US paid for border training in Israel for US and Canada

US paid for border training in Israel for US and Canada

Mohawk Nation News today reports on Canada’s training in Israel for border security. This follows the news that the University of Arizona has been co-opted by Homeland Security for dollars, placing Homeland Security agents on campus and designing lasers shot at migrants’ arteries. The University of Arizona earlier violated the rights of Apache and other Native Americans who struggled to protect sacred Mount Graham from the desecration of telescopes, which was carried out by the university with backing from the Pope.

Recently, US Homeland Security paid for border security training in Israel, for both Canada and the United States. With Israel’s history of Apartheid, the human rights travesties inflicted by Israel on Palestinians, and Israel’s Apartheid border wall, this should alarm everyone in the world. The Mohawks, and others battling for true sovereignty and human rights, are among the first to be targeted.



Canada to examine disappeared children at residential schools

Canada to examine disappeared children at residential schools

Schools commission to examine ‘disappearances of children’
Article Comments (44) BILL CURRY AND JOE FRIESEN

From Tuesday’s Globe and Mail October 27, 2008 at 8:01 PM EDT
OTTAWA and TORONTO — The commission examining Indian residential schools is launching a massive new research project to find out who is buried on school grounds and what happened to the young aboriginal boys and girls who left for boarding schools and never returned home.

Kimberly Phillips, a spokesperson for Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, said the expanded research has been approved by Claudette Dumont-Smith, one of the commissioners.

The “Missing Children Research Project,” as it has been named, will include “an examination of the number and cause of deaths, illnesses and disappearances of children at the residential schools as well as the location of burial sites,” Ms. Phillips said.

Ms. Phillips said researchers will go through all relevant church and federal government records to find information that will help families looking for lost children. They will also prepare a questionnaire, and encourage former students and people who worked at the schools to come forward with their stories.
According to a commission document obtained by The Globe and Mail, one option involves “visiting residential school sites where graves of Missing Children are located or the cemeteries near the schools where Missing Children have been buried.”

Tuberculosis was the most common reason cited for deaths at schools across the country, however, survivors have said that rumours have circulated over the years that some of the forgotten children died of neglect, abuse or even murder.

The project is viewed internally as highly daunting, given the sheer volume of material available and number of former students willing to talk. It will build on preliminary research that The Globe reported on Monday.

That research confirmed that several residential schools had graveyards on site, that children at some schools were tasked with digging graves, and that some of those cemeteries were unmarked or had only anonymous white crosses.

AFN national chief Phil Fontaine said through his lawyer yesterday that the documents featured in The Globe underscore the need for a commission to continue gathering the complete history of residential schools.

“This is the very kind of issue that needs to be raised,” John Phillips said. “It’s the reason the Truth and Reconciliation Commission was created.”

That view was echoed by Mike Cachagee, who says he buried the first of four classmates when he was eight years old at Saint John’s Indian Residential School in Chapleau, Ont., and then at Moose Factory Indian Residential School in Moose Factory, Ont.

He said he was told the children died of tuberculosis.

Mr. Cachagee, who chairs the National Residential School Survivors’ Society, said former students want these graves identified so they can better understand their family histories.

“We can’t just have our people planted in the ground and forgotten about,” he said. “That’s basically what they did.”

The missing children project has been given the green light as a key meeting is scheduled for Wednesday in Toronto to sort out the controversy over the surprise resignation of commission chairman Mr. Justice Harry LaForme and to map a way forward.

Mr. Phillips will represent the AFN, and lawyers for the federal government, churches and former students will also attend.

There are many differences of opinion heading into the meeting. The federal government wants a legal clarification of the role and powers of the three commissioners. In his resignation letter, Judge LaForme had said there was disagreement over whether the chairman can overrule the two commissioners or whether the three individuals must operate on consensus or majority rule.

Judge LaForme has also claimed that the two other commissioners disagreed with his view that reconciliation should take precedence over digging up truth from the past.

A source close to the process said one of the principal questions to be addressed is whether commissioners Jane Brewin Morley and Ms. Dumont-Smith should be replaced, in light of Justice LaForme’s acrimonious departure.

