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(en) Canada, [Friends of NEFAC] Anti-Canada Day March in Solidarity** with Kanehsatake!

From Worker <a-infos-en@ainfos.ca>
Date Mon, 28 Jun 2004 11:35:41 +0200 (CEST)

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When? July 1st, 2004, 1pm sharp Where? Square Phillips, Union Ave. &
Ste-Catherine Metro? Metro McGill, Union exit
This July 1st, 2004, in solidarity with the 284-year struggle against
colonialism by the Mohawk Peoples of Kanehsatake, Montrealers will take to
the streets en masse demanding Quebec and Canada stop interferring in the
Mohawk's sovereign affairs. Against the flow of status-quo Canada Day
celebrations*, this demonstration will highlight Canada's ongoing colonial
relations with the Mohawk Nation of Kanehsatake, and expose Canada's
designs for the cultural genocide of Indigenous Peoples nationwide.

We will march for the repeal of the federal government's Bill S-24 & the
Kanesatake Tripartite Policing Agreement! We will march until we know
genocide will not longer be committed in our names. We are marching for
Canadian Decolonization Now!

For the past 6 months, since January 12th, 2004, the Peoples of Kanehsatake
have successfully resisted a federally sponsored, politically-motivated,
militarized invasion of their community. They have put their lives and
freedom on the line in order to stop the formation of a police-state headed
by Grand Chief James Gabriel, whose leadership itself was imposed through a
federal court injunction. Twenty-four Kanehsatake community members face
charges of participation in a riot and forcible confinement of police
officers. The threat of prison has not deterred their resistance. The
struggle for self-determination in Kanehsatake is far from over and the
Mohawk community is asking for your support.

In response, a newly formed coalition has organized a march leading
directly to the doorsteps of state and corporate officials responsible for
creating the current crisis in Kanehsatake.

Gabriel's high priced PR firm - Communication & Strategie - have spun the
crisis in the media as a confrontation between law enforcement and
organized crime deliberately to distract attention from alliances built
between Canada, Quebec & Gabriel in a conspiracy to render Kanehsatake a
bankrupted municipality - ripe for non-native settlement, development and
niobium mining.

Gabriel stated publicly, he needs his police in Kanehsatake in order to
"cut the head off his opposition" in the community. This head count
includes those of three duly elected Band Councillors who Canada and Quebec
have systematically excluded from all negotiations and deal-making.

In solidarity with the Peoples of Kanehsatake, we will hold our government
responsible for their illicit deal-making, awarding of funds, and armed
incursions into the community of Kanehsatake. In solidarity, we will stand
shoulder-to-shoulder with peoples defending their community from armed
incursions to help prevent bloodshed and bear witness to the truth.

Donations of non-perishable foods, and money for the legal fund are needed.
For more information, email: ipsm@resist.ca

* Canada Day officially commemorates the July 1, 1867 passing of the
British North American Act (BNA) creating the Dominion of Canada. The BNA
stipulated that Canadian governments would have to adhere to British
legislation, including the 1763 Royal Proclamation. The Proclamation
specified that nation-to-nation treaties would be the only means by which
the Crown could obtain title to Indigenous-held territories, thus
protecting Native Sovereignty and enshrining Canada's fiduciary obligations
to Indigenous Peoples.

Obviously, Canada has never honored their obligations, but instead created
the most elaborate, systematized, organized criminal organization this
country has ever known - the Department of Indian Affairs - to expropriate
Indigenous lands and resources through legislation passed in breach of the
laws we bound ourselves to July 1st, 1867.
** [Ed. Note: The various antiauthoritarian groups and
initiatives of the left are intimately involved with the
struggle of the indigeneous people of Canada against the
intensification of colonialist steps of the state.]

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