RE: QUEBEC SUPERIOR COURT FOR DECLARATORY RELIEF AND TO OBTAIN A SAFEGUARD ORDER, CASE #500-17-120468-221: Kaheninetha et al v. SQI, McGill University, et all.; and Intervenors Independant Spedical Interlocateur for Missing Children & Unmarked Graves….
We have learned that at this stage that Justice Gregory Moore is not able to issue a safeguard order to halt excavation work in zone #11 of the former Royal Victoria Hospital. The Judge relied on the Expert Panel’s mapping report which authorized excavation work in zone #11 if there is careful monitoring of the work and if it is limited to this area. We consider that the Expert Panel must be involved in overseeing the investigation to adapt it to the findings on the ground.
The emergency hearing on September 14th only treated zone #11, whereas the substantial breaches to the agreement will only be dealt with by the court on October 27th, 2023. These include the following:
1) Disbanding the Expert Panel
2) Failure to share GPR data with the Kahnistensera, the Expert Panel and the Canadian Association of Archeology
3) Failure to establish the origin of the scent of human remains that were detected by search dogs, with less than 0,06% chances of false positives
4) Failure to give access to the buildings to find the origin of the scent of human remains
5) Threats to the security of Indigenous Cultural Monitors after a racially-charged attack of Elders and Cultural Monitors by security guards which were seen to be still present on the site last week, despite assurances that they would be removed
6) Failure to abide by several recommendations of the Expert Panel, including adding a forensic expert to preserve the chain of custody
We’re happy to wake up every morning and face whatever lies ahead without fear. As Patty Page so eloquently put it:
COMMENTS TO QUEBEC SUPERIOR COURT FOR DECLARATORY RELIEF AND TO OBTAIN A SAFEGUARD ORDER ON SEPT. 14, 2023. CASE #500-17-120468-221: Kaheninetha et al v. SQI, McGill University, et all.; and Intervenors Independant Spedical Interlocateur for Missing Children & Unmarked Graves….
MNN. Sept. 15, 2023. “Shé :kon Sewakwe :kon. I am Kahentinetha, a Kahnistensera. I’m 84 years old, a great grand mother. Much of what we are doing at McGill and SQI are based on my experience, and that of the people I’ve known.
I was born in 1940. Many of our teachers at the day school I attended as a child were soldiers who just came back from the war. They were in charge and took a military approach to help Canada to annihilate us. They moved from the European theatre and to home grown Canadian war for Indian land, which continues to this day. They are trained killers sent to train the Indigenous children. It was the army managing us. Managing our disappearance. I have known about what was done to our children, to Inuit children too, in some of these hospitals. Children strapped to their stretchers, trapped in caskets. Horrible things. They came to get the weakest and the strongest of us. Intelligence tests at the Allan Memorial Institute to screen us and incarcerate the unruly, of which they studied the mind, to understand how it is that we think, the reasons why we are still ourselves, Onkwehonweh, and never became Canadians.
I’m here for these lost children, to know what happened to them, and who did it, without lawyers and no funds, just using our way against the corporation of Canada.
That’s why I came to the crime site on Mount Royal every day, without pay, to do the words to open the day, to see how things are going, that our ancestors and children are respected and that they are being found. It wasn’t easy. The toilets were filthy. We had to walk through dangerous construction sites, high fences around, and the security attacking us. A nightmare. I was reminded of when my daughter was stabbed in the chest by a soldier in 1990. Genocide is a nightmare that I have been through and that I witnessed. My family was targeted as a traditional longhouse family. Non-Indigenous people often have a hard time understanding that. They were and are still not told the complete story. If we could get the archives we are asking for, if there was a real commitment to transparency for ethnic crimes committed on us in the post-war period, it would help us.
