TYENDINAGA – On Friday March 11th, 2016, His Excellency Wilmer Omar Barrientos Fernandez, the Venezuelan Ambassador to Canada, arrived in Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory to build greater relations between the Onkwehon:we and the Venezuelan people. Tyendinaga is the home of Deganawida, the Peacemaker who brought the Kayenere:kowa or Great Peace to the Haudenosaunee people. The ambassador paid a visit to Eagle Hill, the birthplace of the Peacemaker, and the place where the thinking behind the Kayenere:kowa emerged.
OTTAWA – A historic land claim agreement in principle struck by the Algonquins of Ontario with the federal and provincial governments is being denounced as fraudulent and illegal by chiefs of a number of Iroquois and Algonquin First Nations. They charge that the vast majority of the Algonquins of Ontario (AOO) are not actually Algonquin or even aboriginal.
TOBAGO – d'bi young anitafrika is a renowned Jamaican-Canadian poet, musician and playwright. On March 6th, 2016 on her way back to Toronto from a working visit to Trinidad and Tobago she was racially profiled and targeted because of her Jamaican nationality. anitafrika was refused boarding onto her flight to Canada – despite being a Canadian citizen and having a valid Jamaican passport and proof of Canadian citizenship.
WET'SUWET'EN TERRITORY – Resist: The Unist'oten's Call to the Land is a short documentary that was filmed in the summer of 2013 on unceded Wet'suwet'en territory, 1000 km north of Vancouver in northern BC (western Canada) over the duration of the fourth annual Environmental Action Camp, hosted by the Unist'ot'en (C'ihlts'ehkhyu/Big Frog) Clan. The film was created by Simple Matters Films.
ELSIPOGTOG – This is a video of Coady Jipol describing his experiences at the hands of the RCMP and the Justice system around the protests in New Brunswick trying to alert Canadians to stop the fracking in the Rexton area. At a gathering in Cheam in February, 2014 Sakej Ward, Coady Jipol and Suzanne Patles spoke about Warrior Societies and how important they are in the culture of the indigenous people.
GUSTAFSEN LAKE – The 1995 Gustafsen Lake standoff was one of the most significant conflicts between Indigenous people and the Canadian state. Over 400 RCMP officers used helicopters, armoured personnel carriers and fired over 70,000 rounds of ammunition at the Indigenous land defenders over the 30 day siege. As Indigenous people involved in the conflict issue renewed calls for the Canadian government to hold an inquiry on the standoff, RPM correspondent Fernando Arce speaks with James Pitawanakwat who was exiled as a result of the conflict and Kanahus Manuel, communications spokesperson for the Ts'Peten Defence Committee.
TS'PETEN TERRITORY – A group of Indigenous nations are asking the Canadian government to lead a national inquiry into the RCMP's violent response during the 1995 Gustafsen Lake Standoff, better known to Indigenous people as the Ts'Peten Standoff. “The issue is that we've never given (the state) jurisdiction over us because we've never surrendered our land,” said Kanahus Manuel, communications spokesperson for the Ts'Peten Defence Committee. “The average Canadian citizen needs to realize that Canada was formed all around us, without us ever surrendering our territory.”
In this speech, Sakej Ward talks about decolonization in relationship to the original people of the land you are living in. He argues that a central aspect of any process of change requires the correct identification of the terms we use to describe ourselves. Ward seeks to dispel the illusions and resulting mistaken relationships that arise from using common labels of Canadians such as "guests", "newcomers", "brothers", or "settlers" that suggest a passivity or undeserved level of innocence. Incorrect labels lead to incorrect relationships.
During the conflict at Caledonia, there were over 50 people from Six Nations who were charged and apprehended by police. This is a short film about one man, Trevor Miller who was here being held for charges related to the confiscation of a US Border Patrol vehicle which was spying on the Six Nations people.