|EVERYTIME WE TURN AROUND THERE?S ANOTHER ARROW COMING OUR WAY. NOW SOME NON-NATIVE OUTFIT IS GOING TO FILM THE ?MOHAWK OKA CRISIS OF 1990!?
MNN. April 28, 2005. A guy named Claudio Luca of Group Cine Tele Film in Montreal is embarking on a project funded by Canada and Quebec. He is recreating the Mohawk Oka Crisis of 1990! That’s when Quebec sent in the paramilitary troop of the Quebec Police (SQ) who opened fire on Mohawk men, women and children in
Now they want to exploit our misfortune. They have made no attempt to
The way we responded to the attack on our cultural integrity at Oka
As one of the people who was involved and remained to the last at the
International audience. Since this is being created for French
The Euro-Canadian and European public will be mislead. This film
They forget that we are people. This is our story. It is not just a
Misappropriation of our image. It is obscene the way people try to profit from
Their theft of our culture by filming this event brushes aside the
What is it that makes them think that the Mohawk people are of no
We do not want to be used. They would not want to be used this way
They should read up on colonialism. They are participating in the
If they really wanted to help our people, they would do what needs to
Our issues need to be addressed. We must stand together as Mohawk
We believe in respect and honesty.
Stop production. It would be in the best interests of the Mohawk
All we ask for is to be treated in a respectful way.
Since they can?t seem to understand our rights according to our
The right to this story belongs to us. We lived it!
|MNN. April 20, 2005. The band council set up by Indian Affairs Canada is
launching a ?language? auction. They?re selling the Mohawk language to the
highest bidder. They are signing an agreement with multinational corporation,
Microsoft, to ?co-develop an innovative Kanion?ke:haka language project?!SECTION 4 ? Ownership of Work by Microsoft; License to Microsoft Materials; states as follows: The Mohawks? agree to dissolve all rights that we may have to any and all copyrights in the work and assigns all rights, title and interests over to Microsoft including but not limited to ? the right to sue for infringements which may occur before the date of this Agreement, and to collect and retain damages from any such infringements??A Maori student visiting from New Zealand warned, ?Language is sacred. It is not
to be appropriated by Microsoft. This is how our culture is co-opted. You have
no river, no land, you won?t even have your own language. Your language is your
essence of being, and they are stealing it?. She said that the song of one of
their people has been copyrighted by a football team down there. Now they can?t
write about it unless they pay money to the football team.
Disgusting giveaway. The band council is giving the rights to the Mohawk language
No Consultation. Is Microsoft sincere in wanting to contribute their expertise to
The Kanion?ke:ha language belongs to the People. It was passed down from one
Tongue-tied! Most members of the current band council do not speak Mohawk. They
Microsoft represents the conglomerate that massacred our ancestors, put us in
The Kanion?ke:haka Onkwa?wen:na Raoti?tioh:kwa Cultural Center in Kahnawake
?knowingly and unilaterally agree[ing] to sell our intellectual property rights ..
The band council was illegally created by the Canadian government under the Indian
Residential Schools. Since the settlers arrived on our shores, they have forced
Kanion?ke:ha is who we are. It?s our identity. It defines our ties to the land
Tongue tax. The agreement states,
?In the event that taxes are required to be withheld on payment made under this
Microsoft has agreed to serve as an instrument of colonization. They want our
We will now be forced to pay taxes on the unique way we flip our tongues. They
How do we stop this? This is one of the richest corporations in the world. They
Otkon! Microsoft! Go ahead and sue me. You might get some choice Mohawks words