Justice Moore stated in the injunction that he ordered last October that no party disputed the fact that the investigation must be “Indigenous-led”. The settlement agreement provided that Cultural Monitors appointed by the Kahnistensera must be on the site. Only a fraction of our cultural monitors have received a basic safety training, and certainly nothing that would allow us to securely monitor heavy machinery on the site. We have no real protective equipment to do that. We were expected to use filthy toilets that were on the other side of the site, in an area under construction where they were stockpiling bricks in high stacks, that could fall on us at any time. We were attacked by the SQI’s security guards, and SQI told us they wouldn’t come back, but we just stumbled on them last Sunday still working there. They were there all the time! I don’t understand how it can be so complicated to understand what Indigenous-led means! It means something that is safe for us to do things our own way, to burn our tobacco, to make decisions together using our consensual decision making system. Now the Defendants say something new that they didn’t even tell us about before starting to drill the site. They say they built another fenced area in between all the other fences, creating an open air prison to put us in and hopefully protect us from rocks flying over and guards insulting us. By any stretch of the imagination this cannot be considered lawful, let alone safe, in any law, Mohawk or Canadian.
Being on the site was not easy in a context where the Defendants apparently do not want us to be there at all. We are facing constant pressure. The slightest attitude that doesn’t fit within non-Indigenous people’s understanding of what it means to be nice was denounced immediately. I was very sorry to learn that Sophie Mayes from the SQI resorted to pulling emails from some service providers that they had contracted who apparently did not like the way us Mohawk women conduct ourselves. I do not want to perpetuate and thus endorse the Defendants’ disturbing use of defamation and ad hominem attacks through quoting non-Indigenous third parties in their submissions. Such accusations are absolutely baseless and reflect the fundamental problem with the way the Defendants unilaterally sign contracts with service providers that end up thinking they work for them, along with non-disclosure agreements and a client-provider relation that excludes the Indigenous people who are the only party that has a vested interest in the credibility of the investigation. When someone like Brian Whiting, department manager at GeoScan, says that he was upset by what I told him when he came to see me last weekend during a GPR survey, he doesn’t say that what I was asking him about is why we cannot access the raw data from the GPR, and why experts cannot get that data and analyse it. He finally admitted that it was because he is under contract with the SQI, and his allegiance goes to who is paying. At the same time, as Kwetiio said before, Mr Whiting’s own recommendations were not followed by the Defendants regarding the unknown anomalies. The SQI and McGill simply decided to ignore them. I know the settlement agreement does not allow them to do that. Nobody on our side of the room would ever have signed such a document.
To finish, I have something to say that I learned after my affidavit was completed, and that I couldn’t include in our submissions. But it happened. An indigenous person called me, who had been contacted by Pierre Major from McGill University, starting a few weeks ago, and again these last days. McGill was searching for a cultural monitor for archaeological work at the Royal Victoria site. This was done without telling us, or involving us, as if McGill wanted to continue their work by hiring their own monitors. The settlement agreement provides that it is the Kahnistensera who appoint the cultural monitors. The person was offered a good salary, a hotel, benefits, and a McGill masters degree. Mr. Major also said a few disparaging words about us, the Mohawk Mothers. We were ‘mean’ women who were not nice to security guards on the site. Aggressive, hysterical women, basically. Obviously the person didn’t believe a word of it. He said he knows how Indigenous woman are. It’s not the first time I’m contacted by people who are approached that way by the Defendants. I ask you to stop this now and show some respect for your elders. I am your elder too. It’s clear to me that the service providers were constantly hearing bad things about us, and became very reactive and apprehensive when we approached them. But the majority of them were very nice and asked us questions, including the two technicians from GeoScan that Mr. Whiting described as upset by our presence. Actually they asked us a lot of questions, and we explained them. They told us about their work to help us explain this to our people. They participated in our ceremonies. The way it should be, very simply, to be real human beings, Onkwehonweh. That’s the way we can truly change our relationship and become free.
I know it’s my right to do this. It’s my responsibility according to the Kaianerehkowa. I am a Kahnistensera, and I declare the genocide is now over.”
So as Willie Nelson reminds everyone, the party’s over.
