Category Archives: Defending Territory

Wolverine Speaks: Ts’Peten/Gustafsen Lake Inquiry, Genocide and Unceded Territories

Wolverine Mt Polley

Photo of Wolverine taken in the fall of 2014 at the Red Chris Mine road while it was being blockaded a second time after the Imperial Metals Mount Polley Disaster, August, 2014.

Published by: Ts’Peten Defence Committee, January 27, 2016
In her first public appearance as Federal Minister of Justice and Attorney General of
Canada, Jody Wilson-Raybould, Kwakwaka’wakw, publicly spoke to the letter I sent on
January 4th, 2016 to both her and the Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau calling
for a National Inquiry into the Ts’Peten/Gustafsen Lake Standoff 1995. She was asked
three times by three women, to take action, to call this Inquiry and to address the
ongoing genocide that is taking place on our Territories. Her response, as the Federal
Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada was disrespectful and dismissive.
You all need a history lesson. Here it is. Read the rest of this entry

ALLIED TRIBES RELEASE UNITY STATEMENT: WE WILL DEFEND OUR TERRITORIES TOGETHER UNDER TRIBAL LAW

Warrior keep calm graphicPRESS ADVISORY – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 19, 2016

The following press release is written from unceded and unsurrendered Secwepemc Territory under the auspices of Tribal Law.

On Sunday, January 17th, 2016, the Allied Tribes, representatives of Tribes from across Turtle Island (Anishnaabe, Dene Suline, Tsimshian, St’at’imc, Okanagan, Ahousaht, Snuneymuxw, Wet’suwet’en, etc.) met at Adams Lake Gym in Secwepemculecw (“Chase”), honouring Wolverine’s call for a historic gathering and feast. The last time such a meeting of the Allied Tribes had been called was at Spences Bridge when the Spences Bridge Memorial Letter 1911 was sent to then Federal Minister of the Interior, Frank Oliver (see attached document). Read the rest of this entry

Gustafsen Lake standoff: protesters renew calls for an inquiry

TsPeten wolverine arrest helicopter

William John Ignace, known as Wolverine, is led from a helicopter by an RCMP officer on Sept. 17, 1995 after the month-long armed standoff at Gustafsen Lake ended. (Canadian Press)

In the 1995 standoff 400 officers confronted about 20 protesters

By Daybreak Kamloops, CBC News Jan 18, 2016

Several First Nations protesters involved in the 1995 Gustafsen Lake standoff are calling for a national inquiry into the level of force used by the RCMP during the 31-day confrontation.

Protest leader William Jones Ignace, known as Wolverine, and the Ts’Peten Defence Committee submitted a letter on Jan. 4  to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Attorney General and Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould, calling for an inquiry. Read the rest of this entry

Chile: Arson at Hydroelectric Dam’s Office in Pehuenche Territory

Mapuche hydro arson 2from Resume Chile, translated by Earth First! Journal Newswire, Nov 23, 2015

Incendiary devices were used against the installations of the Hydroelectric Center of Angostura de Colbún [Sunday Nov. 15, 2015] during the night. Unidentified people burned the office and three corporate vehicles belonging to Matte, which has installed itself within Pehuenche Territory. Read the rest of this entry

Video: Kahnawake Sends Warning to Montreal Mayor Coderre

from subMedia.tv, Vimeo, Oct 15, 2015

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Kahnawake Mohawks hold railway protest against planned sewage dump

Mohawks from Kahnawake protest Montreal city's plans to dump sewage into the St Lawrence River. Photo: CBC News.

Mohawks from Kahnawake protest Montreal city’s plans to dump sewage into the St Lawrence River. Photo: CBC News.

Group issues impassioned plea to cancel City of Montreal sewage dump

CBC News, Oct 15, 2015

About a dozen Mohawks from Kahnawake assembled near the Canadian Pacific Railway tracks today to voice their opposition to Montreal’s plan to dump eight billion litres of raw sewage into the St. Lawrence River.

Akohserake Deer, one of the organizers of the protest, read a statement on behalf of the group imploring the city to reconsider the plan.

Deer declined to answer what actions the group intended to take if the dump was not cancelled. She would not say whether a railway blockade might be in the works.   Read the rest of this entry

Sisters recall the brutal last day of Oka Crisis

Waneek Horn-Miller holds on to her 4-year-old sister as chaos breaks out. The 78-day siege, remembered as the Oka Crisis, ended with the army moving in to push the Mohawk out on Sept. 26, 1990. (Ryan Remiorz/Canadian Press)

Waneek Horn-Miller holds on to her 4-year-old sister as chaos breaks out. The 78-day siege, remembered as the Oka Crisis, ended with the army moving in to push the Mohawk out on Sept. 26, 1990. (Ryan Remiorz/Canadian Press)

CBC News, September 20, 2015

Most kids spend the summer playing with friends or chilling out at home.

But when sisters Waneek Horn-Miller and Kaniehtiio Horn were just 14 and four years old respectively, these Kahnawake Mohawks were behind the lines of one of Canada’s most infamous standoffs. The media branded it the Oka Crisis but for those who were there and those who supported them, it is remembered as the Mohawk Resistance.

“My mother, Kahentinetha Horn is a native activist, old-school from the ’60s. She was there and me and my little sister ended up following her there,” recalled Horn-Miller.

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Secwepemc gather for 20 year anniversary gathering of RCMP siege of Ts’Peten

Secwepemc gather at Ts'Peten for 20 year anniversary gathering of 1995 siege, near 100 Mile House, 'BC'.

Secwepemc gather at Ts’Peten for 20 year anniversary gathering of 1995 siege, near 100 Mile House, ‘BC’.

by Yuct Ne Senxiymetkwe Camp, Sept 15, 2015

We are back in range. On the 20 year commemoration of the Ts’peten Standoff, the protectors, the defenders return to remind and remember. These are our war heroes, these are our war stories, we must hear them, we must listen to them, we must pass on these things to our next generations.

GUSTAFSEN LAKE STANDOFF IN 5 MINUTES

The Ka’apor of Brazil Use Bows, Arrows, Sabotage and GPS to Defend the Amazon from Logging

Ka’apor Indians stand next to a logging tractor that they discovered and set on fire inside the indigenous territory one month before. Photograph: Lunae Parracho/Greenpeace

Ka’apor Indians stand next to a logging tractor that they discovered and set on fire inside the indigenous territory one month before. Photograph: Lunae Parracho/Greenpeace

by Jonathan Watts, The Guardian, Sept 10, 2015 (via Earth First! Newswire)

With bows, arrows, GPS trackers and camera traps, an indigenous community in northern Brazil is fighting to achieve what the government has long failed to do: halt illegal logging in their corner of the Amazon.

The Ka’apor – a tribe of about 2,200 people in Maranhão state – have organised a militia of “forest guardians” who follow a strategy of nature conservation through aggressive confrontation. Read the rest of this entry

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