups Conducted by the Michelle Bachelet Government.

Night of Solidarity in Support of the Mapuche Arauco Malleco Communities in Conflict -Wallmapu- in so-called southern Chile.

Directly from Coast Salish, St’at’imc & Secwepemc territory:

**Kanahus Pelkey and Alaina Tom**

of the Native Youth Movement

**Representatives Directly from Six Nations of the Grand River Territory**

**Sharon Sanchez**

Political Science Specialist (University of Toronto), Member of the WCCC on the Mapuche Struggle

Live Music, Poetry, Dance and Documentary

Screenings!

THE CAT’S EYE

150 Charles Street West, TORONTO

(Just East of Museum Station)

FRIDAY, AUGUST 7th @

8 PM

Organized by:

The Women’s Coordinating Committee Chile-Canada

NO OLYMPICS ON STOLEN NATIVE LAND!


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!


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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


Peace and Friendship Gathering – Friday,August 22 to Sunday, August 24, 2008 – Chiefswood Park, Ohsweken, Six Nations Territory

August 7, 2008

Peace and Friendship Gathering

Friday, August 22 to Sunday, August 24, 2008

Chiefswood Park, Ohsweken, Six Nations Territory

The third weekend in August will witness a historic gathering of the people of Six Nations and their allies from across Ontario and Turtle Island. From Friday, August 22 to Sunday, August 24, hundreds of people will gather at Chiefswood Park in the town of Ohsweken, Six Nations territory for a three day festival of friendship and solidarity.

The vision for this event was inspired from the work that has been accomplished by the people of Six Nations in the spirit of the Great Law of Peace and the good minds that have been tireless in moving this vision forward. Many have lent their voice, strength and support to building greater awareness, understanding, friendship and solidarity between our peoples. The Peace and Friendship Gathering will facilitate the opportunity for all of us to learn, be inspired, and gather a greater understanding and respect of the relationships that indigenous and non-indigenous people have.

The primary focus of the festival will be a series of workshops, talks and presentations related to indigenous sovereignty, environmental politics and issues of anti-racism and social justice. In addition to talks and workshops, we will also be holding a series of cultural events including live music performances, dances and film screenings. Park facilities will be open for people to play sports, swim, watch open-air films, camp overnight and otherwise enjoy a child-friendly, drug and alcohol free weekend of fun and learning.

We welcome everybody who comes in peace and friendship to this event.

The event is being organized by a grassroots committee of Six Nations residents and non-native supporters. It is being hosted by the Haudenosaunee Men’s Council of the Grand River.

For more information, please e-mail peaceandfriendshipgathering@gmail.com

http://solidarityfestival.wordpress.com


“Sovereignty of the Haudenosaunee”, by Jacqueline House

June 3, 2008

The following about the sovereignty of the Haudenosaunee was written by Jacqueline House of Six Nations:


Sovereignty of the Haudenosaunee

May 28, 2008

Who gave permission for the Dominion of Canada and the United States to try and strip away the sovereignty of the Haudenosaunee?

Most people in Canada are truly uninformed when it comes to understanding why we, as the true First People of this Continent, are standing our ground so firmly. Many are simply unaware of the hardships we have endured to arrive at where we are today. As we stand at the crossroads of protecting what is rightfully inherent to us, we will either move forward in a good, healthy and constructive way or once again, loose our chance for a better tomorrow.

The average Canadian citizen does not clearly understand the millions, if not billions of dollars owed to just the On gwa hon weh in Canada alone! Payments for land lease agreements, mineral rights, and other such monies have never been paid by the Canadian government or companies involved. Though legally binding, these payments have been ignored. Continuing this illegal and immoral behavior ensures that all of the earnings from land development goes to the government and to the individual companies while none goes to the caretakers of this same land.

