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The Burtch lands and the conflict at Six Nations

Flags, signs and a discarded injunction mark the entrance to the contested Burtch lands. Photo by Tom Keefer. By Rhonda Martin SIX NATIONS – It's not exactly news that the Six Nations Elected Council (SNEC) is actively working against the interests of the Ǫgwehǫweh people of Six Nations. The Elected Council’s…
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On the symbolism and meaning of the Tyendinaga Police badge

The Tyendinaga Police badge. By Tom Keefer TYENDINAGA MOHAWK TERRITORY – Tyendinaga Police Chief Ron Maracle recently showed up in person and armed to demand that Kanyenkehaka (Mohawk) dispensaries providing cannabis to a primarily non-native clientele, immediately shutter their doors. Maracle represents a policing agency jointly funded by the elected…
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Tyendinaga Longhouse meets to discuss cannabis issue

Social media advertisement released by the Kenhteke Cannabis Association. By Tom Keefer TYENDINAGA MOHAWK TERRITORY – Over 60 people gathered in the Longhouse in Tyendinaga on Wednesday, July 19th to discuss the issue of cannabis use and sales in the territory. The meeting was called after Ron Maracle, the Chief…
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Kenhteke Cannabis Association delivers statement to OPP

Runners from the Kenhteke Cannabis Association deliver a statement to OPP officer Simon Owen on Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory on Tuesday morning. TYENDINAGA MOHAWK TERRITORY – Runners on behalf of a newly formed group of cannabis providers delivered a strong and clear message to the Tyendinaga OPP on Tuesday morning. Their…
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New petition calls on the federal government to honour the treaties with Indigenous peoples

Justin Panos of CUPE 3903, Gretta Vosper of West Hill United Church, Gary Wassaykeesic of Mishkeegogamang First Nation, and Steve Watson, Unifor (retired). Photo by Tom Keefer. SCARBOROUGH – As Canada nears its 150th birthday, not every community in the country has equal cause to celebrate. For that reason, a United…
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“This is the future” – Medicine Wheel Natural Healing

By Tom Keefer The revolution in natural Indigenous healing associated with the cannabis plant has taken another significant step forward. Readers may be familiar with the booming medical cannabis industry in Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, where there has been an explosive growth of Indigenous run cannabis dispensaries. That movement has inspired…
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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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