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The colonial framework of the “Cannabis Control Act”

Here’s the details of how the MBQ’s “Cannabis Control Act” is based on Canadian Federal and Provincial laws that violate the customs, treaties, and constitutionally protected rights of Mohawk people. Section –  The regulation applies to “all persons and business entities” on Tyendinaga Mohawk – The regulation prohibits the cannabis…
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Why the MBQ has no right to create or enforce a “Cannabis Control Law” on Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory

On Thursday, September 12th, 2019 at 7pm, the MBQ is calling for a Cannabis Community Meeting to present and ratify the final version of its Cannabis Control Law. The MBQ’s proposed “Cannabis Control Act” is an attempt to disrupt the Mohawk cannabis industry in Tyendinaga and to put it under…
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August 17th – Kanonhstaton Call For Support

Sign at Kanonhstaton. Photograph by Gary Wassaykeesic, August 2017. The following is a communique received by Real People's Media from those at Kanonhstaton.  August 17th, 2017 Kanonhstaton Call For Support Preamble: In 2006, as a result of the encroachment on our lands and failure to uphold the Haldimand Proclamation of…
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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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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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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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The British Crown, Canada 150, and the Onkwehon:we a Kanien’kehá: ka perspective

Real People's Media is proud to announce that Kanien'kehá:ka elders Ateronhiata:kon (Francis Boots) and Kanasaraken (Loran Thompson) will be speaking at two public events over the Victoria Day long weekend. The first event is being held in Hamilton from 6-8pm on Sunday May 21st at the Tower social space, located…
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NYS Ignores Senecas and Budgets In Gaming Revenue:  Ignorance, Arrogance or intimidation?

By John Kane | April 29, 2017 First, let's put the simple facts out there: in all of the legalese, questions of fairness, who is regulating who, what is permitted and what is agreed upon; the one thing that is definitive and indisputable is that there is no mention of…
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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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Water protector Todd Williams faces court battle with Enbridge over Onkwehon:we rights

By Tom Keefer HAMILTON – Todd Williams, a Cayuga man of the Snipe Clan, was in Superior Court on Wednesday April 26th, facing a legal action initiated by the Enbridge corporation. Williams and another Six Nations man, Wayne Hill are in court because they have exercised their Onkwehon:we rights to hunt…
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