I want to share some of the history with you that I found meaningful:

Both Colonies have created illegal government bodies to do their dirty work of discriminating against the On gwa hon weh who are the True Title Holders of the Land. The “The Indian Act, The Tribal Council, B.I.A., Band Administration, and Indian Affairs,” are unconstitutional and serve as a breach of trust. In 1857, 1869, and 1876, the Indian Act aimed at assimilation through a “Divide and Conquer Policy.” This goes against everything within the Treaties of the Two Row Wampum and The Silver Covenant Chain.

The Treaties are the foundation created through respect for one another’s Nation. This unique relationship is meant to have an everlasting Peace, as it bounds our two separate societies together as we sail side by side each in our own vessels, with our own customs and laws for “As long as the grass grows, the sun shines, and the water flows.” This breach of Treaty Responsibilities and Obligations is a direct approach of assimilation.

Under International Law ~ Genocide is a Crime.

The Crime against Humanity goes against the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted by the United Nations General Assembly December 1948 and what came into effect January 1951. The Convention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide was ratified and became law in 1952 which states, “a crime against humanity is an act of persecution (discrimination) on any large scale of murders against a body of people, and is the highest level of criminal offense. Discrimination occurs when discriminatory practices are based on the place in which one’s ancestor’s lived.”

It was never litigated that our people had to live on reserves to keep our identity. It was created by Indian Affairs and the Dominion of Canada, in order to keep us isolated and under their orders. The Federal and Provincial governments are out of their jurisdiction where we are concerned, as “We never surrendered our rights or our identity to any government. Canada’s action against us is, total Genocide.”

Article II

“Any of the following act committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, race/religious group, as such”

a) killing members of a group

b) causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group’

c) Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part.

d) Impoverished measures intended to prevent births within the group

e) Forcibly transferring children of that group to another group

f) Involuntary sterilization of Native women

States Chris John, “You have a responsibility as a citizen of the world to know what your government is up to and resist (their) unlawful actions. The Crime of Genocide is covered up. Now it’s a double crime.”

Through:

a) Genocide

b) Conspiring to Commit Genocide

c) Sending in direct and public agitators to harm us

d) Attempt to commit Genocide with lies

e) Participate in committing to conspire against us

Article IV

Persons committing genocide or any of the other acts enumerated in Article III shall be punished whether they are constitutionally responsible rulers, public officials or private individuals.

We, as On gwa hon weh established our land prior to the Dominion of Canada and the United States stating their supreme authority over our lands. Our Forefathers laid a path for us through Treaties because of the need for mutual understanding and agreements that relate to Peace and Friendship, Military Alliance, Boundaries and Trade. We acquired our lands through our Military Alliance, which guarantees our Sovereignty through the protection of the Crown, establishing them through Peace. Our lands were never conquered by outsiders and we never consented to American or Canadian authority over our Territories, nor did we place our lands in trust with the United States or Canada Governments.

Historical Dates–

July 1751 ~ The last Conference with the Five Nations at Albany. When it comes to consenting, “they are too sensible of the consequences of it ever in their senses to consent.”

1784 ~ Canada’s first race riot occurred in Shelbourne and Birchtown, Nova Scotia.

In the early 18 and 1900’s, white settlers obtained land through trickery, seizure and force, created by the Dominion of Canada.

Zygmunt Baum, “Modern genocide is an element of social engineering, meant to bring out a law and order conforming to the design of the perfect society.” Canada’s solution regarding “Indian Problem” strategy of social engineering known as assimilation which began with 1857 Act.

Sir Duncan Campbell Scott serving as head of the Department of Indian Affairs during the development of the residential school system. “Our objective is to continue until there is not a single Indian in Canada that have been absorbed into the body politic, and there is no Indian problem. Residential schools were designed to take the Indian out of Indian.”

25, June 1969 ~ Announcement of the “Statement of the Government of Canada on Indian Policy, 1969” (the “white paper”) in the House of Commons by the Minister Jean Chrentien. The proposed changes included the repeal of the Indian Act, and at the end to the special relationship between the federal government and Indian people. Canadian government introduces but fails the White Paper. This paper was a further attempt at assimilation aimed at annihilating ‘nation’ status of First Nations.