“You’d have to be crazy to step into the remnants of such a dysfunctional situation,” the source said.
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Canada and the Criminalization of Indigenous Rights

Canada and the Criminalization of Indigenous Rights

As you have probably heard me mention on more than a few occasions now, in 2007 the United Nations passed a document known as the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Of the states of the world, only the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand voted against the non-binding resolution. Not all that surprising given that all four states are historically colonial-settler states that were established by white European colonists on Indigenous land. All four are also currently involved in long-standing disputes with the Indigenous peoples over land and sovereignty.
In all four of these states, including Canada, the history is one of colonial states that were built on the theft and occupation of Indigenous lands and the extermination of the peoples populating them, by disease, warfare and cultural domination. To this day the Canadian state continues to benefit from its unjustly acquired assets. In order to defend itself and its unjust state oppression, the Canadian government has equipped with an ultra-security state apparatus. Canada has more often than not used these repressive and suppressive anti-terrorist and security measures to strike hardest, and most often, against those people who the most to gain by assaulting Canada’s ingrained injustice and state terror, namely aboriginal nations and their legitimate struggle for their ancestral lands, and for their dignity.

Though the Canadian state has been essentially at war with the Indigenous peoples of the land since the first colonists arrived, the Oka Rebellion of 1990 reignited much of the militancy of the Indian movement that had been lost in the wake of the collapse of the Red Power movement in the 1960s and 1970s. When the Mohawks of Quebec stood with arms against further encroachment onto their sacred and ancestral lands (to build a golf-course of all things) it fulfilled the saying by Mao that “a single spark can start a prairie fire” as it ignited an upswing in radial militancy by the Indian nations of Canada. This can be seen in the recent cases of Indigenous protests in Ontario in opposition to state authorized resource extraction on Indian lands. The Indians of the Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug First Nation, despite having legitimate demands for sovereignty and decision-making power over their own traditional lands, their warriors and protesters have seen incarceration by the state, most notably Robert Lovelace and the KI-6 , all of whom have received harsh fines and 6 months in jail for peacefully protesting against mineral exploration on the lands of KI and Ardoch Algonquin First Nation (AAFN). We also cannot forget the ongoing Caledonia land dispute that is happening in Southwest Ontario (about an hour from Waterloo, where I am located) between the Indians of the Six Nations Haudenosaunee Confederacy and the developers of the Douglas Creek Estates, which is part of a larger land dispute over the entire Grand River Valley.

Out in Western Canada, the province of British Columbia was one that was settled and colonized by Euro-Canadians without treaties between the indigenous inhabitants and settlers. The result has been that B.C. has become a hotbed of Indigenous militancy because a large swaths of the province remain unceded, and many of the indigenous peoples have never surrendered their claim of sovereignty over these lands. In the southern interior of the province, the Secwepemc people have been involved in a long standing struggle with the Sun Peaks mega ski resort northeast of Kamloops. Back in 2004, in the months of August and September, some 200 Indians and their supporters rallied against the expansion of the ski resort. The result was that the B.C. Supreme Court granted Sun Peaks a court injunction that excluded the Indian people from using 846 hectares of their own traditional territory, and on September 21st that year, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police went in and dismantled their camp, arresting three Indigenous protesters. This is just one example of many of the continued denial of Indian sovereignty by the colonial-settler state. It is an injustice and a violation of the United Nations Declaration on Rights of Indigenous Peoples, however, many attempts by First Nations peoples to redress the injustices committed against them by the state have been met with state, police, and at times military repression (as was the case in Oka).

On the territory of the Tyendinaga Mohawks we have witnessed a sweeping crack down their community members in an attempt to retard and deflect attempts by the community to establish a real resistance to the further development of the Culbertson Tract, a long standing land claim of the Tyendinaga Mohawks. In order to shut down all resistence within the Mohawk nation to development of their traditional lands, the Federal Government of Canada has dumped millions of tax payer dollars into police actions, and the RCMP have stated government intentions to “fight contraband in three Mohawk communities (including Tyendinaga), which he [Stockwell Day] said is funding organized crime and possibly even terrorists.” The charge of “terrorism” has a history of being used to justify extreme violations of human rights by both settler governments in Canada and the U.S. against racially profiled communities they deem threats to the security of the colonial, capitalist, white supremacist, patriarchal state. The allegation that Mohawks are harbouring, or are themselves, terrorists is a dangerous and racist one, but it is not a new tactic by the government in Ottaw, as it was used against the Mohawk Warrior Society following their heroic stand against the state at Oka.

Across all of Northern Turtle Island (Canada) the upcoming Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics has come to be seen by many in Indian country as a real and serious threat to the Indigenous people and lands of not just British Colombia, but in the whole of Canada. Indigenous resistance to Olympic development on unceded Coast Salish and other lands has been criminalized in order to ensure prospective Olympic tourists and investors that they, and their investments, will be safe. A notorious example of this was the punishment of Indian Warrior Harriet Nahanee, a Pedachat elder that found herself sentenced to provincial jail for contempt of court for playing a part in the Sea-to-Sky highway expansion protest at Eagleridge bluffs. Later she passed away as a result of pneumonia and resulting complications at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver on Feb. 24th, one month after her sentence. It is suspected by many in Indian country that Nahanee’s condition became worsened during her incarceration at the Surrey Pre-Trial centre. However, as can and should be expected, Solicitor-General John Les denied any government responsibility in her death and has refused requests from the community for an inquiry.