MNN. Aug. 7, 2023. On the “Indigenous lead” site where the unmarked burial of indigenous children are being sought at the New Vic site, McGill and SQI Security are refusing to hire a professional Indigenous security firm. The “cultural monitors” and elders working alongside the archaeological work crew were attacked by SQI & McGill security and now the indigenous refuse to return to work until their safety is guaranteed. Also, SQI wants to interpret the GPR Report that found ‘anomalies’ of remains in the GEOSCAN Report, a private company. SQI & McGill have terminated the Tripartite Panel that was set up by Quebec Superior Court to oversee the search for the children, so they could start working on the Royal Vic Project. The court needs to uphold its orders.
Remembr, no guards wwre there when our children were being murdered and buried.
SQI & McGill do not have the expertise to interpret the findings, which needs to be done by trained archaeological forensic experts. One of the members of the Panel has quit and another states that the anomaly found by GEOSCAN is a burial site and SQI office technocrats cannot determine that. This could prejudice all GPR searches that are carried out in Canada by indigenous people.
SQI & McGill have given us no choice but to consider enforcing the Settlement Agreement that we signed in April.
Many experts find this extremely damaging to the whole investigation. Canada is allowing SQI to act above the law and above a court order. It appears that international human rights organizations will now be needed. Canada continues on its criminal path while Quebec acts as a cheerleader rooting for the colonizer.
Quebec spends public money in their fight against us the Mohawk Mothers. Once again they are trying to silence us about their murder of our children whose spirit is at our side right now. They reject professional expertise. The public has to now ask the question, “What the f… is really going on?”
The Mohawk security group in Kahnawake has a right and is qualified to work anywhere on turtle island. McGill University, Royal Victoria Hospital, Allan Memorial Hospital and the City of Montreal all squat on unceded Kanienkehaka Mohawk land, which they must acknowledge by law before every meeting so they never forget. They are rejecting an indigenous company from providing security to the “Indigenous lead” process taking place to find indigenous children that may be buried on Mohawk land. We wonder if this was part of Prime Minister Duncan Campbel Scott’s “100 year plan” to be rid of the “Indian problem” permanently. We are reminded of a song which Sinead O’Connor sang during the well known “Pope-incident” in Saturday Night Live in 1992, when she shouted, “Children, children. Fight! Fight!”.
SQI is our message to Quebec: It’s time for you to “STOP & QUIT IMMEDIATELY”
MNN. August 4th, 2023. Major developments on search for unmarked graves at Royal Victoria Hospital RVH.
The Kahnistensera (Mohawk Mothers) are deeply concerned about the recent actions of McGill University and the Société Québécoise des Infrastructures’ (SQI) in the archaeological search for unmarked burials at the New Vic site. Despite publicly stating their support for the court ordered process and commitment to reconciliation, McGill and SQI have unilaterally terminated the panel’s ordered mandate. They also did not follow through on several recommendations in the Settlement Agreement signed in April 2023 and homologated in the Quebec Superior Court.
McGill and SQI recently rejected recommendations from the Panel to include a forensics expert to oversee the ‘chain of custody’ of artefacts, an essential part of a credible investigation. The Settlement Agreement was part of an injunction won by the Mohawk Mothers in October 2022. The New Vic construction project was halted in order to allow for an “Indigenous-led” investigation of unmarked graves. This process is constantly being interfered with by the SQI and McGill to try to control the whole process, reducing the role of Indigenous people to performing ceremonies on the site.
One panel member resigned during these troubling developments. Mohawk Mother Kahentinetha declared the turn of events “deplorable”. Mohawk Mother Kwetiio stated that “it is very unfortunate that the SQI, as a Quebec public institution, appears to prefer waste public funds and time to keep Indigenous elders from revealing the truth about the fate of their children. We wanted an open dialogue to resolve the disagreements over implementing the Settlement Agreement. It is unacceptable that Quebec and McGill forcefully violate a court ordered ‘indigenous lead’ search for the unmarked graves of potential victims of their institutions.”
