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28 September 2009
Source: The Dominion
At least the PM isn’t a history teacher
“We also have no history of colonialism…”
—Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
VANCOUVER—On the heels of a massive exercise of US police repression against G20 protestors, including use of a wartime sonic acoustic weapon also being used in Iraq, Stephen Harper made the above declaration. The comment came during a press conference in Pittsburgh where it was announced that Canada would be hosting the next G20 meeting in 2010.
Perhaps Harper and I are not on the same page—is colonialism not defined as the practice and processes of domination, control, and forced subjugation of one people to another? As most bluntly stated by Duncan Campbell Scott, Head of the Department of Indian Affairs in the 1920s: “Our objective is to continue until there is not a single Indian in Canada that has not been absorbed into the body politic and there is no Indian question.”
I expect Harper has read the federal government’s own report on the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples, which explicitly lays out Canada’s imposition of a colonial relationship (indeed, that is the heading of one of the chapters) on Continue reading
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10 June 2009
Source: Belleville Intelligencer
TYENDINAGA TERRITORY — A phone call from a federal minister to native leaders in Akwesasne could spell the end of a three-day-old blockade here.
“It’s pretty simple, really,” mused Shawn Brant while leaning against a Tyendinaga police cruiser at the foot of the Skyway Bridge Tuesday — Day 3 of a blockabe by Brant and others here.
“The folks in Akwesasne aren’t asking for much — it could be something as simple as the minister (of Public Safety Peter Van Loan) calling back and saying ‘Hey, let’s get together and talk’ or ‘Hey, I’m returning your call.’”
If that were to happen, there would be a good chance the blockade of the local bridge — which spans the Bay of Quinte, linking Prince Edward County to Deseronto — would be taken down, the protest organizer said.
Brant and as many as two dozen protesters blocked both sides of Continue reading
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10 June 2009
CORNWALL, ON — For nine days the border crossing that spans the St. Laurence River between Cornwall, ON and Massena, NY has been inoperable. On the North side, Canadian authorities have blockaded the Seaway Bridge, while their U.S. equivalents do the same on the South shore of the river. On the island in the middle stands a community in protest.
The community of Awkesasne, part of the Kahniakehaka (Mohawk) Nation, has unified in resistance to the Canadian Federal Government’s plan to arm its border guards with 9mm pistols. The guns were set to appear on June 1, but Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) guards walked off their posts at midnight on May 30 in response to a non-violent protest by members of the Akwesasne community. Since then the bridges have been sealed and the feds have refused to speak with community representatives.
Only Akwesasne community members are being permitted to cross the North-side blockade, while U.S. police maintain a total blockade from the Continue reading