Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Mohawks: Canada sets fire to kindling at Sharbot Lake


Mohawk Nation News
Aug. 29, 2007. The June 29th attempt to provoke
indigenous violence failed. This hasn’t stopped the existing
regime of stale dated colonial buffoons from trying to set a
match to kindling. The only trouble is we ain’t kindling. We’re
rock solid. They have the guns and pepper spray which they
use to maintain their power. We’re the ones standing on the
rock of nation-to-nation relations and mutual respect. This
knot on their brain gives them a distorted reflection of themselves
and their delusions.

On Monday August 27th Judge Gordon Thomson ignored his
duty to be impartial. How could he. He sits on the other side
of the table. Acting as a puppet of Frontenac Ventures and their
corporate and government backers, he forgot that there is no
evidence that the Algonquins ever relinquished their land and
jurisdiction. In full colonial form, he corralled the OPP to serve
the short sighted greed of his masters. He issued the order to
remove the Algonquins from their land. They have been protesting
the incursions of Frontenac Ventures and their plot to mine uranium
on their land.

Chief Randy Cota has been “reassigned” to duty as an OPP
officer in Orillia. His “superiors” ordered him to stay away from
and not communicate with the protest camp site and his people
“for his own good”. OPP officer McPhearson said, "It wouldn't
be fair to subject him to something. We have to help Randy to
maneuver between both his positions”. Why?

This may be an astute move. The legality of being an OPP officer
and a chief is questionable. It’s a conflict between the two worlds.
Just like Canadians no longer allow judges to be Members of

Let’s get this straight. No traditional indigenous person would kill
another, even if they are dressed like the enemy. This confused
the British and French when they were fighting each other and
trying to get us to join their respective factions a couple of
centuries ago.

With Randy we would do what President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela
did in 2002. The oligarchy had conducted a coup, deposed his
government and instated martial law. The people put Chavez back
in. He gave his CIA backed detractors amnesty and told them they
are free as long as they follow the people’s law. The OPP are trying
to justify what they are going to do by making plans behind our backs.
They are not inviting us to talk with them about our disagreement about
the status of our land and their rights on it. They are instead getting out
their guns and flak jackets, polishing their pepper spray cans, and
running to their judges to get stamps of approval for their illegal actions.

The Algonquins are an independent nation, that never agreed to become
part of Canada. It is well established in international law that a large
nation cannot take over a small nation without the fully informed consent
of its people. If Canada thinks it has rights to sell to greedy carpet
baggers like Frontenac Ventures, than it better get out their documentation
to prove it. We all know they ain’t got nothing except their guns and bluff.

We are always open to meeting people on an equal human-to-human
basis. We know that everyone has a voice. Everyone’s circumstances
need to be considered.

There were quite a few settlers at the protest site yesterday. Most of
them work in Ottawa. Many of them have big homes on Algonquin land.
They appreciate the natural character of the land which the Algonquins
wish to maintain.

We share concerns about the environment and human decency. The
more they mix with us, the more they learn. No, we’re not gangsters. A
group of women met with Ardoch Chief Harold Perry. From the beginning
they wanted to act in solidarity and set up a tent city along the road allowance.
They want the public to know that it is not just Algonquins or adolescent
protestors who oppose the uranium mine. Solid Canadian citizens want a
clean healthy life too. Harold, Bob Lovelace and others agreed.

Settlers feared getting arrested. Many are becoming less afraid. They see
the bigger picture that supporting us is part of supporting their democratic
rights. This is the last frontier for them. They don’t have to lie down and let
unprincipled corporate greed walk all over them.

Mainstream Canadians remain naïve about the scams that have become
standard practice in some departments of their government. We know
that the next move by the OPP and their masters or whoever pulls the
strings will try to put a wedge between them and us. They want the public
to think that we are the rabble rousers. They will dress up as basic red
necks, shit disturbers like skinheads, Brown Shirts and KKK. They will
hire expensive spin doctors to manage the media to fool the Canadian
public and turn them against us. Anything, to avoid an honest straight
forward simple nation to nation discussion.