False Narratives: On August 3rd, 2023, McGill University and the SQI published newsletters disclosing part of the results of a Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) survey performed by Geoscan on July 24, 2023, which we received the day before on August 2nd, 2023. See attached newsletters. The SQI and McGill did not consult the Kahnistensera (Mohawk Mothers) before making it public. These newsletters contain misleading information that must be corrected.
The SQI’s newsletter suggests that “to date, no burials have been found”, while in reality excavations are underway to find the human remains detected by search dogs in front of the Hersey Pavilion, and where important evidence was found in the soil, including a young woman’s dress and an old pair of children’s leather shoes. The SQI’s newsletter failed to mention the verbal attack last week of Mohawk cultural monitors and elders on the site, who were evicted and verbally aggressed by unidentified security guards under the direction of the SQI. Someone’s phone was illegally grabbed and the video content was erased. In the GPR report, the SQI and McGill’s newsletters mislead the public into believing that only nine (9) anomalies were found in the small “priority zone”, where construction work was started. A far greater number of “unknown” targets were detected by the GPR team, who suggest that, “It is possible that some of the unknown features may be unmarked graves, particularly in the case of older burials without coffins and also possibly child-size graves.”
LIKE PINK FLOYD, WE SHOULD ALL BE ASKING OUR MOTHER, “MOM. WHAT ABOUT IT?”
Mother do you think they’ll drop the bomb
Mother do you think they’ll like the song
Mother do you think they’ll try to break my balls
Ooooh aah, Mother should I build a wall
Mother should I run for president
Mother should I trust the government
Mother will they put me in the firing line
Ooooh aah, is it just a waste of time
Hush now baby don’t you cry
Mama’s gonna make all of your Nightmares come true Mama’s gonna put all of her fears into you Mama’s gonna keep you right here Under her wing She won’t let you fly but she might let you sing Mama will keep baby cosy and warm
Ooooh Babe Ooooh Babe Ooooh Babe Of course Mama’s gonna help build the wall
Mother do think she’s good enough for me
Mother do think she’s dangerous to me
Mother will she tear your little boy apart
Oooh aah, mother will she break my heart
Hush now baby, baby don’t you cry
Mama’s gonna check out all your girl friends for you Mama won’t let anyone dirty get through Mama’s gonna wait up till you come in Mama will always find out where You’ve been Mamma’s gonna keep baby healthy and clean Ooooh Babe Ooooh Babe Ooooh Babe You’ll always be a baby to me
MNN. 3 Aug. 2023. Blockade north of Dolbeau-Mistassini: Nitassinan native guardians demand end to logging operations on unceded indigenous lands. Press release – for immediate publication – [Mashteuiatsh, July 31, 2023]
On July 31, 2023 the Collectif Mashk Assi, whose mission is to protect the Nitassinan, sent a formal notice by registered mail to the Résolu Company, reiterating the opposition of the Innu guardian families to any logging on their territory. The guardians notified the company they would be patrolling the area, which is 40 km north of Dolbeau-Mistassini, to enforce the self-determination of their ancestral sovereignty and ensure that no unlogged trees were cut for profit. On the morning of July 31, 2023 a blockade was set up in the area to monitor the application of Innu law and compliance with their formal notice.
The Collectif Mashk Assi reiterates that failure to respect the Nitassinan guardian families against all industrial activities on their ancestral territory will result in legal action based on their inherent right to practice Innu Aitun, the traditional Ilnuash way of life, as protected by “international law, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and section 35 of the Constitution of Canada, 1982.” The formal notice filed on July 31, 2023 is a final warning, following the eviction notice for seven forestry companies, including Résolu, filed on May 29, 2023.
