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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After Coastal Gaslink (CGL) private security illegally blocked Likht’samisyu people from their own land, Dini ze’ Dsta’hyl led a 4-day reclamation campaign throughout his territory along the pipeline route and following the historic Kweese War Trail. In observance of Wet’suwet’en trespass laws, Dini ze’ Dsta’hyl decommissioned 10 pieces of heavy construction equipment.
Upon CGL’s failure to remove equipment from Likht’samisyu land, Chief Dsta’hyl seized and decommissioned a Coastal Gaslink excavator.
Following the decommissioning of the excavator, Coastal Gaslink complied with the Hereditary Chiefs’ eviction notice within the Parrot Lake area and removed all remaining heavy equipment.
On October 16th, Lihkt’samisyu Chiefs Dsta’hyl and Tsebesa took action as Coastal Gaslink workers continued to trespass on Wet’suwet’en territory in violation of Wet’suwet’en laws and Canada’s own constitution. The Chiefs instructed Coastal Gaslink to remove all equipment from Lihkts’amisyu territory immediately, indicating that otherwise it would be decommissioned and seized by the Likht’samisyu Clan in accordance with its laws.
Bridges were being built between Save Arrowdale members and Onkwehon:we. One of the stated goals of the movement was to preserve the golf course; however, after learning more about the Haldimand Tract and land claims Heaslip admitted that “It might never be a golf course again.” Bomberry appreciates their assistance: “They’ve offered to do security at night and help out; but they have to understand that we have different rights, we are protected. You wanted it to stay green, you wanted it to stay a golf course, but I can’t promise that,” he said “You guys have it instilled in you that you have to fight legally and obey the laws, you guys will get justice in following this way, but now you’ve spent a lot of time, you’ve spent a lot of money to find out it’s to no avail; your legal system has let you down. Your politicians have let you down, they want development here.”
On September 27th, 2021, Kanenhariyo made a presentation at a panel discussion on the violation of Indigenous People’s Human Rights in Canada, the USA and Australia. The event was organized by the permanent diplomatic missions of the Republic of Belarus, the People’s Republic of China, the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea as a side event during the 48th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council on the situation of Indigenous peoples.
At the end of the Sept 18, 2021 MBQ meeting the MBQ Band Leadership, their legal team, and One Feather – the company running the vote – had a discussion about how to ensure that they got a Yes vote on the Culbertson Tract Partial Settlement. Kanenhariyo is concerned that this effort to guarantee a “yes” vote amounts to fraud and collusion and shares his thoughts – and the audio from the meeting – in the podcast.
On Friday, October 1st, Mississaugas of the Credit Medicine Wheel will be having its official grand opening from 4pm-7pm. The event will be a festive affair, with drumming, dancers, a moment of prayer, and a feast. On the menu is venison, corn soup, and fry bread. There will also be promotions and give-aways. Covid-19 protocols will be in effect.
Kanenhariyo attends the Sept 18, 2021 MBQ meeting and asks a question of the lawyer concerning the MBQ Band Council’s “Partial Settlement Agreement.” A conversation on the issues ensues.