The What's Going On Podcast

Kanenhariyo speaking at the 2014 Social Forum Gathering in Ottawa. 

Kanenhariyo speaking at the 2014 Social Forum Gathering in Ottawa. 

Kanenhariyo is a Kanyenkehaka (Mohawk) man of the Tehana’karieneh family who is currently facing a $629,000 fine and six months in jail for transporting tobacco between Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory and Six Nations of the Grand River Territory. 

Kanyenkehaka (Mohawk) people have used tobacco as both medicine and a trade good for millenia and have every right to transport it across their own territories without interference. 

Kanenhariyo has launched a podcast called "What's going on?" to tell his story and to explore the issue of the Canadian criminalization of Onkwehon:we tobacco production. Listen to or watch the podcast in order to learn more about Kanenhariyo's legal situation, the movement to call upon Canada to respect and honor the Two Row Wampum and the Silver Covenant Chain, and to find out what's going on with Onkwehon:we people today. You can support the efforts of the podcast by making a contribution at 


WGO 1 - Kanenhariyo introduces the problem and asks for some help

In this episode of the podcast, Kanenhariyo introduces the problem he is facing and asks Two Row Times founders Jonathan Garlow and Tom Keefer for some assistance. 


WGO 1.5 - Kanenhariyo's first day in court

Kanenhariyo has just returned from his first day in court, and he's feeling kind of bummed out about the experience. He and Tom catch up on what's going on. 


WGO 2 - The trials and tribulations of the Canadian judicial system

Over at the Red Door studios, Kanenhariyo explains his predicament and a discussion ensues on questions of sovereignty and relationships between the Onkwehon:we and Canadian people. 


WGO 3 - The Onkwehon:we relationship to tobacco with Tekarontake


Kanenhariyo, Tom and special guest Tekarontake of Kahnawake gather together in the basement to discuss the history of the Onkwehon:we relationship to tobacco. 


WGO 4 - The student visit

In February, a group of students from the Canadian Roots exchange visited Kanenhariyo's house and heard presentations from Kanenhariyo, Jonathan Garlow, and Tom Keefer on questions of allyship and solidarity. Audio was recorded on February 17th, 2015.


WGO 5 – A conversation with students at WLU

Kanenhariyo, Jonathan and Tom were invited to speak at panel discussion held by the Ontario Public Interest Research Group at Wilfred Laurier University. They discuss the questions of allyship and what solidarity means. Note, this is an edited version of the event.  


WGO 6 - Is Bill C51 more of the same, or a new era of state repression?

Kanenhariyo and Tom discuss the possible implications of Bill C51 and what in the heck is going on with Stephen Harper's plans for world domination.


WGO 7 - The Day After The Ecuador Rally In Washington

After a 14 hour bus ride back from a historic rally in Washington where over 100 Onkwehon:we people came out to stand with their Ecuadorian brothers and sisters, Kanenhariyo and Tom eat lunch with Kanenhariyo's family and discuss the significance of what just happened. 


WGO 8 - The Silver Covenant Chain

Kanenhariyo and Tom talk together on Tuesday, May 19th, 2015 about the legal status of the case and strategies for fundraising. The first 16 minutes or so are spent talking about the legal strategy and framing of the case, and the latter half gets into how you can support the campaign. 


WGO 9 - The Deyodyohkwahnhasta

Easily on of the best of our shows, Episode 9 of the What's Going On Podcast was held at Oneida of the Thames territory on May 6th 2015. The topic of discussion was the Deyodyohkwahnhasta – the people's wampum – a movement to re-unify the 49 Haudenosaunee families that unified to make up the Iroquois Confederacy.


WGO 10 - The speech of the Venezuelan Ambassador to the Mohawk Longhouse

On April 8th 2015, the Venezuelan Ambassador to Canada, Wilmer Barrientos, came to the Mohawk Longhouse on 5th Line for dinner and a social dance. The ambassador made a profound and historic speech which is reproduced here in its entirety. 


WGO 11 - Kanenhariyo's Speech To The Venezuelan Ambassador

This is the full audio of the April 8th speech given by Kanenhariyo in response to the speech made by Venezuelan Ambassador Wilmer Barrientos at the Mohawk longhouse on 5th line at Six Nations. 


WGO 12 - Quick Update On Where Things Are At

With strong backing vocals from the local bullfrog community, Kanenhariyo and Tom do a quick recap of the Kanenhariyo Defence Committee that just happened, and talk about what's next for the campaign. 


WGO 13 - Craig Blacksmith's Hunger Strike Against The Indian Act

Craig Blacksmith of the Dakota Nation joins us on the podcast to tell us about his hunger strike against the Indian Act. Craig is striking due to the Apartheid nature of the Indian Act which dehumanizes and oppresses Indigenous people. He spoke with us over the phone on Friday, June 19th.


WGO 14 - Tobacco In Tyendinaga With Andrew Martin

Kanenhariyo sits down with Andrew Martin, a business owner from Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory to discuss his case and tobacco politics in the community. This recording was made on Saturday, June 27, 2015.