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Ateronhiata:kon (Francis Boots) and Kanasaraken (Loran Thompson) speaking in Hamilton and Toronto

The May 21 and May 22 long weekend was marked by two successful events organized by Real People's Media in Hamilton and Toronto. Kanien'kehá:ka elders Ateronhiata:kon (Francis Boots) and Kanasaraken (Loran Thompson) gave talks on the topic of "The British Crown, Canada 150, and the Onkwehon:we. The video of the Hamilton event…
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How Canada set up Aboriginal treaties to keep First Nations down

The following is excerpted from "Canada’s Colonial Constitution," an essay by John Borrows, published in The Right Relationship: Reimagining the Implementation of Historical Treaties. The book, from University of Toronto press, comprises scholarly essays on the history of First Nations treaties with Canada and on the challenges they present today. By…
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‘Status Indians’ face threat of extinction

By Nicholas Keung | Toronto Star | Sun., May 10, 2009 Many First Nations communities will die out within a few generations, in terms of registered Indians. Because of intermarriage, some communities will see their last status Indian born as soon as 2012. Leaning against a creamy white war monument on the…
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Canada’s prisons are the ‘new residential schools’

A months-long investigation reveals that at every step, Canada’s justice system is set against Indigenous people By Nancy Macdonald | Macleans | February 18, 2016 Canada’s crime rate just hit a 45-year low. It’s been dropping for years—down by half since peaking in 1991. Bizarrely, the country recently cleared another benchmark, when…
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150th anniversary lays bare anger of indigenous Canadians not invited to first party

By JIM COYLE | Toronto Star | Sat., April 1, 2017 When there’s trouble in a family, it’s usually on the ritual occasions — weddings, birthdays, funerals — that the rift is most visible, the screaming absence of estranged members as obvious as missing teeth in a smile. For indigenous people in…
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“A Revolution in Indian Country” Patricia Monture speaks at 2005 Youth Think Tank

Professor Monture uses her own experience to talk about empowerment, "a revolution in Indian country".   Thunder in her soul – Remembering Patricia A. Monture Tuesday, December 7, 2010 By Malinda S. Smith, Vice President, Equity Her Mohawk name was ‘Aywahande,’ or “the one who speaks first or gets things…
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Interculture Magazine: Western and Mohawk political cultures, a study in contrast

The Mohawk Nation and its Communities by Robert Vachon Interculture is an an International Journal of Intercultural and Transdisciplinary Research that was established in 1968. This article is a followup to the first examining "major sociological facts" of the Mohawk Nation. This section examines the differences between Western and Mohawk…
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Complete List of Dispensary Raids Since Trudeau Took Power

Police raid dispensary in Toronto. Reprinted from Dankr, along with help from Freddie Pritchard, have assembled as complete a list as possible of the dispensaries that have been raided by police across Canada since Justin Trudeau was elected Prime Minister. As of Feb. 6th, 2016 there have been 141 dispensary raids…
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Gary Wassaykeesic at Black Lives Matter protest in Toronto

Gary Wassaykeesic. Photo by Michael Toledano | Reposted from the blog of Michael Toledano with permission. March 30, 2016. Every day Gary Wassaykeesic climbs onto this statue at Toronto Police headquarters, unfurls the Two Row Wampum, Haudenosaunee Confederacy, and Unity flags, and announces aloud “this is Iroquois land.” For the past…
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