Since the filing of this eviction notice, the worst forest fires in the history of Nitassinan have ravaged the traditional territory of the Innu people, threatening the flora and fauna on which their identity and ancestral way of life are based. On June 18, 2023, the Collectif Mashk Assi, together with the Atikamekw movement Ekoni Aci and the Mohawk group Kanien’keha:ka Kahnistensera, signed a request for a moratorium on logging in the Nitassinan to allow the forest to regenerate and limit the spread of fires. The Collectif Mashk Assi considers that the Quebec government’s unilateral management of the forest for commercial purposes, without consulting the territory’s aboriginal custodians, is entirely responsible for the forest fires that have posed unprecedented risks to the health and safety of the entire northeastern continent of turtle island. The blockade set up in Dolbeau-Mistassini on July 31, 2023 is also intended to put an end to mining prospecting by First Phosphate, which intends to take the resources of Nitassinan without the approval of the Innu territory’s guardian families.
Finally, the Collectif Mashk Assi reiterates that no treaty or agreement in principle affecting the ancestral rights of the Ilnuash people can be negotiated without the agreement of the Nitassinan guardian families who hold ancestral title to these lands. In particular, it rejects outright the Petapan Treaty, which is currently being negotiated behind closed doors by representatives of various levels of government, including federal agents known as Band Councils. On June 2 a formal notice to cease negotiations of the Petapan Treaty was also sent by registered mail to all parties involved.
Bruce Coburn asks “If a tree falls in the forest, does anybody hear?”
Rain forest Mist and mystery Teeming green Green brain facing labotomy Climate control centre for the world Ancient cord of coexistence Hacked by parasitic greedhead scam From Sarawak to Amazonas Costa Rica to mangy B.C. hills Cortege rhythm of falling timber
What kind of currency grows in these new deserts These brand new flood plains?
If a tree falls in the forest, does anybody hear? If a tree falls in the forest, does anybody hear?
Anybody hear the forest fall?
Cut and move on Cut and move on Take out trees Take out wildlife at a rate of species every single day Take out people who’ve lived with this for 100, 000 years Inject a billion burgers worth of beef Grain eaters methane dispensers
Through thinning o-zone Waves fall on wrinkled earth Gravity, light, ancient refuse of stars Speak of a drowning But this, this is something other Busy monster eats dark holes in the spirit world Where wild things have to go To disappear Forever
If a tree falls in the forest, does anybody hear? If a tree falls in the forest, does anybody hear?
Anybody hear the forest fall?
If a tree falls in the forest, does anybody hear? If a tree falls in the forest, does anybody hear?
MNN. July 22, 2023. Kahionhatatie Cree 13, an Onkwehonwe from the Kanienkehaka territory of Kahnawake, was denied access to play with her soccer team “Eastern Door and the North”, at the North American Indigenous Games in Halifax this week. She trained all year, then a provision was made that athletes required a COVID19 vaccination upon registration in December. I submitted a letter for exemption based on our traditional standing. At 10pm on July 22, six hours before her bus was to depart to Halifax, Jessie Messier, phoned me informing me that my daughter could not go to the games and if she did she would be given a bus ticket and sent home. She then apologized.
When I got the call, I was in Listigui meeting with Indigenous peoples from the surrounding regions of Gespe’gawa’gi. I was heartbroken for her. The time and effort she put into her training and team building was deflated. The excitement for her long awaited, first solo trip with her teammates was crushed. I could not be there to comfort her nor break it to her father, Garrett Cree, who volunteers ALL his free time to kids in sport. we were angry.
The Mi’gmaq at the meeting were in complete disbelief. They reached out and made statements to whomever they could contact. One person stated that North American Indigenous Games is one of the calls to action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Another said that the vaccine is no longer mandated. Many thought it was disrespectful to not honor our uses of our medicines. Most were disappointed that they would do this to a child.
The Health Services Manager who called and told me of my daughter’s ineligibility said that it was decided that day in a Halifax court. Lawyers spent five hours pleading for an emergency injunction.
The dorm would not accommodate her, Dal.ca/summerhousing. even though there is no vaccine mandate requirement there.
The job and volunteer positions posted on the NAIG 2023 website listed no vaccine requirements.
The HALIFAX Jazz Festival taking place now until Sunday, July 16th showed NO VACCINE MANDATE requirement.
What does Fiona Fitzpatrick Parsons have to say about this fact denying my daughter a right to take part in NAIG?
