TORONTO – As the occupyINAC movement continues through its third day, we provide a roundup of news and links of coverage from the event.
WINNIPEG – In the spirit of peace, love and solidarity with our relatives at #OccupyINAC Toronto, the Indigenous occupation of INAC in Winnipeg releases the following official statement. We have been peacefully gathering since yesterday morning at the Manitoba regional office of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, a department which derives its mandate from the racist colonial legislation called, The Indian Act.
TORONTO – A group of 30-40 Indigenous activists and allies from Black Lives Matter - have occupied the office of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) at 25 St. Clair in Toronto. The group is demanding that the Canadian Government take urgent action in wake of a string of youth suicides in Indigenous nations. The occupation is currently being livestreamed and it can be viewed below.
KENHTEKE MOHAWK TERRITORY – There will be a gathering of the Kentyohkwahnhakstha movement on Saturday April 16th at the Sadies Lane Longhouse in Tyendinaga. The meeting starts at 7am with a sunrise ceremony and breakfast will be at 8:30am. At 9:15 there will be a discussion held to welcome the people and explain the purpose and significance of the Kentyohkwahnhakstha. Lunch will be served at noon, and the meeting will go to until 4:30pm.
CATTARAGUS – Paul Delaronde (Tekarontake) and James Gray (Sakoietah) join Matt Hill, Louis Snyder and John Kane for the type of conversation that is the reason for "Let's Talk Native..." Listen in to hear a detailed conversation about the Haudenosaunee marriage ceremony and the four elements of our thanksgiving ceremonies. Paul delves into the language for clarity on the concepts and principles in the way only he can do. This show provides a great opportunity to gain knowledge of Haudenosaunee culture and philosophy.
I turn my sights here to one bee in particular, Apis mellifera, the western honeybee, the European honeybee, to tell a tale of colonization, agriculture, food, capitalism, and domination. Through so small a subject can we weave an epic history. Before 1622, so-called North America (hereafter Turtle Island) had been a stranger to the buzzing wings of Apis mellifera. European settlers, engaged in a process of violent colonization of these territories, mandated that the bees be packed into crates and shipped across the Atlantic Ocean in order to pollinate the newly appropriated agricultural land. The settlers wanted to grow crops familiar to them from Europe and they knew that the honeybee was integral to that new system.
OSHWEKEN – Arnold Joeseph General, Dehatgahtos, the Chief of the Onondaga Beaver Clan died peacefully at the St.Joseph’s Hospital, Hamilton on Sunday April 10, 2016 in his 84th year. Arnold was the loving Hanih of Kim (Tim), Tammy, Brian (Susan), and Amy (Donavan). Cherished Papa to 16 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. Dear brother of Myrna, and Jill (Phil). Special friend to Welby, Shana, Mary (Jim), and Crystal LaForme (Beaver Clan Mother). Survived by many nieces and nephews, Arnie was a Dedicated Lacrosse Fan and an avid spokesman for his community and all people.