Category: Legal Battles

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Supporters rally and stop police eviction of Anishinaabe Kwe for refusing to pay property taxes

Robyn “Kiki” Eshkibok was awoken this morning by the arrival of a sheriff and half a dozen Sault Ste. Marie police officers who tried to evict her from her home at 416 Old Garden River Rd. Eshikbok, who is from Wiikemkoong and Ketegaunseebee First Nations has been living in her home since October 2011, but ceased paying property taxes to the city after becoming aware of her Aboriginal and Treaty rights.

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OSC continues Canada’s legacy of racism

As I write this, another highly successful and high-profile Indigenous person and proud Mohawk is not only being labelled, but in my opinion, unfairly kicked while he’s down in the media, and by the powers-that-be at the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC). Even before a shred of evidence is heard in a courtroom, David Sharpe’s life as a successful CEO on Bay Street and champion of Indigenous economic development has been destroyed. David and his former company, Bridging Finance, have been tried and convicted in the court of public opinion, the careers and lives of many disrupted by a one-sided smear campaign, even before Sharpe and the Bridging team have an opportunity to defend themselves. There have been no formal allegations or Securities Act charges in the seven months since the OSC released compelled evidence contrary to their own statute and the protections provided by the Canadians Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

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WGO Podcast Culbertson Edition #2 – with Uncle Mario Baptiste

In our second episode, we sit down for a talk with Uncle Mario Baptiste, a Mohawk of the Wolf Clan living in Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory.

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Thunder Beach Resident welcomes Indigenous Encampment on Property

Two weeks after being arrested for Mischief for occupying private property on Nottawaga Beach in Tiny Township, Anishinaabe Land Defender Johnny Hawk of Gchimnissing Anishinabek (Beausoleil First Nation) has set up a fourth encampment, this time on Private Property in Thunder Beach.

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Constitutional expert calls on the Ontario government to launch an inquiry into the Ontario Securities Commission

First Nations leader and constitutional expert Del Riley today called on the Ontario government to launch an inquiry into the Ontario Securities Commission’s handling of its investigation into Bridging Finance Inc. and its former CEO, David Sharpe.

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Johnny Hawke arrested for exercising his rights in bringing attention to stolen Anishinaabe land

Anishinaabe man is charged with “mischief” for exercising constitutionally protected Aboriginal and Treaty Rights through use of a “Mobile Heritage Centre” to draw attention to Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister’s cottage on stolen native lands. UN-SURRENDERED...

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Economic Reconciliation or Economic Retaliation?

The destruction of a multi-billion dollar Indigenous company in an ex-parte hearing without even the option to mount a defense is a trampling not only of Mr. Sharpe’s constitutionally protected rights, but also of the broader rights of all Indigenous peoples to develop their own economies and institutions free from colonial domination.

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Nov 16 2020 – Livestream update from #1492landbacklane

Skyler Williams will be providing an update on the situation at #1492landbacklane live on Real People’s Media on 87.9FM in Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory at 8:30pm tonight. The interview will be live-streamed to all Real People’s Media social platforms. #landback

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“You’re an Indian and therefore we own you” – Reflections on the Pipestone tobacco raids

Everyone, including us, were expecting a raid… but it didn’t happen. TV crews were out in full force interviewing all afternoon to keep themselves occupied. When we finally did get raided a week later, we had an interesting phone conversation with a provincial tax representative.

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Constitutional Challenge brings Crown to Anishinaabe Lodge

John Hawke, an Anishinaabe man belonging to the Atik (Caribou Clan) self-represented himself in an Ontario court on Oct 27th 2020, and succeeded in getting the Crown and Judge to agree to resolve the dispute following the protocol of his Clan’s lodge.