Was the board involved in this decision? What were their thoughts?
Who are these games really for?
Is NAIG helping the colonial institutions of Canada to continue to deny the existence of the only true natural people of turtle island and our ways?
What was the reason behind Judge Peter Rosinski’s decision to deny the injunction?
Was she singled out? By whom?
My daughter and my people are not invisible. We need answers!
When I returned to Kahnawake, I spoke to my family for guidance. I was reminded that I am Kahnistensera and my duty is to protect and care for my children. She is ALL children.
Kwe’ti:io – Kahnistensera
Deep Purple said it right with “Sweet Child in Time”:
Sweet child in time You’ll see the line The line that’s drawn between Good and bad See the blind man Shooting at the world Bullets flying Oh, taking toll If you’ve been bad Oh, Lord, I bet you have And you’ve not been hit Oh, by flying lead You’d better close your eyes Oh Bow your head Wait for the ricochet
Sweet child in time You’ll see the line The line that’s drawn between Good and bad See the blind man Shooting at the world Bullets flying Oh, taking toll If you’ve been bad Lord, I bet you have And you’ve not been hit Oh, by flying lead You’d better close your eyes Oh Bow your head Wait for the ricochet
MNN. July 8, 2023. Ayonwaehs – War Chief of the Mohawks, Ateronhiatakon – Francis Boots, Snipe Clan, 73, peacefully passed away on July 5th, 2023. He will be presented at the Kanienkehaka Kaianerehkowa Kanonsesne [longhouse] located at 570 Route 37 in Akweswasne, starting on Tuesday, July 11, 2023 at 2pm, until the funeral service on Thursday, July 13, 2023 at 10:00 am. Burial will take place at the Jocks Cemetery on 136B Jock Road in Akwesasne [NYS]. Funeral arrangements are with Donaldson’s Funeral Home. Donations can be made to the Kanienkehaka Kaianerehkowa Kanonsesne.
He was born October 27, 1948 at the home of his maternal grandparents Katie and Paul Caldwell. He grew up on Cornwall Island of Akwesasne. He married Lisa Thomas, and was later in a relationship with Margie Marquis. He is survived by his children, Kawenniiosta (Joe), Teioronhiate (Crystal), Mandaque, Sohahiio, Karatohon (Cheryl), Konwanietawi (Zane), his grandchildren, Kai, Nora, Reese, Lita Jane, Odessa, Mskwaa-desiinh, Cala and Kanerahtine. He is survived by his siblings, John, Diane, Harvey, Anna, Yvonne, Jake, Emily and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his siblings, Peter, James (Julia), Joseph (Barbara), Catherine-Lena (Ray), Margaret (Peter), Elizabeth-Betty (Carl), Fredrick, Richard, Angus (Harriet) and Stephen (Beverly) and in-laws, Harriet, Patricia and Beverly.
Ateronhiatakon, attended Cornwall Island Day School, East Front Public School, St. Lawrence High School and Mater Dei College. In the 1960’s he travelled with the “White Roots of Peace”. He was always prepared at a momen’t notice to help the people. He shared his vast knowledge and experience, teaching our language, and officiating ceremonies. He was a true gift to the people. His kindness and his way of communicating made everyone comfortable, even in uneasy situations.
Francis honored all his teachers, people of the Confederacy, elders and community members with whom he shared his deep knowledge of our traditional ways.
Aterionhiatakon was always optimistic, “I’m confident that we will survive. In the future I believe that we will not allow our way of life to be tampered with by the colonial powers. The settler peoples have got to understand they too have these instructions to be kind to Mother Earth, to be kind to the rivers, to be kind to the trees and all life. They seem to have forgotten that, and that’s where the conflict is. They too have to come home now. From”The Mohawk Warrior Society – A Handbook on Sovereignty and Survival, Louis Karoniaktajeh Hall”.