The OPP “Major Events Liaison Team” MELT arrived. It sounds like they
are trying to set up a training exercise or another Chernobyl. A major
concern was whether Frontenac Ventures would bring in their own "police"
or “mercenaries” if the OPP “fail” to carry out the “evacuation” of the protesters.
The Algonquins reminded them they are not leaving the land of their ancestors
and of their coming generations!

Frontenac is nothing but a “for-profit” paper created corporation that is being
given a beating heart by phony permits and licenses from those other paper made
corporations - Ontario and Canada. These man-made monsters are propped
up by "government" agencies and armed forced. The judge is lying when he pretends
that Frontenac has a life and then pits this rigged organization against living breathing
human beings who have been on our land since time immemorial. The judge is in
fact setting up a massive gang rape of the current and future generations of our people,
of our land and even of his own "Canadian" people.

These fraud has to be recognized. these fiends have to be disarmed of their
arms and legs - the financial, military and judicial apparatus
which are being used in an attempt to gobble us up. We just have to follow our original
instructions to deal with these monstrously artificial constructs that have been concocted
out of paper.

The meeting took place in the gazebo outside the gate with all present standing
around in a circle and certain ones sitting in the inner circle. It was not private
or secret like the meetings that we know must be going on among various
colonial government agencies.

When the 2 OPP arrived to be part of a peace meeting, Inspector McPhearson
was told to get rid of his gun. Nobody else came armed except with our will to
deal fairly. He went in a huff and made a great show of locking his gun belt in
the trunk of his car. As every mother knows, kids sometime fuss about behaving
themselves in mixed company. By the way, the front wheel of his cruiser was
sticking out onto the road ready to be accidentally hit by a passerby. He not
only flunked “Negotiations 101” and PVO. He did not learn how to park.

The meeting opened with a smudge, pipe smoking and talking feather. Chief
Doreen, Chief Paula Sherman, Lily, Mitchell, Harold, Don, Bob, a Native woman
who is a lawyer offering pro bono, OPP McPhearson and OPP Mike Forrester
took part. The Algonquin warriors stood in the outer circle and spoke up whenever
they had something to say.

From the beginning, McPhearson said, “We will tell you ahead of time of any
actions we may take or any change in plan”. Friends and supporters worldwide,
this makes it obvious that he and his managers intend to continue violating our
rights by making decisions without consulting us. What he really meant was “We
reserve the right to surprise attack you any time of the day or night like we did at
Six Nations, but this time we will win. You won't know what hit you and we reserve
the right to change the plan at any time”. In other words, he is totally ignorant of both
international law and the support that has been given to this standard of consultation
by the Supreme Court of Canada over the last 20 years.

The sheriff was to deliver the revised injunction as early as Tuesday afternoon,
August 28th. OPP Mike Forrester told us, “I give you my word, when anything
changes, I’ll make sure a message gets to you”. Yeah! Sure, we’ve heard seen
that before. Their message is usually in the form of tear gas, pepper spray and
police invasions. In OPP sneak-speak, this means, “My word means nothing.
You can count on it. We intend to use you for target practice, just like we did with
Dudley George”. This time they don’t want to get caught. Their game has not
changed. Their still playing “cowboys and injuns” and “might makes right”

He said, “We are bound by the law but the judge gave us discretionary options”.
Isn’t this a contradiction? This means, “We can do what we want. We’ll be nice
if you obey our commands. Or we can blast you from here to kingdom come”.
Do they think we don’t know a threat when we see one?

He said, “We will do whatever it takes to maintain the peace
because we are peacekeepers”!! [So what’s with the guns, tasers, pepper
spray and clubs to beat us with?] He kept referring to the OPP as “my "organization"!
It almost sounded like “my orgasm. He is power drunk and has no understanding of
the original history of the police in his culture. They were meant to protect people
from rowdies, not to become rowdies themselves. The OPP neither consults nor
serves the public. They don’t understand that we are an egalitarian society where
everyone has a voice in the consensual decision making process.

