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.
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.
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.
LAFAYETTE – A gathering to discuss the duties, rights and responsibilities of the title holders and the people in relation to the Gayanenhsa'gonah was held on March 19th, 2016. Speakers including Kanasaraken, Ateronhiatakon and Tekarontake were invited to speak to the people about how the Gayanenhsa'gonah could be restored. The presentations were filmed by Wandeyu Estrada-Goeman.
TORONTO – Arthur Manuel is a Secwepemc-Ktunaca activist. He discusses colonization in Canada and how this systemically impoverished Indigenous Peoples for generations. If Canada is going to renew its relationship with Indigenous Peoples it must recognize the colonial relationship it has with Indigenous Peoples. Canada must recognize that this colonial relationship gives Indigenous Peoples the right to self-determination. This will become clearer when Canada celebrates 150 years of its settler colonial relationship with Britain in 2017.
MALHEUR – The Ammon Bundy-led armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon is all about who has rights to the land. Dena Takruri speaks with the local Native American Paiute tribe, who tell AJ+ it's their ancestral land and that the men must leave. Shot by video journalist Jessica Sherry.
In this video presentation Sakej Ward defines a Warrior's responsibility. He indicates that these responsibilities include being to look after his people and the land and preparing for the next seven generations. Sakej states that warriors have a sacred responsibility to manage the land and ensure that nature is taken care of. When there is a threat that will impact everything around you somebody needs to stand up, and it is the responsibility of these warriors to take action.
GANIENKEH – This video takes you behind the scenes in the Mohawk community of Ganienkeh. Ganienkeh was established as an "Independent Indian Republic" in the 1970s and operates according to cooperative economic principles and according to the Kayenere:kowa. The people of Ganienkeh are unapologetic about following their own ways, and they are a living example that it is possible for Onkwehon:we people to take back their lands and live upon them on their own terms.