As of July of 2008, the Ontario Court of Appeal ruled in favour of the KI and AAFN, upholding their right to be consulted regarding any development on their traditional land. The ruling, relevant to the cases mentioned above where court injunctions were used to quell and criminalize indigenous dissent, made a clear statement that private parties must not seek court injunctions as a first response to prevent protest action of First Nations with legitimate aboriginal rights. However, despite this victory in the state’s court system for the KI and AAFN, it remains for the colonial governments to interpret the court ruling.

Democracy! Liberty! Justice!

Rowland Keshena

Canada: Indigenous Femicide on the Spotlight

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Through Women Make Movies we were made aware about a Canadian documentary which is bringing to public attention the disappearances and murders of more than 500 aboriginal women in Canada in the past 30 years. The film is called Finding Dawn by Christine Welsh. The movie is named after Dawn Crey, who was the 23rd victim whose DNA was recognized in the largest serial murder investigation in Canada back in 2002-2004. The film focuses on this story and others, as well as the reports and complaints regarding the authorities’ inaction regarding the murders and disappearances of these native Canadian women and the struggles the families of these women face on their road to find justice.

The clips to this film and others relating to femicide (the killing of women and girls) can be found in the Citizen Shift website’s dossier on the subject. The first clip from Finding Dawn shows the case of Dawn Crey in Vancouver:

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The second video shows us Yellowhead Highway, a lonely stretch of road that connects many different towns, where so many women have disappeared or been killed that it has become known as the Highway of Tears.

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The third and last clip from the movie focuses on Doleen Kay Bosse, a woman whose family has spent years searching for an explanation to her disappearance, wondering why the authorities haven’t taken seriously the reports of missing aboriginal women.

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First Nations Strategic Bulletin August 2008

First Nations Strategic Bulletin August 2008

August 18, 2008

After a bit of a break, the First Nations Strategic Policy Counsel has resumed its monthly publication, the First Nations Strategic Bulletin.

Issues in this month’s bulletin include: an analysis of “Canada’s War to terminate First Nations” (Harper’s apology in context), the OPP & Mohawks (w/ a transcript of the phone conversation between Shawn Brant & Julian Fantino — something you probably haven’t yet), “the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the 2010 Olympics,” and “Canada’s Tibetans: Barriere Lake & Other First Nations.”

You can download the bulletin by heading over to the Library and Archives Canada website. Back issues are available there as well.

Here’s a few excerpts from “Canada’s War to terminate First Nations,” by Russel Diabo:

My belief–which is based upon my policy experience and observations over the past three decades of First Nations-Canada relations–is that the federal government (with provincial and municipal support) is attempting to empty out (limit & restrict) the meaning (scope & content) of Aboriginal and Treaty Rights in section 35 of Canada’s constitution until it is empty or “spent”.

Instead of being recognized and affirmed as a ‘distinct order of government’ in Canada, under the current federal policy approach First Nations will eventually become ‘ethnic municipalities’.

So it is not a “conventional war” that Canada is waging against First Nations, and it is not covert, although there is a sophisticated propaganda machine in Ottawa to generate Crown public spin against First Nation interests in any dispute. The Crown war is essentially a legal-political-fiscal conflict over the interpretation/assertion/implementation of Aboriginal and Treaty Rights over lands and resources by First Nations.

The Indian Act is still used as the primary statute of control and management over “Indians and lands reserved for Indians”, along with the coercive federal-provincial fiscal arrangements.

So when Prime Minister Harper says “[t]oday, we recognize that this policy of assimilation was wrong, has caused great harm, and has no place in our country.” He is only referring to the historic Indian Residential School “system”.


In Canada, it seems First Nations and their organizations, are so dependent on funding from the federal and provincial governments that they seem to be compromised in their ability to protest or resist Crown legislation, policies or practices.

The result over the past few decades, is that more and more First Nations and their organizations, are lining up to compromise their peoples constitutionally protected, but as yet undefined, Aboriginal and Treaty Rights for some program and service dollars.

