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MNN. Aug. 8/23.
The Proximate Aspect; Mohawk Mothers unveil ongoing genocide against indigenous people.
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The Proximate Aspect; Mohawk Mothers unveil ongoing genocide against indigenous people.
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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!”.
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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.”
The burials now being searched follow the testimonies of survivors of medical experiments at the former hospital. They could be children who may have been clandestinely buried without coffins. For more information write at firstname.lastname@example.org Consult www.mohawkmothers.ca Donate at https://fundrazr.com/e23JRc
READ MORE BACKGROUND FROM APTN: https://www.aptnnews.ca/national-news/archeological-dig-old-montreal-hospital-on-hold-mcgill-university/
SOME MORE INFORMATION IN LEDEVOIR: further excavations needed at the Royal Victoria – https://www.ledevoir.com/societe/795754/des-fouilles-plus-poussees-sont-necessaires-au-royal-victoria
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?”
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MNN. July 27, 2023. Work to uncover human remains has stopped. Search dogs detected human remains on June 9th in front of the Hersey Pavilion of the old Royal Victoria Hospital RVH in Montreal. On July 25th 2023 Indigenous elders and cultural monitors were aggressed by security guards. At approximately 15:30 the Kanien’keha:ka Kahnistensera (Mohawk Mothers) and Indigenous cultural monitors were preparing to leave work. The cultural monitors observe work being done to uncover human remains at the RVH, as provided by a Settlement Agreement between the Kanien’keha:ka Kahnistensera (Mohawk Mothers) and a slew of Defendants, including the Société québécoise des infrastructures (SQI) and McGill University. An injunction was obtained on October 2022 to halt excavation work for the New Vic project to search for unmarked graves of children killed by medical experiments in the 1950’s and 1960’s.
Cultural monitors were present when Historic Human Remains Detection Dogs (HHRDD) and Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) were used on the site earlier in July, with no incident. A good working relationship had been reached with the archaeologists of Ethnoscop who were now charged with excavating the soil in a 10-meter radius around the target identified by the dogs HHRDD. At 3:30 the work day came to an end. Suddenly three individuals presented themselves at the top of the hill as security personnel. They wore no identification and refused to disclose their names so It was impossible to verify whether they were accredited security guards or vigilantes. They also refused to name their clients.
One Mohawk Mother went to talk with them while the other cultural monitors were finishing a meeting and preparing to leave. One of the security guards, a female, presented herself as the “boss” of SQI security. She immediately threatened to call the police to usher the Mohawk Mothers and cultural monitors off the site. The Mohawk Mother was shocked by the aggressive tone of the women and her haste to throw out kanienkehaka Mohawk observers when office hours were not even over yet. She reminded the security guards that Mohawk monitors were present as part of a court order and a settlement agreement to make sure excavation work was consistent with Indigenous protocols regarding burial sites and to conduct ceremonies. The woman said she knew nothing about it and aggressively insisted that everyone vacate the site immediately. She dialed the police. The Mohawk Mother then informed the rest of the group about what was happening. They had not been directly notified to immediately leave. One person opened his telephone to record the incident. When the “boss” saw that she was being filmed by someone, she brutally jumped on him, grabbed the telephone from his hands and gave it to her colleague, who erased it. Another person present then realized the gravity of the situation and turned on his camera from afar. The video, available here – https://ufile.io/v27xu0al – shows some of the outrageous insults that the SQI security used against the Indigenous elders and cultural monitors as they were leaving the site, to avoid being subjected to violence. They were told that the police would “squish you out”, that they should “go and have some kids” and “go and get a life because I don’t think you have a life”, and to “go back to your kids if you have any, I don’t think you have any”.
Mohawk Mother Kahentinetha responded “what about our kids that were murdered and that you’re benefiting from?” The security lady said “That’s right, we’re benefiting from it. That’s exactly right”. This violent incident was highly traumatic for the Indigenous elders, survivors and cultural monitors present, reminding them of brutality being used by security personnel against Indigenous people, especially women. Indigenous observers do not feel safe going at the site to carry out their duties under the eye of a security firm which aggressed them verbally and physically.: grabbing their telephone and erasing evidence, yelling and insulting blasphemous and offensive language and refusing to disclose their identity as a security guard which is illegal according to S-3.5, r. 3 – Regulation respecting standards of conduct of agent licence holders carrying on a private security activity. A complaint is being filed by the Mohawk Mothers with the Bureau de la Securité Privée. The SQI has refused to disclose the identity of the security guards, what their instructions were and whether they had received cultural competency training.
In view of the the threat posed by the personnel hired by the SQI the Indigenous elders and cultural monitors, the latter cannot come to the site anymore. The SQI insists that work must continue, and that the particular security guard will no longer be present. SQI failed to respond to basic questions about the instructions that were given to their security guards and their identity. Because of the threat continuation of excavation work would breach the Settlement Agreement. All parties except the SQI – including the Panel of archaeologists overseeing the work, as well as Ethnoscop – have agreed to halt the work until the situation is resolved. The Mohawk Mothers have been voicing concerns about security issues on the site for several months, and failed to get a response from the Defendants. They requested a security expert be on the Panel overseeing the work.
84 year old Mohawk Mother Kahentinetha, reacted to the events by explaining that “our law and our culture forbids us from exposing our people to elder abuse, mental stress and physical threats. We. cannot carry out our duties as cultural monitors under duress and the threat of violence. We devoted all our energies to investigating the truth about what was being done to our children at this hospital so we want to continue the work immediately. Our people need answers to our questions about what happened with those security guards and whether they were instructed to use such aggression with us”.
Mohawk Mother Kwetiio added: “It’s common decency to secure the site with a firm that doesn’t end up attacking our elders, alleging that they are unaware of who we are and why we are present on the site. If we had not been there McGill and SQI would already be constructing their vast project on our land, ignoring the human remains that were detected thanks to our efforts and that of our allies and experts. An investigation must be immediately conducted on whether the security guards were instructed to assault us”. For more information, contact email@example.com O:nen Kanien’keha:ka Kahnistensera
This situation reminds us of Woodstock when the Clowns of the Hog Farm were in charge of security. The McGill attacker[s] claimed to be security for McGill and pretended they had authority over everyone.
Here’s some relief from Joni Mitchell singing about “Woodstock”.
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