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Hochelaga: the mystery village of the Iroquois

Darren Bonaparte examines the hidden history of Hochelaga, a village of over a thousand people on the present island of Montreal, where Jacques Cartier first met the Iroquois people.  By Darren Bonaparte | Canada's History | May 9, 2017 Before there was Montréal, there was Hochelaga – A sixteenth-century agricultural community…
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The Most Important Day in the Last 10,000 Years

The Zapatistas have organized a National Indigenous Congress. That congress is now proposing an Indigenous women for president in the Mexican election of 2018, as part of an ongoing "campaign for life and the reconstruction of our country which is being torn to shreds." by QUINCY SAUL | Counterpunch | June 14,…
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Leaked documents reveal counterterrorism tactics used at Standing Rock to “Defeat pipeline insurgencies”

A shadowy international mercenary and security firm known as TigerSwan targeted the movement opposed to the Dakota Access Pipeline with military-style counterterrorism measures, collaborating closely with police in at least five states, according to internal documents obtained by The Intercept. The documents provide the first detailed picture of how TigerSwan,…
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Spies in our midst: RCMP and CSIS snoop on green activists

  By Bruce Livesey | National Observer | May 5 2017 This is the first installment in a two-part investigative series on governments, spies, and the oil and gas industry to be published by the National Observer “Mr. Tremblay, do you remember me?” Ron Tremblay was just walking out of the…
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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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Sharing the Laws of the Land presentation Teyotsihstokwáthe Dakota Brant

From the Walrus Talks National Tour: We Desire a Better Country. Recorded April 22nd, 2017 in the Confederation Centre of the Arts in Charlottetown. The Walrus Talks National Tour is a Canada 150 Signature Initiative and would not be possible without our sponsors. Teyotsihstokwáthe Dakota Brant is a Mohawk woman…
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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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America’s Drug Of Choice: It’s Not What You Think

By Kathryn J. Lively, PhD, | Huffington Post| April 6, 2017 Here’s a question: What drug is the most addictive, least regulated, and most widely endorsed by our culture? Not heroin or cocaine. Not tobacco. Not even alcohol. You might want to put down your caramel ice decaf coffee while you read…
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To Wisconsin with Love: Offerings on water, land, and culture

This film is a cautionary story about communities under siege from extractive industry. Using the history of mining and the recent Elk River contamination in West Virginia as a reference, the film looks at the developing story of a proposed mine in the Penokee Hills of Wisconsin. The site is…
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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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