There are those First Nations who have signed the so-called “modern treaties“. These groups came together in 2003, as the “Land Claims Agreements Coalition” to protest the lack of implementation of their “modern treaties” from 1975 to now. These groups are:

• Grand Council of the Crees (Quebec)
• Council of Yukon First Nations
• Gwich’in Tribal Council
• Inuvialuit Regional Corporation
• Makivik Corporation
• Nisga’a Nation
• Nunatsiavut Government
• Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated
• The Sahtu Secretariat Incorporated
• Tlicho Government

There are also those First Nations that have compromised their constitutionally protected rights through self-government agreements like the Sechelt and West Bank Bands in British Columbia. The Union of Ontario Indians have also announced their intention to enter into a final self-government agreement in the next year or two. The results of these self-government agreements are acceptance of Crown delegated jurisdiction and authority NOT recognition of pre-existing First Nations sovereignty.


To beat Canada’s termination-extinguishment policies, fiscal coercion and neo-colonialism, it will take First Nations people on and off-reserve networking and organizing to resist and counter the Crown’s termination efforts. My advice is to do it peacefully and base your political actions on the facts, which should be documented, and if possible seek professional advice.

Remember, Ottawa has a war machine made up of compromised National Aboriginal Organizations [like the assembly of First Nations] and leaders who can support or denounce your political actions depending on their own interests. There are also the federal politicians that can support you or turn against your cause.

The federal public service outlasts the politicians and can conduct a long lasting “ground war”, meaning:
• they can inflict punishment locally by withholding funds,
they can foment dissent between community factions, or between leaders and mem-
• they can put important capital projects from the top of the pile to the bottom of the pile, among other things.

This is often why local Chief and Councils often denounce their own people for doing political actions that anger the federal and/or provincial governments who are the funding agents for First Nations. Those First Nations who are collaborating with the federal termination agenda are well funded and organized. It is the unfunded, impoverished (and likely rural or isolated) First Nations who are the most disorganized and vulnerable. This situation is not new. It has been an
ongoing problem.

The future for First Nations is within our youth. As the adults, we should be providing guidance on how First Nations got into this situation and what are our options for getting out of it. The first step is learning that the overall federal objective is to eliminate the political and legal status of First Nations, in their ongoing war on First Nations collective rights.

An Open Letter to Canada and All First Nation Leaders

An Open Letter to Canada and All First Nation Leaders

August 18, 2008

It’s well known that Canada perpetuates discrimination against indigenous people at every level of government, but what does it mean when that discrimination causes the death of innocent people? Death that is enshrouded in bureaucracy, covered up by the government, and ignored by the so-called leaders?

Shelley Brant, from the Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory in southern Ontario, reaches for an answer in this open letter:
An Open Letter to Canada and All First Nation Leaders

Wednesday August 6th, 2008

The recent questionable killing of yet another First Nations man, Craig McDougall 26 by police in Winnipeg has led me to write this letter:

How many more inquiries and bodies is it going to take???? How many more unimplemented recommendations???? How many more police lies and cover-ups supported by the governments in this so called great country before people wake up to the truth????? How many more planted weapons in the media and on our own people?????

This is the list of First Nations people killed by police across Canada and some have led to inquiries and some haven’t and is probably not even a complete list:

Frank Paul, a 47-year-old Mik’maq man – Vancouver- Vancouver police officer dragged the man, soaking wet and unconscious, from the downtown holding cells and dumped him in an alley across town. – Paul had died of hypothermia accelerated by acute alcohol poisoning.

Dudley George, aged 38, – Ipperwash – Ontario – was killed by a police sniper during a Native land protest at Ipperwash Provincial Park.

Craig McDougall 26 – Winnipeg – shot 4 times by police while on a cell phone with his girlfriend.

Matthew Dumas, an 18-year-old Anishnabe, – Winnipeg – was pepper-sprayed, shot twice and killed by a Winnipeg Police officer.

Dennis St. Paul – Norway House Cree Nation reserve – Winnipeg – shot and killed by the RCMP.

Donald Miles – Winnipeg – shot and killed by police.

Howard Fleury – Winnipeg – shot and killed by police.

John Joseph Harper – Winnipeg – shot and killed by police.

Helen Betty Osbourne 16 – The Pas- police complicity in the murder case of Cree teen The Pas Manitoba.

Neil Stone child 17 – Saskatoon – inquiry was released, stating that the Saskatoon police investigation into the 1990 freezing death of the 17-year-old – Saskatoon.

Rodney Naistus and Lawrence Wegner – Saskatoon- whose bodies were also found on the outskirts of town in February, 2000

Geronimo Fobister at the Anishnabe – Ontario – reserve of Grassy Narrows

Lorraine Jacobsen 40 – British Columbia – on a Kwagiutl reserve at Alert Bay – shot and killed by police.