Aterionhiatakon was a great aserakowa whose role at all times is to maintain the peace. Another great Mohawk, Robbie Robertson has something to say about Francis:
The general rode for sixteen days The horses were thirsty and tired On the trail of a renegade chief One he’d come to admire The soldiers hid behind the hills That surrounded the village And he rode down to warn the chief They’d come to conquer and pillage
Lay down your arms Lay down your spear The chief’s eyes were sad But showed no sign of fear
It is a good dayto die (It is a good day to die) Oh my children dry your eyes It is a good day to die
And he spoke of the days before the white man came With his guns and whisky He told of a time long ago Before what you call history The general couldn’t believe his words Nor the look on his face But he knew these people would rather die Then have to live in this disgrace
What law have I broken What wrong have I done That makes you want to bury me Upon this trail of blood
It is a good day to die (It is a good day to die) Oh my children don’t you cry It is a good day to die
We cared for the land and the land cared for us And that’s the way it’s always been Never asked for more never asked too much And now you tell me this is the end
I laid down my weapon I laid down my bow Now you want to drive me out With no place left to go
It is a good day to die (It is a good day to die) Oh my children don’t you cry It is a good day to die (It is a good day to die)
And he turned to his people and said dry your eyes We’ve been blessed and we are thankful Raise your voices to the sky It is a good day to die
Oh my children don’t you cry (don’t you cry) Dry your eyes Raise your voice up to the sky It is a good day to die
Indigenous guardians of the ancestral territories of the Innu, Atikamekw and Mohawk are demanding a moratorium on logging in Quebec.
This coalition is made up of the Innu collective Mashk Assi, which defends the unceded territory of Nitassinan; the Ekoni Aci movement, which brings together defenders of the Atikamekw territory of Manawan and Wemotaci; and the Kanien’kehà:ka Kahnistensera, better known as the Mohawk Mothers.
PHOTO: COURTESY OF MASHK ASSI COLLECTIVE
Due to the “ecological disaster caused by the forest fires”, a coalition of traditionalist Innu, Atikamekw and Mohawk indigenous peoples demands a moratorium on logging and mining activities north of the St. Lawrence River by the end of 2023.
Innu and Atikamekw activists block logging roads to oppose logging on their unceded ancestral territory.
PHOTO: COURTESY OF MASHK ASSI COLLECTIVE
These First Nations activists recall that the millions of hectares burned affect not only the habitat of wildlife that is crucial to their culture, but also the health of many Aboriginal communities.
With what is happening concerning the quality of the air which is unbreathable in several places, we think that it is really important to put a brake at the moment , specified Michael Paul of the Mashk Assi collective.
In addition to the moratorium, the Aboriginal people who present themselves as holders of ancestral title to their respective territories are asking for an inquiry into the causes of the forest fires.
“ The government, through its mismanagement of the forest, has created this situation of extreme danger for which it is responsible. By prioritizing profitability, the government has created monoculture coniferous forests that turn into veritable powder kegs in dry and hot weather, at the risk of public health. »
This forest management is based on cutting potential, industrial development and immediate profit. The priority place of the forest industry in forest management is too great and has created a situation of unprecedented danger. We must act immediately to break this impasse , continue the Aboriginal traditionalists.
The Chibougamau forest fire (File photo)
The coalition also calls for an independent environmental impact study to be carried out in collaboration with the United Nations Special Rapporteur and that it be chaired by the indigenous guardians of the territory. We are the custodians of ancestral knowledge that has allowed the boreal forest to survive until today. We know every corner of our territory and the families of animals with whom we share it. As recognized by a UN report, Indigenous peoples are by far the best guardians of the natural territory and the environment, everywhere on the planet , supports the coalition.
The blockage maintained in the Laurentides wildlife reserve
Three weeks ago, before the forest fires broke out and restrictions came into effect, Indigenous people from the Mashk Assi collective forced the closure of several logging sites located in the Laurentides wildlife reserve. They denounce the destruction of the forests south of Lake Kénogami.
This blockage is still in effect on Nitassinan. In particular, a permanent camp has been set up at kilometer 216 of Route 175 to monitor the comings and goings in the forest.
