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Meet the Man Who Fled Canada and Was Granted Asylum in the US

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James “OJ” Pitawanakwat

By Sarah Berman,, April 17, 2016

James “OJ” Pitawanakwat hasn’t returned to the Anishinaabe community on Manitoulin Island where he grew up in nearly two decades. He can’t, because in Canada there’s an outstanding warrant for his arrest.

Over the phone from his home on Saginaw Chippewa reservation in Michigan, Pitawanakwat tells me he feels a swell of pride thinking about the actions he took in the summer of 1995—actions that led to his arrest and conviction on mischief and weapons charges. Read the rest of this entry

Oshkimaadiziig Unity Camp cite ‘illegal’ surrenders in park reclamation

By Johnny Hawk, Anishinabek News, Nov 19, 2013

Oshkimaadiziig Unity Camp.

Oshkimaadiziig Unity Camp.

A reclamation of Awenda Provincial Park is in its 19th month and nearby Springwater Provincial Park has also been occupied by members of Beausoleil First Nation.

“We began as a result of the illegal surrenders of our inherent rights and traditional territories along with the policies and laws enforced upon our people where the Chippewa Tri Council and Canada are in breach of the 1764 Niagara Covenant Chain Belt,” says camp spokesperson Kai Kai Kons. Read the rest of this entry