TYENDINAGA – The question we really need to ask is, "what is true in this case?" What's true is that the Canadian government is utilizing the provincial and federal police officers to run illegal operations to try to squeeze out as much financial opportunity there is from indigenous communities, and to label anyone who has done any work or is willing to work with indigenous people as criminal. They are claiming indigenous freedom of economics as fraud.
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.
AKWESASNE – Kanasaraken speaks to Real Peoples Media about how the Mohawk people have traditionally handled relations with representatives from other countries and how they go about picking representatives to communicate with those other nations. Topics covered include the protocols involved in picking and sending delegations, the recent history of building nation-to-nation relationships, Mad Bear Anderson's connection to the Cuban revolution, and how the Mohawk language explains these diplomatic concepts.
SECWEPEMC – The upcoming northern Secwepemc vote on the Northern Secwepemc te Qelmucw (NStQ) treaty is a violation of our human and indigenous right to self-determination as the Secwepemc People under Article 1 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. The Secwepemc People collectively make up a “people” with standing and those rights at international law. One subgroup cannot cede those rights, yet the governments of Canada and British Columbia are trying to divide and rule our people.
In this video, Alan Ojiig Corbiere discusses Wampum Belts and their direct relevance to the relationships between Indigenous peoples and Canada. Wampum Belts are living symbols of our treaty agreements and the honour of keeping them, among other things. The forum at which Corbiere spoke was organized by the Chippewas of Rama First Nation and took place on March 30th, 2015.
Through two federal government policies – the Comprehensive Land Claims Policy and the Inherent Rights Policy – our jurisdiction, land, and land related rights are not protected but rather continue to be denied and placed within the confines of a small box. Through these policies, Canada has imposed on us what it thinks we are entitled to: a very small percentage of our traditional territory and a one-time buy-out. This deal was tabled in November 2012. Clearly 117,000 acres which amounts to only 1.3% of our traditional territory and $300 million is a bad deal.
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.