nation-to-nation

Operation "Mygale" and "Contraband" Tobacco

Operation "Mygale" and "Contraband" Tobacco

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.

A Condor Lands on Eagle Hill

A Condor Lands on Eagle Hill

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.

Onkwehon:we Protocols for International Relations

Onkwehon:we Protocols for International Relations

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.

The Secwepemc Treaty Vote is a Human Rights Violation

The Secwepemc Treaty Vote is a Human Rights Violation

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.

The Underlying Importance of Wampum Belts

The Underlying Importance of Wampum Belts

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.

First Autonomous Indigenous Government in Peru Created

First Autonomous Indigenous Government in Peru Created

The Wampis people of Peru recently created the nation’s first Autonomous Indigenous Government, which does not seek independence from Peru but intends to protect their rights and their territory.

The Heart Break of Algonquin Genocide

The Heart Break of Algonquin Genocide

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.

Sakej Ward - Decolonizing the Colonizer

Sakej Ward - Decolonizing the Colonizer

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.