Gerald Chenery, a Nisga’ man – Vancouver – was shot 12 times and killed by two Vancouver cops

Michael Langan , Metis 19 – Winnipeg- Death by police taser

You stepped into Iraq with the U.S. because of a dictator who was killing his own people, yet there is no difference between mustard gas and police bullets, they are both a permanent means of death, which makes you no better!!!!!

Perhaps someone should invade Canada and come to the aid of the First Nations people in this country who are at the mercy of it’s governments and their police forces, just as Canada comes to the aid of people in other countries for the same reasons.

I will say right now that I am ashamed to live in a country so full of hatred and racism, to the point where you can’t even trust the very people who are suppose to protect you which are the police not to shoot to kill because you are a First Nations person. There is case after case after case of First Nations people being killed by police who lie and cover up their deaths, only for the ugly truth to come out later yet they get exonerated and you would like people to think these are isolated incidents. They are not, they are country wide and you turn a blind eye because it might stain your quaint reputation.

Well I am here to tell you: your secret is out and now we know why the U.N Declaration of Indigenous Rights did not get signed by Canada don’t we. It’s because in Canada we are not considered humans so therefore why should we have any rights that might empower us??????

It is quite apparent that the lives of First Nations people mean nothing in this country and I am ashamed to say it also doesn’t mean a lot to the Native leaders of this country either. If it did the people would not be left on their own to speak out on police killings or attempts, yet they remain silent, all except one group decrying the deaths of two recent First Nations men in Winnipeg.

My point???? This going on all across Canada and where is the public outcry from the First Nations leaders???????? It’s going on right here in Ontario, where is the public outcry from the First Nations leaders?????? Have we become so colonized and politicized that the human lives of our own people boil down to who they are???? Does one life means more than another????? Are we so afraid that we might not get a vote or that the government might deny us something that we can’t even speak out and stand up for what is wrong in this country together, even when life and death is at stake??????

Silence means consent as far as I am concerned and if we have lost the meaning and value of human lives, the lives of our own people then we have completely lost who we are as a people. We might as well quit the nation talk and quit the cultural talk and quit the talk about who we are as a people because they are just words, your actions as leaders of all the nations across this country tell me there is nothing left worthy of fighting for. The only things left are an illusion and come from the outside, which has no meaning when it comes to being a First Nations person in this country. I will stand here today and say that I am no longer proud to be a Mohawk woman whose leaders can’t even stand up and do what’s right for their own people and that goes for the rest of the leaders across the country too.

I hang my head in shame at both this country and the First Nations leaders it has produced who would rather be silent than stand together with their own people who are systematically being killed by the police in this country!!!!!!!!!

Canada you can take your apology and stick it where the sun don’t shine because they are just mere words that mean nothing and perhaps in another 100 years rather than do something about the deaths of First Nations people at the hands of police now, you can apologize again!!!!!!

Shelley Brant
Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory

Discover Lessons From Canada on Storing Spent Nuclear Fuel & High-Level Radioactive Waste in a Comprehensive Comparative Report

Discover Lessons From Canada on Storing Spent Nuclear Fuel & High-Level Radioactive Waste in a Comprehensive Comparative Report

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The United States has spent more than $6 billion on the Yucca Mountain repository, and debate still rages over when or whether it will open. In contrast, Canada is close to settling on a course for burying its nuclear waste that promises none of the divisiveness that the Yucca Mountain project has spawned.

What can we learn from Canada?

This exclusive report compares and contrasts Canadas central waste depository plan with that of the United States. You’ll find out how Canadas Nuclear Waste Management Organization has built incentives and flexibility into its plan, and how it plans to overcome the political resistance to a central nuclear waste depository that has plagued the Yucca Mountain project for so long.

This useful report gives you the tools to:

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In contrast to the fiery battles in the United States, Canadas debate on the long-term disposal of nuclear waste is a more measured exercise. In summer 2007, after years of study, Canadas national government settled on a process for longterm management of nuclear waste. Known as adaptive phased management, the process is viewed as both a technical and a management framework to gradually make tough decisions about the location of spent nuclear fuel. Moreover, supporters note that the Canadian government embarked on the process after extensive public debate with everything from public hearings to online electronic dialogues. The goal is to develop a process that is open, transparent, inclusive and that is built on a solid foundation of trust, integrity and respect for Canadians and their environment, said Gary Lunn, Canadian minister of natural resources, in announcing the 2007 decision.

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