· Assimilation through mission schools and bounty’s.

In a speech delivered shortly after tabling the White Paper in Parliament, Trudeau summarized his rational; “We can go on treating the Indians as having a special status. We can go on adding bricks of discrimination around the ghetto in which they live and at the same time perhaps helping them preserve certain cultural traits and certain ancestral rights or we can say you’re at a crossroads.”

Pointing & Gibbons

In March of 1959, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police was sent into Six Nations, which until 1924 had been completely self-governed. The police were there to evict “Iroquois” Chiefs and Clan Mother’ after traditionalists on the reserve seized control and, for all intents and purposes, declared the reserve separate from Canada.

1960 ~ Indians were declared “Citizens of Canada” to make sure that the Indians wouldn’t be able to go to an International Court and bring a charge against the Canadian Government.

Treaty Rights are clear in early treaties signed with the young United States government. Tribal Sovereignty has become a corner stone of American legal practice and at least on the face in national government procedures.

In concluding these thoughts, I wish to say this…

When an entity, whether a local municipality, province or Federal government announces to the masses of its citizens that they are “demanding that the Canadian military be called in to protect their interests against the Native people…” they are in fact, declaring war upon our People. We are sovereign Nations and when a military action is called upon us, it is an act of War.

We do not declare war upon the government of Canada or upon any sector thereof. However, we are not going to be pushed into Provincial Courts that have no jurisdiction over our Nations either. The time for all Canadian citizens to truly understand the history and legal positions of the Native nations here, so long withheld from them by the political leaderships, is long overdue.

Only in understanding the TRUTHS of these historic agreements and knowing who we are as a People will there be progress toward fair and equitable treatment for all people in Canada. The time for that is so very long over due,

Nya weh-

Always,

Jacqueline House

Cayuga- from Six Nations


Six Nations – Fall target for settling 1829 land claim

June 3, 2008

Negotiators in the Six Nations land claims disputes have set a target date of September to try to resolve an 1829 claim involving the flooding of native land by construction of the first Welland Canal.

Fall target for settling 1829 land claim

May 29, 2008
Daniel Nolan
http://www.thespec.com:80/News/Local/article/376706

The Hamilton Spectator
Caledonia (May 29, 2008)

Negotiators in the Six Nations land claims disputes have set a target date of September to try to resolve an 1829 claim involving the flooding of native land by construction of the first Welland Canal.

Ottawa, Queen’s Park and Six Nations representatives are also discussing converting the government’s $26 million for the Dunnville claim into trust funds; a $10-million fund to reacquire land Six Nations no longer controls in the Haldimand Tract; and a $16-million benefit fund that could be used to fund water, post-secondary education and language programs.

“I’m pleased to announce we are working on a September target date,” federal negotiator Ron Doering said yesterday at the end of the regular bimonthly talks. “I think we more or less have an understanding that’s our target.”

He said it was not related to Ontario Aboriginal Affairs Minister Michael Bryant’s call for a deadline in the talks, which passed into their third year earlier this month.

“This is not a deadline,” said Doering, who made the $26-million offer to resolve the claim in December. “This is a target … if we can so structure this settlement that the $26 million can be used to reacquire significant chunks of land and provide a range of benefits to the people in the community, hopefully, we can achieve our target.”

Six Nations negotiator Leroy Hill confirmed the September target, but said it was not set in stone. Still, he was supportive.

“Any time you are doing something, it’s good to have goals,” said the Cayuga subchief. “Hopefully, it’s achievable.”

He wouldn’t say it means Six Nations has accepted the $26-million offer, but said it went some way to satisfying their mandate that a settlement must have a land component. Six Nations once controlled 10 kilometres on each side of the Grand River under a 1784 grant from the British Crown, but it now involves five per cent of that. It has more than two dozen land claims with Ottawa. It submitted documents this spring saying it could be owed as much as $1.1 billion for the flooding of 1,000 hectares along the Grand River in 1829. The Welland Canal Co. promised compensation to Six Nations in 1824, but never delivered.