Since May 29, indigenous activists have been regularly patrolling Nitassinan to ensure that there are no loggings.
We are ready to go to court if it is not respected , mentioned the committed artist Michael Paul.
Innus have set up a permanent camp along the logging road located at kilometer 216 of the Laurentides wildlife reserve.
PHOTO: COURTESY OF MASHK ASSI COLLECTIVE
The Lignarex Group, which qualifies this file as delicate , is one of the manufacturers who complied by withdrawing their forestry machinery from certain construction sites. From the outset, the leaders of Lignarex said they were ready to negotiate with the Innus .
The collective has also authorized the logging company to recover the trees already felled to avoid wasting wood.
Innu artist Michael Paul Kuekuarsheu sings of the resistance of his people:
MNN. June 20, 2023. The Kahnistensera, Mohawk Mothers of kahnawake, kanesatake, and akwesasne knew Louis karonhiaktajeh Hall, and were greatly influenced by his stories, philosophy and farsightedness. This podcast reveals many of his past, current and future insights into what lay ahead for the Mohawks.
The Mohawk Warrior Society is one of the most successful militant organizations in North America. Their predecessors were key to the defeat of the French in Quebec and the United States in the War of 1812. Today, the Warriors are best known for their role in the 1990 Oka standoff against the Canadian army. In the new book, The Mohawk Warrior Society: A Handbook on Sovereignty and Survival, the movement for the first time tells its own history.
We are joined by the editors of this unique anthology of resistance, Philippe Blouin, Matt Peterson, Malek Rasamny and Kahentinetha Rotiskarewake and also by Kwetiio and Karennatha who, along with Kahentinetha, are members of the group Kanien’kehà:ka Kanistansera, the Mohawk Mothers.
Louis will always be honored by the people. The world will never forget the warrior flag he designed. Even the Kingsmen back in the 60’s honoured Louis: Ah Louie Louie. Oh no, Said we gotta go. Yeah yeah yeah. Yeah yeah. Baby. Louie Louie. Oh baby. Said we gotta go. A fine little girl. She waitin for me. Catch a ship, across the sea. Sail that ship out all alone. Me never think how. I’ll make it home. I’ll make it home. Ah Louis Louie. No no no no. Make it home. . . .
MNN. June 4, 2023. On April 6, 2023, The final day of mediation began at 9.15 a.m.. This photo was taken at the end around 11:15 that night.
Lawyers, judge and kahnistensera Mohawk Mothers stood together for this photo of completion of the mediation at the Montreal Court.
For details of the Settlement Agreement, April 6, 2023 – See court documents filed as CANADA PROVINCE OF QUEBEC, DISTRICT OF MONTREAL. No. 500-17-120468-221. Superior Court [Civil Division]. Between Plaintiffs kahnistensers; Defendents SQI, RVH, MUHC, McGill U., Montreal, AG Canada & AG Quebec; and 3rd Party Intervenors – Unmarked Graves & Burial Sites associated with Indian Residential Schools.
Words from our wise elder, Red-X, whose eyes are black cavernous void leading directly into the 5th dimension. He surveyed the current state of the kaianerekowa from his silver eagle and said that the gariwiio pimple is about to burst. He said, “What will be is what creation means”. He advised that what we all need is love, and then flew to the west where the sun never sleeps and disappeared into his celestial portal.
Jeannie C. Riley sings about some experiences in some places of higher learning:
I wanna tell you all a story ’bout A Harper Valley widowed wife Who had a teenage daughter Who attended Harper Valley Junior High Well, her daughter came home one afternoon And didn’t even stop to play And she said, “mom, I got a note here from the Harper Valley PTA”
Well, the note said, “Mrs. Johnson You’re wearin’ your dresses way too high It’s reported you’ve been drinking And a-running ’round with men and goin’ wild And we don’t believe you oughta be a-bringin’ up Your little girl this way” And it was signed by the Secretary Harper Valley PTA. . . . [Harper Valley PTA]
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