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JULY 12, 2015. At the dawn tobacco burning in the Pines of Kahehsatake, a vow was reaffirmed that we would always protect our mother. In 1990 our land, nursed to beauty, as is our way, the Kanion’ke:haka [Mohawks] was as ever coveted by Canada’s elite for a golf course, a playground. We resisted. The SQ came in with guns blazing. Then the RCMP followed. Then, as their system dictates, the Canadian army, the Royal Van Doos was sent in. All “INDIAN” communities, being sovereign nations, are regarded as Prisoner of War camps by the CROWN. The blood flowed.
At the foot of the Mercier Bridge leading from Kahnawake to Montreal, our people stood to commemorate one bloody event among too many. The significance of this act is that all ongwe’hon:weh have the same mind, respect of the mother and the duty to protect her. The European way is to exploit and destroy her.
25 years later at the Kahnawake “Echoes of a Proud Nation” Pow Wow Grand Entry about 20 Royal 22nd Regiment [Van Doos], invited by someone, paraded in the Grand Opening.
We remember the Van Doos spat, insulted, beat, stoned, stabbed, shot, imprisoned, tortured not the least children and killed…. murdered ongwe’hon:weh elders.
How is this possible, in what world? We are a free and sovereign nation. They are our enemy. It can only be the oldest game. Our vast Indian Trust Funds, our land and resources could make the Mohawk Council of Kahnawake Inc. get into bed with the Van Doos. The changes being masked by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission are to maintain the genocide. We resist every day. 25 years ago was a part of that.
They are here. We are ready!
Buffy Sainte Marie reminds us to be ever vigilant: “One step at a time, Polarity Hill. If the bad guys don’t get you, baby. Then the good guys will. With angels on the take And the gangsters in the yard. Hey don’t the wars come easy. Hey don’t the peace come hard.”
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