They take orders from a private disreputable greedy company that is destroying the
environment and manufacturing weapons and dangerous material which is strictly
illegal according to international law. Why should any state protect arms
manufacturers and environmental terrorists?

He said he wants to see “a resolution that everyone can live with”. This means he
wants us to live under the heel of his boot. They should get their butts out of here
where it doesn’t belong.

They can stop breaking Algonquin law, Canadian law and international law. We
can live with that! He told us, “We're not going to sneak in, we're not coming in
masses”. This means, “We learned the lessons of Montibello. We are going to
send in a few guys who will be wearing cheap sneakers, not standard issue police
boots. They always say the opposite of what they are going to do. The OPP will
sneak in and will come in masses.

Chief Doreen Davis hit him with questions that shook McPhearson. He admitted
he hadn't read the Order that he claimed to be following. He is ready to follow his
own discretion. [Can this guy read?]. “I need a lawyer to interpret it for me” [so I’ll
know what I’m doing]. He got smaller and smaller as more question were pelted at

Chief Doreen asked him about the settlers being arrested outside of the gates.
McPhearson said, “All I know is there's a big difference which side of the fence
you're on”. He admitted to being biased.

Chief Doreen wanted to know if anyone inside could go out for medical
appointments. He said, “I don’t know”. This is a serious concern for the people
there. Many are sick from the environmental contamination by previous uranium
mining and other illegal ventures.

As Chief Doreen pointed out, nothing has changed since Caledonia and
Ipperwash. The colonizers haven’t learned a thing. They are bent on imposing
their paradigms on us. He was speechless. For all his confusion McPhearson
probably wants to be a good guy. Too bad his “Machiavellian” handlers are too
chicken to show their faces to us.

The Algonquins reminded them that Canada as the other party to the dispute
cannot be the judge, jury and executioner. It violates the basic principle of
nation to nation relations and the rule of law as defined and agreed too by the
nations of the world. Any dispute must be done before a neutral third party that
has no vested interest in the outcome.

One man tried to nail McPhearson, “How much time will you give us before you
invade and attack? 20 minutes?”

McPhearson eloquently remarked, "We appreciate the unique dynamic of this
situation. But there has to be some kind of end to this, some kind of resolution”.
There is! Stop your lawlessness. Stop being the muscle for fictional characters
like Frontenac Ventures Corporation. Is he suggesting that they are all going to
go back to where they came from? Henh! We bet they want to go back to
ignoring us like they did during the theft of our land they called “settlement”.

The situation is critical. This is an international crisis. Please call Ontario
Premier McGuinty's office at 416-325-1941 and Prime Minister Stephen Harper
at demanding they pull his cops off at the Robertsville Mine site on
Algonquin territory near Sharbot Lake. Stop this before it becomes “militarized”.
He ignores the Ardoch Algonquin chiefs who have repeatedly asked for a meeting.

Stay tuned for more. Contact:;;;
Kahentinetha Horn & Katenies
MNN Mohawk Nation News

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

"Let’s get this straight. No traditional indigenous person would kill
another, even if they are dressed like the enemy. This confused
the British and French when they were fighting each other and
trying to get us to join their respective factions a couple of
centuries ago. "

Yo, I'm sorry but this is absurd. Firstly you are drawing on a belief system that is highly terminal and one that promotes pan-indianness by lumping all indigenous nations together as being the same.
I guess you have never heard of the Haida, or the Mayans and Aztecs, and I guess you haven't read a lot on indigenous systems of law prior to contact, when in some cases plains indians societies killed people because they did not follow protocol of the buffalo hunt.
I respect your words against the colonizers, but you need to check yourself on this issue because it is not true and it makes your argument weak. What you might want to do is name the indigenous nations you are referring to in your example.


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