Doering was also confident the target can be met. Asked what would happen if it isn’t, he said, “That’s a question that is not helpful.”

The hope is a deal can be used as a blueprint to resolve Six Nations’ other claims. The negotiating table began in May 2006 to try to resolve the native occupation of a Caledonia housing site in February 2006. That remains off the table. Ottawa says the land was surrendered in the 1840s. Six Nations says it was not.


TRUE: Six Nations informative lecture in Brantford, May 15

May 8, 2008

Brantford land claims – the true history behind the headlines

What:
An informative lecture and Q&A time with 30 year veteran of Six Nations land claims research Phil Monture and other leaned special guests.

When:
Thursday, May 15, 2008, beginning at 7 pm.

Where:
At the BCI Auditorium, Brant Ave. Brantford.

Why:
Without the truth, it will be impossible to understand why Six Nations are blocking development in Brant/Brant County and elsewhere.

DID YOU KNOW:

Did you know that more than 50% of the present Six Nations land and resources disputes registered with Canada involve Brantford or Brant County?

Did you know there are dozens more yet to be filed?

Did you know that since 2002, the Supreme Court of Canada has ordered the federal and provincial governments of Canada as well as municipalities and developers to engage in meaningful consultation and accommodation with First Nations where contested land land claims or treaty rights are concerned?

Did you know that the Canadian Constitution Act of 1982 recognized and affirms Aboriginal Rights and Treaties?

Did you know that only 807 acres of Brantford is accounted for, and most of that has yet to be paid to the people of Six Nations?

Don’t believe it? Come and hear the real truth behind the settlement of Brant County and the expansionism policies of today’s City Hall.

Find out where is the Johnson Settlement is; Eagles Nest; Burtch Tract; Onondaga Township; Martin’s Tract; Oxbow; Oneida Township; Grand River Navigation Co. Tow Path; the Nathan Gage Tract; the original Brantford Town Plot, and many more important areas of Brant County in need of settlement of
200 years of historic claims of ownership by the Crown, Canada, Ontario and Brantford.


Background:

TRUE is a growing Brantford based citizens group, seeking knowledge, justice and understanding of our responsibilities towards our Six Nations neighbours, according to the Two Row Wampum Treaty.

“The Truth is a hard thing that gets even harder with every year it is kept bound and gagged in a dark room, away from the eyes of decent people,” says Marilyn Vegso and Jim Windle, co-founders of TRUE (Two Row Understanding through Education). “That is why we began this series of lectures designed to reveal the real truth and gain a Six Nations perspective on the historical relationship Brantford has had with its Six Nations neighbours over the past 200 years.”

Previous TRUE lectures covered the two Row Wampum Treaty and it’s significance today, and Kevin Annett’s revelations of Residential School murders of thousands of Native children in Canada’s Secret Holocaust.

“This movement is growing as more and more non-Native people begin to hear the truth and are as appalled as we were when we discovered the history we weren’t taught in school,” says Vegso. “It is incumbent upon us to acknowledge what our government has done and to make it right. That’s our
responsibility under the Two-Row.”

With all the talk and headlines about how Six Nations protection against the development of contested Six Nations’ land, TRUE has cut to the chase and is hosting what could be one of the most important and informative meeting of their series to date.

Brantford land claims – the true history behind the headlines with 30 year Six Nations land claims researcher Phil Monture and present Six Nations lands and resources manager, lawyer, and researcher Lonny Bomberry, along with other recognized Six Nations’ historians.

Monture has dedicated his entire life to finding the truth behind what has become Canada’s most pressing domestic issue. The wanton theft of Indian lands and resources is creating a formula for disaster which can be avoided, if we have the courage to face the truth and do something about it.

This meeting is guaranteed to be a bitter and inconvenient pill to swallow for most, but until we are cured of our short sighted arrogance, addiction to tax dollars, and the destruction of irreplaceable farm lands, we are on a collision course with not only the original people protectors of the land, but with nature herself.